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MILLBROOK— With new head of school Matt Heard at the helm, Dutchess Day School started its 62nd school year on Thursday, Sept. 7. 

Prior to coming to Dutchess Day, Heard served as head of upper school at the Fay School in Southborough, Mass., the oldest junior boarding school in the country. Before that, he was the assistant head at The Tuxedo Park School for almost a decade. 

Heard holds a master’s in Private School Leadership from Columbia University and his teaching experience is in science and outdoor education and leadership. Heard has more than...

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Cary hosts forum on translational ecology

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MILLBROOK — The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies hosted more than 80 undergraduate and graduate students from around the country on Friday, July 7, offering a look at careers in the fields of science and ecology. 
The program was divided into three parts, with speakers who also talked individually to students about translational ecology and related fields. 
Josh Ginsberg, president of Cary Institute, welcomed the group. 

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2017 Annual Millbrook Fireman’s Parade and Carnival successful, fun

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MILLBROOK — Saturday, July 8, was the last night of the annual Fireman’s Carnival and the night of its parade — the biggest in Dutchess County. In spite of rain nearby, Millbrook stayed dry and the parade, with more than 20 different fire companies participating, took place at 6 p.m. The parade route took fire companies, police officers and marching bands up Franklin Avenue, ending at the Thorne Building and the site of the carnival. 

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Dutchess County 4-H hopes to grow alumni and friends group

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MILLBROOK — When Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) 4-H Youth Development Program Leader Jane Rodd called for a recent meeting, it was not to recruit more youngsters, as is frequently the case with such meetings. It was to brainstorm about bringing members — past and present — together to form a committee of friends and alumnae of Dutchess 4-H’ers.
About 30 people attended. They shared memories while reviewing photos from the 4-H archives. Many guests found pictures of people they knew, and, for some, photos of themselves. 

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Village Board discusses water contamination and more

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MILLBROOK — A Village Board meeting was held on Tuesday, June 27. Administrative business was taken care of first, with the acceptance of the minutes, with modification, from the June 13 meeting. 
Attorney Kyle Van De Water was sworn in as a new board member. Van De Water is a resident of Millbrook, married and with four children. 

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BOE celebrates Hurley’s 24 years of service to schools

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MILLBROOK— The Millbrook Central School District Board of Education (BOE) met on Monday, June 26, for a June 19 meeting that was postponed due to inclement weather. 
BOE Vice President John Rudy presented outgoing President Thomas Hurley with a plaque for 24 years of service to the district, the last 22 as president. Cake followed, and the meeting recessed for about 15 minutes. Hurley will finish his term this summer.

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At long last, there’s hope for Millbrook’s Thorne Building

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MILLBROOK — The status of the Thorne Building has been a topic of much speculation over the years at Millbrook Village Board meetings. Now, at long last, there may be some answers. 
During the past two years, there have been multiple news articles on both the Thorne Building and the Bennett College properties, in particular, Halcyon Hall — in a severe state of disrepair. Residents were afraid the Thorne building would go the way of Halcyon, falling into ruin while questions remained unanswered. 

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Town Board discusses road repairs and recreation at monthly meeting

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WASHINGTON — The Washington Town Board held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, June 8. 
Town Supervisor Gary Ciferri opened the meeting. Among the items discussed: the ongoing project concerning the Community Development Block Grant handicapped-accessibility upgrade at the entrance of Town Hall. It included a report by architect Ed Loedy. The bidding process for the project is currently on hold. 

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Village addresses building fees and celebrations

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MILLBROOK — The Village Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall.
The Millbrook Golf and Tennis Club will hold its annual fireworks display this July, for Independence Day. Although it is not open to the public, area residents can see the fireworks from various locations throughout the village. 
The Sign Committee, led by Trustee Joe Rochfort and aided by resident Kevin McGrane, is looking for suitable solutions to keeping both residents and shop owners happy with local signage.

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Millbrook graduates 88 on June 23

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MILLBROOK— Moved indoors because of the possibility of inclement weather, graduation was held on Friday, June 23, in the Millbrook High School gym. It was a joyous and moving event. From start to finish, parents, students and all other guests celebrated the 88 students who will now be going to make their own way in the world. Of the graduating seniors who applied to colleges and universities, acceptances were received from 98 different institutes of higher learning.

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Detours planned in town of Washington

WASHINGTON — Summer road closures have been announced. The long awaited replacement of the culvert on Stanford Road is beginning, and will cause the closure of that road starting Monday, June 26, and continuing until Monday, July 31. It will be open to local traffic only between Route 44 and the Shunpike (County Route 57). 
The detour will take drivers along Valley Farm Road to the Shunpike or Route 44 to Valley Farm Road. 

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