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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...

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North East Sunoco: Missed deadlines, illegal operations fuel frustrations

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NORTH EAST — Last Wednesday, Feb. 23, attorney Keith Nolan was given a lesson on deadlines. His instructor was none other than North East Planning Board Chairman Dale Culver. The setting? The bimonthly Planning Board meeting that Nolan attended after missing a Jan. 9, 2011, due date, when he was supposed to submit a site plan for his client, GRJH.
GRJH is run by businesswoman Alicia Metz; the company owns the Sunoco gas station and convenience store on Route 44 in Millerton.

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Go-cart request refused

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NORTH EAST — Despite being “permanently tabled” last year, the request to revisit Robert Trotta’s go-cart track proposal made its way back to the Town Board’s table on Thursday, Feb. 17, much to the frustration of those present.
Town Supervisor Dave Sherman read aloud planner Arthur Brod’s request for a proposed amendment to the zoning code for a go-cart track on Route 44 in the town of North East — this time for electric-powered go-carts — a change from the gas-powered carts of the past. Brod is the planner hired by Trotta.

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Call to action to stop overfishing of the oceans

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MILLERTON — It takes something special to get hundreds of people out on a snowy Sunday morning in February.
The Salisbury Forum and Moviehouse FilmWorks Forum presentation of “The End of the Line,” hosted by actor Sam Waterston at The Moviehouse, proved to be just the thing. All three theaters were full for the screening of the documentary film detailing the effects of overfishing in the world’s oceans and the human population.
Waterston introduced the film at each showing.

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Locals get revved for chili and NASCAR

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MILLERTON — About 150 locals turned out for the seventh annual Chili Cook-off at the American Legion Post 178, an opportunity to taste the finest chili con carne the Tri-state area has to offer as well as enjoy the Daytona 500 race.

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Town Board talks exemptions and roads

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NORTH EAST — The Town Board addressed a number of matters at its business meeting on Thursday, Feb. 10. Included in the reports presented were those from the assessor’s office and the highway department.
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Assessor Katherine Johnson spoke briefly about the various exemptions due in March. She said “any and all” exemptions apply, including senior exemptions, veterans exemptions, STAR exemptions, etc.

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Are Dunkin’ Donuts and Subway on order for North East?

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NORTH EAST — If local businessman Ken Thompson has his way, those who pass through the town of North East may one day soon be able to indulge in fare from Dunkin’ Donuts and Subway.
Thompson appeared with his proposal before the town’s Planning Board on Wednesday, Feb. 9, but held off on making a formal submission pending permit approval of the proposed supermarket, off Route 44 and behind Thompson Plaza, which he owns.

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Hansell provides NECC clear direction

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NORTH EAST — “It’s the longest time I’ve been anywhere,” said Jenny Hansell about her tenure at the North East Community Center (NECC), where she’s executive director. Hansell started in February of 2001 and has been there ever since; those who helped found NECC, like Sam Busselle, wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Proposed supermarket talks details; company name still a mystery

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NORTH EAST — An appearance by Southern Realty Development (SRD) before the North East Planning Board has further whet the appetite of area residents. The applicant discussed plans for a new supermarket, proposed for the Route 44 Boulevard District, behind Thompson Plaza and Basil’s Auto Shop. The catch? SRD Managing Member John Joseph is staying mum on exactly who his client is.
“I cannot tell who my tenant is right now, but the moment I can you’ll be the first person I call,” he promised during a phone interview with The Millerton News.

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Full house at Irving Farm coffee plant’s public hearing

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NORTH EAST — There was standing room only at the continuation of the Irving Farm Development Corp., public hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at the North East Town Hall. The hearing was for site plan approval for a coffee roasting facility, proposed for a parcel on Route 22 adjacent to the NAPA Auto Parts store.

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Chili cook-off Feb. 20

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MILLERTON — Burning rubber and slow-cooked chili: It’s been a potent combination every February for the past six years and it’s back again this year. On Sunday, Feb. 20, the seventh annual Chili Cook-Off and Daytona 500 Party will kick off at American Legion Post 178 in Millerton.

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