Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 7-4-19

A thank you — not

I’d like to take just a moment to say thank you to all who worked so diligently on keeping another grocery store from coming to Millerton. We now have to take the scenic rides to Amenia, Salisbury, Canaan, Hillsdale and surrounding areas to get meats, deli and fresh vegetables. Thank you for making the residents have to leave town for groceries. 

Thank you for allowing our monies to go to other towns. The “shop local” saying is now obsolete. Thank you for saving the elusive Bog Turtles and the environmental damages that were inevitable with the construction of another building and parking lot water runoff.

BUT... on the bright side, the gas stations will gain revenue on gasoline sales for us to get to the other towns to shop and maybe even travel farther to those one stop big box stores where we can buy shoes, hunting supplies and groceries all under one roof. It’s so exciting taking these trips. 

So all of you who fought the good fight to keep things as they are in these tiny towns, I hope you have extra money in your budgets for gas, tires and oil changes. You’ll need it, but some of us will have to find the extra funds and time to run the extra 20 minutes each way to another store.

Forty-five minutes from everywhere is where Millerton lies. I was always happy with that fact. Now not so much.

Thank you again and enjoy the rides!

Ron Murphy



Could glioblastoma become treatable?

I was saddened to read about the death of Robert Sadlon, founder of The Moviehouse in Millerton. Glioblastoma is the deadliest of brain cancers. I work with Jessica Morris, living with glioblastoma, who founded the nonprofit OurBrainBank with the goal of moving glioblastoma from terminal to treatable, powered by patients. 

We’re recruiting people with GBM or their caregivers to join our approved study which can be done from home, using a free smartphone app to record treatments and symptoms. This both helps patients and helps cancer researchers who use the anonymously donated data.  

July 17th will be the first national Glioblastoma Awareness Day, and we invite anyone who cares about this cause to join our movement at www.OurBrainBank.org.

Martha Wilkie

Sharon, Conn. 


Ancram Highway Dept. says thanks

The Ancram Highway Department would like to thank all of you who so generously donated money toward the Patrick Sheridan Scholarship Fund at our Ancram Dump Day. In total, we raised $605.00 for the scholarship. It is truly our hope that Patrick’s memory and message will live on for years to come through this scholarship. 

If you have not yet donated to the Patrick Sheridan Scholarship Fund but want to, please send a check made out to the Pine Plains Central School District with “Patrick Sheridan account” in the memo line and mail the check to Monica Cleveland, Ancram Town Clerk, 1416 CR 7, Ancram, NY 12502.

We also like thank all who donated food items to Neighbors Helping Neighbors food program. We were able to hand over a pick-up truck bed full of food.

This community continues to be generous and caring whenever you are asked. We are extremely grateful to be surrounded by wonderful neighbors.

Monica Cleveland, highway secretary 

on behalf of the Ancram Highway Crew