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MILLBROOK — Mayor Rod Brown opened the Village Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. and got straight to appointments. Trustee Joe Rochfort was sworn in as deputy mayor, having been absent at the reorganization meeting. Mark Vila was sworn in for the Zoning Board of Appeals. Also sworn in to the Planning Board was Kay Vanderlyn.

The Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) contract was signed, which will raise for incentive credits for those who volunteer with the fire department. The issue was voted on during November’s election.

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Making merry in Millbrook

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MILLBROOK — The holidays are fast approaching and the village is already beginning to look bright and cheerful. Windows are decorated, Santa and his reindeer are standing on the Village Green and across Franklin Avenue, and the nativity scene is on display. It seems as though everything is poised and waiting for the Parade of Lights on Friday, Dec. 1, for the official holiday season to begin.

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Film on Italian immigrants brings Hollywood to Millbrook

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MILLBROOK — There were tears, laughter and a strong sense of nostalgia during the 35-minute screening of “Il Villaggio di Millbrook,” at the end, long and enthusiastic applause. The film was touching, and for many it brought back memories of their childhood and of loved ones who are no longer living. 

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Mental illness: helping students stay healthy

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MILLBROOK — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has found approximately one in five youths between the ages of 13 and 18 experience a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. That’s 21.4 percent. Between the ages of 8 and 15, the number is estimated at 13 percent. These children — most registered in local school systems — need to be helped.

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Board discusses village issues: Public access, holidays and ADA projects

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MILLBROOK— At the Village Board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14, Mayor Rod Brown asked for a moment of silent prayer for the victims of the Texas church massacre. He then thanked all veterans for their service to the nation. He also voiced his pleasure that the firefighters exemption vote passed at the polls and that emergency volunteers will receive an incentive raise.

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Quarryland will not be able to pursue village water connection, says board

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MILLBROOK— Through a vote at the Tuesday, Nov. 14, Village Board meeting, Quarryland Realty, which is seeking approval for a connection to the village water system, was told it was a no-go. 
Quarryland representatives were told they can apply in the future if another means of connecting to village water arises, and if it obtains research from engineers not affiliated with Delaware Engineering, which is the engineering firm contracted with the village. In essence, Quarryland must come up with a different game plan. 

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Discussing the lessons and legacies of the Vietnam War

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MILLBROOK— When one thinks of war, one usually thinks about weapons, the cost in human life and military strategy. Robert K. Brigham, author or coauthor of 10 books, appeared last week to discuss the Vietnam War in particular. Shirley Ecker Boskey, professor of History and International Relations at Vassar College, was the presenter. Brigham specializes in U.S. foreign policy history.

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Referendum passes at the polls: Firefighters, EMTs get raise in service award benefits

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MILLBROOK — Village of Millbrook voters passed a referendum on the Nov. 7 ballot to raise the Length of Service Award Programs (LOSAP) by a wide margin with 343 ayes to 72 nays. At the Village Board meeting Aug. 22, a presentation was given by a representative of PenFlex, Inc., a professional services firm that specializes in handling  LOSAP for volunteer firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).

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Veterans Day brings cold temperatures, warm hearts

MILLBROOK— The day may have been cold and windy, but, as in past years, the Veterans Day program managed to draw a crowd of grateful residents who wanted to give thanks and honor those who have served.
Veterans from VFW Post 9008 and beyond gathered, with Post Cmdr. Lon Moore, Boy Scout Troop 31 and Scout Leader Ed Olson, to celebrate and to be celebrated. The Village Green was dotted with a great many flags.

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An owlish craft

MILLBROOK — Merritt Bookstore has been hosting a series of needle felting workshops recently. On Saturday, Nov. 11, several women gathered to create an owl ornament, for a tree or mantle. 
Martha Belardo, of Hudson Valley Fiber Arts, was the instructor. At a cost of $50, all materials, tools and a variety of refreshments were on hand, and the three-hour workshop was fun, instructive and produced an adorable owl ornament. 

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Village discusses census, signage and water

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MILLBROOK — The Village Board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 24, was opened by Mayor Rod Brown; the first item of business was the announcement that the county will be handling the 2020 census. Local census volunteers include resident Ceil Collopy, Village Trustees Joe Rochfort and Brian Hicks and the mayor’s wife, Linda Brown.
Next, it was announced that the audio and attachments from board meetings will be uploaded to the web site prior to the minutes being approved.

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