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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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Veterinary center has new owner

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MILLERTON — The Millerton Veterinary Practice located at 199 Route 44 East has changed hands, but will continuing serving the area with the same great care.
Carolyn Cannon, who has worked at the Millerton Veterinary Practice for five years, recently purchased the clinic from David Sandefer. Sandefer will continue to own and operate the Sand Road Animal Hospital in Falls Village, Conn.
Cannon had worked with Sandefer for more than 20 years before buying the Millerton Veterinary Practice.

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North East accepts bids for new salt shed

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NORTH EAST — Decrepit, dilapidated, shoddy, unstable — these are all words that could be used to describe the town of North East’s salt storage shed at its highway facility on South Center Street. That’s why the Town Board instructed Town Engineer Ray Jurkowski to seek solutions for replacing the shed. The goal is to relocate the salt shed when the town is finally able to afford building a highway garage at a new location in the future.
The problem

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Please, don’t burst my bubble

MILLERTON — The NorthEast-Millerton Library ended its summer reading program with a pop. Dozens of children and parents attended the “Bubble Trouble” party on Saturday, Aug. 13, to witness Jeff Boyer’s amazing bubble feats, which included making a bubble roller coaster and making bubbles over 5 feet in diameter.

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Step to it

MILLERTON — Dancers gathered at Eddie Collins Field on Saturday, Aug. 13, for a free Zumba class. The dance lesson was held as part of the Events Under the Stars series that offers free family-friendly events during the summer to the public. Other activities include free movie nights, bounce houses and laser tag.

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North East hears from public on grant ideas

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NORTH EAST — The Town Board held the requisite public hearing on ideas for its 2012 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application on Thursday, Aug. 11. A few ideas were put forth from the audience; two applicants were actually seeking different grants.
The hearing is part of the “normal process” required by the county, according to town Supervisor Dave Sherman; the town must consider all suggestions before making its final decision.

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Scout master prepares to put down her compass

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MILLERTON — After nearly a decade of guiding Boy Scout Troop 29 of Millerton, Amenia and Wassaic through all kinds of adventures and life lessons, Scout Master Martha Schultz is preparing to retire from her volunteer post.
“I’m slowly fading out,” she said last week, adding that after her son, Andrew, reached Eagle Scout status a few weeks earlier, her primary reason for remaining has similarly faded away. “But it’s hard to let someone else take over. I’ve been involved in scouting since my son was a first-grader. It’s been 11 years; he’s an Eagle Scout now.

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Driving range keeps on truckin’

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MILLERTON — The Millerton Driving Range on Route 44 was set to close before James Hosier decided to rescue it and take responsibility for its upkeep.
Hosier began renting the property and business on July 1 from the owner, Robert B. Trotta, who found it difficult to maintain the property since moving to Florida.
Trotta had planned on closing the driving range and letting the grass grow wild before he entered talks with Hosier.

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Community joins veterans for Wounded Warriors trip

On Friday, July 29, community members joined the American Legion Post 178 for a trip to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. Click here for full story. Below are some stories of those who made the trip.
MILLERTON —The volunteers of Operation Thank You Wounded Warrior II ran the gamut, from young children to active seniors, men and women, girls and boys who all took time out of their lives to make the trip.

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Doing the two-step

MILLERTON — The Millerton Fire Company held its annual block dance and barbecue on Saturday, July 30. The event is the single biggest fundraiser for the department and brings in roughly half of its yearly funds, according to Mariley Najdek, who helped the fire company organize the event. The money raised will help the company buy safety equipment, a truck for brush fires and other items it needs. “I think it’s a wonderful family event,” said Najdek.

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Supermarket applicant talks shop

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NORTH EAST — The North East Planning Board welcomed back Southern Realty & Development, LLC, to its table on Wednesday, July 27; SRD is the applicant behind the as-of-yet unnamed supermarket proposed for the Boulevard District off Route 44, near the Connecticut border.
Developer John Joseph is, for all intents and purposes, Southern Realty & Development, LLC, (SRD) which he’s confirmed to the Planning Board at past meetings.

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