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MILLBROOK — Charlotte’s restaurant in Millbrook has come a long way from its beginnings as a church, a speakeasy and, later, a theater. Its intriguing history was a major part of the Millbrook Historical Society’s recent meeting, which hosted the Dutchess County Historic Tavern Trail Tour on Friday, July 14. 

About 80 people met at the restaurant. They were treated to a local history lesson of the building and the early days of prohibition by Village of Millbrook Historian David Greenwood. Also there to talk history was Dutchess County Historian William Tatum...

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Efforts underway to rehabilitate Bennett College property

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MILLBROOK— After several years, a great many discussions at Village Board meetings and several news articles, the Village Board met on Tuesday, May 23, to offer some answers to the frequent question, “What’s happening with Bennett College?” 

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Annual plant sale remains a favorite

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MILLBROOK — Local gardeners look forward each weekend after Mother’s Day to the Master Gardener Plant Sale at Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County in Millbrook. 

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Annual Millbrook Literary Festival an all-day feast for readers

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MILLBROOK — Saturday, May 20, was sunny and not too warm, a perfect day for many outdoor activities including the ninth annual Millbrook Literary Festival. 
The festival this year had wonderful variety. It was originally conceived by the late Scott Meyer, former owner of Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook.
Meyer died in 2015, but a writing award, the Scott Meyer Award for Best Essay, honors his memory. This year, three writers, Leanne Sowel, Eric Trump and Joe Stefani, read their essays. The award went to Sowel, who is a teacher and a writer.

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Washington Town Board meets to discuss handicapped access, Stanford Road award bid

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WASHINGTON — At the Town Board meeting on Thursday, May 11, architect Ed Loedy spoke about the Town Hall entrance project, which includes building a handicapped-accessible ramp. It also involves financing from the county at $100,000. Once the county approves final plans, bids can be processed — ideally by the next Town Board meeting on June 8. 

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Hamada photos on display through May

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MILLBROOK — The highly unusual collection of photographs currently on display at the Millbrook Library  through the end of May are by Helen Hamada.
She lives in Woodstock with her husband, Kardash Onnig, a multimedia artist who works out of Stanfordville. That 11-acre property, at 76 Halas Lane, is home to installations of Onnig’s work. The pair also displays the work of other artists in Stanfordville, where they have their working studio.

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Millbrook resident talks about surviving the Holocaust

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MILLBROOK —   The story of Regina Samelson is a long one; after all, she was born on May 16, 1922, 95 years ago. But the real miracle of her story is that she is here at all, because she is a survivor of the Holocaust. These days, at her home at The Fountains in Millbrook, she reflects on her life.  

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Millbrook BOE presents 2017-18 budget

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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Central School District’s Board of Education (BOE) had its budget vote and board elections on Tuesday, May 16, after press time. The budget differs little from the previous year’s. 

Village Board works on municipal budget

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MILLBROOK —   A meeting for the 2017-18 budget was held at Village Hall on Thursday, May 4. A preliminary budget shared on April 24 showed revenue of $1.6 million, but expenses of $1.7 million, a deficit of $99,000 in the A fund. 
The F fund, or water fund, had a revenue of $277,000, with expenses listed at $224,000, an increase of $53,000. The G fund boasted $325,000, with expense listed at $311,000, showing a plus of $14,000.

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Millbrook School advances to finals of nation’s premier rocketry contest

MILLBROOK — Team Δa/Δt from Millbrook School has qualified to compete in the national finals of the 15th annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). The team will face 99 of the top rocketry teams from across the country to claim the title of national champion. The TARC Final Fly-Off will take place Saturday, May 13, at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va., outside of Washington, D.C.

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Getting artsy

Each spring, Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook hosts the annual Millbrook Central School District Art Show. The space, which was renovated last year, along with the entire store, is large and well lit, allowing for more than 100 works of art to be displayed. Owner Kira Wizner, who took over the bookstore and the art show last year, said she enjoys having the students’ work on display. 

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