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MILLBROOK — Tucked away between Barbosa’s Restaurant and the parking lot on Merritt Avenue, at 149 Church St., one can now find Samantha’s Sweet Shoppe, offering dairy treats, candy and small stationery items. There are also options for those seeking non-dairy or vegan treats.

Fresh and welcoming, with a bit of nostalgia, Samantha’s Sweet Shoppe brings back memories of childhood, something owner Samantha Martin had in mind when creating her new business. From her birthplace of Hong Kong, to the village of Millbrook, there are many years and stories in...

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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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Lions install new members

MILLBROOK — Two new members were inducted into the Millbrook Lions Club at its regular meeting on Wednesday, March 21, at the Millbrook Café. District Governor Peter Lyons performed the installation of Hollie Sturges and Jean Hayes. They were sponsored by Betty Rae Nittiskie.
The Millbrook Lions Club’s motto is “We Serve,” and members dedicate themselves to service to the community, while also focusing on causes such as sight and hearing, as well as autism.

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Millbrook’s school budget under the tax levy limit

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MILLBROOK — Superintendent of Schools Lloyd Jaeger presented the 2013-14 draft budget during the Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, March 21, at the Millbrook Middle School.
“This is not just any budget this year, it is the first year of a new era in New York state school finance with respect to how schools will be funded,” said Jaeger during his PowerPoint presentation. “There are regulations governing the discretion that school boards have and all public municipalities have in the development of budgets for their public.”

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Solutions elusive on Franklin Avenue speeding problem

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MILLBROOK — Speeding is an ongoing dilemma in the village of Millbrook, one Village Board members are constantly working to solve.
At the Tuesday, March 13, Village Board meeting, Trustee Mike Herzog presented a complaint from a resident whose car was recently clipped by a tanker truck. Herzog said the resident was upset the tanker truck had been speeding down the street and wanted to know what the Village Board would do about the problem.

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