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MILLERTON— Earth Day is always a good day according to wise-beyond-her-seven years Zoe Briggs, because “We have to take good care of the Earth because we have to live on it, and so do the animals.”

The visiting Saugerties resident was celebrating the day by getting a refresher course in chess from her “Grampy,” Dan Briggs of Millerton, as they moved pieces around the super-sized set on the recently created Memorial Garden lawn in front of the North-East Millerton Library. 

Her “Grammy,” Nancy Briggs, said Zoe also painted a...

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Kildonan School to build canoe shed

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NORTH EAST — An engineer for the Kildonan School made a brief appearance before the North East Planning Board at its bi-monthly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Mark Graminski appeared with plans in hand for a canoe shed that the school for dyslexic students wants to construct on its land, near a pond on the south side of Morse Hill Road. The engineer’s priority, however, was to get the Planning Board to waive the site plan review process, as stated in a letter he sent to the board on Nov. 23.

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Feeling blue

MILLERTON — Children gathered in the NorthEast-Millerton Library with their friends and families on Saturday, Dec. 3, for a Smurfs party, which included a showing of “The Smurfs” movie and a table of blue food. The library’s youth services coordinator, Sarah Bellora, said the library holds showings of new movie releases roughly once per month to give the children a social activity they can enjoy with their families. “The kids love it,” she said.

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North East Community Center has a new look

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MILLERTON — The North East Community Center (NECC) revealed its renovations during an open house on Saturday, Dec. 3. Besides an exterior face lift, the interior of the building was completely remade to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
NECC Executive Director Jenny Hansell said the renovation process was a long time in the making.
In 2007, NECC polled the community for feedback and received overwhelming praise for its services, but was shocked to hear that one of its biggest weaknesses was its building’s condition.

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Fedele is in

Election results official
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NORTH EAST — The Dutchess County Board of Elections released the official election results for the town of North East, confirming Democrat Ralph Fedele’s place on the Town Board.
The unofficial results, which were released minutes after the polls closed on Tuesday, Nov. 8, showed Fedele ahead of Jon Arnason by six votes, which meant that there was potential for Arnason to come out ahead once the mail-in ballots were tallied.

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Highway Department update

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NORTH EAST — Highway Superintendent Bob Stevens gave an update on his department to the Town Board at its monthly business meeting on Thursday, Nov. 10. He spoke before a full house.
One of the first issues he addressed was storm cleanup, and how the town fared after the late October snowfall.
“We’re just about done with the storm cleanup,” Stevens told the board. “Now we’re stockpiling sand and gravel for the winter.”

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Going green for Christmas

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MILLERTON — The evergreen tree at the junction of routes 22 and 44 was decorated with roughly 3,000 LED Christmas lights on Friday, Dec. 2, by a group of volunteers.
Deemed the “beacon of Millerton” by Townscape, the town’s enhancement group that performs the decorating and plantings throughout the year, the tree went “green” this year with its red and white illumination.

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Millerton man arrested for running trooper off the road

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PLEASANT VALLEY — Twenty-six-year-old Millerton resident Joshua Gop was arrested on Monday, Nov. 28, on several charges related to drugs and running a New York State Police trooper off the road.
The trooper was traveling westbound on Route 44 in Pleasant Valley shortly before 5 p.m. when Gop allegedly drove into the trooper’s lane, forcing the trooper to “swerve into a ditch to avoid a collision,” according to a press release issued by the New York State Police.

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Freshtown plans for a Grand Union takeover

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NORTH EAST — For the second time in a month, Freshtown supermarket owners and operators Dan and Noah Katz appeared before the North East Planning Board for a preliminary discussion about their plans to take over the Grand Union. The brothers attributed their quick return to the fact that there wasn’t a full board at the Nov. 10 meeting and therefore they wanted to apprise all members of their plans. They also brought with them a partially-completed application. 

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Parade kicks off the holidays

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MILLERTON — Tens of thousands of lights were strung on floats, motorcycles and firetrucks that paraded up Main Street in Millerton on Friday, Nov. 25, during the town’s annual Parade of Lights.
The townspeople were joined by residents of neighboring towns as they lined up as much as six people deep on the sidewalks to get a view of the procession.
Lennie Morrison, president of the Millerton Fire Company, said the Parade of Lights draws bigger crowds than any of the other parades held in the town.

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New pizza place offers saucy slices

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MILLERTON — Pizza aficionados will be pleased to hear that there is a new oven in town.
Cozzy’s Pizza Express, which owner Costianzo DeBernardo describes as “the standard that everyone measures by,” creates traditional pizzas and Italian-American dishes using fresh, flavorful ingredients.
The business was originally started in 1972 by DeBernardo’s father in Poughkeepsie. It has moved a few times in recent years, and even did a short stint in Millerton, but now the pizza joint is here to stay.

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