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WASHINGTON — The monthly Town  Board meeting was held on Thursday, Aug. 8.

After announcing that Kathy Meyers was not renewing her certification and would be leaving her position as tax assessor as of Sept. 30, town Supervisor Gary Ciferri called on Highway Supervisor Joe Spagnola to give his report.

Spagnola said that an older truck, no longer in use, and a golf cart had been kept at the town park but need to be removed. The truck will be offered to the fire department for use in training; the golf cart will be dismantled and the parts will be distributed or...

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Millbrook Village Board meets: Contract signed for Thorne Building sale

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MILLBROOK — The first order of business at the Tuesday, Feb. 26, Village Board meeting was the acceptance of the minutes from the last meeting on Jan. 22; the Feb. 12 meeting had been canceled due to inclement weather. 

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Town of Washington Board meetings: Solar power, signage, zoning and traffic discussed

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MILLBROOK — February was a busy month for the town of Washington, with meetings on Monday, Feb. 11; Tuesday, Feb. 12; and on Thursday, Feb. 14.
A special meeting on Feb. 11  dealt mostly with zoning board items, and included insight on signage, solar farms and allowing commercial use of property.
Solar power

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The counting of the Adelie penguins, and why it matters

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MILLBROOK — The temperature was frigid outside of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies on Friday, Feb. 8. It was much warmer inside, but the images on the screen didn’t do much to warm the audience — they were pictures of the Adelie penguins in their frigid habitats.

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Town of Washington: Town Board responds to request for group home

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MILLBROOK — On Nov. 26, 2018, attorneys from the Devereaux Foundation sent a letter to the town of Washington regarding the Foundation’s interest in a piece of property in Millbrook, to be opened as a group home. The Foundation has many such facilities around the country, including one in nearby Red Hook. The Millbrook property it’s interested in is located at 593 Verbank Road.
The Devereaux Foundation would like to open a group home for five adults, a supervised Individual Residential Alternative (IRA) for people with developmental disabilities. 

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A gift of one year: Inspiration to do good for others

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MILLBROOK — What could one do with the gift of a year? What could one become?  In the literature from Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook, these are the questions put forth to the young people who have taken advantage of the Grace Year initiative at the church.
Grace Year is a fellowship program that invites young adults to live in “intentional community” in rural New York, to serve in positions with local agencies, studying spirituality, leadership and justice.

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Welcoming Kirsten Woodin to the Millbrook Library

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MILLBROOK — Salamanca, N.Y., in the county of Cattaraugus, is 350 miles from Millbrook, and that is where new Millbrook Library Director Kirsten Woodin has spent most of her life. With a population close to that of the town of Washington, Woodin should feel right at home here. Both locales are scenic, small and historic.
Woodin left her home to attend college at SUNY Geneseo and then graduate school at SUNY Albany. Upon obtaining her master’s degree she returned to Salamanca, as manager of the Salamanca Public Library in October of 2014.

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Keeping warm in the cold winter months

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MILLBROOK— Often after the holidays, when life is less rushed, people get a chance to relax and enjoy some quiet time But if it’s too cold, it’s no fun at all. Collin Adkins, of Cornell Cooperative Extension  Dutchess County (CCEDC), has some great tips to share to stay warm this season.
Preparation is key, reports Adkins, who is an energy and environment resource educator with CCEDC. His duties center on the Community Energy Engagement Program (CEEP).

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Pipers, poetry and haggis

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MILLBROOK — To the tune of a lone bagpiper, a tray bearing a dish of haggis was slowly paraded around the room by the Fountain’s chef Lukas Smith, wearing white, and moving slowly to offer each diner a glimpse of this famous Scottish dish.

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