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MILLBROOK — Local gardeners look forward each weekend after Mother’s Day to the Master Gardener Plant Sale at Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County in Millbrook. 

The sale ran for two days, Friday and Saturday. On sale were perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs and trees. This year, a specialty item was a mass of Hosta, donated by a person who lost an 85-foot Spruce tree to a storm. The Hosta garden created for the spot near the tree was dug up and donated to the group, because the shade-loving plants had no shade once their tree was lost to the storm....

Millbrook

Audia Chevrolet in Millbrook bought by Ruge’s Automotive

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MILLBROOK— When Samuel and Mary Audia opened a car dealership in Mabbettsville just outside of Millbrook, in 1947, they probably little expected their name would be visible on its sign for the next 69 years. Yet that’s exactly what happened. 

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A sweet signing

Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook hosted a tasting of Crown maple syrup on Friday, Nov. 25.  Merritt owner Kira Wizner, left, poured out generous samples of a bourbon-flavored maple syrup, provided by Crown Maple, and had pre-signed copies of the company’s new book, “A Guide to Maple Syrup.” Among the tasters were Miriam and Adam DeMuth of Stanfordville, who said the syrup was delicious.

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Parade of Lights brings Santa and the holiday season

MILLBROOK  — At 5 p.m.  on Friday, Dec. 2, it was raining. But even in the rain, a lot of people headed to Franklin Avenue, with children in tow, even dogs and baby strollers. 
By 5:45 p.m. the rain had stopped, the crowd was huge and people looked for the best spots to see the parade. Before the parade could begin, the annual Christmas tree had to be lit. 

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Washington board adopts 2017 budget

WASHINGTON — The town of Washington passed its 2017 budget on Friday, Nov. 18. The town remained conservative in its spending, trying at all times to remain within the state-mandated tax cap limit of 0.68 percent. 
The real property tax in 2016 was $903,200. In 2017 it is expected to be $749,353, a difference of $ 153,847. The difference is 17 percent less in 2017 than 2016. The interest on taxes went from $19,521 to $20,000. 

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School board meetings cover myriad issues

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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Central School District Board of Education (BOE) met on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Opening remarks were delivered by President Thomas Hurley.
Middle School Principal Phyllis Amori made a presentation on her trip to India to observe the educational system there. She said that it was interesting and enlightening, and she was happy to share her experiences with her students. She noted that students in Millbrook might interact with students in India later in the school year via the Internet.

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Christmas crafts

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MILLBROOK — Grace Church held its annual St. Nicholas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 3, and it was very successful by all accounts. 
Robin Capers, who coordinates and manages the effort, manned the entrance table. 
Most of the entrance floor was devoted to cookies, cakes and pies, all homemade, with cookies available by the pound. 
Also on the first floor was a display of artfully crafted birdhouses. On the second floor, Christmas items, jewelry, candles, kitchen goods and larger items were on display. 

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A fount of art at library gallery

MILLBROOK — The Gallery at the Millbrook Library is featuring an exhibit of work by residents of The Fountains, which will be on display through December.  
The many pieces include oils, watercolors and mixed media. An artists’ reception was held on Saturday, Nov. 19, and while two of the exhibitors have passed away, several were there to meet the guests and talk about their work. 
One visitor was Sydney Spear, 11, who attends Millbrook Middle School. 
“I’m not an artist, but I love art,” said Sydney.

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Village talks trees, leaves and Thorne Building upkeep

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MILLBROOK  — The Village Board at its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15, heard newly elected Trustee Brian Hicks’ report on a number of local issues, from the parade to the number of leaves being dumped on the tennis courts. 
Robert Collocola, public works supervisor, addressed a problem with residents putting out brush along with leaves. To curb the problem, a specific week might be designated for brush pick up, tree limbs, etc. A fine for abusing the pickup services might be considered. 

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Students from DDS conduct food drive

MILLBROOK — A tradition that goes back 25 years and that the third-grade students take very seriously, the Dutchess Day food drive works in conjunction with Wingdale Astor Head Start to feed seven families every Thanksgiving season and beyond. 
Starting in late October, students write a personal note to everyone in the school community and create posters and advertisements to whip up support for their drive. 

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Decorating Day a community affair

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