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PINE PLAINS — Those who attended the roughly 15-minute long Veterans Day ceremony on Monday morning, Nov. 11, said it was a great affair. The American Legion Post 426 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5519 held a joint ceremony at the Legion Post home, located at 9 North Main Street. 

Roughly 50 people — families, friends, neighbors and veterans — attended the outdoor ceremony, which is an annual event for the town of Pine Plains. Typically held at the clock tower, this year’s event was moved to the Legion Hall. 

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Beyond candy

Len Weiss, a resident of The Fountains senior living facility, an artist and a wood carver, contemplated the pumpkin he was about to transform into a work of art at the Fall Fest at The Fountains on Saturday, Oct. 19. The  festival was a way to enjoy Halloween, sans trick-or-treating.

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Town discusses Ruge parking area, Cary solar field exposure

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Washington soccer kicks off with a blast

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MILLBROOK — With more than 200 participants, the Town of Washington Recreation Department is hailing this year’s registration for its Fall Youth Soccer Program its largest ever, with children from kindergarten to sixth grade enrolled. Games are played at the Town Park, and draw large numbers of parents and friends as spectators.
Recreation Director Chelsea Edson said she is grateful for all of the support they get, as many of the coaches and referees have played and completed the program from their days in kindergarten.

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Village Board talks about water, trash and New Year’s Eve

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MILLBROOK — Mayor Rodney Brown opened the regular second meeting of the month of September. The first order of business was about a retaining wall that has been up for discussion recently. The wall on Dineen Road is in need of repair. A guard rail near the retaining wall was requested to be moved several feet by property owner Dominick Molella, to make his property more accessible. That was done, but the retaining wall near the guard rail needs repair, which the board said will also likely be done. It noted, though, that the two projects are separate. 

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Lots to fall in love with in Millbrook

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MILLBROOK — With red, gold and orange leaves on the trees and bushes  as a backdrop, plus store windows decorated with pumpkins, hay and scarecrows, Friday evening, Oct. 11, was a wonderful time to roam Franklin Avenue. From 4 to 6 p.m. there were music groups, dancers and artists, and many stores had small samples of food and drink. The camaraderie was warm despite a slight chill in the air.

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‘Hate Has No Home Here’

MILLBROOK — A group of roughly 40 people gathered in front of Canoe Hill restaurant on Sunday, Oct. 13, to send a message to the community that “Hate Has No Home Here.” 
Organized by Debbie Wright, it was a chance to discuss the recent spate of signs found posted on poles in Millbrook with messages from white supremacy groups. Signs, buttons and bumper stickers were given out this past weekend, with peace messages in blue and red, as this was totally a non-partisan event. 

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And the music (still) plays on

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MILLBROOK — With song lists just a tap away on a laptop, iPhone or tablet, it’s hard to imagine the apparatus that was needed in the olden days to hear music. The machines were complicated, to say the least, and often delicate, hardly easy to carry around, and for the most part, expensive and out of reach to a great many people.

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Celebrating fall and community at Innisfree Garden

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MILLBROOK — Leaves are beginning to turn from green to shades of orange, yellow and gold. This is a perfect time for a tour of the Innisfree Gardens. Noted as one of the finest gardens in the country, the tour includes about 1.3 miles of winding paths around a lake.

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Henneberry named new development director at Dutchess Land Conservancy

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MILLBROOK — In hiring Ellen Henneberry as director of development, the Dutchess Land Conservancy (DLC) took into consideration her fundraising abilities, her love of the Hudson Valley area and her commitment to environmental and conservation efforts. In her role as director of development, Henneberry will devote her time to developing relationships and providing opportunities for fundraising.

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New truck, Tribute Garden donations discussed at Town Board meeting

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MILLBROOK — At the regular September meeting of the town of Washington on Thursday, Sept. 12, Town Supervisor Gary Ciferri opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and acceptance of the last minutes, and quickly moved on to announcing donations made by the Tribute Garden; $15,000 for a generator for Town Hall; $5,000 for a recreation department fee waiver; and $5,000 each for the Senior Citizen trip to Lake George and bus trips for the camp.

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