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MILLBROOK — Mayor Rod Brown opened the Village Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. and got straight to appointments. Trustee Joe Rochfort was sworn in as deputy mayor, having been absent at the reorganization meeting. Mark Vila was sworn in for the Zoning Board of Appeals. Also sworn in to the Planning Board was Kay Vanderlyn.

The Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) contract was signed, which will raise for incentive credits for those who volunteer with the fire department. The issue was voted on during November’s election.

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Good Dog Foundation to benefit from clothing sale

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MILLBROOK — The J. McLaughlin clothing boutique in Millbrook will host a three-day event to benefit the Good Dog Foundation from Friday, May 13, to Sunday, May 15. Customers who mention “good dogs” will have 20 percent of their purchase cost donated to the foundation.
Susan Fireman, the executive trainer for the Good Dog Foundation, will be at J. McLaughlin on Saturday, May 14, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to evaluate dogs and discuss the training courses that prepare dogs and their owners for therapy sessions.

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McKibben says we missed chance to avoid climate change

MILLBROOK — “Over the past 20 years both political parties have had the chance to address global warming and they’ve produced exactly nothing,” said Bill McKibben, world-renowned author and environmentalist, at a talk before a packed house at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook last Thursday afternoon.

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Middle school students shadow workers on the job

MILLBROOK — The Family and Consumer Sciences and Guidance departments at Millbrook Middle School collaborated to provide a golden opportunity to its students recently — the chance to see what the work world is really like.
On Wednesday, April 13, 49 middle school students participated in a job shadowing program. During this program, each student was paired with a professional from one of 15 different partner sites across Dutchess County. The partner sites varied in nature to represent many different career options and interests.

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They're all ears ...

Millbrook residents, from left, Jessica Mercurio, 13, Hannah Mcauley, 10, and Destiny Darnell, 8, were all at the Washington Town Park on Friday, April 22, for the Twilight Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the town’s Recreation Committee.

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Tally, ho, it’s time to hunt

Noah Tetpon, 10, held out the goodies he collected while hunting the grounds of the park, which was swimming with children from the fourth grade and up.

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Journalist’s new beat

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MILLBROOK — The managing editor of The Millbrook Independent, Olesia Plokhii, has left the paper and is on her way to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to work on The Cambodia Daily, the English language paper of record for Cambodia founded by veteran American journalist Bernard Krisher.
In an interview with The Millerton News, Plokhii confided that she always wanted to be a foreign correspondent.
“It was time to move on,” she said.

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Bennett appeal without merit

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MILLBROOK — A panel of four judges of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York affirmed the decision of the lower courts that the village of Millbrook’s Planning Board had acted within its authority when approving a special use permit that would allow the construction of 91 condo units on 27.6 acres on the site of the former Bennett College, preliminary site plans and a subdivision plat in November 2008.
Allan Rappleyea, representing the Oakley L. Thorne Trust, the appellant, said after the decision, “We are going to exhaust every legal opportunity.”

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Dutchess County — the ‘Saudi Arabia of water’

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MILLBROOK — The freshwater forum held on Saturday morning, April 16, at the Cary Institute focused on preserving fresh water resources, which are so plentiful that hydrogeologist Russell Urban-Mead described the Hudson Valley region as the Saudi Arabia of water.

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Village works on budget Police hours may be cut 50 percent

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MILLBROOK — The mayor and trustees of the village of Millbrook have been working together in public workshops every Monday evening to put together a village budget for the fiscal year beginning June 1, 2011. The final version of the budget is set to be adopted on Tuesday, April 26.
As the numbers stand, as of press time, the amount of the village tax levy is $879,970, a slight reduction compared to last year, although tax rates will rise because assessed property values have declined again. In other words, taxes collected will fall, but tax rates will rise on lower property values.

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Community helps Grace Church preschool celebrate fifth birthday

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MILLBROOK — More than 100 people celebrated the fifth birthday of Millbrook Community Preschool at Grace Church on Saturday night, April 9. As a special birthday present, the guests and business sponsors helped raise more than $10,000 to support the preschool’s scholarship fund. Currently one-third of the 36 families who have children at the school receive some sort of financial aid.

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