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MILLERTON — Only a few weels ago, Three Meadows Spirits and its signature Peony Vodka were chosen by “The Fifty Best” as a gold medal winner in this year’s “Best Flavored Vodka” awards. “The Fifty Best” is self-described as an “unbiased guide to fine living for those with epicurean tastes.”

Three Meadows Spirits owner Leslie Farhangi submitted her product for the contest last summer. Intrigued by its focus on craft spirits, Farhangi thought it a worthwhile competition.

Since its launch in Millerton two years ago,...

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Supermarket site plan review continues

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NORTH EAST — John Joseph of Southern Realty & Development, LLC, the developer behind the supermarket proposal, appeared before the North East Planning Board on Wednesday, Aug. 24, to discuss his project’s progress.
He started with a question for the board, asking if it would like for the site plan to keep its lighting in line with the lighting that currently exists at Thompson Plaza. The as-of-yet-unnamed 36,000-square foot supermarket is to be built on a 10-acre lot behind Thompson Plaza, off Route 44 in the Boulevard District. The site is owned by Quinmill Properties.

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Candidates answer questions at the Legion

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MILLERTON — As elections draw nearer, towns and villages across the country are hosting town hall meetings to allow the public to connect with candidates and elected officials. These meetings give local citizens the opportunity to participate in political discussions and voice their opinions on hot topics.

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Property revaluation impacts taxpayers and school district

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NORTH EAST — Earlier this year, the town of North East conducted a revaluation of property in the town. New information shows that the revaluation has had significant negative impact on taxes and the Webutuck School District.
The new assessment of property values in North East has shifted the distribution of the tax burden among the towns served by the Webutuck School District. With the new assessment, the tax levy for North East will increase by $301,580.69.

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Millerton talks sidewalks for grant application

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MILLERTON — The village recently held a public hearing to discuss application ideas for the 2012 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), which is awarded based upon a priority list determined by the county.
Despite holding the hearing, the Village Board already had a fairly good idea about what it thought the grant money should go toward, if awarded. The application subject — sidewalks — is not a new one for Millerton.

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The repercussions of Town Board infighting

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NORTH EAST — Following the Wednesday, Aug. 17, Town Board meeting, Councilman Steve Merwin said he regretted things had gone so far, but added that he felt as if his back was put up against the wall.

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Fair brings an artsy flair to Millerton

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MILLERTON — The second annual Millerton Artisan Fair was held on the lawn of the Simmons’ Way Village Inn on Saturday, Aug. 20.
Twenty-four local artisans displayed their wares and talents for the hundreds of patrons who milled through the fair, enjoying a refreshing stretch of sunny summer weather.
“We’re so happy to have this weather,” said Pat Ackerman, who co-chairs the event with Kathy Shapiro. They both also participated in the fair as vendors.
Mary Ellen Durkin of Dover Plains, who happened upon the event by chance, said, “I’m enjoying the day. The art is fantastic.”

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Town Board does website search of its own

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NORTH EAST — The town of North East is on the cusp of the cutting edge, or at least entering the present technological age. So says the Town Board, which is preparing to hire a firm to design the municipality’s inaugural website. It’s already put the wheels in motion at past board meetings, sending out Request for Proposals (RFPs) for a website consultant.

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Go-cart request returns before Town Board

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NORTH EAST — North East attorney, businessman and developer Robert Trotta has once again submitted plans to the town for a go-cart track on Route 44 in the area near the Grand Union shopping plaza and the golf driving range.
Last summer, on July 8, 2010, the board permanently tabled an apparently identical request from Trotta that generated a great deal of controversy in the community — as well as a petition against it, with 182 signatures.
Trotta has proposed the track multiple times throughout the years, and has been denied each time.

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North East councilmen go head-to-head over truck purchase

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NORTH EAST — Things became confrontational at a special Town Board meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 17, during a discussion about a possible truck purchase.
The proposal to buy the 2012 International 4-by-4 truck, with a plow, dump and wing and spreader, for a rough total of $215,000, was made by Highway Superintendent Bob Stevens. The new truck was compared to a 2006 International the Town Board is familiar with, which is nearly identical. If purchased, it will replace a 17-year-old town truck that’s in bad shape, according to Stevens.
The issue

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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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