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MILLBROOK—The two vacancies on the Village Board of Trustees were won by the two Democratic candidates, who now join fellow Democrat Mike Herzog on the Village Board. Brian Hicks, current Republican trustee, did not seek reelection.

The total count according to the Dutchess County Board of Elections puts Democrats Tim Collopy at 312 votes and Kevin McGrane at 304 votes.

Incumbent Kyle Van De Water, a Republican, garnered 289 votes and fellow Republican Katherine Manzi-Doro received a total of 278 votes. There were also two write-ins.

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Scholars discuss global warming at forum

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MILLBROOK — The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and the Cornell University Cooperative Extension held a forum on Saturday, Oct. 22, that focused on how climate change has impacted the Hudson Valley and what global warming will do to the world’s regional resources, human health and the economy.
Distinguished scholars gave individual presentations on issues facing the environment and participated in a moderated panel discussion.

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Scientist speaks to Rotary Club

MILLBROOK — Rick Ostfeld, research scientist from the Cary Institute, spoke to the Millbrook Rotary Club at their lunch meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 19, about biodiversity loss, forest fragmentation and Lyme disease risk. Club members learned that biodiversity loss is a major risk factor in promoting emerging infectious diseases like Lyme.
The Millbrook Rotary Club meets for lunch at 12:15 p.m. each Wednesday, at Copperfield’s Restaurant. Lunch guests are welcome. The cost of lunch is $15. For more information, visit www.millbrookrotary.org or the ‘Millbrook NY Rotary Club’ Facebook page.

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Voter controversy affects local residents

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WASHINGTON ­— The political atmosphere is buzzing over a controversy about whether 38 residents should have the right to vote in the Town of Washington.
A month ago, a voter contacted Fran Knapp, the Dutchess County Commissioner of Elections for the Democratic Party, in regards to a letter the voter had received at their house from Peter Devers, a member of the Town of Washington Republican Party.

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Local teen moves south for singing career

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MILLBROOK — “I always thought I was going to be a singer, but on stage is when I realized it was something that just felt like home. That’s when I realized it was what I wanted to pursue as a career,” Erika Cole said.
Cole is a 22-year-old aspiring singer from Stanfordville whose family is from Millbrook. Cole’s parents and grandparents grew up in the village; her grandmother, Wilma Cole, was the town clerk for the Town of Washington for many years.
Cole is moving to Nashville, Tenn., at the end of the month to start her career as a singer.

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Rotary governor visits Millbrook

MILLBROOK — Tansukh Dorawala is the 2011-12 governor of Rotary District 7210, which covers the eight counties of the mid-Hudson Valley, from Putnam to Greene. Like all district governors, Dorawala makes a point of visiting every one of the 67 Rotary Clubs in the district, and recently visited the Millbrook Rotary.

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Town Board has full agenda

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WASHINGTON — The Town Board met Oct. 13 to discuss Washington business. Town Supervisor Florence Prisco could not make the meeting due to illness, so board member Stephen Turletes led the meeting in her place.
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New business following blaze

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MILLBROOK — The Village Board gathered at Village Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 11, to discuss municipal matters. Since Mayor Laura Hurley could not be present due to illness, Deputy Mayor Stan Morse stood in her place for the meeting.

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Dutchess Day School art project

MILLBROOK — Every year, the fifth-grade art class at Dutchess Day School (DDS) does a study of Hudson River School painters. During the fall of 2010, the students chose an artist to research, created a small canvas as well as a larger copy of the painting from an original, and wrote a report on the artist’s life.

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A hearty handful

The Walbridge Farm, located at 538 Route 343 in Millbrook, held a Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 15. From left, Anne Boneeli, 6, Faith Shultz, 9, and  Delaney Foss, 7, asked attendees of the Fall Festival how much the pumpkin and gourds they were holding weighed. Those who guessed the correct weight, or the number closest to the correct weight, received a prize. 

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Millbrook Winery invites art into the loft

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MILLBROOK — Art and wine frequently go hand in hand at gallery openings, but The Dutchess County Arts Council and Millbrook Winery partnership has taken the set to the next level. The Art in the Loft series exhibits talented local artists who are selected through a juried process.

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