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WASHINGTON — There was an animated public discussion on Killearn Road — who wants it paved and who doesn’t — at the Washington Town Board meeting on Thursday, March  9. 

In the February town meeting, several Killearn Road residents spoke about the road being impassable at times, muddy and rutted. Residents want something done, and after discussing a few possibilities the board said it would look into it and have Highway Superintendent Joseph Spagnola do some research on the problem. Paving was suggested as a possible solution, along with several...

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Town of Washington board met on Dec. 8

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WASHINGTON  — The Washington Town Board began its meeting Dec. 8 with correspondence concerning the lighting of the menorah on Dec. 29 on the Thorne Building lawn at 5 p.m. All are invited for latkes, hot chocolate, doughnuts and dancing  sponsored by the Rhinebeck Jewish Center.
A public hearing had been scheduled for awarding contracts to the village of Millbrook at $425,580 for one year, and the East Clinton Fire District at $1,200 for five years. There was no public participation, and the awards were passed by a unanimous vote.

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A sweet construction

MILLBROOK — The town of Washington sponsored a gingerbread house workshop on Friday, Dec. 9. The houses, already built, were decorated with  icing, provided by the Recreation Department, and candy, provided by the participants.
As promised, the evening was filled with holiday fun as adults and children of all ages participated. 
The Recreation Department purchased 125 houses; about 60 were constructed at the firehouse workshop, while roughly 60 were bought by residents to decorate at home. 

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Crafting cards at the Millbrook Library

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MILBROOK— Seven participants met at the Millbrook Library and, under the tutelage of Cindy Senese, who owns Stampin’ Up! in Beacon, they handcrafted Christmas cards. 
Senese is an independent demonstrator/manager, and does scrapbooking, stamping and various other crafts. She held the class last year, and four of this year’s seven particpants were repeat visitors.  

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Audia Chevrolet in Millbrook bought by Ruge’s Automotive

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MILLBROOK— When Samuel and Mary Audia opened a car dealership in Mabbettsville just outside of Millbrook, in 1947, they probably little expected their name would be visible on its sign for the next 69 years. Yet that’s exactly what happened. 

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A sweet signing

Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook hosted a tasting of Crown maple syrup on Friday, Nov. 25.  Merritt owner Kira Wizner, left, poured out generous samples of a bourbon-flavored maple syrup, provided by Crown Maple, and had pre-signed copies of the company’s new book, “A Guide to Maple Syrup.” Among the tasters were Miriam and Adam DeMuth of Stanfordville, who said the syrup was delicious.

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Parade of Lights brings Santa and the holiday season

MILLBROOK  — At 5 p.m.  on Friday, Dec. 2, it was raining. But even in the rain, a lot of people headed to Franklin Avenue, with children in tow, even dogs and baby strollers. 
By 5:45 p.m. the rain had stopped, the crowd was huge and people looked for the best spots to see the parade. Before the parade could begin, the annual Christmas tree had to be lit. 

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Washington board adopts 2017 budget

WASHINGTON — The town of Washington passed its 2017 budget on Friday, Nov. 18. The town remained conservative in its spending, trying at all times to remain within the state-mandated tax cap limit of 0.68 percent. 
The real property tax in 2016 was $903,200. In 2017 it is expected to be $749,353, a difference of $ 153,847. The difference is 17 percent less in 2017 than 2016. The interest on taxes went from $19,521 to $20,000. 

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School board meetings cover myriad issues

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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Central School District Board of Education (BOE) met on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Opening remarks were delivered by President Thomas Hurley.
Middle School Principal Phyllis Amori made a presentation on her trip to India to observe the educational system there. She said that it was interesting and enlightening, and she was happy to share her experiences with her students. She noted that students in Millbrook might interact with students in India later in the school year via the Internet.

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Christmas crafts

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MILLBROOK — Grace Church held its annual St. Nicholas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 3, and it was very successful by all accounts. 
Robin Capers, who coordinates and manages the effort, manned the entrance table. 
Most of the entrance floor was devoted to cookies, cakes and pies, all homemade, with cookies available by the pound. 
Also on the first floor was a display of artfully crafted birdhouses. On the second floor, Christmas items, jewelry, candles, kitchen goods and larger items were on display. 

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A fount of art at library gallery

MILLBROOK — The Gallery at the Millbrook Library is featuring an exhibit of work by residents of The Fountains, which will be on display through December.  
The many pieces include oils, watercolors and mixed media. An artists’ reception was held on Saturday, Nov. 19, and while two of the exhibitors have passed away, several were there to meet the guests and talk about their work. 
One visitor was Sydney Spear, 11, who attends Millbrook Middle School. 
“I’m not an artist, but I love art,” said Sydney.

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