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MILLERTON — As a way of getting its Book Buddies program off the ground in eastern Dutchess County, the nonprofit organization Literacy Connections hosted an information session at the Round Tuit restaurant on Wednesday, June 6.

Book Buddies Coordinator Katherine Stikkers set up a small table of books and pamphlets with information about the Book Buddies program. The session’s poor attendance — no one from the public showed up — only triggered Stikker’s desire to get more community members involved.

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A golden gift

Leah Cawley, 5, got into the spirit of giving during the holidays when she cut her hair and donated it to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that makes wigs for disadvantaged children who have lost their hair due to a long-term illness. Leah donated 10 inches of her hair in December. She first heard about Locks of Love through her mother and said she quickly fell in love with the idea. She said she wanted her hair to help other children. Leah plans to donate her hair again next year once she meets the minimum donation requirement. In the meantime, she said she enjoys having short hair.

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GOP nominates two candidates for Millerton Village Board elections

MILLERTON — Dave McGhee and John “Jack” Thomas won the Republican nominations for the two village trustee seats during the Republican caucus held on Thursday, Jan. 26, which was attended by six people.
McGhee is a former North East town councilman who recently lost his seat of roughly 12 years on the Town Board in the November elections, and Thomas is a previous village trustee who served from 2005 to 2009.
The positions up for election on the Village Board come spring are currently held by Trustees Debbie Middlebrook and Yosh Schulman, and are two-year terms.

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North East focuses on soil contamination

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NORTH EAST — Town Engineer Ray Jurkowski was at the Thursday, Jan. 19, Town Board meeting to report on the contaminated soil at the town’s highway garage on South Center Street.

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Moviehouse to be renovated

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MILLERTON — By Friday, Feb. 10, The Millerton Moviehouse will be picture perfect, following a four-day renovation that will upgrade many of its systems.
“Things always change and we’re always upgrading,” said Moviehouse owner Robert Sadlon. “The process is always moving forward, and we’re just staying alive and relevant. It will be a much better Moviehouse come Feb. 10th.”
Changes will include replacing the 35mm film projection systems with Real D 3-D digital equipment, updating the sound system with Dolby 5.9 digital surround sound and replacing all of the screens with new ones.

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Volunteer positions: two down, one to go

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NORTH EAST — Town Supervisor John Merwin was happy to announce at the Thursday, Jan. 19, Town Board meeting that two very capable volunteers have stepped forward to fill vacant seats on both the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) and the Planning Board. The ZBA has been in search of new members since last year; the Planning Board since the start of this year.

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Volunteer positions: two down, one to go

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NORTH EAST — Town Supervisor John Merwin was happy to announce at the Thursday, Jan. 19, Town Board meeting that two very capable volunteers have stepped forward to fill vacant seats on both the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) and the Planning Board. The ZBA has been in search of new members since last year; the Planning Board since the start of this year.

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Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home opens in Millerton

MILLERTON — For almost a year, since the Valentine Funeral Home on Park Avenue closed in February 2011, Millerton was without a funeral home of its own.
That changed on Jan. 1 when Scott Conklin opened a new funeral home in the former Valentine space, as the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home.
Conklin knows the area and the business well. He worked for 18 years as a funeral director for Larry and Katie House at the Hufcut Funeral Home in Dover Plains.

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Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home open

MILLERTON — After more than a century of ownership by the Valentine family, Valentine Funeral Home is under the new management of funeral director Scott Conklin.
The funeral home, which has been out of operation since February 2011, officially reopened on Jan. 1 of this year as the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home. With his educational background and empathetic nature, Conklin plans to offer community members the same quality of service they received from the Valentine family.

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Village creates Conservation Advisory Council

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MILLERTON — The Village Board is forming a Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) to manage and protect environmental resources. The Millerton board decided to take this step at the suggestion of Trustee Yosh Schulman.

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Is North East’s zoning in need of a change?

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NORTH EAST — Veteran Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) Chairman Julie Schroeder has watched hundreds, if not thousands, of applicants come before her requesting changes to the zoning codes to allow their properties to function in ways other than those the town intended.
Now, after decades on the board, Schroeder is considering how North East’s zoning might be redesigned, specifically in the area known as Irondale. She expressed her thoughts in a letter to the North East Town Board on Jan. 18; it was read at the board’s business meeting the following evening.

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