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Middle-school students enjoyed themselves at the Eugene Brooks Intermediate School’s Valentine Day Dance on Friday, Feb. 10. Clockwise, from top left, JoAnna Voigt, left, and Rachel Young, both fifth-graders, said they enjoyed the music at the dance.  Sweethearts and friends alike shared the love. From left, Madeline Wesley, Sam Marcus and Lucas Breyette said they had the most fun flipping bottles at the dance. Fifth-graders Mariah Lattrell, left, and Kate Messoline hit the dance floor on Friday night. They said in addition to the music, they liked the raffles....

Millerton

Rail Trail awarded two grants

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MILLERTON — The Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association (HVRTA) was awarded two state grants for the purpose of expanding the recreational trail and enhancing its educational objective. Totaling $382,000, the awarded grants have covered part of the necessary funds for the Association’s programs and additional fundraising will be enacted to match the difference.

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‘Peter and the Farm’ screening reaches Millerton community

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MILLERTON — In collaboration with Pine Plains Memorial Hall, FilmWorks Forum began its 2017 cinematic season with the documentary “Peter and the Farm.”
The free screening was presented at The Moviehouse on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. Before the doors of The Moviehouse opened for business, an early crowd of viewers gathered outside, and the upstairs theater was soon occupied by audience members.

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Holst-Grubbe in hands of Connecticut police

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MILLERTON — A  young Millerton resident accused of multiple crimes was transferred from Orange County Jail in Goshen,N.Y., to Connecticut’s state police barracks in Litchfield, Troop L, on Jan. 13. 

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Oblong manager receives award from author Patterson

MILLERTON— Oblong Books and Music’s general manager, Carissa Unite, was recently honored with the James Patterson Holiday Bonus. 
Unite has worked for Oblong for seven years as its children’s store manager and last summer was promoted to general store manager. Unite lives in Millerton and is enthusiastic about her position, as she loves interacting with people and adores books. 

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Country Gardeners Florist celebrates 25th anniversary

MILLERTON — Country Gardeners Florist, a flower shop located at Railroad Plaza in Millerton, has met the needs of customers looking for the perfect floral arrangements for more than two decades. This year, the business will celebrate its 25th anniversary of serving the community.
Joanne Scasso began as a florist while she attended Webutuck High School in the late ‘70s — she fell in love with the work when she worked for Flowers by Lee McEnroe.

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PLACE hosts fundraiser for NECC toddler programs

MILLERTON — Saturday night PLACE, a unique gallery and event space on Main Street, hosted a reunion and fundraiser to support the North East Community Center’s (NECC) two toddler programs. 
Mom’s Morning Out takes place from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays and allows moms (and dads) to drop their children off for a supervised playgroup while they run errands or just get a much-deserved break. 

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Hot idea, warm bellies

Hathaway Young owners Pete Hathaway, left, and chef Bruce Young offered to donate food to feed children enrolled in the North East Community Center’s after-school program once they learned of the need. The pair owns a bakery and cafe across the street from the community center, and now provide meals to roughly 60 children weekly.

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New doors welcome patrons of the NorthEast-Millerton Library

MILLERTON — The new year has brought about an upgrade to the NorthEast-Millerton Library (NEML). On short notice, the library was closed to the public from Dec. 27 to 31 for the installation of new doors to its front and rear entrances. Though final touches are still being added to the front entrance, the NEML re-opened for regular business on Tuesday, Jan. 2.
About three years ago, the library’s board of trustees decided it was time to modernize the doors to ease access for patrons.

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Town Board organizes for 2017

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NORTH EAST — Town officials at their annual organizational meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Town Hall made appointments, set salaries and did other housekeeping business necessary to conduct business in the coming year. Supervisor George Kaye ran the meeting.
Councilman John Merwin was appointed as deputy town supervisor, a position he also held in 2016. 
The regular business meetings for the Town Board remain unchanged. Meetings are the second Thursday of the month, at 7 p.m., at Town Hall.

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Capturing the living spaces of migrant workers

MILLERTON— Zoraida Lopez-Diago, a photographer from Beacon, just wrapped up a small display of her most recent photography project, “The Right to Dream,” at the North East Community Center (NECC). Her work documents the living spaces of farm and migrant workers.
As an advocate for social justice, Lopez-Diago felt compelled to document the lives of the workers — particularly Latino workers — and their families.

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