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MILLERTON — With attendance dwindling as it is in so many churches, members of the Millerton Presbyterian Church have decided to open their minds and their doors to an alternative option by dropping Sunday worship and welcoming all in the community to Saturday 4 p.m. services and social hours.

Noting that village activity always seems to pick up with more residents and visitors on the streets that day as they head for dinner or a movie, Pastor Zora Ficarra-Cheatham hopes the afternoon schedule might be more welcoming to all who are invited — church members or not.

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Millerton

Northeastern Dutchess transport solution nears finalization

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HARLEM VALLEY — The Eastern Dutchess Transportation Task Force met on Thursday, May 19, to discuss the Northern Dutchess Transportation Service project as it enters the final stages of formalization.
The transportation service, which will be managed by the North East Community Center (NECC), will cover the towns of Millerton/North East, Amenia/Wassaic, Millbrook/Washington, Dover, Stanford and Pine Plains.

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Tracking the impact of the Rail Trail

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MILLERTON — The Harlem Valley Rail Trail has been a lure to Millerton since 1996. The abandoned rail track was recycled into paved trails for recreational activities. It is no secret that the trail has brought a huge influx of people to the village of Millerton, one of the current stops on the 15-mile path. Now the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association wants to study how the Rail Trail financially impacts the village.
Recently the association sent out a survey to North East and Millerton business owners to get a better understanding of how the Rail Trail has influenced them.

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Millerton/North East Memorial Day Ceremonies

Memorial Day Ceremonies for The Town of North East and the Village of Millerton are as follows:
American Legion Post 178 will conduct flag raising and rifle salute at 7 local cemeteries starting at 0600 at the Post home located at 155 Route 44 Millerton NY.

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Proposed Millerton supermarket plaza is a permitted use

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NORTH EAST — Southern Realty Development, the applicant behind the proposed supermarket for Route 44 behind Thompson Plaza, appeared at the Planning Board’s meeting on Wednesday, May 11. John Joseph, who represents Southern Realty Development, was there to discuss the proposed sketch plan and lot line adjustment needed for the project.
Planning Board Chairman Dale Culver kicked off the meeting by stating according to a review of the code, the shopping center planned for development is a permitted use.

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Tea for many

Eight-year-olds Madeline Lazarus and Hope Murphy dress their dolls during a recent Webutuck PTA fundraiser. The event invited students, friends and family to bring their dolls and dresses to a tea party, at which they could let their creativity run wild. The money raised went toward the PTA’s coffers for future needs.

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Hansell awarded scholarship

MILLERTON — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced that full scholarships have been awarded to two executive directors: Jenny Hansell of North East Community Center (NECC) and Bryan Ayars of Community Health Programs in Great Barrington, Mass.
They will attend Harvard Business School for a week-long intensive training program: Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management.This program is designed to strengthen the capacity of nonprofit directors to lead their organizations effectively. The program will take place from Sunday, July 17, to Saturday, July 23.

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GRJH misses appearance before Planning Board

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NORTH EAST — Applicant GRJH, Inc., was on the town Planning Board’s agenda for its Wednesday, May 11, meeting to seek amended site plan approval. GRJH owns the Sunoco gas station and convenience store located on Route 44 in the Boulevard District, technically part of the town’s BD-2 zoning district. As has become habit for the applicant and its attorney, no one made an appearance at the scheduled meeting.

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Murder suspect arrested in Millerton

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MILLERTON — An early morning police raid on Wednesday, May 18, ended with the apprehension of murder suspect Shyron Jabbar Brown.
Brown, a 24-year-old Schenectady resident, is being charged with the Sunday, April 24, murder of Marcus Woody, 39. Woody was killed early Easter morning on Main Street in Poughkeepsie by two gunshot wounds. It is currently unknown what led to the shooting.
“I was very disappointed to hear the suspect was hiding in Millerton,” said Millerton Mayor John Scutieri. “It is unfortunate that people will hear that he was caught here.”

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Arvolyn Hill joins The Millerton News

MILLERTON — The Millerton News would like to officially welcome its newest part-time reporter and photojournalist, Arvolyn Hill, to its team. Hill will be covering the village of Millbrook and town of Washington.
Hill was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and her family moved to Kent, Conn., when she was a child.
“My dad told me when living in Brooklyn that my mother and he threw a dart on a map. It landed in Kent and that’s how we ended up here,” said Hill.

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Providing much-needed support to nursing mothers

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MILLERTON — Some mothers have trouble breast feeding their infants — a very real problem that can be addressed by the proper experts. A group of those professionals will gather Monday, May 23, at No. 9 Restaurant at Simmons’ Way Village Inn in Millerton for a mini-conference.

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