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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...

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‘Feel good food’ at Maura’s Kitchen

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MILLBROOK —  Family owned and operated Maura’s Kitchen offers ambiance, simple yet classic decor, but most of all, what they describe as “feel good food.” After a long period of getting permits, renovating and making decisions about  the menu, the restaurant had a soft opening just before Christmas, 2016, with no fanfare. It served 32 dinners that first night.

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Restoration at St. Joseph’s is a beautiful thing

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MILLBROOK — After 136 years, many buildings begin to crumble. Those that are still standing generally need some tender loving care, or possibly, a complete renovation. One such example is St. Joseph’s Church in Millbrook. But for Monsignor Gerardo Colaccio, a renovation wasn’t quite what he wanted. He wanted to see the church restored, as closely as possible, to its early days. 
“Making our houses of worship beautiful is very important because beauty has the power to renew us and lift our hearts to God,” said Colaccio.

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Village meeting cordial, helpful

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MILLBROOK — Although the village of Millbrook meetings have been contentious recently, the one held on Tuesday, March 28, was orderly and surprisingly friendly. Many residents attended, far more than usual, and Mayor Rod Brown said he was happy they were there. 
 “I wish more residents would attend on a regular basis. I think it’s good to have them participate in what goes on in the village,” he said.

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‘Wiz’ kids

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School board talks about energy savings

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MILLBROOK — On Monday, March 27, the Millbrook Central School District Board of Education (BOE) met at the middle school. In attendance were Phil D’Angelo, superintendent of schools; assistant superintendents Brian Fried and Kathleen Affigne; BOE President Thomas Hurley; Vice President John Rudy. Board members Deirdre Houston, Perry Hartswick, John O’Donnell, Thomas Lemhkuhl and Paul Tobin. The principals of all four schools were also present. 

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21st Agricultural Breakfast at Dutchess Cornell Extension

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MILLBROOK — The 21st Annual Agricultural Breakfast was held on Thursday, March 23, with more than 135 people attending. They enjoyed a hearty meal of bacon, sausage, eggs, pancakes, muffins and yogurt, all provided  by local farms and vendors, including Hudson Valley Fresh, Thunderhill Farm, Soukuo Farms, Ronnybrook Farm, Malafy’s Meat Processing and Brennan’s Catering.
Jeffrey Hart, retired Millbrook veterinarian, gave the invocation. Everybody was encouraged to eat while welcoming remarks were given. 

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School board discusses masonry project, donations and other business

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MILLBROOK — The Monday, March 13, Millbrook Board of Education (BOE) meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance by Board President Thomas Hurley. 
The Elementary All-County Chorus sang two songs, treating the board to a taste of their performance in the All County Festival, which was held on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25, at Millbrook High School.

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Jigs and reels

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Washington considers paving Killearn Road

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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. 

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Students knock it out of the park at science fair

MILLBROOK — Young scientists at Dutchess Day School participated in the 8th annual science fair Tuesday, Feb. 28. 
The fair, organized by Darlene Yager, head of the Upper School, was an opportunity for children to do real science and present their results to the public. 
“I was really impressed this year with the wide variety of topics,” said Yager. “When the students first arrive to present their information they are filled with nervous energy, but always leave with heads held high, proud of their work.” 

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