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MILLBROOK — The Village Board met on Tuesday, July 10, at Village Hall. Items on the agenda included contracts currently being formulated, including a contract for newly appointed Village Planner Rich Rennia as well as a contract between the village and the Thorne Building Committee and a contract with Verizon for use of the local cell tower.

It was reported that all went well with the fireworks from the Golf and Tennis Club on the Fourth of July; cleanup also went well.

At 7 p.m., bids were opened for the new dump truck the village will purchase. A Ford dealership in...

Millbrook

Weather and fashion dominate at Fitch’s horse trials

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MILLBROOK — Brutal heat and steady downpours are par for the course for Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials participants. This past weekend (July 22 to 24) was no exception. The horse trials started on Friday, when heat advisories were in effect across the Northeast. In a concession to the weather, the dress code was relaxed and jackets were waived for the dressage phase of the competition.
More than 275 horse and riders teams were given starting times, and despite the challenging weather only a fraction withdrew before completing their rounds.

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BOE discusses plans for central field

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MILLBROOK — At the Millbrook Central School District Board of Education (BOE) meeting held on Monday, July 18, board members discussed the possibility of replacing the central field inside the track with artificial turf; it currently has a natural grass field. The discussion was presented by Superintendent Lloyd Jaeger along with a number of other issues affecting the district.
The discussion of natural versus artificial turf has been ongoing for several years. The debate centers around which is more beneficial for the district economically, as well as which is more practical.

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Millbrook Regents results

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MILLBROOK — Monday, July 18, Millbrook Central School District Superintendent Lloyd Jaeger shared the 2011 New York State Regents exam results for the Millbrook district with the Board of Education (BOE) at the annual organizational meeting. The district offered 16 different exams to students in a wide variety of subjects.
The U.S. government and history exam was taken by the greatest number of students, with 104 test takers, while the integrated algebra exam had the smallest attendance with only 11 students taking the exam.

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Village begins to handle Bennett complex issues in court

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MILLBROOK — The former Bennett College continues to deteriorate and the village of Millbrook is pursuing legal action to control the situation.
On Sunday, June 12, a large dormer collapsed at the Bennett complex site, causing the building to qualify as an unsafe building in the village’s code book. The village has decided to take action in protecting the Bennett complex since the property owner’s actions have been insufficient and to stop trespassers from entering the site.

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Speeding troubles in Millbrook call for fast solution

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MILLBROOK — Deputy Mayor Stan Morse brought to the board’s attention two complaints from residents regarding speeding in Millbrook at the Village Board meeting on Thursday, July 12.
One resident inquired of Morse whether speed bumps might be appropriate on 9 Partners Lane, while another resident suggested speed bumps for Reservoir Drive.

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Become a certified EMT in Millbrook

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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Rescue Squad (MRS) has been providing service to the village for more than 60 years. The volunteer service is part of the Millbrook Fire Department and has more recently offered paid services.
From Aug. 29 to Jan. 4 the Rescue Squad will offer a basic EMT class, where one can become a certified EMT after a 150 hours of class instruction, including lab instruction. This class will be offered Monday and Wednesday evenings with a few Saturdays, and no prior experience is necessary.

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Rotary installs new officers

MILLBROOK — Matt Anderson, a wood scientist at Wood Advisory Services in Millbrook, was sworn in as president of the Millbrook Rotary Club on June 29 at a picnic held at the home of Tom and Susie Stroup.
The club’s slate of officers also sworn in at the event included Heather Malcom, vice president-elect, Molly Olsen, secretary, Ron Mosca, treasurer, and Joan Burgess, sergeant-at-arms.
More than 40 club members, past and present, enjoyed food catered by Babette’s, desserts provided by club members and a beautiful summer evening in the Stroup’s enchanting garden.

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Cuomo comes to Millbrook to ban texting while driving

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MILLBROOK — New York state is cracking down on texting while driving. Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited Millbrook on Thursday, July 14, at the New York State Police Troop K headquarters to sign the new Distracted Drivers Law. The signing of the law was well attended by elected officials, state troopers, local law enforcement and the public.

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Millbrook sets water and sewer rates for 2011-12

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MILLBROOK — At the Village Board meeting on Tuesday, June 28, trustees opened the public hearing for the proposed local law regarding water and sewer rates.
The water and sewer rates have historically been set to a fixed amount, according to the village code. Millbrook Mayor Laura Hurley said the water and sewer rates have not been amended for seven years. Hurley said with the new Capital Plan in the works, it would be a waste of time and money for the village to pass local laws every time the Village Board wants to update the rate structure.

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A new store brings different cultures together in Millbrook

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MILLBROOK — La Provincia, the Spanish word for province, is the name of a new store on Franklin Avenue.
“It means little town. This is a charming little town, so it fit,” said owner Stephanie Lee.
La Provincia is a retail store with a variety of Mexican, South American and Southwestern imports and antiques. Lee said she wants to bring something unusual to Millbrook; her inspiration for the store is Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Lee grew up in Millbrook and currently lives in the town of Washington with her family.

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