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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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Big plans for former Country Road site

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MILLBROOK — The Thorndale Farm/Miller Time Acquisitions site plan application and subdivision was the only business presented to the Planning Board at its meeting on Thursday, Jan. 26.
The Thorndale Farm is an estate that used to be the location of Country Road Associates, a business that made furniture using antique lumber. It was located at 63 Front St., near the post office. The building burned down two years ago.

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GIS software useful resource for municipalities

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MILLBROOK — Geographic mapping has advanced from a folded piece of paper that you keep in your car to online resources. Google Maps allows anyone to visually view their house at street level and supply them with directions on how to get there from any place in the world for free.
From GPS systems for cars to websites like MapQuest, the way we use maps is changing everyday. Although the advancement of mapping has helped people get places faster and easier, it serves a much greater purpose when used for community development and environmental conservation.

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Honorable mentions

Pictured from left, first row, are eighth-grade students Alex Findeis, Megan Fergus, Emily Detlefs, Daniel Cox, Sophia Bucklin and Jordan Babbitt, who were sworn in to the National Junior Honor Society at Millbrook Middle School on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

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Scientist and artist spread awareness on global climate change

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MILLBROOK — Scientist Orrin Pilkey and environmental artist Mary Edna Fraser are spreading awareness of global climate change.

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Millbrook residents will be on the ballots

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MILLBROOK — Millbrook residents Rich Wager and Didi Barrett have received nominations to run on the Republican and Democratic ballots, respectively, for the 103rd District Assemblyman seat, which was left vacant when Marc Molinaro took the position of Dutchess County executive. A special election will be held on March 20 to fill the seat.
Wager beat out Dutchess County Legislator Michael Kelsey from Pleasant Valley for the nomination.

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Rotary post-holiday party

The Millbrook Rotary recently hosted an evening of socializing at the Fountains at Millbrook. From left, Nan and David Greenwood, Dave Kruger and Mary and Bryan Bunch paused for a moment to smile and toast the new year.

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Supervisor Ciferri handles business, old and new

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WASHINGTON — The Town Board at its first regular meeting of the new year on Thursday, Jan. 12, had a full audience as town Supervisor Gary Ciferri reviewed old and new business, starting with a proposed local law for emergency preparedness.

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Happy Days Diner

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MILLBROOK — Happy Days Diner has been a staple in the Millbrook community for more than 20 years. When visiting the diner it is impossible not to notice the huge collection of eclectic vintage antiques such as Coca Cola vending machines and a bright neon sign with the words “Cruisin’ 55.” The diner instantly transports customers to another era, making them feel as though they are back in the 1950s.

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Village Board in no rush to pass Joint Emergency Plan

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MILLBROOK — Mayor Laura Hurley had a lengthy discussion with the village trustees about reintroducing the Emergency Preparedness Local Law at the Tuesday, Jan. 10, Village Board meeting.
In December, the village and town met for a joint meeting to discuss the Joint Emergency Plan. The plan anticipates and responds to a major catastrophe, setting out procedures for the first 48 hours. Drafting the plan has taken four years on the part of officials and interested community members.

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There’s a new hangout for Millbrook teens

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MILLBROOK — Most libraries struggle to get teenagers into the library. In small towns and rural areas teenagers struggle to find a central hangout to spend time after school. The youth services coordinator for the Millbrook Free Library, Joan Frenzel, has figured out a way to fill both needs at once.

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