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MILLBROOK— The Cary Institute of Ecosystems Studies hosted a forum on Friday, July 6, for undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning about careers in the field of environmental science. The forum is an annual event.

While many of the students were local, a large group from the City University of New York came by bus, and not only learned about careers in science — they also got to enjoy the lush greenery of Dutchess County.

After coffee, juice and refreshments, the program opened with a greeting from Josh Ginsberg, president of Cary Institute,...

Millbrook

Board of Ed meets, discusses capital improvements

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MILLBROOK— Board of Education (BOE) President John Rudy welcomed the public to the BOE meeting on Monday, Jan. 22, which quickly got underway.
The 2017-18 Health Services Contract with the Hyde Park Central School District was approved, as was the Millbrook Central School District Health Services Contract for 2017-18.
Letters of resignations were accepted for Bridget Kelly, a mathematics teacher with 16 years of service, and Dennis Hain, who spent 22 years as  guidance counselor. Both are retiring.

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Roadside mystery

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This sign post has been standing for a long time along Route 44, at the Shunpike intersection by the Lithgow Cottage Farm. The Millbrook Historical Society would like to learn about its history, when it was erected and by whom. It can be seen on the left side of Route 44 going west. Anyone with information about the sign is asked to contact reporter Judith O’Hara Balfe at judithb@millertonnews.com, who will then forward the information to volunteers at the Millbrook Historical Society.

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Millbrook at Home meets again

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MILLBROOK — When Milbrook at Home held an introductory meeting in September, attending seniors were presented with a rather unique idea: join forces with other seniors in an attempt to stay home as they age. Many senior citizens prefer to do so, rather than moving to assisted care facilities or retirement homes. 
The approach is ideal for seniors who are healthy and can care for themselves, but may not be able to drive. It solves the problem of how to get out to shop or to a doctor’s appointment.
Millbrook at Home could help.

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Dutchess Day diplomats attend Model U.N. in Boston

MILLBROOK— What can open the eyes of middle school students to the vastness and complexity of international relations? A textbook? A research project? How about Model United Nations? The best way to learn about the workings of government and the subtleties of diplomacy is by participating in what is essentially a role-playing exercise on a grand scale. Students take on real positions, as well as government and diplomatic roles. They try to reach consensus on global issues with students from other schools representing their own positions and governments. 

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First BOE meeting of the new year

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MILLBROOK— The Millbrook Board of Education (BOE) met on Monday, Jan. 22, after two previous meetings were cancelled due to weather. The meeting was held at 7 p.m. at Alden Place Elementary School.
At this first meeting of 2018, present were BOE President John Rudy, Vice President Thomas Lehmkuhl and members John O’Donnell, Paul Tobin, Perry Hartswick and Howard Shapiro. Dierdre Houston was not present. 
The 2017-2018 Health Services contract with the Wappinger Falls Central School District was approved. 

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Village Board organizes for 2018

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MILLBROOK — The Village Board met on Tuesday, Jan. 23, to organize for the new year. Appointments were made and salaries set. Trustees are Mike Herzog, Brian Hicks, Kyle Van De Water and Deputy Mayor Joe Rochfort. 
Mayor Rod Brown opened the meeting; he called for a moment of silent prayer for Barbara Murphy, wife of town Councilman Mike Murphy, who passed away on Jan. 12.
Earl Meyers was sworn in as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) until 2022. 

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Art Blast — little artists, big fun at Millbrook Library

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MILLBROOK— No matter how cold and gray the weather, Millbrook can always look forward to the annual Art Blast each January, held at the Millbrook Library. There, many little artists, from pre-kindergarten through middle school, attended an exhibition of artwork they created during the fall semester. 
Students from the Millbrook Central School District, from kindergarten to eighth grade, and students from Dutchess Day School, created work now hanging on the walls of the library.

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Historical Society: Hobos and Hoovervilles focus of talk

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MILLBROOK— Riding the rails — the idea of absolute freedom — has long been associated with the life of the hobo. Hobos are men and women who survived the Great Depression as best they could, often leaving homes and families behind to find work and possibly send money home to loved ones.

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Korean culture, history celebrated

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MILLBROOK— “The duty of a king is to love his people. That is all.” Those are the words of King Sejong the Great, who ruled Korea from 1418-1450. The story of this king was part of a program given by Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project (KSCPP) on Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Millbrook Library.
The program concerned Korea, both past and present. Three films were shown, about the astrological knowledge of the ancient Koreans, King Sejong the Great and technology.

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Final meeting of 2017 reflects back on village business

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MILLBROOK — The final meeting of 2017 of the Village Board was held on Thursday, Dec. 21. The first order of business was for Village Clerk Sarah Witt to swear Kyle Van De Water in for the position of trustee, a seat he won in the November election, after filling a vacant seat until year’s end.

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