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PINE PLAINS — With the budget development process for next year underway, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) set aside time at its last two meetings to discuss budget proposals for the 2019-20 school year.

At the meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 27, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Michael Goldbeck and Pine Plains Transportation Supervisor Drew Weaver gave a short presentation on their proposed budget for the transportation section of the 2019-20 budget. As a result of the department’s salary raises and a greater number of special education bus runs out...

Millbrook

Students help the homeless

MILLBROOK — For the past six years, the fifth-graders at Dutchess Day School (DDS) have been helping the homeless of Dutchess County.
This year, with guidance from their health teacher, Nigel Pink, they raised awareness about the homeless situation in Dutchess County and collected donations from the school community. This project coincides with the fifth grade’s health class lessons about empathy and the importance of helping those who are less fortunate.

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February town of Washington real estate transfers

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WASHINGTON — Emmy-winning TV director James Burrows and his wife, Deborah, have sold Willow Grace Farm, named after “Will & Grace,” the TV show he directed. The property is located at 140 Butts Hollow Road; it sold for $15 million in February, a record price for any property in the town of Washington. Originally listed for $21 million, the property includes a 7,000-plus-square-foot house completed in 2007 and 145 acres of land, according to county records. The property is currently assessed for tax purposes at $7,116,800.

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Number one in robot teamwork

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MILLBROOK — The Dutchess Day School (DDS) robotics team, the DDS Docs, placed first in teamwork in the finals of the 11th annual Hudson Valley for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology LEGO League Tournament at Dutchess Community College on Saturday, Feb. 26, at Dutchess Community College (DCC).
Two teams from Millbrook, the Dutchess Day School team of mostly seventh-graders, and the young fifth-grade team from Alden Place Elementary, were among the 12 teams that qualified for the final competition after the first round was held on Feb. 5 among 40 area teams.

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Art of the Tart appears on Daily Beast

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MILLBROOK — Kate Weiner, Millbrook’s priestess of puff pastry who sells her fresh-baked tarts at the Farmer’s Market in Millbrook, has just posted her first piece for the Hungry Beast section of the website The Daily Beast.
Entitled “The Art of Making Puff Pastry,” the article begins, “There are 729 layers of dough and a whole lot of butter.” Eric Ripert, chef at the Michelin three star Le Bernardin, reportedly read the piece and loved it.

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Town of Washington edits and agrees on vision statement

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WASHINGTON — Even the Declaration of Independence was revised by Congress. In the same spirit, in front of the 1776 American flag at the Millbrook firehouse, the residents of the town of Washington gathered on Saturday morning, March 5, to discuss and then agree on their own version of the town’s future.

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‘Hello, Dolly!’ cast and crew say

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MILLBROOK — After three sell-out performances over the March 4 weekend, Millbrook said goodbye to Dolly Levi Gallagher, Horace Vandergelder, Cornelius Hacker and Irene Molloy. There will be no more galloping, singing waiters or polka contests on the stage of Millbrook High School now that “Hello, Dolly!” has closed.
The 13-piece live orchestra conducted by Craig Fryer has left the pit; the sets will be repainted next year and the wigs and hats put back into storage.

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Vision meeting

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MILLBROOK — The town of Washington community discussion about what should be included in the vision statement for the new comprehensive plan will be held on Saturday, March 5, at the Millbrook firehouse starting at 9 a.m. and finishing by around 1 p.m.
The new administrative committee for the plan, appointed in September after the mass resignation of the previous steering committee, rescheduled a December meeting because of the holidays until February. The February meeting was canceled because of snow and now, weather permitting, it will finally happen in March.

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‘Hello, Dolly!’ gets ready for opening night

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MILLBROOK — “Hello, Dolly!” is having its dress rehearsal tonight, Thursday, March 3, before its opening performance on Friday, March 4. There will be two more performances, on Saturday, March 5, at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, March 6, at 2 p.m.
Millbrook’s musicals, 99 miles from Broadway, are so well done that the auditorium is al ways filled and includes discerning non-parents to see the productions. These shows can be sell-outs and tickets, $10 and $12, are available by calling 845-554-2514 or by e-mail at Tickets@millbrookcsd.org.

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Learning all about the food we eat

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MILLBROOK — “Inc.” is the most important part of the 2008 Oscar-nominated movie, “Food, Inc.,” that was shown at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies on Friday night, Feb. 25.
The “Inc.” aspect is more frightening than the blood, beef carcasses and assembly lines of dead pigs. The film is a smorgasbord of vast fields of corn, dark chicken houses, feed lots, slaughter and fast food — a snappy history and explanation of how our factory food chain was created over the last 50 years.

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Millbrook schools’ report card gets an A

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MILLBROOK — The state of New York has just released 2009-10 report cards for every public school district in the state, and the Millbrook School District received high grades in science, high school math and English proficiency.
In science, 95 percent of Millbrook eighth-graders met or exceeded state standards — the highest in the county — with more than half performing in the highest percentile. This compares to only 71 percent of all New York state students scoring at or above the required competency level.

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