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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...

Millbrook

Don’t eat the art

The annual Build a Gingerbread House event at the Millbrook Firehouse, hosted by the Town of Washington Recreation Center, was sold out. The center supplied the houses and icing, the families brought their own candies and trim. The highlight of the night was a raffle for a gingerbread castle, won by Juliana Kasack, a second grader. Sixth  wgrader Ivan Heunis posed with his gingerbread house, above.

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Bare facts about black bears

MILLBROOK — When you’re watching news of bear sightings on television, in places far removed from this area, seeing the adorable cubs cavorting and the mama bear being protective is fun. “How cute,” you may hear someone say. But when that same event takes place in your back yard, it may not seem cute at all. 

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Thorne Building meeting generates ideas

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MILLBROOK — A second public meeting was held by the Thorne Building Committee at Millbrook High School, on Monday, Nov. 27. While the turnout was much smaller than the 230 who attended the first meeting, the information was relevant and important to those present. 
The meeting was opened by Charles E. Pierce, chairman of the committee, a 501(c)3. He spoke briefly before turning the program over to Carol Martin, consultant in charge of publicity and of tapping the public for suggestions on the building’s future use.

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Christmas Shop open for business

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MILLBROOK — Christmas is definitely in the air, especially at a pop-up shop at 3275 Franklin Ave. in Millbrook. With delicate china to sturdy Santas, the shop has everything Christmas.
The shop comes from Uncle Al’s Thrift Shop on Front Street, a consignment store affiliated with St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Millbrook.
The Christmas Shop is light and airy, with three rooms of articles that have been lovingly stored or newly donated, and handled with extreme care. In some instances, the items are brand new with tags still attached.

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How the Grinch tried to steal Christmas

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MILLBROOK — Christmas cheer was in the air on Friday, Dec. 1. It was a little bit nippy, but dry. Trees were lit, wreaths were hung, and hordes of people, all ages, all sizes, filled both sides of Franklin Avenue.
Some visitors stopped first at the Millbrook Library, where the Silent Auction began with light refreshments, music and a viewing of the gaily-wrapped baskets and gifts on auction. The auction closes Saturday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m. and the winners may begin to pick up their items at 5 p.m. 

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Two degrees of Barry Kieselstein-Cord

MILLBROOK — On the corner of Millbrook’s tidy line of storefront windows on Franklin Avenue, Barry Kieselstein-Cord, legendary designer of sculptural jewelry and accessories for the famous and flashy, has set up his gallery, KCX. It is, in his words, “a laboratory for my work.”

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Making merry in Millbrook

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MILLBROOK — The holidays are fast approaching and the village is already beginning to look bright and cheerful. Windows are decorated, Santa and his reindeer are standing on the Village Green and across Franklin Avenue, and the nativity scene is on display. It seems as though everything is poised and waiting for the Parade of Lights on Friday, Dec. 1, for the official holiday season to begin.

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Film on Italian immigrants brings Hollywood to Millbrook

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MILLBROOK — There were tears, laughter and a strong sense of nostalgia during the 35-minute screening of “Il Villaggio di Millbrook,” at the end, long and enthusiastic applause. The film was touching, and for many it brought back memories of their childhood and of loved ones who are no longer living. 

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Mental illness: helping students stay healthy

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MILLBROOK — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has found approximately one in five youths between the ages of 13 and 18 experience a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. That’s 21.4 percent. Between the ages of 8 and 15, the number is estimated at 13 percent. These children — most registered in local school systems — need to be helped.

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Board discusses village issues: Public access, holidays and ADA projects

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MILLBROOK— At the Village Board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14, Mayor Rod Brown asked for a moment of silent prayer for the victims of the Texas church massacre. He then thanked all veterans for their service to the nation. He also voiced his pleasure that the firefighters exemption vote passed at the polls and that emergency volunteers will receive an incentive raise.

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