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MILLBROOK — Torrential rain couldn’t put a damper on the 10th Annual Millbrook Literary Festival, held on Saturday, May 19. Traffic under the tents may have been a little light, but the forums inside the library were heavily attended and much appreciated.

The festival was founded by Scott Meyer, who passed away in the summer of 2016. As the owner of Merritt Bookstore, he was an avid promoter of reading and writing. His successor, Merritt owner Kira Wizner, is as well.

Outside the Millbrook Library, white tents were set up and at least 20 authors were there to...

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Local artist goes national

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Dutchess Day in abstract and abstracted art show

MILLBROOK — The impressive range of artistic styles and inspirations that are reflected in the work of Dutchess Day School elementary students will be on display at Montgomery Row Art Exhibition Space, 6422 Montgomery St. (second floor) in Rhinebeck to Sunday, Jan. 14. 

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J.E. Heaton Jewelers to close by month’s end

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MILLBROOK— On Friday, Nov. 3, Joyce Heaton sent out an announcement that after being in business for more than five  years at 3297 Franklin Ave., she will be closing her jewelry store at the end of January.
The announcement began with a quote from Joseph Campbell.
“We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us,” it stated.

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Decoding the Past: Millbrook Historical Society detectives

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Pageantry and personalities

Grace Episcopal Church celebrated the season with a Christmas pageant on Sunday, Dec. 17. From left, Millbrook’s Jameson Riley, 6, and his little sister were a part of the celebration. They were still wearing their pageant costumes when they went looking for cookies and hot chocolate to finish off their day.

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Silent auction creates holiday excitement at the library

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MILLBROOK— The Silent Auction closing party at the Millbrook Library took place on Saturday, Dec. 16. 
The bidding went on right up until 4 p.m., when all bids stopped and the tallying began. 
This is the first year that the auction was handled by the Friends of the Library, and it seems to have been success. The Friends were pleased by the amount and diversity of the prizes donated, by both local businesses and others from further away. 

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Board of Education talks district goals, enrollment numbers, and field trips

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MILLBROOK— The Millbrook Central School District had a busy fall 2017 semester, and the Board of Education (BOE) also kept a busy schedule going.
On Monday, Dec. 6, the board met for a working session concerning the structure and goals of BOE meetings.
On Monday, Dec. 11, the BOE meeting was opened at 7 p.m. by Superintendent Phillip D’Angelo. Assistant Superintendent Kathleen Affigne presented on the 2017-2018 District Goals and Data Driven Dialogue Status Update.

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Menorah lit for Hanukkah celebration

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MILLBROOK— Cold temperatures couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the 35 or more people who gathered on the green at the Thorne Building on Sunday, Dec. 17, for the annual lighting of the menorah.
A larger menorah was lit on the evening of Dec. 12, but the smaller and more user-friendly version is used for the annual event led each year by Rabbi Hanoch Hecht from the Rhinebeck Jewish Center.
Hecht welcomed the attendees.

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Millbrook preschool: Shaded playground improvements sought

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MILLBROOK — At the Tuesday, Nov. 28, Village Board meeting, Mayor Rodney Brown was absent; Deputy Mayor Joseph Rochfort led the meeting.
The largest portion of the meeting was dedicated to the Millbrook Early Childhood Education Centre (MECEC), which is housed in Lyall Memorial Church. 
It serves as the village pre-school, serving 66 students each year. It opened in 2007. 
The center also employs 12 people and is the largest non-faith based public preschool in the area. 

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The future of the Thorne Building still not resolved

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MILLBROOK — The first heavy snowfall of the season didn’t deter people from attending the third public meeting of the Thorne Building Committee on Saturday, Dec. 9. 
Held in the Millbrook firehouse, about 50 attended the meeting, which was held on a weekend so those who are mainly weekenders in Millbrook would have a chance to weigh in.
Oakleigh  Thorne opened the meeting with some updates on plans and details of the Thorne Building Community Center gaining 501 c(3) nonprofit status. 

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