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MILLERTON — A public hearing for the 2018-19 budget was held on Monday, April 16. Though the Village Board was required to keep the hearing open for 15 minutes, there were no public comments.

The total appropriations for the budget totalled $679,194.65 while the total revenues clocked in at $284,487.29. The amount to be raised by taxes is $394,707.36 and the tax rate per $1,000 is $4.490669 — an increase of $0.013628.

Once the hearing closed, the board approved the budget. For more on the 2018-19 budget, read last week’s Millerton News.

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Riley’s Furniture celebrates 60 years

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MILLERTON — Riley’s Furniture & Flooring celebrates 60 years in business this year.
For Tom Riley, his history in the business stretches back to 1957, when he applied for work at Bloch Furniture right out of high school. Starting at the bottom as a delivery person, he broadened his knowledge of the furniture business during the next 28 years.

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Veterans honored by community

MILLERTON— There was  a strong sense of solidarity at American Legion Post 178 on Saturday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day.
While the morning offered clear skies, it was deemed too cold to be held at Veterans Park. Instead, the event was held at the Legion hall. 
Legion Cmdr. and U.S. Army veteran Erik Breen welcomed the crowd. Following an invocation by chaplain Al Andrews, the National Anthem was sung. This year, Auxiliary member Emma Jenks read the Veterans Address.

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World War II veteran recalls the front lines

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MILLERTON— As local municipalities observed Veterans Day and commemorated the lives of those who served, George Phillips, a resident of Millerton, gave thought to his experience on the front lines, as a veteran of World War II.
Born in 1925, Phillips first came to the town of Amenia at 6 months old when his father purchased a general store known as the Depot Store. Considering his childhood growing up in Amenia, he counted the experience of riding a locomotive steam engine as a favorite memory from his early years. 

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Millerton’s public composting toilets project inches forward

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MILLERTON — Though not glamorous, the installation of two composting toilets by the Main Street entrance to the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, just south of the Irondale Schoolhouse, is important.
The project, to be funded by a $75,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), might be more than the village originally bargained for, said village Trustee Stephen Waite.

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Helping the hungry as the holidays near

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MILLERTON — In these parts, the holiday season of giving is synonymous with the Sunday in the Country Food Drive (SITCFD), which provides full turkey dinners to families in need on Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

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Tractor trailer rollover causes road closure on Route 22

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MILLERTON — A big-rig rollover on Route 22 led to a road closure that lasted more than three hours on Monday, Nov. 6.
Around 7 a.m. on Monday morning, a tractor trailer hauling dirt rolled over by Checkerboard Corner on Route 22 in Millerton. 
According to Fire Chief Keith Roger, the call reached the Millerton Fire Company 10 minutes later when his Second Assistant Chief Billy Watson pulled up to the scene as it was happening and called it in.

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Spooky schoolhouse Halloween

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Millerton signs contract for water mapping project

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MILLERTON — The village has an intricate network of water lines and connections — all of which need to be documented and recorded to help in case of leaks, ruptures or for general operations and maintenance. To do so, the village has enlisted engineering firm Tighe and Bond to map the water district. 
P.E. Erin Moore, an environmental engineer and project manager with experience in municipal water, wastewater and stormwater projects who works out of Rhinebeck, has attended recent Village Board meetings to talk about the project.

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Structure fire breaks out on Route 199

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MILLERTON— Halfway between Route 22 and Winchell Mountain Road on Route 199, a structure fire on Saturday, Oct. 21, caught the attention of five fire companies, including Millerton, Amenia and Pine Plains, and Lakeville and Sharon, Conn. By the end of the fire event, the house was a total loss.

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Shopping for a cause

J. McLaughlin’s, at 3282 Franklin Ave., Millbrook,  sponsored a Sip and Shop on Friday, Oct. 27, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event was hosted by Brooke Fedigan, of the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. A percentage of the sales was given to the foundation. Also on hand was board member Nevill Smythe, who joined Fedigan in lauding J. McLaughlin for the many causes it supports, including Miles of Hope. From left, J. McLaughlin manager Cindy Kish, Nevill Smythe and Brooke Fedigan.

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