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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...

Millbrook

An artistic endeavor

From left, Archer Adams, 5, worked with Isabelle Rubbo, 13, a middle-school student from Millbrook, and his sister, Madeline, 8. Isabelle was helping children create books at Merritt Bookstore. Archer and Madeline live in Poughkeepsie, but are frequent visitors to Millbrook. In the background is some of the art from the Millbrook Central School District’s Annual Art Show.

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Village Board welcomes public participation: Up for discussion: Budget, meeting rules, Thorne Building and water issues

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MILLBROOK— In a lengthy but amicable meeting, the Village Board met on Tuesday, April 25. As it was the second meeting of the month, residents who attended were able to make public comments.
The first order of business was a line-by-line discussion of the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Mayor Rodney Brown went over each item individually. Some items were unchanged from this year’s budget while some were higher or lower. Brown gave explanations for each item and change. 

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Arbor Day celebrated by children and adults alike

MILLBROOK — The village of Millbrook celebrated Arbor Day on Friday, April 28. It was a day to celebrate the planting of trees, a tradition started  back in 1854 by J. Sterling Morton in the Nebraska Territory.
Arbor Day has since become a national tradition, with different dates for Arbor Day coinciding with the best planting season in each section of the country. 
Also this year, Millbrook is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a Tree City, U.S.A. 

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Millerton Elementary building sale approved

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MILLERTON — After three years of soliciting bids, the Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) recently approved the sale of the Millerton Elementary School (MES) building during its meeting on Tuesday, April 25.  The building was sold to Richard Lanka and Morgan Coy, for $275,000. Lanka and Coy were reached for this story, but opted not to make their plans for MES public at this time.

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Millbrook School students tutor in ESL programs

MILLBROOK — Sometimes, things just seem to come together at the appropriate time and place. Evelyn Garzetta is director of the Latino Outreach of Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook. She wears many hats, but one of her most important jobs is helping her Latino clients learn English.

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FCCLA students take home the gold, move on to nationals

Millbrook — Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni and guests from across the state gathered in Owego, N.Y., from Wednesday through Friday, March 22 through 24, for the 2017 New York State FCCLA Leadership Conference. 

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The architecture of James E. Ware, alive and well, in Millbrook

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MILLBROOK — James E. Ware was well known for his architectural style in New York City. After all, he was the one who designed the Osborne Hotel, which at the time was the tallest building in Manhattan. He used elevators, which was rare in those days. He began his practice in 1869.
He also designed the Twelfth Regiment Armory on Columbus Avenue and was responsible for the “dumbbell” design of tenement housing. The first two fireproof warehouses in the city were also designed by Ware.

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Washington Town Board’s April meeting: Culverts, highway, recreation and more

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WASHINGTON — The Town Board met on Thursday, April 13, with town Supervisor Gary Ciferri as chair. 
Culvert projects
First on the agenda was George Cronk, of the engineering firm Chazen Companies, which is working with the town on both the Oak Summit and Stanford Road culvert projects. 

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A fun townwide Easter celebration

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MILLBROOK — On Saturday morning, April 15, a picture-perfect day, Millbrook celebrated the Easter season with lots of candy, colored eggs and a very special Easter Bunny. It began with a hearty breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage and bacon at the firehouse, provided by the Auxiliary, for children and their families. 

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Palm Sunday in Millbrook

Palm Sunday was celebrated by three of Millbrook’s churches and their pastors, the reverends Matthew Calkins of Grace Church, Thomas Fiet of Lyall Memorial Federated Church, and Monsignor Gerardo J. Colacicco of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Meeting at the Thorne Building, the many parishioners of the different churches gathered for a parade down Franklin Avenue. A donkey named Bella was part of the processional. Bella was walked by Virginia Ianucci, followed by the pastors and parishoners.

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