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MILLBROOK—The two vacancies on the Village Board of Trustees were won by the two Democratic candidates, who now join fellow Democrat Mike Herzog on the Village Board. Brian Hicks, current Republican trustee, did not seek reelection.

The total count according to the Dutchess County Board of Elections puts Democrats Tim Collopy at 312 votes and Kevin McGrane at 304 votes.

Incumbent Kyle Van De Water, a Republican, garnered 289 votes and fellow Republican Katherine Manzi-Doro received a total of 278 votes. There were also two write-ins.

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2011-12 Millbrook school district budgets approved

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MILLBROOK — Tuesday, May 17, torrential rain flooded all of Dutchess County, and from noon until 9 p.m. members of the community trekked to the Millbrook Middle School Auditorium to vote for the proposed 2011-12 school budget.This year’s proposed budget came out to $25,686,794, a 2.75 percent spending increase over the current year, according to the Millbrook Central School District Messenger newsletter.

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St. Joseph’s church helps tornado victims

MILLBROOK — Virginia Iannucci, a parishioner of St. Joseph’s Church in Millbrook, felt inspired to do something to help the people in Alabama who suffered tremendous losses due to the recent tornadoes.
On Saturday, April 30, after a quick OK from Father James O’Connor, pastor of St. Joseph’s, to use the parish hall as a collection point, contact was made with people in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Peter Iannucci (son of Gino and Ginny) offered the huge truck and trailer used for his business, Two-by-Two Petting Zoo.

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Preparing for Dr. Seuss

MILLBROOK — A middle school cast of more than 50 actors will transform the auditorium at Millbrook High School (MHS) into a whimsical jungle of faithful elephants, sour kangaroos, self-centered birds and Whos in jeopardy.
Millbrook Middle School will present “Seussical Jr.,” based on the stories of Dr. Seuss and featuring award-winning music by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, at the MHS auditorium at on Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and seats are general admission.

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Good Dog Foundation to benefit from clothing sale

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MILLBROOK — The J. McLaughlin clothing boutique in Millbrook will host a three-day event to benefit the Good Dog Foundation from Friday, May 13, to Sunday, May 15. Customers who mention “good dogs” will have 20 percent of their purchase cost donated to the foundation.
Susan Fireman, the executive trainer for the Good Dog Foundation, will be at J. McLaughlin on Saturday, May 14, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to evaluate dogs and discuss the training courses that prepare dogs and their owners for therapy sessions.

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McKibben says we missed chance to avoid climate change

MILLBROOK — “Over the past 20 years both political parties have had the chance to address global warming and they’ve produced exactly nothing,” said Bill McKibben, world-renowned author and environmentalist, at a talk before a packed house at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook last Thursday afternoon.

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Middle school students shadow workers on the job

MILLBROOK — The Family and Consumer Sciences and Guidance departments at Millbrook Middle School collaborated to provide a golden opportunity to its students recently — the chance to see what the work world is really like.
On Wednesday, April 13, 49 middle school students participated in a job shadowing program. During this program, each student was paired with a professional from one of 15 different partner sites across Dutchess County. The partner sites varied in nature to represent many different career options and interests.

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They're all ears ...

Millbrook residents, from left, Jessica Mercurio, 13, Hannah Mcauley, 10, and Destiny Darnell, 8, were all at the Washington Town Park on Friday, April 22, for the Twilight Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the town’s Recreation Committee.

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Tally, ho, it’s time to hunt

Noah Tetpon, 10, held out the goodies he collected while hunting the grounds of the park, which was swimming with children from the fourth grade and up.

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Journalist’s new beat

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MILLBROOK — The managing editor of The Millbrook Independent, Olesia Plokhii, has left the paper and is on her way to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to work on The Cambodia Daily, the English language paper of record for Cambodia founded by veteran American journalist Bernard Krisher.
In an interview with The Millerton News, Plokhii confided that she always wanted to be a foreign correspondent.
“It was time to move on,” she said.

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Bennett appeal without merit

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MILLBROOK — A panel of four judges of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York affirmed the decision of the lower courts that the village of Millbrook’s Planning Board had acted within its authority when approving a special use permit that would allow the construction of 91 condo units on 27.6 acres on the site of the former Bennett College, preliminary site plans and a subdivision plat in November 2008.
Allan Rappleyea, representing the Oakley L. Thorne Trust, the appellant, said after the decision, “We are going to exhaust every legal opportunity.”

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