Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 8-15-19

Supermarket prospects will need wide support

As a lifelong resident of the area, I find it distressing to witness the changes in our community. Many reasons exist for the empty store syndrome that has befallen numerous parts of our country. Between the internet and Big Box store mania, Mom and Pop stores have nearly disappeared, our village being no exception.

Of immediate concern is the now empty shopping center and the grocery store located within the village of Millerton. If the past is any indication of the future, it’s doubtful any independent store could be more than just a convenience store. That formula often results in higher costs and a lower turnover of products, thus perpetuating the old “been there — done that” syndrome.

The point of this letter is to remind folks the fiasco we went through when scuttlebutt had it Hannaford wanted to build a store here. We needed to have a sidewalk built to serve local residents? Or maybe that was just to make it easier for the bog turtles to traverse the area. Apparently they avoid the territory occupied by the new transfer station!

Creative roadblocks effectively killed that application.  Sadly, public apathy contributed to the failure. While the majority were in favor, most folks like myself did nothing to support the effort. 

So my fellow Millertonites, should we get another opportunity at having a credible market come to town I can only hope we remember the mistakes of the past. Let’s not let the minority rule the majority simply because they are more vocal. 

Thank you for your concern about the future of our community.

John Walters



School supply collection underway

Through Saturday, Aug. 31, Ancramdale Neighbors Helping Neighbors Association will collect school supplies at two locations.

Please leave school supplies at the Ancram Town Hall with Monica Cleveland, town clerk, only during her office hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon, or inside the Ancramdale Post Office in the box marked school supplies.

We collect school supplies for the Taconic Hills, Pine Plains, and Webutuck schools. We’ve been advised that there are children in our communities who need our support.

The schools were most appreciative of the supplies we donated last year, and, with your generous help, we hope we can do even better this year! 

Many school supplies are on sale now at nearby stores. If you are not able to shop for these items yourself, we will accept donations and, in turn, purchase the supplies the students need.

Please make your check payable to ANHNA, note “school supplies” on the memo line, and mail your contribution to:

Neighbors Helping Neighbors, P.O. Box 97, Ancramdale, NY 12503.

Your contribution is tax deductible to the full extent of the law as we are a not-for-profit 501(C)3 corporation.

The following school supplies are needed: pencils and pencil cases, folders with pockets, pens,three ring binders, Crayola crayons (fat or thin), three hole loose leaf paper, colored pencils, notebooks, erasers, durable backpacks, Magic Markers, tissues, child’s scissors (blunt ended) and glue sticks.

 If you have any questions, call Glenda Heermance at 518-329-2155 or Laura Ponkos at 518-329-2031. 

Laura Ponkos ANHNA member



Big thanks to NECC

My appreciation to the North East Community Center (NECC) for resolving a community issue by offering a bus service so that residents can food shop now that the Millerton Fresh Market has closed. However, having to add supermarket runs to their long list of support seems ironic, since it was the local stores against the proposed new supermarket. 

Fear that there  is not enough to go around seems to be creeping into every level of our lives. Perhaps the next time development is discussed there can be less guarding of interests and more view of the bigger picture.  

Personally, I shop outside the area in the bigger stores but consciously make the rounds to the local stores as they are important to our community as well as convenient. There are probably many shoppers who do this, but I am unaware of a survey taken to find out the local humans’ shopping habits — but at least we were aware of the impact on habits of turtles. 

Maureen Earls



Summer Festival appreciative

What an amazing festival! Thank you for braving the rain while under the tents and, ultimately, in the barn. 

We watched incredible dance performances on tiny stages meant to challenge and push our choreographers and dancers. The mill was full of art, artists giving talks and patrons loving it. The films were fascinating and staged in the dry and cool auction ring. And finally, we danced in the barn to the all-encompassing music made possible by a huge array of hands. Thank you to our volunteers, our performers, our artists, our staff, our town, Canoe Hill, Voorhees Events, Taylor Rental, the staff at The Lantern and you!

Stay tuned for our next big thing. On Sept. 21, as our show closes, another set of installations opens up throughout Amenia and Wassaic underwritten by NYSCA. Entitled Take a Selfie of Me, this show plays with spectacle and our evolving role in social media’s voyeuristic grasp (and it should be a good time, too).

So please plan ahead to join us that evening for an awkward meandering through the show, lubricated by local ales and ciders.

Jeff Barnett-Winsby

Bowie Zunino

Eve Biddle 

Co-Executive Directors 

The Wassaic Project



Great job

A heartfelt thank you to Frank Duncan and his crew at Northwest Lawn & Landscaping for doing such a fantastic job of mowing and trimming the Irondale Cemetery.

It’s a comfort having a place for our loved ones look so nice.

Bruce Valentine



Student achiever

Congratulations is due to Kiara Carman, a Millerton resident, for her induction into the National Society of High School Scholars. She is a student at Buxton School, a private school located in Massachusetts. 

The society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment.


Grandma & Popp 

Andrus (Deborah and Bill)

Mom & Dad (Susan Savoy and Dave Carman)