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MILLBROOK— With new head of school Matt Heard at the helm, Dutchess Day School started its 62nd school year on Thursday, Sept. 7. 

Prior to coming to Dutchess Day, Heard served as head of upper school at the Fay School in Southborough, Mass., the oldest junior boarding school in the country. Before that, he was the assistant head at The Tuxedo Park School for almost a decade. 

Heard holds a master’s in Private School Leadership from Columbia University and his teaching experience is in science and outdoor education and leadership. Heard has more than...

Millbrook

Waters and Gartelmann lead the Class of 2017

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MILLBROOK — The valedictorian and salutatorian this year at Millbrook High School are Kelly Waters and  Erica Gartelmann, respectively. 
Kelly Waters
Kelly lives in Verbank with parents Robin and June, and an older brother. She was in the school chorus, she plays piano and clarinet, she was a member of the Honor Society and she was involved the Interact program — all of which kept her busy. She played lacrosse, rode horses and took care of her two dogs and one cat.

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Horticulture set to the poetry of Emily Dickinson

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MILLBROOK — “I dwell in possibility” was the theme of this year’s Millbrook Garden Club exhibit — and it showed that imagination can abound in working with every type of flora. 
Celebrating the work of poet Emily Dickinson, pieces were whimsical, ethereal and often just beautiful in their simplicity. 
Millbrook Garden Club Chairmen Richard McKeon and Maria Elena Rooney worked with many others to make the show a memorable experience. Many said they were successful in that aim.

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Molinaro gives county forecast

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MILLBROOK — Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro told an audience of more than 30 at The Fountains on Monday, June 9, that mandated spending uses up to 70 percent of the budget. 
Behavioral and community health use 3 cents on every dollar. Economic development and other optional services can cost 4 cents. Road repair and snow removal eat up 6 cents, public safety comes in at 11 cents. Five cents is allocated for asset management and the parks receive 1 cent.

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Rotary provides school supplies

MILLBROOK — The Rotary Club of Millbrook is helping students succeed in their education by providing necessary school supplies to families that could not afford them. For the past six years, this project has aided elementary and secondary school students who attend either Millbrook or the Webutuck central schools. 
Guidance counselors at the schools identify students in need — more than 75 students in the Millbrook district have been found to require help along with even more in Webutuck schools. 

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Cooking at the Farmers Market

The Millbrook  Farmers Market was the place to be earlier this month, for all sorts of food, plants, crafts and, especially, a sampling of Drunken Apple Vodka Crositini. It was all assembled on site by Ryan Judge, director of the Family and Consumer Sciences at Millbrook Central School District, and student Madeline Ruge, 13, who is in his Introduction to Culinary Arts course. The samples ran out, but the ambiance didn’t. Recipes were handed out.

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Millbrook BOE honors newly tenured teacher

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MILLBROOK — The Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Monday, June 5, was a little more festive than usual, thanks to a large chocolate cake in honor of Daniel  Dunninger’s becoming tenured. It was also an introduction to Lauren Prince, who will be starting in September as a new guidance counselor. 
Coming off the success of the yearly Millbrook Education Foundation fundraiser, Taste of Millbrook, the meeting addressed business, but celebrated all the good things happening in the district. 

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An environmental outing

Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center third-graders visited the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook on Tuesday, May 30, to learn more about the water cycle by visiting the surrounding fields and woods. They had a first-hand experience with runoff, infiltration, transpiration, etc. The trip is sponsored annually by the FRIENDS of the Pine Plains Free Library.

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Taste of Millbrook 2017

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MILLBROOK — With a small army of sponsors, volunteers and participants, how could the 13th annual Taste of Millbrook be anything but a rousing success? One could drink spirits, wine and craft beers; one could also dine on oysters, raw vegetables, fruits, cheeses, cupcakes, cookies, and many different salsas, pizza and garlic knots — even homemade ice cream.

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Celebrating together

On the evening of Saturday, June 3, three of Millbrook’s religious leaders met to celebrate the Mass of the Pentecost, which is a movable celebration that occurs 50 days after Easter. Held in the newly renovated St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the participants celebrated the mass with prayer and song, followed by light refreshments and fellowship in the parish hall. Above, from left, are: Reverend Matt Calkins of Grace Church, Monsignor Gerardo Colaciccio of St. Joseph’s and Reverend Thomas Fiet of Lyall Memorial Federated Church.

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Village talks lighting, garbage and signs

MILLBROOK — The Village Board met on Tuesday, May 23, for a mix of new and old business. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Rodney Brown. 
Several business owners along Franklin Avenue raised concerns about poor lighting and garbage piling up. 
Village Trustee Joe Rochfort is the board’s liaison to the Millbrook Business Association (MBA). 
MBA President Rona Boyer was present, as was Dierdre Houston of Millbrook Floral Design and Buffy Lee Arbogast of Babette’s Kitchen. 

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