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MILLERTON — An unexpected power outage caught close to 150 Central Hudson customers living in the village off guard last Wednesday morning, Aug. 9.

According to Central Hudson, an object came into contact with the power line, resulting in the loss of power. While a tree branch could have easily fallen onto the line, reported the utility, the exact cause had not been identified by press time.

Starting at 6:24 a.m. on the 9th, Central Hudson customers on Dutchess Avenue, Highland Drive, South Center Street and Simmons Street in Millerton were out of power, until a fuse...

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Millerton’s Stephen Waite returns as village trustee

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MILLERTON — At the start of the meeting on Monday, June 19, Mayor Debbie Middlebrook appointed Stephen Waite to an open seat on the Village Board.
Waite previously served on the Board of Trustees from 2015 until this spring, when he decided not to run for re-election due to personal reasons. Waite said the experience had been very good and that he always tried to work with everyone regardless of their political affiliation, “as long as it helps move the business forward and better the community.” 

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Getting down and moving up

Eighth-graders at Eugene Brooks Intermediate School celebrated the end of the academic year with a semi-formal dance last week. The dinner dance had the theme of  “A Night in the City,” and students said it was the ideal way to wrap up a busy year. Most said they’re looking forward to a relaxing summer before returning to the district and the new challenges they’ll face while attending Webutuck High School.

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Microburst rips through Rock Steady Farm and Flowers

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MILLERTON — In what looked like a scene from “The Wizard of Oz,” a building used by Rock Steady Farm and Flowers, at The Watershed Center at 41 Kaye Road in Millerton, was left in smithereens following a microburst on Monday, June 19.
The mini tornado ripped through the farm building as if it was built of matchsticks. It destroyed office equipment and devastated the farm’s seed catalogue. It also left three farmers inside at the time with minor injuries, ranging from a concussion to puncture wounds and cuts and bruises.

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Is a shared garage facility in the future for North East and Millerton?

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MILLERTON — Frustrations are growing regarding where the town of North East’s new highway garage should be located. For the past few years, the Town Board has informed the community that its existing garage at 11 South Center St., Millerton, is in a state of disrepair. But various sites the town has considered to build new, or to renovate existing buildings, have fallen through — none quite measuring up anyway.

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Concerns raised about Spring for Sound

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MILLERTON— For many, the Spring for Sound music festival on Saturday, June 10, was an outstanding event. Yet for others, the festival itself brought more concern than joy.
At the recent Village Board  meeting on Monday, June 19, a small crowd of residents expressed their growing concern about incidents that had taken place during the weekend of the festival.
Following his appointment as trustee earlier that evening, Stephen Waite was the first to address Spring for Sound.

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NECC kicks off Listening Sessions

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MILLERTON— Residents are invited to discuss critical community issues with members of the Dutchess County Human Rights Commission through the new series, Listening Sessions. The first installment was at the North East Community Center (NECC) on Thursday, June 15, with more than a dozen people including four members of the Human Rights Commission and Dutchess County Legislator Gregg Pulver (R-19). 

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Photography book now on view

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MILLERTON — If a picture is worth a thousand words, the photography book newly donated to the NorthEast-Millerton Library is priceless.
Through an anonymous donation, the book, “Chester Eisenhuth Photographer …” showcases beautiful photographs of Millerton from the 1930s through the 1950s. The 51-page, predominantly black-and-white book was compiled by Mark Goodman. But at $200, it was just too expensive for the library to buy outright. An anonymous donor helped solve that difficulty.

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Dial-A-Ride gets new wheels

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MILLERTON — The North East Community Center (NECC) has acquired a new transit van for its Dial-A-Ride program.
Beginning in 2012, Dial-A-Ride was offered to address Dutchess County’s lack of public transportation in the area. The Dutchess County bus service, formerly known as the LOOP bus, was canceled in 2009 — leaving a noticeable void.

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Sheepish …

Between the rain and the summer sun, sheep dog trials took place at Caora Farm from Friday, June 16, to Sunday, June 18. Located at 235 Sharon Road in Millerton, the sheep dog trials were held all day Friday and Saturday and the first part of the day on Sunday. Mid-afternoon Saturday, there was a sheep-herding demonstration. Afterward, Maria Amodei and her dog Poe were presented with the Libby McClintock Most Promising Nursery Pair Award. A second sheep herding demonstration took place the next morning.

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Using recreation as a tool for economic development

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MILLERTON — Economic development through recreation was the topic of a lecture by Ken Walsh, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Waterville, Maine, at the Alfond Youth Center on Wednesday, June 14.
Sponsored by the Eddie Collins Park Revitalization Committee (ECPRC), the talk was held at the NorthEast-Millerton Library Annex. 
ECPRC Chairman Stephen Waite made the introduction. He welcomed Walsh back to Millerton and told of his accomplishments.

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