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MILLBROOK — In spite of the  very cold weather, Santa Night, sponsored by the Town of Washington Recreation Department, was proclaimed a successful event. It proved to be a great night for hayrides and meeting with Santa and  Mrs. Claus. 

The wagons,  provided by Thornedale Farms, picked children up at the base of the Tribute Gardens in front of the lighted Christmas tree. After a brisk ride up Franklin Avenue, the children were returned, most of them heading for the Millbrook firehouse, where refreshments awaited them, as well as a visit with Santa and...

Millbrook

Community Development Block Grant, EMS discussed by board

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MILLBROOK — The Thursday, Oct. 11, Town Board meeting  began with town Supervisor Gary Ciferri reading from a letter that came from Green Briar Adult Home, thanking the town for helping to  get the county bus to stop in front of the home.
Ciferri also reported that Skip Ciferri was very pleased with the event held in his honor for volunteerism, which 180 people attended on Oct. 6.

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Trees for Trib project garners school district special honor

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WASHINGTON —  The Millbrook High School Environmental Club received a certificate from the Wappinger Creek Watershed Council and from Cornell Extension Environmental Education in appreciation of trees that were planted on the hill below the middle school in May, 2015.
Mike Herzog, council chair of the Wappinger Creek project, and Sean Carroll, from Cornell Cooperative Extension, were the presenters at a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 12, held in the middle school library.

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Candidates to debate for Millbrook village trustee seats

MILLBROOK — Although there are four candidates vying for two seats on the Millbrook Village Board, as of presstime only two, Republican Kyle Van De Water and Democrat Tim Collopy, have said they will debate on Monday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. The debate will be held at the Village Hall, 35 Merritt Ave., Millbrook.
Both candidates in the debate have served, or are serving, as trustee, a position that has a two-year term. Collopy has previously served as a trustee. Van De Water is currently on the Village Board.

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BOE gets update on mold problems and talks about bus sign

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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Central School District Board of Education met on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. 
School Superintendent Philip D’Angelo gave an update on the mold situation at the two grade schools. Alden Place Elementary School students have returned to their school after the retesting and remediation were completed and approved. 

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All creatures, big and small, get blessed

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MILLBROOK— The Blessing of the Animals is a tradition that occurs around the world. On Sunday, Oct. 7, it occurred in Millbrook, at Trevor Zoo, and for some smaller, domesticated animals, it also took place at Grace Episcopal Church.

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Volunteer Skip Ciferri honored for his good deeds

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MILLBROOK— Roughly 180 people gathered at the Millbrook Golf and Tennis Club on Saturday, Oct. 6, to honor Skip Ciferri, who was named 2018 Volunteer of the Year by the town of Washington.
The title is new, but the good works Ciferri has done go back a lifetime. He has spent his life doing whatever he can to make Millbrook a better place to live. That he loves his community, and the people in it, is an understatement, and those who came to honor him were effusive in their praise of him.

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The rise and fall of Dutchess County railroads

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MILLBROOK— From small agrarian communities to bustling hubs of commerce, much of Dutchess County development coming into the 20th Century was due to the advent of the railroad.
The year 2019 will mark the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the railroad into Millbrook, and the Millbrook Historical Society took note of this with the topic of its first fall meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20, by inviting three gentlemen from the Hopewell Junction Restoration program to speak.

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Angels of Light gala illuminates Orvis

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MILLBROOK— Softly lit tents turned Orvis’ back lawn into a fairyland; fire pits surrounded by tables and chairs dotted the space and a lit open barn at the top of a hill housed some of the treasures to be auctioned off.

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Fun and food shared at annual Fall Festival

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MILLBROOK— Painted faces, soccer in the background, live music and lots of good food, what more could you ask for on a crisp, fall day, for young and old alike. Well, add some pumpkin painting and lots of friendly vendors, and that’s pretty much a perfect day for the Second Annual Fall Festival sponsored by the Town of Washington Recreation Department.

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Village Board discusses ambulance service, bids and roads

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MILLBROOK— Problems with ambulance service have been mentioned at several recent Village Board meetings. 
It came to the attention of the mayor that a resident, having fallen at his home, was reportedly left for more than 30 minutes while awaiting an ambulance to transport him to the hospital. His neighbor, Kevin McCraken, attended last week’s board meeting to discuss the problem.
Mayor Rodney Brown said he would very much like to have 24/7 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) coverage for the village.

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