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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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Washington wetlands law on the books

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WASHINGTON — Local Law No. 1 of 2011, entitled, “Wetlands and Watercourses Law of the Town of Washington,” was adopted by the Washington Town Board on Thursday, May 12. The purpose of the local law it to protect the health, safety and welfare of the Washington community by preventing harm to the wetlands, as stated in the resolution. The term“wetlands” applies to diverse water bodies and is referred to in the law as “regulated areas.”

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Millbrook School District strives for perfection in music

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MILLBROOK — “Music is one of those areas where perfection is what we strive for,” said Craig Fryer, music teacher for the Millbrook High School.
As music teacher for the high school, Fryer has applied his passion for instrumental music to the school since 1993. Coming to Millbrook High School after teaching in the City of Poughkeepsie School District from 1982 to 1993, he came to build the instrumental program.

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Rockin’ the night away with Elvis

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MILLBROOK — Saturday, June 11, Elvis fans came out to the St. Joseph School’s first ever Elvis Presley Tribute. Michael Vegas is an Elvis tribute artist; he performed with his band at the event. Rosalie Fegan, head of St. Joseph’s School, said that Vegas is from Westchester County and regularly performs at Traditions 118 restaurant in Garnite Springs.

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Dutchess Day School graduates

MILLBROOK — The eighth-grade students at Dutchess Day School became the 52nd class of Dutchess Day School graduates on Saturday, June 11. With the girls in white dresses and the boys wearing blue blazers and khakis, the group processed into the Bontecou gymnasium at 10 a.m.
Graduating were David Akst, Nicholas Akst, Hailey Conger, Alexander Dornemann, Erica Doyle, Jharana Greene, Hannah Hill, Anastasia Mitchell, Lillian Oyen-Ustad, Chelsea Paglia, Alexander Quartararo, Nicholas Salnikoff, Hugo Wasserman and Bernadette Winby.

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Bird song focus of discussion at the Cary Institute

MILLBROOK — The hills are alive with the sound of male songbirds. For most of us, this persistent chirp, cackle, whistle and tweet is little more than background chatter, inconsequential and, in any case, indecipherable. But between birds, science has learned, it is richly communicative.
Early in May at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies’ auditorium in Millbrook, a standing-room-only crowd of bird lovers turned up to see and hear one of the world’s foremost ornithologists explain a bit about where bird songs originate and why birds sing the way they do.

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A Taste of Millbrook

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MILLBROOK — Not even an overcast day with scattered showers could take away the beauty at the Millbrook Vineyard & Winery. On Saturday evening, June 11, as fog rolled across the vineyard, people from all around the Dutchess County area traveled to get a taste of Millbrook.

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Grievance Day

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WASHINGTON — Grievance Day, when residents may either appear in person or send a letter to challenge property assessments, was May 24 at Town Hall.
Grievance Day occurs each year in New York. This year there were 24 submissions, 10 presented in person and 14 dropped off at Town Hall.

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Half-Moon Theater shines

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MILLBROOK — Theater is blossoming in Millbrook, in large measure because of the Half-Moon Theater, along with some help from the Millbrook High School.
Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4, at 8 p.m., Half-Moon presented the first 10-Minute Play Festival at the Millbrook High School auditorium. The event consisted of 10 (which turned out to be 11) plays, 10 minutes each, with 16 different actors, actresses and playwrights based locally and from New York City.

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En plein air

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Millbrook man electrocuted

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MILLBROOK — Thursday, June 2, at around 5 p.m., Millbrook resident Edward Rochfort was electrocuted after attempting to extinguish a brush fire, which was caused when a downed tree fell on electrical wires, according to the New York State Police.
Rochfort came into contact with the downed energized wire in the town of Amenia, along Route 44. The incident occurred between West Lake Amenia Road and Smithfield Valley Road on DeLavergne Hill. Rochfort, 43, died at Vassar Brothers Hospital from injuries resulting from the incident.

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