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MILLERTON — It’s been 29 years since the Millerton American Legion Post 178, the Millerton Rod and Gun Club and the Millerton Fire Company first joined forces to offer hayrides and an Easter Egg Hunt to local children. Since its inception, the event has grown. On Saturday, April 15, one day before the Easter holiday, four wagons carting excited children and their parents made their way to the gun club grounds, where the hunt got underway. It was ideal weather and everyone there was excited for a morning of holiday fun and frivolity. The event was held for community children and...

Millerton

Holiday help for those in need with Adopt-A-Family

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MILLERTON — Stacey Moore, of Moore and More Printing in Millerton, has run the Adopt-A-Family program for the last 20 years. Begun as a tribute to the late Mariley Najdek, who ran a similar program, Adopt-A-Family offers new winter clothing and toys to children up to 16 years old.  
“There are a lot of low-income families throughout our towns barely making rent or insurance or getting food on the table. So when it’s time to do Christmas, it’s a little tight,” Moore said. 

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Holiday food and fun

The NorthEast-Millerton Library Cookbook Club held its annual holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 10. The gathering brightened the library with food and caroling with musicians Roger Cohn and Lenny Sutton. Back row, from left, Cookbook Club member Norm Osofsky, Roger Cohn, Lenny Sutton, Mark Stonehill and Miriam Goler. Front row, from left, Cookbook Club members Nancy Vialpando, Carol Falcetti, Glenda Heermance and Toni Difrancesco.

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LeGrand ascends to Eagle Scout rank

Millerton — After months of anticipation, Boy Scout James LeGrand of Troop 29 of Millerton, Amenia and Wassaic received his wings as Eagle Scout. His achievement was celebrated at the Millerton First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Nov. 26.
James earned the rank of Eagle earlier this year. It’s one of the highest honors given by the Boy Scouts of America.
To be granted the honor, the Scout must first propose and then complete a project that will better his community.

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Holiday crafts

Eight youngsters unleashed their holiday creativity at the NorthEast-Millerton Library’s Hobby Horse workshop with Tom Hanford on Saturday, Dec. 10. They made horses and reindeer, which they paraded around the library once completed. Back row, from left, Tom Hanford, 11-year-old Morgan Sprague with sisters, Ryleigh, 9, and Emma, 7, and Isabella St. John, 7. Front row, from left, 5-year-old Ayana Faill, Jane Wood, 6, Maya Wakamatsu, 5, and Giana Kall, 8.

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Adopt-A-Family provides Christmas to children in need

MILLERTON — There’s nothing quite like waking up on Christmas morning to a twinkling tree with thoughtful presents waiting below. But not all children are so fortunate. Many children living right here in the Harlem Valley have nothing waiting for them under their tree; some have no tree at all.

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BOE talks overnight field trip, new clubs and college courses

WEBUTUCK — It was a short meeting for the North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) on Monday, Nov. 28.
The meeting kicked off with a presentation from middle school teachers on a field trip for the eighth-grade class. In May, the class will make an overnight field trip to Boston.
 The presentation was made to update members of the board and parents on the cost of the trip.

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Chemical reaction leads to evacuation of Harney Tea Shop

MILLERTON — A hazardous chemical reaction suspected of being caused by the mixture of two cleaning agents led Harney & Sons Tea Shop to close for several hours on Friday, Dec. 2, around noon. 
The two chemicals released a thick cloud, according to officials, making it hard to breathe. The Millerton Fire Company rushed to the scene after chef William Rapp placed the call.
The chemical reaction occurred by accident when an employee reportedly mixed bleach and lime remover in a bucket.

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Rallying for education in Kenya

MILLERTON— In their 11th annual Crafts for Kenya sale, Webutuck teachers John and Jean Roccanova raised $4,600 for their nonprofit organization, Grow Against Poverty. The sale was held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26, at the Irondale Schoolhouse.
More than 10 years ago, the Roccanovas read an article in The New York Times on crowded schools in African countries. Knowing the value of quality education, they decided to take action.

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Head-on car crash on Route 22

MILLERTON — Rescue workers arrived at the scene of a two-vehicle head-on collision Monday afternoon, Dec. 5, at 2:35 p.m. to find a mangle of metal and glass.
The accident took place on North Elm Avenue (Route 22), in front of the Agway on the east and Arnoff Storage on the west.
Three people were taken to the hospital, according to Millerton Asst. Fire Chief Jim Milton.
“I don’t know how it happened,” he said. “It looked  bad.”

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