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WASHINGTON — The monthly Town  Board meeting was held on Thursday, Aug. 8.

After announcing that Kathy Meyers was not renewing her certification and would be leaving her position as tax assessor as of Sept. 30, town Supervisor Gary Ciferri called on Highway Supervisor Joe Spagnola to give his report.

Spagnola said that an older truck, no longer in use, and a golf cart had been kept at the town park but need to be removed. The truck will be offered to the fire department for use in training; the golf cart will be dismantled and the parts will be distributed or...

Millbrook

Historical talk focuses on veterans

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MILLBROOK — The February meeting of the Millbrook Historical Society began with opening statements and announcements by President Dianne McNeil. She shared a first look at an ornament that will be used in fundraising for the Thorne Building. The ornament is round with a depiction of the Thorne Memorial Building by Sally Gifford O’Brien on one side and a short history of the edifice on the other. It will sell for $15 when it becomes available.

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Students exhibit at Kent Art Association

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MILLBROOK — One strong aspect of Millbrook schools is its art program — especially in the high school. Teachers Jillian Barnes, who teaches graphic design, and Michelle Cring, who  teaches studio art, are proud of their students and their work. They both make the extra effort to share their students’ work with the community.

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Millbrook High School addresses mass shootings at assembly

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MILLBROOK — On Wednesday, Feb. 21, Dover and Beacon schools received threats of violence. On Thursday, Feb. 22, a school in Poughkeepsie was also  threatened. With the recent mass killings at a high school in Parkland, Fla., zero tolerance for violence policies are more important than ever.

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Village Board Better water filtration needed

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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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Millbrook Schools: Emergency plans, officers ready

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MILLBROOK— In the wake of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla., schools around the nation are assessing their safety procedures. And while the Marjorie Stoneham Douglas High School had drills to prepare for such an emergency, reality proves that districts can only prepare so much.
So, what can be done to keep children and schools safe? The Millerton News took a look at the Millbrook Central School District to get an idea of how area schools are dealing with the growing risk of school violence. 

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Board of Ed meets, discusses capital improvements

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MILLBROOK— Board of Education (BOE) President John Rudy welcomed the public to the BOE meeting on Monday, Jan. 22, which quickly got underway.
The 2017-18 Health Services Contract with the Hyde Park Central School District was approved, as was the Millbrook Central School District Health Services Contract for 2017-18.
Letters of resignations were accepted for Bridget Kelly, a mathematics teacher with 16 years of service, and Dennis Hain, who spent 22 years as  guidance counselor. Both are retiring.

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Roadside mystery

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This sign post has been standing for a long time along Route 44, at the Shunpike intersection by the Lithgow Cottage Farm. The Millbrook Historical Society would like to learn about its history, when it was erected and by whom. It can be seen on the left side of Route 44 going west. Anyone with information about the sign is asked to contact reporter Judith O’Hara Balfe at judithb@millertonnews.com, who will then forward the information to volunteers at the Millbrook Historical Society.

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Millbrook at Home meets again

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MILLBROOK — When Milbrook at Home held an introductory meeting in September, attending seniors were presented with a rather unique idea: join forces with other seniors in an attempt to stay home as they age. Many senior citizens prefer to do so, rather than moving to assisted care facilities or retirement homes. 
The approach is ideal for seniors who are healthy and can care for themselves, but may not be able to drive. It solves the problem of how to get out to shop or to a doctor’s appointment.
Millbrook at Home could help.

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Dutchess Day diplomats attend Model U.N. in Boston

MILLBROOK— What can open the eyes of middle school students to the vastness and complexity of international relations? A textbook? A research project? How about Model United Nations? The best way to learn about the workings of government and the subtleties of diplomacy is by participating in what is essentially a role-playing exercise on a grand scale. Students take on real positions, as well as government and diplomatic roles. They try to reach consensus on global issues with students from other schools representing their own positions and governments. 

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First BOE meeting of the new year

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MILLBROOK— The Millbrook Board of Education (BOE) met on Monday, Jan. 22, after two previous meetings were cancelled due to weather. The meeting was held at 7 p.m. at Alden Place Elementary School.
At this first meeting of 2018, present were BOE President John Rudy, Vice President Thomas Lehmkuhl and members John O’Donnell, Paul Tobin, Perry Hartswick and Howard Shapiro. Dierdre Houston was not present. 
The 2017-2018 Health Services contract with the Wappinger Falls Central School District was approved. 

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