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MILLBROOK — The Village Board meeting on Tuesday, June 25, began with introducing Nicole Zeto, deputy village clerk; Village Clerk Sarah Witt was absent. 

The water tower was to be finished after the July 4th holiday; it’s been held up mainly because of the weather.  When the tower is 90% finished, bids will go out to contractors for the water filtration system repairs.

Three police contracts were adopted by the board: one for high school games that police attend; one for guarding town justices in the town of Washington during court proceedings; and...

Millbrook

Meet Dutchess County’s Founding Father, Melancton Smith

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MILLBROOK— If the name Melancton Smith doesn’t ring a bell, it’s not surprising, according to a presentation by Robert McHugh at the Millbrook Historical Society. But Smith played a very important role in early Dutchess County’s political history.

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Cary unveils renovations

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MILLBROOK — The Cary  Institute of Ecosystem Studies’ conference room has a new look. Completely renovated space that used to be basement storage has been reborn. The Cary unveiled the space on Friday, Nov. 2, with a private reception. The Cary Institute of Ecosystems is located on Route 44 in Millbrook.

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BOE hears BOCES capital project presentation

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MILLBROOK — The Dutchess County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) gave a presentation before the Millbrook Central School District Board of Education (BOE) on the capital project up for vote on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Richard Hooley and Sherre Wesley discussed the benefits of the proposal, as well as financial considerations. BOCES is asking for $37 million. This is the first capital project proposed since the 1960s. A request for the funding was defeated in 2009 when BOCES asked for $29.7 million.

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Four candidates compete for two Village Board seats

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MILLBROOK — Four candidates are vying for two trustee positions on the Village Board, both with four-year terms.
Katherine Manzi-Doro, running on the Republican ticket, knows something about Millbrook politics. Her father, John Manzi, was the village mayor from 1969-1977. He also served as a trustee after his time as mayor was done.

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Interact blood drive Nov. 7

MILLBROOK —  Millbrook High School Interact is sponsoring a blood drive with the New York Blood Center in the high school gym on Wednesday, Nov. 7, between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Although geared toward students and faculty, the public is invited to donate blood as well.
All the blood will remain local (at Westchester Medical and Mid-Hudson Regional hospitals), unless there is a need elsewhere and there is a standing reserve. 
The blood drive goal is 30 pints, but students are hoping to double that at this year’s event. 

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CCEDC holds 105th annual meeting

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MILLBROOK — The Farm and Home Center was the site of the 105th annual meeting of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County.
Following a breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns and bagels, along with fresh fruit, fresh yogurt and assorted beverages, the meeting began on a high note. The meal was provided by Brennan’s Deli and Supermarket in Salt Point. Hudson Valley Fresh, Madava Farms-Crown Maple and Soukup Farms also made donations.

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Two debate for village trustee posts

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MILLBROOK — Eighteen residents attended Monday night’s debate between two candidates running for village trustee, held on Oct. 22, at Village Hall. In total, four candidates are vying for two open seats. They are Republican Kyle Van De Water, an incumbent, Democrat Tim Collopy — both of whom debated — and Republican Cathy Doro and Democrat Kevin McGrain— who opted not to debate.

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An artist remembered

Tisa Della-Volpe stood amid paintings done by her late father, local artist Ralph Della-Volpe, now on exhibit at the Millbrook Library. A reception on Saturday, Oct. 20, brought many admirers of Della-Volpe to view this mini retrospective honoring his memory. A prolific painter whose later works were full of bursts of form and color, these and other works are available for sale. For more information, inquire at the library or email tisa@udel.edu.

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County leaders work to improve Millbrook’s tourism trade

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MILLBROOK— Mary Kay Vrbe, president and CEO of Dutchess Tourism, met with area business leaders and government officials to discuss tourism in the town of Washington and village of Millbrook. Eion Wafter, commissioner of Dutchess County Planning and Development, accompanied her. About 25 people were present.

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D.C. trip for eighth grade OK’d, appointments and salaries set

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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Central School District Board of Education (BOE) met on Thursday, Oct. 11. The first part of the meeting began at 7 p.m. and was a 2017-18 Audit Committee meeting. The regular board meeting began at 8 p.m. A motion was made to allow Superintendent of Schools Philip D’Angelo to sign a contract with the Anderson Center for Autism, with the district setting the terms and conditions for providing counseling services for one student. The resolution was adopted.   

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