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MILLBROOK — Saturday, Sept. 22, is the date of a must- attend event: the 11th Annual Fine Home Source Show — and it promises to be the biggest yet.

Once again, Crisp Architects will be sponsoring this annual fall event, which gets more popular each year. Admission is free, but a $2 donation can be made to the Millbrook Rotary Shelter Box.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., more than 65 vendors will display their merchandise in the big white tent in front of the Band Shell on Franklin Avenue. The 2017 show attracted more than 600 visitors, and 2018 looks to attract even...

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Village Board approves budget, talks about tennis courts and trees

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MILLBROOK — Immediately after Mayor Rodney Brown opened its meeting on Tuesday, April 24, the Village Board adjourned for an executive session. The regular meeting recommenced 30 minutes later, and the 2018-2019 budget was reviewed and approved. 
(For more on the budget document, read past editions of The Millerton News.) 
It was agreed that money will be put aside each year for police, fire and other vehicles.

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Millbrook fire department celebrates 110 years of service

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MILLBROOK — Millbrook Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 celebrated its 110th year at a gala dinner on Saturday, April 28. The dinner is an annual affair — one of Millbrook’s most popular events — as the 200 guests would attest to.
Aside from the camaraderie, the food was excellent and the awards given out deeply deserved. Not only did the fire department celebrate turning 110, but the Auxiliary celebrated its 40th anniversary as well.

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Getting to the root of it...

Dennis Gendron, of Twin Brooks Gardens in Millbrook, showed children from Small Circle of Friends toddler program, Grace Church pre-kindergarten and second-graders from Elm Street Elementary School how to plant a tree. Many of the children got to shovel dirt around the base of the tree on Friday, April 27, in honor of Arbor Day. They’ll all have the opportunity to watch the tree grow and bloom each year, knowing they had a hand in its beginnings.

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Artist shares her passion for art and teaching at The Fountains

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MILLBROOK — Artist Ellen Metzger O’Shea knew she was an artist from a very early age. Her father, whom she describes as an artist at heart, had a small studio in the basement of their family home.  She started doing art work at age 10, and said her father was respectful and encouraging.

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Historical Society: WWI and a call for past mementos

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MILLBROOK — The First World War is not a war that most people talk about these days. Many people today are more connected to those family members who were part of the Second World War, the Korean Conflict or the Vietnam War. Other wars, like the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and the Spanish American War, are depicted in movies, books and television. But more rare, it seems, is conversation about WWI.

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Just how contaminated are streams and their complex ecosystems?

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MILLBROOK— The next time someone brushes their teeth, uses mouthwash or dyes their hair, think about where the residue is going — and how such small rituals can leave an imprint on streams and lakes.
Aquatic ecologist Emma  Rosi of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies gave a spirited and knowledgeable presentation at the institute on Friday, April 20. Rosi delivered the information with a dose of humor.

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BOE addresses monthly business, prepares for budget vote

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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Central School District Board of Education (BOE) met on Monday, April 9; the first item of business was a consent agenda vote on incremental raises, which passed.
A resignation from Jeanene Kascsak as teacher’s aide was accepted; Kascsak was approved for a probationary appointment as senior typist.  Also approved was Jacklyn Como as long-term substitute. A resignation was accepted from custodial worker Michael Lynch for purposes of retirement.

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Tavern Trail 2018 rendezvous was at Maura’s Kitchen

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MILLBROOK— Maura’s Kitchen was the host site for the beginning of the third annual Dutchess County Tavern Trail. The event was so well attended that every seat inside the popular restaurant was taken. With the good weather, some people sat outside, sipping wine, beer or other libations, listening to the presentation.
The Tavern Trail has grown to be a favorite annual event, and this first meeting captured its essence: getting together for food, drink and an historic account of the places that were frequented in days gone by. 

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Village Board talks budget, passes resolution concerning Delaware Engineering and water control

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MILLBROOK — The Village Board met on Tuesday, April 10. Mayor Rodney Brown went through the tentative budget. 
Under revenues, real property taxes of $920,000 are expected. In 2017, the amount collected was $905,000. 
Expected revenue from county sales tax is $38,000; collected in 2017 was $29,506. 
The proposed fire contract remains at $425,580. 
The rental of Village Hall rose to $10,000, up from $7,000 in 2017. 
The rental of the water tower rose to $48,000, up from $43,695.

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Hitting the high notes

At the March meeting of the Millbrook Central School District Board of Education, music teachers attended with sixth-grade students who participated in the Elementary All-County Chorus Festival, which was sponsored by the  Dutchess County Music Educators’ Association and which took place on March 8 and 9. Here the girls are flanked by, far left, Alexis Bresnahan, and, far right, Christina Tucci. It was agreed the girls “sang like angels” before the board. 

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