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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

MBA seeks solutions: Parking and speeding on Millerton’s Main Street

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MILLERTON — Recognized as an ongoing issue in the village of Millerton, the Millerton Business Alliance (MBA) is hoping to resolve parking problems in the business district, and the problem of cars traveling too quickly down Main Street. It discussed the matter at an MBA meeting on Thursday, Feb. 7.

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MBA reviews proposal for drawdown project in April

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MILLERTON — The Millerton Business Alliance (MBA) met on Thursday, Feb. 7. Member Jeanne Vanecko suggested a “drawdown challenge” to raise awareness about what Millerton is doing daily to fight global warming and environmental degradation.

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Fines paid with food helps stock pantries

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MILLERTON — Throughout February, the NorthEast-Millerton Library will offer patrons a chance to pay their library fines by making a donation to area food pantries during Food for Fines Month. 
While Food for Fines Month is new this year, the library has contributed to local pantries in the past; it held a collection around the holidays a few years ago. After talking with some local residents, NorthEast-Millerton Library Director Rhiannon Leo-Jameson learned that area food pantries have been running low on supplies following the recent government shutdown. 

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Generosity at work

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MBA talks new ideas: Music festival possible

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MILLERTON — The Millerton Business Alliance (MBA) met in January to discuss its future, starting with the idea of a new music festival this summer.
“This is an opportunity to reboot it,” Jeanne Vanecko said, adding the MBA wants to “make sure the people who were complaining before are heard. 
“I’m not saying it should be a repeat of Spring for Sound — it should be a new musical festival so we’re not bound by old traditions and old assumptions,” said Vanecko.

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Civil disobedience can overcome eras and issues

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MILLERTON — Following the national celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and dedication to advocating for equal rights for all, the local community sought to expand its knowledge of civil disobedience. “Civil Disobedience: An American Tradition for Achieving Social and Political Change” was presented in the NorthEast-Millerton Library Annex on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

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Diner remembrances with dinner

MILLERTON — Hungry history enthusiasts will find what they seek at the Oakhurst Diner, a backbone of the Millerton eatery scene for decades. There, from 4 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, 10 percent of the evening’s proceeds will go to the North East Historical Society.
In the 1920s, a dining option wasn’t available at that location at the corner of North Center and Main, but folks could pick up a snack or a pack of smokes at Wilcoxson’s Texaco Station.

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Families foster a love of libraries

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MILLERTON — The NorthEast-Millerton Library promoted the value of visiting the library as a family with Take Your Child to the Library Day on Saturday, Feb. 2.
“It’s a wonderful way to draw new and current library users into our space to showcase how people can use our facility — even if they don’t have a library card — and that libraries are a community space that everyone is welcome in,” said NorthEast-Millerton Library Youth Services Coordinator Kristin McClune. “It is also a great day to get a library card.”

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Millerton Elementary School building: Village Board discusses possible future uses

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MILLERTON — Building Inspector Ken McLaughlin and Planning Board Chairman Lance Middlebrook appeared before the Village Board on Tuesday, Jan. 22, with possible plans for the former Millerton Elementary School (MES) building. Richard Lanka, of Richard Lanka & Associates, is the owner of MES, but wasn’t present at the meeting.

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