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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

Golden Wok offers meals and memories

MILLERTON — Patrons supporting the North East Historical Society Dine Out for History fundraiser by enjoying a meal at the Golden Wok from 4 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, will find themselves seated in the very heart of historical Millerton: Railroad Plaza, where railroads came together and gave the village its reason for being in 1851.   

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Film shows trauma as a cause of addiction

MILLERTON — “Uprooting Addiction,” a documentary film by Tory Jadow and Hope Payson, played to two packed theaters at the Moviehouse in Millerton on Sunday, Jan. 27.
The screening was part of the Salisbury Forum lecture series.
Two and a half years in the making (and still not quite finished), the film grew out of social worker Payson’s work with addicts and alcoholics, concentrating on the unresolved trauma that often co-exists with physical addiction to drugs like alcohol and heroin.

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Comprehensive Plan looks to prioritize community strategies

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NORTH EAST — The Comprehensive Plan Update Committee ushered in the new year with a discussion of how to implement the revised plan’s goals at a meeting on Monday, Jan. 21.
The meeting was held at North East Town Hall with all members in attendance. Communicating with primary planning consultant Nan Stolzenburg via phone, committee members reviewed strategies for reaching goals discussed at previous meetings. 

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Trauma, addiction and hope at Forum

MILLERTON -— Addicts and alcoholics have a physical addiction.
And they often have unresolved, traumatic experiences that also need to be acknowledged and resolved.
Getting to the root of the addiction is what social worker Hope Payson and filmmaker Tory Jadow (a Cornwall resident) address in “Uprooting Addiction,” a documentary film about how trauma affects addiction — and recovery.  It will be shown on Sunday, Jan. 27, 11:30 a.m. at The Moviehouse in Millerton as part of the Salisbury Forum series.

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The Millerton Inn shares food and memories

MILLERTON — Meals in Millerton will be especially satisfying during a five-time “Dine Out for History” event at some of Millerton’s favorite eateries, with 10 percent of the profits going to the North East Historical Society. 
The special evenings are part of the Society’s efforts to raise funds to expand its facilities, digitize its collection and increase its outreach, particularly to educators.   

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A little llama love

MILLERTON — Along with welcoming readers of all ages, the NorthEast-Millerton Library played host to Country Quilt Farm owner Debbie Labbe and her llama, Snoopy, for the library’s “Hooked on Llamas” program on Saturday, Jan. 19. More than 25 eager youngsters were given an opportunity to pet Snoopy and learn more about llamas. In addition to reading aloud from “Is Your Mama A Llama?” Labbe talked to the children about the llamas on her farm and demonstrated several ways that llama wool could be used. 
— Kaitlin Lyle

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Freezing temps at Rudd Pond

On the morning of Monday, Jan. 21, temperatures dipped to 6 degrees below zero in Millerton, and across the region.

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Reorg clarification

NORTH EAST — Last week’s issue reported on the town of North East’s annual organizational meeting, and appointments made during the reorg on Wednesday, Jan. 2. There were a couple of items that need to be both added and clarified.

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Solar farm PILOT law takes flight

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NORTH EAST — It’s official. After months of discussion, the Town Board adopted a law allowing Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) to be made for solar farm applications. The public hearing on the issue closed last week, at the Thursday, Jan. 10, board meeting. It was brief.
According to town Supervisor George Kaye, few comments were voiced and some minor corrections were made to the law before the hearing closed. 

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More than just books at the NorthEast-Millerton Library

MILLERTON — The traditional image of a library is that of a somewhat musty room filled with shelf after shelf of often un-read tomes all kept in careful order by a steely faced woman with a steely toned bun with a strict shushing finger held against equally steely lips. 
But things have changed in the libraries of today, and nowhere is that change more evident than in the warm and welcoming Main Street building that is the NorthEast-Millerton Library. 

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