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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

Millbrook Arts Group concert series: A joyous sound

MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Arts Group (MAG) has put together a program of great variety for the Summer of 2011 Sunset Concert Series at the Thorne Building bandshell, located on Franklin Avenue in the village of Millbrook.
This series, which is MAG’s signature event, is supported by the Millbrook Tribute Garden, the community,  local businesses and organizations. Bring a lawn chair (and a friend or two) and come at 7 p.m. for an evening of free, live entertainment.

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Rotary donates books

MILLBROOK — The Rotary Club of Millbrook presented a graduation gift of a book of choice to every eighth-grader in Millbrook Middle School at its graduation ceremony on June 22.  Cindie Kish, Rotarian chair of the Book Gift Program, distributed the books on stage, with each book containing a personalized label with the student’s name.   

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Happy 100th birthday, Cornell Cooperative Extension

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WASHINGTON — Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) turns 100 this year. The Dutchess County Extension (CCEDCE), located in Millbrook, will host several events to celebrate the occasion this summer.
Though the cooperative marks a century of service this year, the Dutchess County Extension will be only 98.

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Natural gas: boom, disaster or both?

Part two: So what’s the problem?

MILLBROOK — A recent Google search for the term “Marcellus shale” provided, as the top two results, an Earth Justice site describing the evils of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas; then, as if to confirm the first site’s worst fears, Minuteman Spill Response, Mifflinville, Pa.

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Fire department plans for carnival and parade

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MILLBROOK — The beginning of July marks the Millbrook Fire Department’s annual carnival. The carnival will be held at the Thorne Building on Franklin Avenue from Wednesday, July 6, to Saturday, July 9, from 7 p.m. till midnight.
On Saturday the firemen’s parade starts at 6 p.m. with 26 fire companies participating from around the Dutchess County area and Connecticut.

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Millbrook honors Korean and Vietnam war soldiers

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MILLBROOK — “It pleases me to no end that America is once again paying attention to our veterans, to the price of our freedom, and that we are able to have it,” said Stan Morse, deputy mayor.

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Millbrook Rotary speaker

MILLBROOK — Bill Augerson, M.D., a member of the Millbrook Rotary Club, spoke at the club’s weekly lunch meeting on Wednesday, June 22, about his military career, focusing on his work with the original NASA Space Program. Augerson and his wife, Ginny, recently went back to Cape Canaveral for ceremonies marking 50 years of the space program.

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Summer concert series

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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Arts Group’s (MAG) summer concert series officially began Saturday, July 2, with Big Band Sound. The first concert was originally scheduled for Saturday, June 25, with Girl Howdy, however weather conditions canceled the performance.
Regardless, the MAG concert series will run every two weeks from July until September at 7 p.m. at the Band Shell.
MAG supports local artists, and many of the groups have a presence in the Hudson Valley, said Ann Gifford, president of MAG. A number of the concert participants are Millbrook residents.

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Planning Board numbers may rise

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MILLBROOK — Tuesday, May 31, at the Village Board meeting, Millbrook Mayor Laura Hurley discussed a proposed local law to increase the members of the Planning Board from five to seven. The term for a member of the Planning Board lasts seven years.
In New York, village law states that if two additional members are added to a five-member board they cannot actively partake in board matters. Village Attorney Rebecca Valk said, however, that this restriction can be overridden.

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Bouncing off the walls in Millbrook

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MILLBROOK — Mary Alex is known in the community for her position as clerk for the town of Washington. However, now she is taking on a second job as the owner of Blue Bounce House.
“I was looking for something fun to do in my free time. I decided that event planning was going to be the route I wanted to go,” said Alex.

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