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WASHINGTON — More than 25 people filled the Town Hall meeting room on Thursday, June 14, to discuss the proposed amendment  to the zoning code concerning solar energy and wind energy systems. The public hearing on Local Law No. 1 followed a moratorium on passing laws dealing with solar energy so that a committee could focus on town needs and wants.

Headed by Councilmen Al De Bonis and Michael Murphy, more than eight meetings took place during the time the moratorium was in effect, with a committee that included resident Larry Ham, Town Justice Jeff Feigelson, residents...

Millbrook

Rockin’ the night away with Elvis

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MILLBROOK — Saturday, June 11, Elvis fans came out to the St. Joseph School’s first ever Elvis Presley Tribute. Michael Vegas is an Elvis tribute artist; he performed with his band at the event. Rosalie Fegan, head of St. Joseph’s School, said that Vegas is from Westchester County and regularly performs at Traditions 118 restaurant in Garnite Springs.

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Dutchess Day School graduates

MILLBROOK — The eighth-grade students at Dutchess Day School became the 52nd class of Dutchess Day School graduates on Saturday, June 11. With the girls in white dresses and the boys wearing blue blazers and khakis, the group processed into the Bontecou gymnasium at 10 a.m.
Graduating were David Akst, Nicholas Akst, Hailey Conger, Alexander Dornemann, Erica Doyle, Jharana Greene, Hannah Hill, Anastasia Mitchell, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Chelsea Paglia, Alexander Quartararo, Nicholas Salnikoff, Hugo Wasserman and Bernadette Winby.

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Bird song focus of discussion at the Cary Institute

MILLBROOK — The hills are alive with the sound of male songbirds. For most of us, this persistent chirp, cackle, whistle and tweet is little more than background chatter, inconsequential and, in any case, indecipherable. But between birds, science has learned, it is richly communicative.
Early in May at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies’ auditorium in Millbrook, a standing-room-only crowd of bird lovers turned up to see and hear one of the world’s foremost ornithologists explain a bit about where bird songs originate and why birds sing the way they do.

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A Taste of Millbrook

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MILLBROOK — Not even an overcast day with scattered showers could take away the beauty at the Millbrook Vineyard & Winery. On Saturday evening, June 11, as fog rolled across the vineyard, people from all around the Dutchess County area traveled to get a taste of Millbrook.

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Grievance Day

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WASHINGTON — Grievance Day, when residents may either appear in person or send a letter to challenge property assessments, was May 24 at Town Hall.
Grievance Day occurs each year in New York. This year there were 24 submissions, 10 presented in person and 14 dropped off at Town Hall.

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Half-Moon Theater shines

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MILLBROOK — Theater is blossoming in Millbrook, in large measure because of the Half-Moon Theater, along with some help from the Millbrook High School.
Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4, at 8 p.m., Half-Moon presented the first 10-Minute Play Festival at the Millbrook High School auditorium. The event consisted of 10 (which turned out to be 11) plays, 10 minutes each, with 16 different actors, actresses and playwrights based locally and from New York City.

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En plein air

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Millbrook man electrocuted

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MILLBROOK — Thursday, June 2, at around 5 p.m., Millbrook resident Edward Rochfort was electrocuted after attempting to extinguish a brush fire, which was caused when a downed tree fell on electrical wires, according to the New York State Police.
Rochfort came into contact with the downed energized wire in the town of Amenia, along Route 44. The incident occurred between West Lake Amenia Road and Smithfield Valley Road on DeLavergne Hill. Rochfort, 43, died at Vassar Brothers Hospital from injuries resulting from the incident.

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Millbrook explores the issue of affordable housing

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MILLBROOK — As the town of Washington works to update its comprehensive plan, affordable housing is one of the major subjects that is being addressed. At the Board of Trustees meeting for the village of Millbrook on Tuesday, May 31, there was discussion about which aspects of the comprehensive plan will be updated, and housing is in the mix.
“It appears to be an important topic, one that we feel very close to and needs to be addressed, and that’s why it has come to the floor,” said Stan Morse, deputy mayor.

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Community rallies for Adams

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MILLBROOK — On Nov. 5, 2010, Ian Adams, a 10th-grade student from Millbrook High School, suffered a traumatic brain injury and fell into a coma after being in a serious car accident. Currently Ian is at the Helen Hayes Acute Rehab center in West Haverstraw, Rockland County, receiving intense therapy around the clock to try to help draw him out of his coma.
Earlier this month, students, alumni, teachers and members of the Millbrook community came together for Volley for Ian, an event to help raise money for Ian’s medical care.

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