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MILLBROOK — With song lists just a tap away on a laptop, iPhone or tablet, it’s hard to imagine the apparatus that was needed in the olden days to hear music. The machines were complicated, to say the least, and often delicate, hardly easy to carry around, and for the most part, expensive and out of reach to a great many people.

In discussing music makers from 1820 through the early 1940s, presenter Craig Marshall played and talked about some exquisite music boxes whose sounds were still incredibly clear and a joy to hear. The first was a Swiss-made cylinder model, made...

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Town Board assists residents on speed issue

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WASHINGTON — Town Supervisor Gary Ciferri brought to the attention of the Town Board a dangerous passing zone located on Route 343 near Walbridge Farm. At the board meeting on Thursday, Feb. 9, Ciferri said Doug and Cheryl Giles from Walbridge Farm requested a New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) traffic study for a reduced speed limit and additional warning signs on that stretch of Route 343.

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A Night Out on the Town at the Millbrook Public Library

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MILLBROOK — Sweet music and visual art filled the Millbrook Public Library Saturday, Feb. 11, when the library and the Millbrook Arts Group presented their second of three programs called, A Night Out on the Town. The events welcome the public to the Millbrook library to enjoy classical music concerts and a gallery talk free-of-charge.

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Sweet craft time

Ava Elghanayan, Flora Elghanayan and Jenna Burns made Valentine’s Day cards at the Millbrook Public Library during Valentine’s Day Crafts, a program for children ages 3 to 12 on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

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Brush fire sweeps Millbrook property

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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Hook and Ladder Company Engine No. 1 responded to a brush and grass fire on a property on Oak Summit Road at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13. It took 20 minutes to put out the fire, which burned a little less than an acre.
In addition to the Millbrook department, the trans-care ambulance, fire departments from Union Vale and Washington all responded. Millbrook’s Chief Ted Bownes said the Millbrook fire department was back in the firehouse before 11 a.m. Bownes said no one was injured and no structures were damaged by the blaze.

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Exploring the wonders of winter

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MILLBROOK — People of all ages attended the winter ecology walk at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies on Sunday, Feb. 5.
The walk was led by Cary Institute educators who showed attendees the plants and insects that survive in nature during the winter. In past years the walk was often taken through snow-covered trails, but this year the weather was mild and sunny.
The educators broke participants into two different groups for the walk; one for children and the other for adults.

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‘Treasure Buddies’ screened at Village Hall

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MILLBROOK — Village Hall was transformed into a movie theater on Friday, Feb. 3, for a feature film. It was the Washington Recreation Commission’s first of three planned movie nights this winter.
The commission screened “Treasure Buddies” in the Guertin Gym and gave out free popcorn and water and sold candy at a reduced price. The event was free. Families attended with chairs and blankets, making it a cozy outing. Children wore their pajamas and brought pillows to enjoy the movie night with friends.

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MMS fights bullying

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MILLBROOK — Principal Phyllis Amori invited parents to the Millbrook Middle School (MMS) cafeteria Tuesday, Jan. 31, for an Anti-Bullying Coffee Hour. Amori and Assistant Principal Marisa Merlino led a discussion about partnering against bullying behavior.
Amori told parents about a recent middle school assembly where she said inappropriate and hurtful words to the students.

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Author digs deep during book reading

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MILLBROOK — “Ideas for the stories in the ‘Cracks in the Earth’ collection came to me like wildflowers in the gardens we planted after I moved to Dutchess County,” Cynthia Link told the audience during her author talk at the Merritt Bookstore. “I didn’t intend to write. I wasn’t thinking about pioneer ancestors. Having lived on South Dakota farms, Dutchess County didn’t even strike me as all that rural. But as I’d plant and weed and move rocks, of course, because it is Dutchess County, the opening lines of rural stories came to me like a voice in my ear.”

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Millbrook cleans up its code

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MILLBROOK — The October snowstorm left piles of brush for many residents. In the village of Millbrook the highway department’s cleanup was a long and exhausting process.
Although the storm left a large amount of debris — more than the department usually handles — Highway Superintendent Bob Collocola approached the Village Board complaining about how residents handled the storm aftermath.

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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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