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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Central School District Board of Education (BOE) met on Tuesday, Nov. 20, for its regular meeting. The first item was for the approval of an Amended Dutchess Education Health Insurance Consortium (DEHIC) Trust Agreement.

Next, it approved several appointments and accepted resignations, which it did at earlier fall meetings as well. Included is a list of those appointments.

The appointment of Paige Emerson as senior typist was OK’d, with a 26-week probationary period, and a salary, pro-rated, of $29,023.91. 

The board also...

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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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Millbrook sends off class of 2011

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MILLBROOK — Graduates gathered at the Millbrook High School gymnasium with fellow classmates, administrators, teachers, friends and family for the 56th commencement ceremony Saturday, June 25, at 10 a.m. The 93 graduates lined up in the high school hallway, girls in white and boys in blue, both in caps and gowns.
The class of 2011 filed into the gymnasium as the high school band played during the procession. The salutatory address was given by Alexandra Kohut; she will attend the University of Vermont in the fall and plans to major in pre-medicine.

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Fire accident injures Washington resident

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WASHINGTON — Matthew Rochfort was seriously injured in a bonfire accident Saturday, June 18. Rochfort attempted to light a pile of wood that had been unknowingly doused with gasoline.
When he lit the wood, it exploded. The incident occurred at his residence in the town of Washington. Emergency personnel were called to the scene and he was air-lifted to Westchester Medical Hospital.

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