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MILLERTON — From Friday, Nov. 24, through Saturday, Nov. 25, community members can help fundraise to benefit communities in Kenya by stopping by the annual Grow Against Poverty woodcraft sale at the Irondale Schoolhouse.

For John Roccanova and his wife, Jean, both recently retired teachers from North East (Webutuck) Central School District, inspiration for the annual event sparked when they read about the state of Africa’s educational opportunities in a New York Times article. Though education was becoming more accessible in Africa, schools were getting crowded with...

Millerton

ITW to bring 25 new jobs to Millerton

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MILLERTON — The expansion of an international business is having an impact on the village of Millerton, to the tune of 25 new jobs being created. News of ITW’s expansion hit the streets last Thursday, March 31, and had village Trustee Jay Reynolds praising the hard work of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC), which helped broker the deal.
“This is a bit of a news flash,” he said after learning of the arrangement. “Anytime jobs come to a community, it’s great for the business environment. New jobs are the lifeblood of the community.”

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Cuddeback scholarship fund created

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HARLEM VALLEY — The region has rallied around the Cuddeback family in remembering Zachary Cuddeback, the 21-year-old Air Force serviceman who was shot and killed in Germany on March 2 by a suspected terrorist.
Cuddeback was driving a military bus carrying other United States military personnel at the Frankfurt airport when a shooter killed him and Senior Airman Nicholas J. Aldon, 25, and wounded two others.

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Gears are turning at new bike shop

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MILLERTON — Village Cycle & Fitness, a new business on South Center Street, looks a lot like what you’d expect of a bike rental and repair shop. There are plenty of bicycles lining the sides of the store, along with the assorted helmets, sprockets, grips and parts hanging from walls and resting inside cases. There are even a few “shop cats” lounging on chairs catching naps while extreme bike videos play on the room’s flat screen television.

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Details discussed about reassessment project

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NORTH EAST — Roughly 30 residents from the town of North East and the village of Millerton attended the public hearing on Monday, March 28, on the townwide property reassessment project. The hearing was held at the American Legion Hall Post 178 in Millerton. While Assessor Katherine Johnson said she was somewhat disappointed with attendance, she acknowledged it was better than previous such meetings.

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Bigger and better for second season of library concerts

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MILLERTON — A strong showing for an early April concert at the Annex at the NorthEast-Millerton Library kicked off the year for the concert series.
Close to 50 people showed up for performances by Anthony Silvia and headliner Wooden Nickel at the April 2 show, which opened the season of concerts held in the annex building of the local library.
“That’s as high as we had for any concert last year,” said Roger Cohn, the series’ concert coordinator. “It turned out really well.”

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Point guard

Townscape volunteer Ralph Fedele repaired the pointing of the stone wall at Veteran’s Park in Millerton recently, which was damaged after the harsh winter storms and below-freezing temperatures. Fedele said he was happy to do the work. “It’s been a tough winter and I wanted to do this before more stones came down,” he said. “This is our park and it’s important to keep it looking good.”

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Scout spruces up library

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MILLERTON — The NorthEast-Millerton Library has been given an earthy makeover, thanks to an extensive project by a local Boy Scout who transformed one of the rooms in its annex building into a reading treehouse, in anticipation of the space’s future use as a children’s library.
Andrew Schultz, 17, is on his way to earning the rank of Eagle Scout in the local Troop 29, the highest rank in scouting. But the road to becoming an Eagle Scout is not an easy one.
There are six requirements that every Scout must complete before earning his rank:

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Draft Webutuck budget projects 2 percent tax increase

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WEBUTUCK — Steven Schoonmaker, superintendent for the North East Central School District (commonly known as Webutuck), presented the Board of Education with a brief preliminary budget proposal for the 2011-12 school year showing a 1.52 percent budget-to-budget increase from the previous year and a 2 percent estimated tax levy increase.

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GRJH, Inc., site plan inches closer to completion

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NORTH EAST — The Planning Board’s meeting on Wednesday, March 23, was a brief one. The board met for less than an hour. During that time it dealt with attorney Keith Nolan, who was representing GRJH, Inc., owner of the Sunoco gas station and convenience store on Route 44 in Millerton.
GRJH was on the agenda to get its amended site plan approved; the business has been operating without a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) since it opened six years ago and is not in compliance with the town’s zoning codes (specifically, its LED-illuminated sign is illegal).

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Zoning not in compliance? Forget about site plan approval

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NORTH EAST — After a 10-minute public hearing on Thursday, March 10, during which there were no public comments, the Town Board unanimously approved a local law blocking applicants from getting a slew of approvals from the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) if they are not in compliance with the town’s zoning codes. The law was a long time coming, according to Attorney to the Town Warren Replansky.

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