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MILLBROOK — On Tuesday, June 11, the Village Board met and reopened a public hearing on zoning maps. This is an ongoing process and the hearing will remain open until the process is complete.

Mayor Rodney Brown has stated that there are no zoning changes. For instance, the bakery (now closed), is in a place allowed for that particular business. Most sites are zoned correctly, he said, also considering historic knowledge of use. Code Enforcement Officer and Building Inspector Ken McLaughlin will go through the zoning to look for inconsistencies.

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Town Board handles monthly business

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WASHINGTON — Town Supervisor Gary Ciferri led the Town Board through its monthly meeting on Thursday, April 12. While the meeting wasn’t long, the board covered a variety of business matters.
Hydrofracking conference
Ciferri informed everyone in attendance that the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook will hold a conference on hydrofracking on Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to noon. It will be a three-hour session for municipal officials and concerned citizens.

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Vital services budget for village and town

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MILLBROOK — Mayor Laura Hurley invited the Town Board to the Village Board’s budget meeting on Monday, April 9, for a budget presentation of some of the town’s and village’s most vital services.
Rescue Squad Captain Liz Baldwin, Millbrook Fire Department President Matt Rochfort and Fire Chief Ted Bownas each gave a budget presentation before both boards that day, at the Village Hall. Each gave a summary of how the previous year went and informed the boards of their budget requests for the 2012-13 year.
Rescue Squad budget

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Fancy young ladies fill the library

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MILLBROOK — Millbrook Central School District’s spring break brought children to the library throughout the first week of April for fun-filled programs. Youth Services Coordinator Joan Frenzel said one of the favorites was a “Fancy Nancy” tea party held in the children’s section of the library on Wednesday, April 4.

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Hunting for eggs under the stars

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WASHINGTON — Easter egg hunts aren’t just for children anymore. On Friday, April 6, the Washington Recreation Committee hosted a Twilight Easter Egg Hunt open to fourth-graders through adults.
The event was held at the Town Park. Participants brought bags and flashlights to look for eggs with candy and special prizes hidden by members of the Recreation Committee.

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Mark your calendars for the Millbrook Literary Festival

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MILLBROOK — A call has gone out to all writers, authors, illustrators and general lovers of literature to attend the Millbrook Literary Festival, set for Saturday, June 16.
Formerly known as the Millbrook Book Festival, the event promotes literacy and celebrates books. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be activities throughout the village of Millbrook as part of the festival.

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Preschool celebrates six years of enriched learning

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MILLBROOK — Millbrook Community Preschool is hosting a Birthday Bash on Saturday, April 14.
The preschool will be celebrating its sixth birthday this year. Millbrook Community Preschool started after Hayes Preschool closed down.
“My youngest daughter, Ella, was three years old at the time,” said Diane Schnoor, director and head teacher. “We just moved up to Millbrook the year before. She had spent a year in Hayes and they shut down at the end of her 3-year-old year.”

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Literary legend visits Millbrook

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MILLBROOK — Michael Korda, distinguished writer, author and editor, spoke recently at the Mexican restaurant La Puerta Azul in a program hosted by Merritt Bookstore.

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Too close to call for special election

Barrett vs. Wager
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MILLBROOK — Tuesday, March 20, marked the special election for the vacant New York State 103rd Assembly District seat between two Millbrook residents: Republican Richard Wager and Democrat Didi Barrett.
Both candidates have been on the campaign trail for the past few months hoping to win the seat that will represent the town of Washington and 21 other Dutchess and Columbia county municipalities in Albany. However, both candidates are going to have to wait for the official results before claiming victory.

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Pioneer of sustainable food movement inspires eco mindset

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MILLBROOK — Frances Moore Lappe visited the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies on Friday, March 23, for a special lecture.
Lappe is a pioneer of the sustainable food movement and widely known for her revolutionary book, “Diet for a Small Planet,” which has sold 3 million copies since being published.

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Pumpkin House gets a new face

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MILLBROOK — Pumpkin House is the popular vintage boutique located on Franklin Avenue in Millbrook. These days it has a new owner.
Tara Wing, the previous owner, moved from Millbrook and sold the store to Cailin McAllister of Hyde Park. McAllister said the store will stay the same as it is now; open to receive consignments.
“We took over Jan. 3, so it’s a nice fresh start to the New Year,” McAllister said. “In December I worked with Tara to meet people and learn about the store because I fell in love with the store.”

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