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MILLBROOK — In spite of the  very cold weather, Santa Night, sponsored by the Town of Washington Recreation Department, was proclaimed a successful event. It proved to be a great night for hayrides and meeting with Santa and  Mrs. Claus. 

The wagons,  provided by Thornedale Farms, picked children up at the base of the Tribute Gardens in front of the lighted Christmas tree. After a brisk ride up Franklin Avenue, the children were returned, most of them heading for the Millbrook firehouse, where refreshments awaited them, as well as a visit with Santa and...

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Scientist and artist spread awareness on global climate change

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MILLBROOK — Scientist Orrin Pilkey and environmental artist Mary Edna Fraser are spreading awareness of global climate change.

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Millbrook residents will be on the ballots

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MILLBROOK — Millbrook residents Rich Wager and Didi Barrett have received nominations to run on the Republican and Democratic ballots, respectively, for the 103rd District Assemblyman seat, which was left vacant when Marc Molinaro took the position of Dutchess County executive. A special election will be held on March 20 to fill the seat.
Wager beat out Dutchess County Legislator Michael Kelsey from Pleasant Valley for the nomination.

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Rotary post-holiday party

The Millbrook Rotary recently hosted an evening of socializing at the Fountains at Millbrook. From left, Nan and David Greenwood, Dave Kruger and Mary and Bryan Bunch paused for a moment to smile and toast the new year.

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Supervisor Ciferri handles business, old and new

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WASHINGTON — The Town Board at its first regular meeting of the new year on Thursday, Jan. 12, had a full audience as town Supervisor Gary Ciferri reviewed old and new business, starting with a proposed local law for emergency preparedness.

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Happy Days Diner

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MILLBROOK — Happy Days Diner has been a staple in the Millbrook community for more than 20 years. When visiting the diner it is impossible not to notice the huge collection of eclectic vintage antiques such as Coca Cola vending machines and a bright neon sign with the words “Cruisin’ 55.” The diner instantly transports customers to another era, making them feel as though they are back in the 1950s.

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Village Board in no rush to pass Joint Emergency Plan

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MILLBROOK — Mayor Laura Hurley had a lengthy discussion with the village trustees about reintroducing the Emergency Preparedness Local Law at the Tuesday, Jan. 10, Village Board meeting.
In December, the village and town met for a joint meeting to discuss the Joint Emergency Plan. The plan anticipates and responds to a major catastrophe, setting out procedures for the first 48 hours. Drafting the plan has taken four years on the part of officials and interested community members.

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There’s a new hangout for Millbrook teens

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MILLBROOK — Most libraries struggle to get teenagers into the library. In small towns and rural areas teenagers struggle to find a central hangout to spend time after school. The youth services coordinator for the Millbrook Free Library, Joan Frenzel, has figured out a way to fill both needs at once.

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Supervisor Ciferri takes his seat on the Town Board

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WASHINGTON — Newly elected town Supervisor Gary Ciferri took the Town Board through its first meeting of the new year on Tuesday, Jan 3.
At the annual organizational meeting, Town Attorney John Gifford administered the oath of office to all newly elected officials, including town Supervisor Gary Ciferri and Councilman Albert DeBonis. Gifford also swore in those returning to office, including Councilmen Robert Audia and Karen Mosca, Town Clerk Mary Alex and Highway Superintendent James Brownell.

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Millbrook gets back to business

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MILLBROOK — The Village Board got back to business during the annual reorganization meeting Wednesday, Jan 4, at the Village Hall. Village Clerk Linda Wiltse administered the oath of office to both newly elected Trustee Mike Herzog and returning Mayor Laura Hurley and Trustee Thomas Whalen. All were sworn in for five-year terms.

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Listeners tune in to environmental issues

MILLBROOK — WAMC Northeast Public Radio and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook have teamed to produce a new radio show, “Earth Wise: A look at our changing environment.” The radio show will air on WAMC with two-minute segments Monday through Friday, at 11:10 a.m. and 4:04 p.m.
“Our goal is to inspire listeners to make informed decisions about environmental issues facing society,” said scientist and Cary President Bill Schlesinger. “Each listener has the capacity to be a positive change in the world.”

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