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MILLBROOK — A sunny afternoon followed a rainy morning, allowing the Millbrook High School graduation ceremony to be held outdoors on Friday, June 21. The students — boys in blue, girls in white — marched in to the sounds of Pomp and Circumstance, played by the Millbrook High School Band.

Eric Seipp, ending his first year as principal of the high school, expressed gratitude for the kindness and respect shared among students, as well as their energy. He also remarked that the students actually asked permission to play a senior prank, something that he wouldn’...

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Village Board discusses planner, signs and bids

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MILLBROOK— The first meeting of the Village Board in June was on Tuesday, June 12. It was highlighted by an announcement that Village Clerk Sarah Witt and her husband, Police Officer Jared Witt, of the Millbrook Police Department, are the parents of a new baby girl, their fourth daughter.
An invitation to bid on the refurbishment of the water tower was put out.  The 500,000-gallon water tank is in need of repairs, including relining and painting.

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Rotary scholarships awarded

MILLBROOK — On Thursday, June 7, the Millbrook Rotary Club presented four scholarships to seniors from Millbrook High School. Incoming Club President Mona Staaf-Gunther presented the awards.
The Vol Mason scholarship is awarded to a student who has excelled in the area of vocational education. This year’s Vol Mason Scholarship was awarded to Bailey Minnerly.

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Students get all wet

On Wednesday and Thursday, June 6 and 7, third-graders at  Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center participated in a water cycle program at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.  The FRIENDS of the Pine Plains Free Library group has been arranging and sponsoring this event for five years, which coordinates with the third-grade curriculum. This year’s trip was organized by FRIENDS Treasurer Jean Osofsky. The Cary Institute’s Michelle Forster, above,  led the program.

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Dutchess Day School’s 59th commencement

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BOE discusses team merger

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MILLBROOK— The Board of Education (BOE) of the Millbrook Central School District held a meeting on Monday, May 21. Board member John O’Donnell, Vice President Thomas Lehmkuhl and President John Rudy were not present.
The annual budget was passed on Election Day, with 281 ayes and 52 nays. BOE President Rudy was re-elected and Claudia Heunis was also elected to the board.
Lynda Sickler was appointed as the special education records management officer for 2017-18 school, at no additional salary.

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Millbrook High School celebrates graduation of 80

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MILLBROOK — Amid cheers and applause, 80 Millbrook students graduated in an outdoor ceremony on the athletic field on Friday, June 22. Families and friends enjoyed the cool weather, grateful that the rain held off, and celebrated the students’ accomplishments for the last time at Millbrook. A great many of them are going on to college, and while they will be missed, the community is proud of the students who have earned their diplomas.

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New graduates

From left, Patrick Scribner, Ryan Wolff, Zane Every and Steven Bryant not only went to Millbrook High School together, but also shared experiences as Boy Scouts in Millbrook. For full story and more photos, see Millbrook High School celebrates graduation of 80.

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$36.8 million BOCES project seeks funding support

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Cary Institute’s Art + Science Camp merges the best of two worlds

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MILLBROOK — Arts Mid-Hudson awarded the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook one of its Arts Learning Grants in May, to a tune of $1,422. The grants were given to artists and organizations throughout Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties.

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Town of Washington explores solar energy

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WASHINGTON — More than 25 people filled the Town Hall meeting room on Thursday, June 14, to discuss the proposed amendment  to the zoning code concerning solar energy and wind energy systems. The public hearing on Local Law No. 1 followed a moratorium on passing laws dealing with solar energy so that a committee could focus on town needs and wants.

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