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MILLBROOK — Charlotte’s restaurant in Millbrook has come a long way from its beginnings as a church, a speakeasy and, later, a theater. Its intriguing history was a major part of the Millbrook Historical Society’s recent meeting, which hosted the Dutchess County Historic Tavern Trail Tour on Friday, July 14. 

About 80 people met at the restaurant. They were treated to a local history lesson of the building and the early days of prohibition by Village of Millbrook Historian David Greenwood. Also there to talk history was Dutchess County Historian William Tatum...

Millbrook

Year in Review 2016 : Groundwater concerns and new wells needed in village

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MILLBROOK— Most people feel that having clean, fresh water to drink is a basic human right. In America, it is assumed that when taps are turned on, sanitary and relatively pure water will pour out.

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Year in Review 2016 : The status of Halcyon Hall and the Thorne Building

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MILLBROOK — In the summer of 2016, The Millerton News ran a story of two buildings: the Thorne Building, which stands at the corner of Maple and Franklin avenues, and  Bennett College’s Halcyon Hall, at the intersection routes 82 and 343.
The Thorne Building dates from 1895 and was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. It stands proudly at the top of Franklin Avenue, and to the naked eye, does not look to be in bad shape.  

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New Year’s Eve Millbrook rings in 2017

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MILLBROOK — In with 2017, out with the old year; the revelers at New Year’s Eve Millbrook (NYEM) celebrated with noise makers, hats, lighted buttons and an old-fashioned appreciation of community bringing in the New Year together.
There was so much going on it was difficult to see it all, but many people did manage and were thrilled with the level of entertainment. Maps and lists were needed to make sure nothing was missed, but the hard work and carefully made plans assured the success of the night.

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Menorah lit for Hanukkah

MILLBROOK  — A menorah lighting was held on Thursday,  Dec. 29, on the lawn of the Thorne Building. There were actually two menorahs, one erected by the town of Washington and a smaller one that was brought by Rabbi Hanoch Hecht of the Rhinebeck Jewish Center.  

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Last Village Board meeting of 2016 is about grants, home heating and water repairs

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MILLBROOK— The Village Board met on Tuesday, Dec. 13, for its final meeting of 2016. Also attending were Treasurer Rod Brown, Village Clerk Sarah Witt and and trustees Michael Herzog and Joe Rochfort. 
Herzog announced the village has been awarded a grant of $200,000 by Dutchess County that can be used toward the cost of the well-digging project currently underway. Herzog said the village is thankful to County Executive Marcus Molinaro for facilitating the grant.

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Letting the light shine through

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MILLBROOK — Daniel Michael Koch once again presented a musical performance at at Lyall Memorial Federated Church that both moved and made one want to move. The nativity song, “Let the Light Shine,” was played with a five-piece band and five singers, including Koch. He composed both music and lyrics.

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Former Millbrook mayor charged in minor’s sex case

MILLBROOK— Donald Briggs, former mayor of Millbrook, was charged by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office in the beginning of this month, with having sexual contact with a minor under the age of 17. 
Briggs, 65, was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual acts, both felonies. The minor was not related to Briggs, according to police.

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Town of Washington board met on Dec. 8

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WASHINGTON  — The Washington Town Board began its meeting Dec. 8 with correspondence concerning the lighting of the menorah on Dec. 29 on the Thorne Building lawn at 5 p.m. All are invited for latkes, hot chocolate, doughnuts and dancing  sponsored by the Rhinebeck Jewish Center.
A public hearing had been scheduled for awarding contracts to the village of Millbrook at $425,580 for one year, and the East Clinton Fire District at $1,200 for five years. There was no public participation, and the awards were passed by a unanimous vote.

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A sweet construction

MILLBROOK — The town of Washington sponsored a gingerbread house workshop on Friday, Dec. 9. The houses, already built, were decorated with  icing, provided by the Recreation Department, and candy, provided by the participants.
As promised, the evening was filled with holiday fun as adults and children of all ages participated. 
The Recreation Department purchased 125 houses; about 60 were constructed at the firehouse workshop, while roughly 60 were bought by residents to decorate at home. 

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Crafting cards at the Millbrook Library

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MILBROOK— Seven participants met at the Millbrook Library and, under the tutelage of Cindy Senese, who owns Stampin’ Up! in Beacon, they handcrafted Christmas cards. 
Senese is an independent demonstrator/manager, and does scrapbooking, stamping and various other crafts. She held the class last year, and four of this year’s seven particpants were repeat visitors.  

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