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MILLERTON — The North East Community Center (NECC) was one of six recipients to be awarded funding recently through Dutchess County’s 2019 Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) program.

Totaling $150,000 this year, the CBDG program aspires to address critical public service needs throughout the county. The program’s grant awards also contribute to almost $1.5 million in funding awarded this year through the CBDG and HOME Investment Partnership programs to improve accessibility, address critical public service needs and expand affordable housing options.

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Millerton

Fines paid with food helps stock pantries

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MILLERTON — Throughout February, the NorthEast-Millerton Library will offer patrons a chance to pay their library fines by making a donation to area food pantries during Food for Fines Month. 
While Food for Fines Month is new this year, the library has contributed to local pantries in the past; it held a collection around the holidays a few years ago. After talking with some local residents, NorthEast-Millerton Library Director Rhiannon Leo-Jameson learned that area food pantries have been running low on supplies following the recent government shutdown. 

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Generosity at work

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MBA talks new ideas: Music festival possible

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MILLERTON — The Millerton Business Alliance (MBA) met in January to discuss its future, starting with the idea of a new music festival this summer.
“This is an opportunity to reboot it,” Jeanne Vanecko said, adding the MBA wants to “make sure the people who were complaining before are heard. 
“I’m not saying it should be a repeat of Spring for Sound — it should be a new musical festival so we’re not bound by old traditions and old assumptions,” said Vanecko.

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Civil disobedience can overcome eras and issues

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MILLERTON — Following the national celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and dedication to advocating for equal rights for all, the local community sought to expand its knowledge of civil disobedience. “Civil Disobedience: An American Tradition for Achieving Social and Political Change” was presented in the NorthEast-Millerton Library Annex on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

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Diner remembrances with dinner

MILLERTON — Hungry history enthusiasts will find what they seek at the Oakhurst Diner, a backbone of the Millerton eatery scene for decades. There, from 4 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, 10 percent of the evening’s proceeds will go to the North East Historical Society.
In the 1920s, a dining option wasn’t available at that location at the corner of North Center and Main, but folks could pick up a snack or a pack of smokes at Wilcoxson’s Texaco Station.

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Families foster a love of libraries

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MILLERTON — The NorthEast-Millerton Library promoted the value of visiting the library as a family with Take Your Child to the Library Day on Saturday, Feb. 2.
“It’s a wonderful way to draw new and current library users into our space to showcase how people can use our facility — even if they don’t have a library card — and that libraries are a community space that everyone is welcome in,” said NorthEast-Millerton Library Youth Services Coordinator Kristin McClune. “It is also a great day to get a library card.”

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Window watching

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Millerton Elementary School building: Village Board discusses possible future uses

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MILLERTON — Building Inspector Ken McLaughlin and Planning Board Chairman Lance Middlebrook appeared before the Village Board on Tuesday, Jan. 22, with possible plans for the former Millerton Elementary School (MES) building. Richard Lanka, of Richard Lanka & Associates, is the owner of MES, but wasn’t present at the meeting.

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RFP prepared for EMS coverage

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NORTH EAST — The Town Board met on Thursday, Jan. 10, and discussed a myriad of issues, among them the need for ambulance service. It’s a topic many towns in the Harlem Valley are addressing, especially with the volunteer base dropping and costs rising. In fact, North East is in talks with the towns of Dover, Amenia and the village of Millerton to jointly contract with an ambulance provider next year.

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Library STEAM Club: From bottom up

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