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MILLBROOK — Local gardeners look forward each weekend after Mother’s Day to the Master Gardener Plant Sale at Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County in Millbrook. 

The sale ran for two days, Friday and Saturday. On sale were perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs and trees. This year, a specialty item was a mass of Hosta, donated by a person who lost an 85-foot Spruce tree to a storm. The Hosta garden created for the spot near the tree was dug up and donated to the group, because the shade-loving plants had no shade once their tree was lost to the storm....

Millbrook

Healing democracy — is it possible?

MILLBROOK  —   In the atmosphere following probably the most divisive election in modern times, healing democracy sounds like something everyone should be striving for. 
The Millbrook Library series of workshops, Healing Democracy, began last September, when the election was in full swing. They were  advertised as non-partisan, for better citizenship. Now, with the election over and the country still deeply divided, the workshops will continue.

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DDS robotics team keeps cool in competition despite challenges

MILLBROOK  — Deez Beez is the name of this year’s Dutchess Day School robotics team. Why? Because the Lego League theme this year is Animal Allies. Participating teams were required to choose an animal and decide how human interaction with that animal could be improved. In preparation for their research, the Deez Beez team found a local bee expert to Skype with them about the importance of bees to pollinating, and the dangers that face them with the overuse of insecticides. 

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Controversy on process for village treasurer hire

MILLBROOK — The village of Millbrook held a reorganization meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 3. For some it caused confusion, and questions about the procedures and the events that took place there. 
First, some background

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A book of fathers and daughters by Terry Corrao

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Heard takes the helm at Dutchess Day School

MILLBROOK — The Dutchess Day School Board of Trustees has voted to appoint Matthew P. Heard as the 11th head of school. The search committee recommendation and the board vote were unanimous. Heard will begin on July 1, taking over from retiring Head of School Nancy Hathaway.
Heard’s appointment concludes a six-month, nationwide search. 

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New gift boutique now open on Franklin Ave.

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MILLBROOK  — There’s a new store in Millbrook. It opened before the holidays and offers unusual items and a charming shopping experience. Juniper is at 3285 Franklin Ave.
Owner Jennifer Moriarty is a photographer, as her shop reflects, but it offers many other items. 
“It’s important that everyone feels welcome in the store,”  Moriarty said. “Nothing makes me happier than to hear that the store feels cozy and comfortable, like home.” 

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Washington Town Board Meeting: Accessibility, recreation and roads discussed

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WASHINGTON — The Thursday, Jan. 12, Town Board meeting was opened by Town Supervisor Gary Ciferri. 
The first order of business was the introduction of Ed Loedy, architect, who is working with the town to repair and renovate the front entry way of Town Hall.

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Reorganization meeting in Millbrook: New village treasurer announced

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MILLBROOK — The Village Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, Jan 3, for a reorganization meeting that also saw the swearing in of newly elected trustees and a new village treasurer. 
Elected in November were Trustees Mike Herzog, Joe Rochfort and Brian Hicks. Herzog has been on the board for several terms. Rochfort has been filling in a vacated seat, and now begins his own term. Hicks is newly elected. Joseph Spagnola, deputy mayor, was absent from the meeting due to illness.

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Police trace string of Hudson Valley crimes to Connecticut man

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MILLBROOK — Jaquan Rosado, 24, of Bridgeport, Conn., was arrested on Monday evening, Jan. 2, on an array of charges including theft, first degree criminal assault, fleeing from an officer, reckless driving, possession of counterfeit money, leaving the scene of an auto accident involving damage and criminal possession of a deadly weapon. Six of the charges are felonies.

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Year in Review 2016 : Millbrook mayor arrested for theft of town funds

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MILLBROOK  — An investigation that started in January of 2016 culminated in the arraignment on Sept. 22 of Laura Hurley, mayor of the village of Millbrook and bookkeeper for the town of Washington from 2010 to 2015. The case involved two checks used to pay Hurley’s daughter’s school tuition in March 2104 and July 2015.
Hurley left the Washington job in October 2015 for health reasons. The Town Board  decided that she could no longer perform her duties.

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