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The Millerton News Editorial

North East solar law is worth pursuing

Clean energy is a good thing. Saving energy, too, is a very good thing. Both can be obtained by pursuing solar power — which is exactly what the town of North East is hoping to do through a new solar law it’s considering.

The concept for a solar law was presented by Solar, Sign and Wind Committee Chairman Jon Arnason at a North East Town Board meeting held on Friday, April 20. Arnason’s group was formed at the recommendation of North East town Supervisor George Kaye, to examine how the town should regulate solar energy, wind energy and signs.

Earth Day 2018

Save the planet. It’s a rallying cry heard from environmentalists the world over — never more loudly than on Earth Day.

This year, as every other, Earth Day fell on April 22. It was the 48th anniversary of our country’s first such celebration.

A soundless spring

Spring for Sound. For seven years, it was a big attraction for the village of Millerton — one of the biggest. It drew musicians and music lovers from far afield to this small village — all as an important fundraiser for the North East Community Center (NECC).

Remembering the darkest days

Thursday, April 12, is Yom Hashoah — Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day. 

It’s an important day, a day to take stock of how far the human race has come since the Nazis slaughtered 6 million Jews — and millions of others — in World War II.  

Are we more aware of injustices in the world? 

Are we more aware of the dangers of racism and bigotry? 

Are we more aware of how powerful hate can be? 

Are we more humane, compassionate, kinder? 

Why the exodus from the Trump administration?

When 22 high-profile members of an administration leave their highly-coveted jobs — whether or not by choice — in the span of roughly 15 months, there’s clearly a problem. The Trump administration has been riddled with resignations and firings of top officials since the get-go. It seems to be systemic of the president’s devil-may-care approach to running our nation. And that’s very, very troubling.

Students reap the rewards of all things ag

The Harlem Valley has a rich agricultural history, still evident in ways large and small throughout the community. Though there are not nearly as many farms today as there once were, people in this region work hard to keep hold of their agricultural roots — an important part of making sure that our youth don’t lose touch with the role of the American farm in our everyday lives.

Silent protest spoke volumes

The protest. It’s a right so inherent to a free society that we often take it for granted. But we know of its power.

That’s why the planned walkout that students throughout the country participated in on Wednesday, March 14, was so important.

With Election Day, hope springs eternal

It may be mid-March, but in the village of Millerton, it’s just about Election Day. Unlike the town of North East in which the village sits,  Millerton is on a different election and budget cycle. That means spring elections, falling this year on Tuesday, March 20.

A joint vision of the future

It was a long meeting, and a lot was discussed. But the joint meeting of the North East and Millerton boards and staff on Thursday, March 1, regarding the comprehensive plan update was incredibly productive.

There were seven members of the Joint Comprehensive Plan Update Committee present, along with planning consultants and many, many members of town and village planning and zoning boards. The collective energy was focused — the amount of information discussed, intense.

Led by planning consultant Nan Stolzenburg, the meeting lasted for two hours. 

Carvel developers return to Pine Plains

It’s been years in the making: the creation and execution of the Carvel Property Development at the hands of real estate tycoon Douglas Durst and his Durst Organization.

Proposed in its original incarnation in June 2003 as a massive housing development with country club amenities, more recent plans for the development have morphed into something else, something slightly more manageable for the small, rural communities of Pine Plains and Milan. Now, years later, developers are planning for 645 units: 591 located in Pine Plains and 54 units in Milan.