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NORTH EAST — As it moves closer to a final version of the 2019 Comprehensive Plan, the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee reviewed public comment at its recent meeting on Thursday, June 6.

The committee met at North East Town Hall to assess comments and concerns raised at a public hearing on Saturday, May 18, as well as the written comments submitted over the last few weeks. 

The committee talked about the plan’s zoning section and how mining might play into the plan in terms of economic development and its impact on the local viewshed.

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Preparing for winter: MBA focuses on events for 2019

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MILLERTON— In its final meeting of the year on Dec. 6, the Millerton Business Alliance (MBA) discussed plans for winter along with proposed community events and activities for 2019. 

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Farmhouse chic

In the grocery store checkout line one morning, I noticed a magazine near the chocolate bar rack. Christmas Farmhouse. Turns out, there is a slew of these periodicals. Farm House Magazine. American Farmhouse Style.  Country Farmhouse Decor. 
This decor is often weathered mirror frames or whitewashed pine tables or sandblasted butter molds — things you wouldn’t find in a real farm house today.

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Baking and building

The North East Community Center in Millerton held its annual gingerbread house workshop on Friday, Dec. 14. Local children and their families decorated gingerbread houses while the movie “White Christmas” played in the background. Hot chocolate was also provided. By the end of the afternoon, a total of 41 gingerbread houses had been decorated. Lauren Was Eckstrom helped her daughter, Holiday, decorate her gingerbread house just in time for Christmas.

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Millerton’s Senior Friendship Center moves to Annex

MILLERTON— Senior citizens who have been finding good food and cheerful companionship at the lunch program at the Senior Friendship Center in the Village Hall will have a new home as of Wednesday, Jan. 2, where they are hoping even more residents will join them.  

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Peony Vodka wins for flavor

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MILLERTON — Only a few weels ago, Three Meadows Spirits and its signature Peony Vodka were chosen by “The Fifty Best” as a gold medal winner in this year’s “Best Flavored Vodka” awards. “The Fifty Best” is self-described as an “unbiased guide to fine living for those with epicurean tastes.”
Three Meadows Spirits owner Leslie Farhangi submitted her product for the contest last summer. Intrigued by its focus on craft spirits, Farhangi thought it a worthwhile competition.

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Adopt-a-Family still needs help

MILLERTON— The Adopt-a-Family elves are working hard to be sure area children’s dreams come true on Christmas morning, but despite a generous response from the community, a number of the most requested items are in short supply.
Program organizer Stacey Moore said that so far 70 families with 200 children have been registered with “the phone ringing everyday” with additional requests. She noted that last year, they served 110 families and 300 children.

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Community-inspired reading

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MILLERTON— By launching its new Community Helper Story Hour program, the NorthEast-Millerton Library hopes to forge a greater connection between the local community and the families that live in the area.

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A lunch well earned

Webutuck High School Principal Katy McEnroe commended five students on Friday, Nov. 30, for achieving a spot on the Principal’s Honor Roll for the first marking period. The students stopped by McEnroe’s office for a celebratory pizza lunch. On Monday evening, Dec. 3, they were presented with certificates at the Webutuck Board of Education meeting. From left, Karen Zempoalteca, Hannah Lounsbury, McEnroe, Maria Baldelli, Disha Patel and Carrissa Whitehead.

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Volunteer and fundraising efforts going strong to provide holiday meals

Sunday in the Country Food Drive

MILLERTON— Months of effort by members of the Sunday in the Country Food Drive are paying off as the group is providing more than 1,100 turkeys to families whose holiday tables would otherwise be lacking.  
According to Bill Anstett who, along with his wife, Colleen McGhee, is now running the 26-year-old program, the group is continuing to work to fulfill the holiday requests of 11 food pantries throughout New York and Connecticut. 

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Meeting follow up: Comprehensive Plan clarifications

MILLERTON — In the Nov. 29 edition of The Millerton News, an article was published about a Comprehensive Plan Update Committee (CPUC) meeting that was held on Monday, Nov. 19. As the committee advances to the plan’s completion, there were a few points in the article that needed to be clarified.

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