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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

Hotchkiss students volunteer: NECC and Webutuck get a helping hand

MILLERTON — Every Sunday during the school year, bus-loads of Hotchkiss students arrive in Millerton to enjoy all that the community has to offer. But on other days, a number of students instead cross the border to share their energy, enthusiasm and talents as they volunteer to help others through area volunteer programs. 

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Regional approach taken toward housing solutions

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MILLERTON — Weeks after the North East Community Center (NECC) in Millerton and Hudson River Housing, Inc., organized a Community Conversation, the two renewed their partnership for the first meeting of the Regional Leadership Team, designed to advance housing solutions in northeastern Dutchess County.
The impetus

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Spotlight returns to the region: Film and TV projects take action in the Hudson Valley

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HUDSON VALLEY — No matter the season or the destination, there’s always something to admire about the Hudson Valley. From its diverse culinary scene and breathtaking landscapes to its proximity to New York City, the area frequently captures the interest of up-and-coming artists, producers and film scouts, many of whom choose to go on location here. 

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A battle cry for bibliophiles is sounded

MILLERTON — As students anticipate the end of school and the coming of the glorious freedom of summer, some particularly ambitious ones may also be wishing they could join with friends — new and old — and battle heroically to bring glory to their hometowns.
This year, fulfillment of that dream lies within the covers of six books rising sixth to eighth grade students will read as they compete for a trophy and the glory that comes with it at a Mid-Hudson Regional Battle of the Books at the Columbia  Green Community College in Hudson.

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Perotti Homestead Farm seeks farmland protection

NORTH EAST — Karin Roux, director of land projects for the Dutchess Land Conservancy (DLC), appeared before the North East Town Board on Thursday, April 11, to talk about the Perotti Homestead Farm. 
The farm is located at 6 Homestead Farm Lane, off Route 22. It’s 36.04 acres of vacant farmland, with a market value of $309,900, according to Dutchess County Parcel Access. The Perotti farm is in the ag district in the town of North East, and within the North East (Webutuck) Central School District.

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New weed harvester puts blade to water

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MILLERTON — It’s been said that good things come to those who wait, and this especially rang true for Millerton residents and lawmakers on Wednesday, April 24, as a new weed harvester finally arrived at Rudd Pond.

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Millerton and North East plan for the future: Public reviews first draft of 2019 Comprehensive Plan

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MILLERTON — Bearing in mind its commitment to shaping the community’s future through the development of a coherent master plan, the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee presented the public with its first draft of the 2019 Comprehensive Plan during an informational meeting on Saturday, April 27.
Held at the NorthEast-Millerton Library Annex, planning consultant Nan Stolzenburg took the audience on a tour of the process over the last couple of years.

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Townscape’s Eco Challenge reset, group looks toward improvement

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MILLERTON — While its first Eco Challenge didn’t gather as much attention as hoped, Townscape of Millerton and North East remains undaunted in its effort to raise community awareness toward climate change and environmental degradation.

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Picking up, throwing out

MILLERTON — In keeping with their school’s 24th annual celebration of Eco Day, students from The Hotchkiss School in Salisbury, Conn., showed their commitment to environmental stewardship by heading into local communities, including Millerton, to pick up trash on Thursday afternoon, April 25. The celebration kicked off with a keynote address in the morning by freelance journalist Sam Eaton.

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The perfect time to pick up a book

MILLERTON — Lovers of the written word are in for a treat as treasures and unique experiences await them at Oblong Books and Music in Millerton and Rhinebeck, and at Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook, when they celebrate the Fifth Annual Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 27.  
The booksellers will be joining those at 500 other stores across the country, bringing a focus to the ways in which the shops contribute to the community.  

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