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MILLERTON — After considering its options for establishing the organization as a new corporation in the village of Millerton, the Millerton Business Alliance (MBA) reached its decision at a meeting on Thursday, Aug. 2. 

The monthly meeting was held at Montage and nine MBA members attended. After bringing the incorporation up for discussion, group leader Dick Hermans reported that the MBA can file as a new 501(c)4 corporation by filling out a three-page application and paying a $75 filing fee.

As far as names were concerned, Hermans reported the name “...

Millerton

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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A stitch in time ...

Knitters met at the NorthEast-Millerton Library on Saturday, March 12, to knit squares that will be sewn together to form a large blanket to adorn one of the library’s walls. About a dozen of the area’s craftiest gathered around a basket of brightly-colored yarn, some novices and some “old hands,” all young at heart. Sarah Bellora, the library’s youth services coordinator, said she hopes the project will soon be completed and on display.

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Sunoco’s GRJH continues at snail’s pace

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NORTH EAST — The Planning Board met Wednesday, March 23, after this paper’s deadline, at which meeting it had to make the decision whether it would revoke the conditional approval it had granted GRJH, Inc., for site plan approval of the Sunoco gas station and convenience store located on Route 44 just outside the village line. The decision was predicated on a history of missed deadlines by the applicant, represented by attorney Keith Nolan.

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Soup’s up!

WEBUTUCK—A group of mostly seventh- and eighth-grade students turned up at Webutuck’s culinary room for this year’s Empty Bowls fundraiser. Students made black bean chili and corn chowder to serve to teachers in handmade ceramic bowls, made either by the students themselves or local potters, including Diane Shapira, Regina McCoy and Gina Tauro. This was the fifth year the fundraiser was held. The event has raised a total of $5,000 for Doctors Without Borders during the past five years.

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On the fast road to success

MILLERTON — Millerton NAPA Auto and Truck Supply is known as a popular local business with excellent service; now there’s a plaque to attest to that. The store, run by new owner Mike Taylor, was awarded NAPA’s Five Star Excellence Award for 2010. Taylor said the award is given based on a combination of factors calculating the success of a NAPA store, including sales growth and employee training. “The award is really presented to you for being the best of the best of NAPA,” Taylor said.

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Fire at North East barn

NORTH EAST — A raging inferno was extinguished on Saturday, March 19, at a farm on Route 22 between McEnroe Organic Farm and Haight Road. Millerton Fire Company Chief Jason Watson said the fire started about 2:45 p.m. “The barn was fully involved by the time we got there,” he said, “and about three or four acres of field were on fire as well.” Brush trucks and tankers were brought in, and seven local fire departments (Millerton, Amenia, Wassaic, Sharon, Cornwall, Canaan and Lakeville all responded) were on the scene for about four hours.

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Millerton elections

Democrats not on ballot - GOP wins
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MILLERTON — Millerton Mayor John Scutieri and Trustees Jay Reynolds and Marty Markonic were all re-elected during Millerton’s village elections on Tuesday, March 15, in what looks on paper to be an apparent Republican landslide victory, without a single Democratic vote.
That’s because voters were only given one choice at the polls this year, stemming from “a screw up in filing,” according to the head of the Democratic Committee for the town of North East, which did not file its certificate of party nomination.

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