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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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Millbrook

Eric Seipp settles into leadership role at Millbrook High School

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MILLBROOK— For the past few months, Eric Seipp has been getting used to his new role: principal of Millbrook High School. Seipp joined the Millbrook Central School on Sept. 24,  taking over for Caroline Hernandez Pidalia, who is now assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and pupil personnel services in Millbrook.

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BOE makes appointments, accepts resignations throughout the fall

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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Central School District Board of Education (BOE) met on Tuesday, Nov. 20, for its regular meeting. The first item was for the approval of an Amended Dutchess Education Health Insurance Consortium (DEHIC) Trust Agreement.
Next, it approved several appointments and accepted resignations, which it did at earlier fall meetings as well. Included is a list of those appointments.
The appointment of Paige Emerson as senior typist was OK’d, with a 26-week probationary period, and a salary, pro-rated, of $29,023.91. 

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Performing puppets

Local children enjoyed a puppet show on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Grace Church in Millbrook. From left, Charlotte White, 4, Lachlin Kelly, 7, and Cameron Kelly, 9, assisted puppeteer Brad Shur during the performance. Shur is the headliner for Cardboard Explosion and a performing artist and teacher who travels around the region performing for children. More than 30 people attended the show — half of them adults — which was sponsored by the Millbrook Arts Group and facilitated by Deborah Coconis.

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Creative cooking at the Cornell Cooperative

The Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County held a Harvest Food Festival Saturday, Nov. 17, from 1 to 5 p.m.

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Art in the Loft celebrates 20th year of creative competition

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MILLBROOK — After the torrential rains of the evening before, Nov. 10 turned out to be a dry, if not overly sunny day. It was particularly pleasant at the Millbrook Winery, as Art in the Loft celebrated the closing of its 20th annual exhibition.
There was music, wine and assorted cheeses, chips and appropriately, grapes. But the main attractions were the art pieces on display, mixed media, from 15 artists sponsored by Mid-Hudson Art and the winery.

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Tracing memory, history, race and the American landscape

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MILLBROOK — Once again, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies brought to the community a program that dealt with a difficult topic. The presentation was given on Friday night, Nov. 16, and was well attended in spite of the snow on the ground and the cold in the air. There was an audience of about 155.

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Millbrook awarded $1.14 million for water project

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MILLBROOK— Friday, Nov. 16, was a day to celebrate in Millbrook. That’s when Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced the Water Infrastructure Grant Awards, worth more than $10 million for various water quality projects. The village of Millbrook was awarded $1.14 million to upgrade its public water supply. 
“I commend the state’s commitment to invest in drinking water infrastructure, clean water infrastructure and water quality protection across the state,” stated Molinaro in a press release. 

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Village passes flood zone change

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MILLBROOK— At the Tuesday, Oct. 23, Village Board meeting, Mayor Rodney Brown thanked participants, residents and the media for the success of the Village trustee debate, which took place the previous night at Village Hall. The debate was sponsored by The Millerton News and the League of Women Voters, Hudson Valley Region. Elections have since been held, with Democrats Tim Collopy and Kevin McGrane winning the seats.

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Town talks flooding and recreation

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WASHINGTON — The Town Board discussed myriad issues at its meeting on Thursday, Nov. 15. One of its major accomplishments was passing the 2019 municipal budget. For more, read the adjoining article.

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Town adopts 2019 budget

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MILLBROOK — The town of Washington closed its public hearing on the 2019 municipal budget on Thursday, Nov. 15, and it passed unanimously.
 Town Supervisor Gary Ciferri addressed the 2019 budget in a newsletter to residents. In it, he reported that the Town Board had voted to override the tax cap due to several budget increases required before looking at local operations. Therefore, the allowable tax cap levy is $2,329,235 while the actual tax levy is $2,576,647, a difference of $247,412. The tax cap for 2019 is $43,990.

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