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MILLERTON — From the moment they found him to their decision to bring him home, the lives of Macey Levin and his wife, Gloria Miller, were changed for the better when they rescued their dog, Luke. As a celebration of Luke’s remarkable journey, they hosted a party for his 16th birthday at the Millerton Veterinary Practice on Saturday, March 16.

Going back to 2003, Luke entered the couple’s lives purely by chance. Formerly residents of Long Island, Levin reported to The Lakeville Journal that his wife had been driving to her teaching job in Long Island when she saw...

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Trauma, addiction and hope at Forum

MILLERTON -— Addicts and alcoholics have a physical addiction.
And they often have unresolved, traumatic experiences that also need to be acknowledged and resolved.
Getting to the root of the addiction is what social worker Hope Payson and filmmaker Tory Jadow (a Cornwall resident) address in “Uprooting Addiction,” a documentary film about how trauma affects addiction — and recovery.  It will be shown on Sunday, Jan. 27, 11:30 a.m. at The Moviehouse in Millerton as part of the Salisbury Forum series.

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The Millerton Inn shares food and memories

MILLERTON — Meals in Millerton will be especially satisfying during a five-time “Dine Out for History” event at some of Millerton’s favorite eateries, with 10 percent of the profits going to the North East Historical Society. 
The special evenings are part of the Society’s efforts to raise funds to expand its facilities, digitize its collection and increase its outreach, particularly to educators.   

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A little llama love

MILLERTON — Along with welcoming readers of all ages, the NorthEast-Millerton Library played host to Country Quilt Farm owner Debbie Labbe and her llama, Snoopy, for the library’s “Hooked on Llamas” program on Saturday, Jan. 19. More than 25 eager youngsters were given an opportunity to pet Snoopy and learn more about llamas. In addition to reading aloud from “Is Your Mama A Llama?” Labbe talked to the children about the llamas on her farm and demonstrated several ways that llama wool could be used. 
— Kaitlin Lyle

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Freezing temps at Rudd Pond

On the morning of Monday, Jan. 21, temperatures dipped to 6 degrees below zero in Millerton, and across the region.

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Reorg clarification

NORTH EAST — Last week’s issue reported on the town of North East’s annual organizational meeting, and appointments made during the reorg on Wednesday, Jan. 2. There were a couple of items that need to be both added and clarified.

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Solar farm PILOT law takes flight

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NORTH EAST — It’s official. After months of discussion, the Town Board adopted a law allowing Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) to be made for solar farm applications. The public hearing on the issue closed last week, at the Thursday, Jan. 10, board meeting. It was brief.
According to town Supervisor George Kaye, few comments were voiced and some minor corrections were made to the law before the hearing closed. 

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More than just books at the NorthEast-Millerton Library

MILLERTON — The traditional image of a library is that of a somewhat musty room filled with shelf after shelf of often un-read tomes all kept in careful order by a steely faced woman with a steely toned bun with a strict shushing finger held against equally steely lips. 
But things have changed in the libraries of today, and nowhere is that change more evident than in the warm and welcoming Main Street building that is the NorthEast-Millerton Library. 

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New learning center planned for Rail Trail

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MILLERTON — While the project itself is still in its infancy, the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association (HVRTA) is optimistic about its decision to contract with Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) to develop an educational area for trail users and the greater community.

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The long road to recovery, from one who’s been there

MILLERTON — Walter “Eli” Brandt, sitting in the Irving Farm coffee shop on Monday morning, Jan. 13, said, “I’m not a writer.”
Nearby was a display highlighting his just-published book, “Travels and Times of a Drunk Named Eli.”
Brandt, by his own admission, is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. He’s been sober 28 years.
He is also a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, committed by his step-father.
Brandt said he started writing what became the book for his adult children.

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HVA helps add education aspects to Rail Trail

MILLERTON — The Cornwall-based Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) will work with the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association (HVRTA) to  develop an educational area for trail users and the community at large.
New York state just awarded a $98,000 matching grant to the Rail Trail Association to make some essential repairs. The wood deck on the bridge over the Webatuck Creek, for example, is rotting. HVRTA hopes to make the bridge safe to walk across.

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