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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 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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Village talks trees, leaves and Thorne Building upkeep

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MILLBROOK  — The Village Board at its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15, heard newly elected Trustee Brian Hicks’ report on a number of local issues, from the parade to the number of leaves being dumped on the tennis courts. 
Robert Collocola, public works supervisor, addressed a problem with residents putting out brush along with leaves. To curb the problem, a specific week might be designated for brush pick up, tree limbs, etc. A fine for abusing the pickup services might be considered. 

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Students from DDS conduct food drive

MILLBROOK — A tradition that goes back 25 years and that the third-grade students take very seriously, the Dutchess Day food drive works in conjunction with Wingdale Astor Head Start to feed seven families every Thanksgiving season and beyond. 
Starting in late October, students write a personal note to everyone in the school community and create posters and advertisements to whip up support for their drive. 

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Decorating Day a community affair

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Washington board discusses highway and recreation departments

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WASHINGTON — At the Town Board meeting on Thursday, Nov. 10, town Supervisor Gary Ciferri asked George Cronk and Steve Alex of Chazen Companies, the town’s engineering firm, to describe progress made in the Oak Summit Road culvert project and decide on a course of action. This is one of two projects in the planning stages, the other being a culvert project on Stanford Road. 

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Ancient sleuth unveiled at The Fountains

MILLBROOK  —  Mystery novelist June Trop has written two books about an alchemist and amateur sleuth living in the first century C.E. 
She spoke at The Fountains on Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Her character, Miriam bat Isaac, appears in “The Deadliest Lie,” (2013) and “The Deadliest Hate” (2015), with a third due out in 2017 called “The Deadliest Sport.”

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Holiday festivities begin Dec. 2

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MILLBROOK— Annual holiday festivities begin with a tree lighting on the green in front of the Tribute Gardens and a visit with Santa at the firehouse at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2.

The Parade of Lights, which last year had more than 60 lighted floats, follows immediately. It was estimated that 700 to 800 people watched the parade, delighted by the many different vehicles and catching candy thrown to the crowds. 

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All things turkey

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MILLBROOK  —  Fran Marino is an outdoors kind of gal, she proudly admits. She has done snowshoe walks at Olana and canoe trips and other outdoor activities with groups of all sizes. She is the sole proprietor of River Haggie Outdoors, and conducts expeditions of all sorts to educate and bring the outdoors to people who may not know a lot about conservation and wildlife. An environmental educator, she serves as the outreach coordinator for the Greater Stock Creek Watershed and runs programs for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Columbia and Greene counties.

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