Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 6-20-19

Land donation appreciated

The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies thanks Heather Croner for her donation of 5.5 acres of land near the now-closed Nardon Bridge. Heather is a neighbor and longtime supporter.

The parcel she gifted borders the East Branch of Wappinger Creek and provides unique upland habitat that is otherwise disappearing in this region. The parcel is an old field with little blue stem, a native warm-weather grass that dates back to the last ice age but is increasingly uncommon in this area. The property also contains eastern red cedar, which is often found on old fields reverting back to forest.

Heather’s gift helps protect the land and the creek and allows our scientists to conduct research in this early successional habitat. 

We thank her for her generosity and commitment to conservation.

Catherine Forbes

Hyde Park 

The writer is senior director of advancement, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.


MECEC’s Print Run was a success

On behalf of Millbrook Early Childhood Education Center (MECEC), we would like to thank the community in helping make our second annual Print Run, which happened on June 1, a huge success! 

MECEC is so grateful to our event sponsors, volunteers, teachers, staff, and to everyone who showed up to run, bounce or to simply enjoy an ice cream sundae and show their support of the school on a beautiful day.

We were able to raise important funds which will help MECEC continue to be able to offer a quality preschool education for our local kids with special initiatives that reach out to families facing financial hardship that might otherwise not be able to afford a preschool education for their children.

If you missed the event but still wish to support our fundraising efforts, there is still time! Donations received by June 30 with still go toward this year’s annual fund.

Additionally, we are accepting children ages 2 to 5 into our Summer Camp Program! It runs June 24 through Aug. 16, and you can enroll on a weekly basis. Questions? Email mecec.info@gmail.com.

For more information, registration and to support MECEC financially, visit our website mecec.org, and make sure to follow @millbrook.early on social media. 

Again, we thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you at next year’s Print Run!

Krista Fragos

Board Member and Print Run Organizer

Town of Washington

Anne Garcia

Executive Director