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MILLERTON — It’s not every day dreams come true — but they did on Saturday, July 7, at the North East Community Center (NECC). That’s when Mayor Debbie Middlebrook and Village Trustee Christine Bates, chair of NECC’s Board of Directors, with the help of the Berkshire Stompers brass band and children with safety scissors for the ribbon cutting, officially opened the center’s new playground on South Center Street.

The project is the dream-child of Lisa Wood, a mother whose two children take part in NECC’s Monday and Friday toddler programs...

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North East focuses on emergency plans

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NORTH EAST — This town joined other municipalities throughout eastern and northern Dutchess County recently to discuss the region’s all-hazards mitigation plan — something that North East, Millerton, Pine Plains, Amenia, Dover, Milan, Beekman and both the town and village of Pawling have signed on to.
At the meeting Wednesday, June 15, according to North East town Supervisor Dave Sherman, news that the final grant payment for the plan’s adoption and approval was submitted by the State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) was announced.

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Help with home ownership is here

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MILLERTON — On Thursday, June 9, the North East Community Center (NECC) in Millerton hosted an open house in honor of the opening of a satellite office for the NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center.
The celebration, which fell during National NeighborWorks Week, introduced the community to the NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center and the services it provides, including homeownership education, landlord training and budget and credit counseling.

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Spring for Sound a rocking good time

MILLERTON — Although the morning of Saturday, June 11, began with thunder, the weather did not prevent the 16 acts of Spring for Sound from displaying their talent on the stage behind the North East Community Center (NECC).
Spring for Sound is a fundraiser for NECC that promotes local bands. Mimi Harney and Kristen Panzer, board members of NECC, organized the event for its second year.
In the community center’s backyard, among the skateboards, bikes and strollers that occupied the Rail Trail, 13 bands and three DJs performed from 3 to 11 p.m.

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Webutuck students celebrate end-of-year field day

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WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck kindergartners, armed with sunscreen and bottles of cool water, held their annual field day on Friday, June 10.
Family and friends were invited to watch the youngsters compete in individual and team events.
The most exciting event of the day by far, based on the excited squeals that accompanied its announcement, was the water balloon toss. Each class was given 10 balloons and the last class to have un-popped balloons was deemed the winner.

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Contaminated soil in North East gets tested

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NORTH EAST — The investigation into contaminated soil at the town of North East’s highway garage on South Center Street is making headway, according to town Supervisor Dave Sherman.
The town hired Ecosystem Strategies to do soil sampling at the garage, which was conducted on May 9 and 10. The results have not yet been returned to the Town Board.
Sherman described the process.

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Millerton goes solar

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MILLERTON — “The solar panels are up.”
So pronounced village Trustee Yosh Schulman last week, one week after the Millerton Pump House and Highway Department flipped the switched and converted their power source from electric to solar, thus putting the village on the road toward big savings.
The panels are rated to produce 50 kilowatts (kw) per peak hour in the region; scientists say that comes out to the equivalent of about four hours of peak production daily, producing about 200 kw per day, according to Schulman.

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Clowning around at the Millerton Lions carnival

The Millerton Lions Club held its annual carnival at Eddie Collins Field from Thursday, June 2, to Sunday, June 5. The event is the club’s largest fundraiser of the year, and always draws a good crowd from around the area. This year was no exception. An adventurous boy zipped down the popular giant slide while at the carnival on Saturday, June 4.

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Busy weekend events draw crowd

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MILLERTON — What started as a triple grand opening for three businesses in Millerton ended up growing into what was unofficially dubbed “Millerton Day.”
The three original grand openings were for Gilded Moon Framing, Little Gates Wine Merchants and Eckert Fine Art gallery. All three businesses have recently relocated to new premises on Main Street.
Those openings happened to coincide with other local events, including the opening of the 14th Colony Artists Spring Art Show, the grand opening of Hair on the Run salon and boutique and the Lions Club Carnival.

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Help with home ownership now around the corner

MILLERTON — Hudson River Housing has announced the opening of a satellite office of the NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center of Dutchess County in Millerton. The expansion will allow the agency to better serve the communities of northeastern Dutchess County by providing more convenient access to services. The northeast branch will be located within the North East Community Center (NECC) on 51 South Center St.
In celebration of the expansion, the agency will hold an open house and community gathering on Thursday, June 9, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., with the program beginning promptly at 2 p.m.

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Spring for Sound June 11

MILLERTON — Spring for Sound, hosted at the North East Community Center (NECC), will feature local bands performing to raise money for the community center. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 11.
The Millerton Knights will perform at 3:30 p.m.
The Millerton Knights is made up of Jonathan Grusauskas’ students, a group of local 6- to 11-year-olds who nurse their developing love for music every Tuesday and Friday behind the walls of The Music Cellar in Millerton.

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