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MILLERTON — The key ingredient for any successful gathering is community support, and the American Legion Auxiliary was appreciative of the crowd  that came to the 15th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Daytona 500 Party on Sunday, Feb. 17.

The annual celebration was held at the American Legion Post 178 Hall. Recognized as the Auxiliary’s biggest annual fundraiser, this year’s cook-off welcomed nine slow cookers filled with chili. With flavors ranging from mild and medium to hot and blazin’, the thick scent of home-cooked chili enveloped the Hall. 

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Millerton

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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NECC gets moving on transportation program

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MILLERTON — The North East Community Center (NECC) is moving forward with plans for a new region-wide transportation program entitled Northeastern Dutchess Transportation Program, thanks in large measure to support from the Sharon-based Foundation for Community Health.
“This program was over two years in the making,” NECC Executive Director Jenny Hansell told the North East Town Board at its Thursday, Nov. 10, business meeting. “The Foundation for Community Health decided to address the need for transportation here.”

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Warming hearts and bodies

During its coat drive, the Webutuck High School Class of 2017, in conjunction with the North East Community Center, collected more than 60 winter coats for local distribution. Pictured from left are class officers Michael Pomeisl, Abby Hoke and James Wheeler.

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Hiddenhurst Farm seeks lower speed limit

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MILLERTON — Town Supervisor Dave Sherman addressed a letter from Hiddenhurst Farm owners Robert and Encarnita Quinlan during the Thursday, Nov. 10, Town Board meeting. The Quinlans’ letter complained of high speeds along Sheffield Hill Road, where their estate is located, and requested the town’s interference.

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