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MILLERTON — New York State Senator Sue Serino recently partnered with the Millerton Police Department to host a free “Shed the Meds” event on Saturday, May 20. It took a proactive approach aimed at combating the heroin epidemic by getting unused prescription drugs off the streets.

Serino, a member of the Senate’s Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, said the goal was to help ward off the heroin epidemic that’s ravaged the nation. 

Throughout the morning, members of the community were able to drop off their unused or expired...

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Millerton voters to cast their ballots on March 21

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MILLERTON — Come Tuesday, March 21, voters in the village election will have the chance to select their next mayor and two of their village trustees, as a total of four candidates vie for the positions.
Debbie Middlebrook
Democrat Debbie Middlebrook earned the endorsement of both the Democrats and the Republicans this year. A trustee since 2008, Middlebrook has twice served as deputy mayor under the leadership of outgoing Mayor Marty Markonic. 

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Former Millbrook mayor pleads guilty in theft case

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MILLBROOK — On Thursday, March 2, former Millbrook Mayor Laura Hurley appeared in the Town of Clinton Justice Court where she pleaded guilty to a charge of misdemeanor and official misconduct, a class A violation. The venue was transferred from town of Washington to Clinton.
Appearing before Judge Barbara Seelbach, Hurley said she will make restitution for the monies that she took from the town of Washington when she was the town bookkeeper.    

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Legislature seeks volunteers

DUTCHESS COUNTY— The Dutchess County Legislature is actively pursuing civic-minded individuals who are interested in serving as legislative appointments to various public boards, councils and committees. In addition to the Legislature’s standing committees comprised of its members, there are numerous advisory committees and boards that rely on citizen participation.  

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Howdy, seniors, prepare to saddle up

DUTCHESS COUNTY — The Office for the Aging’s (OFA) upcoming Country and Western Day celebration will take place Tuesday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its eight Senior Friendship Centers located all over Dutchess County.

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NECC’s Joe’s Fund created in support of performing arts

MILLERTON — The North East Community Center (NECC) just announced the formation of an endowed fund to support annual performances by musicians, poets, writers, playwrights and theater artists. It is named “Joe’s Fund” to honor Joe Rinaldi, a member of NECC’s Board from 2008 to 2014 and board chair from 2011 to 2014. After leaving the board, Joe cofounded and cochaired its Advisory Board until his sudden death in May 2016.

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‘Wedding Doll’ brings foreign filmmaking to Millerton

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MILLERTON — The Moviehouse’s latest series, Filmmakers Spotlight,  presented a screening of the critically acclaimed drama “Wedding Doll,” on Sunday, Feb. 26.
The 3 p.m. screening of “Wedding Doll” began with commentary by Israeli actress Mili Avital. Before introducing the film’s director, Nitzan Gilady, Avital invited the audience to stay for the post-screening question-and-answer panel.

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Millerton Fresh Market prepping for soft open Monday, March 13

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MILLERTON — There’s nothing like swift action, and the Choe family, owners of Sharon Farm Market in Sharon, Conn., are well aware of that.
Chris Choe, and his son, Joe, have been hard at work prepping the former Grand Union, or GU Market, at Millerton Square Plaza on Route 44, to open as the new Millerton Fresh Market. The store, much anticipated by local shoppers, is set to have a soft opening on Monday, March 13.

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Town Board addresses municipal matters: Garage leak has board concerned

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NORTH EAST — There was a light agenda at the Town Board’s February meeting, held on Thursday, Feb. 16. 
Highway garage
One of the issues that crossed the board table had to do with a leaky roof at the town’s highway garage. Highway Superintendent Bob Stevens informed the board of the leak, caused by ice that had backed up and dripped down once melted.
“It was coming down pretty well inside the building,” said town Supervisor George Kaye, adding he was grateful there was only one leak to report.

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Another successful chili cookoff

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MILLERTON — Despite the silence in the crowded parking lot, the American Legion Post 178 was brimming with good food and warm company during the Auxiliary’s 13th Annual Chili Cookoff on Sunday, Feb. 26. 

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Peaceful conflict resolution focus of weekend workshop

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MILLERTON— It might seem counterintuitive to practice the martial arts is search of finding peace, but according to Bill Leicht, that’s not so.
Leicht, president and founder of the nonviolence group Urban Visions, says that through aikido, one can learn how to communicate peacefully and master conflict resolution.
“If you don’t learn how to communicate nonviolently, you will probably communicate violently,” he said.

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