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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....

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Washington board discusses highway and recreation departments

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WASHINGTON — At the Town Board meeting on Thursday, Nov. 10, town Supervisor Gary Ciferri asked George Cronk and Steve Alex of Chazen Companies, the town’s engineering firm, to describe progress made in the Oak Summit Road culvert project and decide on a course of action. This is one of two projects in the planning stages, the other being a culvert project on Stanford Road. 

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Ancient sleuth unveiled at The Fountains

MILLBROOK  —  Mystery novelist June Trop has written two books about an alchemist and amateur sleuth living in the first century C.E. 
She spoke at The Fountains on Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Her character, Miriam bat Isaac, appears in “The Deadliest Lie,” (2013) and “The Deadliest Hate” (2015), with a third due out in 2017 called “The Deadliest Sport.”

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Holiday festivities begin Dec. 2

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MILLBROOK— Annual holiday festivities begin with a tree lighting on the green in front of the Tribute Gardens and a visit with Santa at the firehouse at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2.

The Parade of Lights, which last year had more than 60 lighted floats, follows immediately. It was estimated that 700 to 800 people watched the parade, delighted by the many different vehicles and catching candy thrown to the crowds. 

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All things turkey

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MILLBROOK  —  Fran Marino is an outdoors kind of gal, she proudly admits. She has done snowshoe walks at Olana and canoe trips and other outdoor activities with groups of all sizes. She is the sole proprietor of River Haggie Outdoors, and conducts expeditions of all sorts to educate and bring the outdoors to people who may not know a lot about conservation and wildlife. An environmental educator, she serves as the outreach coordinator for the Greater Stock Creek Watershed and runs programs for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Columbia and Greene counties.

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Election Day results: new Millbrook mayor elected

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MILLBROOK  — On Tuesday, Nov. 8, residents of Millbrook and Washington cast their votes, as did the rest of the country, in one of the most remarkable elections the nation has seen. 
Local Republican Coordinator of Elections Peter Devers and Democratic Coordinator of Elections Mary Ann Herzog agreed the turnout up until late afternoon had been steady, but the deluge came after 5 p.m. By 4 p.m., about 50 percent of the registered voters had made it to vote, with the lines getting longer.
Kristen Barton brought her sons, Ben, 6, and Max, 3. 

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Millbrook honors its veterans at Veterans Green

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MILLBROOK  — Friday, Nov. 11 was sunny,  but a high wind kept the flags waving at the Veterans Green in front of the Millbrook firehouse. About 60 people looked on as Gary Ciferri, Washington supervisor, led the ceremony organized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 9008, Millbrook. 
Ciferri lauded the bravery and dedication of members of the Armed Forces, who keep this country safe and free on a daily basis and are prepared to give their lives to do so. 

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Civics citation

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Women authors speak on abortion and birth control

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MILLBROOK — Ellen Messer has a book out about the dark times when abortions were illegal and many were performed in back rooms.

Ellen Feldman has a novel out about Margaret Sanger, based largely on facts. 

The two women writers came together for meaningful and insightful dialogue on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Merritt Bookstore. The 30 or so people who attended were treated to a conversation that began more than 100 years ago and continues to this day.

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Washington dedicates park fields to retired rec director

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WASHINGTON  — Saturday, Nov. 5, dawned bright and mild — perfect for the town of Washington Recreation Department’s final soccer tournament of 2016. The town park was also rededicated that day to former Recreation Director Warren McMillan, who retired last summer.

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Grazing on Franklin Avenue

 

A life-size horse made completely out of stainless steel welcomes shoppers in front of the Millbrook Antiques Mall and Art Center. Created by artist Adrian Landon, the enormous sculpture can be had for $75,000. He’s very quiet, albeit large, and doesn’t eat a thing!

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