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MILLBROOK — Tucked away between Barbosa’s Restaurant and the parking lot on Merritt Avenue, at 149 Church St., one can now find Samantha’s Sweet Shoppe, offering dairy treats, candy and small stationery items. There are also options for those seeking non-dairy or vegan treats.

Fresh and welcoming, with a bit of nostalgia, Samantha’s Sweet Shoppe brings back memories of childhood, something owner Samantha Martin had in mind when creating her new business. From her birthplace of Hong Kong, to the village of Millbrook, there are many years and stories in...

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Zoos and conservation discussed at the Cary Institute

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MILLBROOK — Colored slides, bare facts and two distinguished scientists lent to a riveting presentation on Friday, May 4, at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
Daniel M. Ashe, president of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), and Dr. Ricardo Stanoss, DVM, of the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, spoke  separately. They both told of how they became interested in conservation and of how people must all work together to preserve wildlife for future generations to know and learn about.

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Bidding farewell to Buddy Marona

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MILLBROOK— When Edward “Buddy” Marona passed away on April 30 the village of Millbrook lost a native son, and by most  accounts, a man beloved by all.
Marona was born in Millbrook on July 28, 1932. Nicknamed Buddy by his sister, it’s the name everyone knew him by. He graduated from Millbrook High School, and only left the village for the two years he spent serving in the United States Army in 1956 and ’57. 

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Trip to Italy is a journey back in time

MILLBROOK — Ten students, one teacher and two parents from the Dutchess Day School (DDS) took an eight-day trip to Italy where they immersed in Roman and Italian culture and history. The students, in sixth, seventh and eighth grade, experienced as much as they possibly could in the time allotted, informed by a travel guide as well as Russell Day, who teaches Latin and writing at DDS. 

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Four candidates run for two seats on school boardj

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MILLBROOK — The 2018-19 Millbrook Central School District (MCSD) Board of Education race is underway, with four candidates vying for two open positions.
Members of the board serve for a three-year term; two of the candidates are currently serving on the board, and two are running for the first time.
John Rudy

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Board of Ed reviews budget

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MILLBROOK— The annual  budget vote will be on Tuesday, May 15, from noon to 9 p.m. at Millbrook Middle School; the regular meeting will take place in the middle school library at 7 p.m.
The 2018-19 budget was posted online at www.millbrookcsd.org by Brian S. Fried, assistant superintendent for Business and Finance and Operations.

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Ransome’s art at Millbrook Library

millbrook — A colorful exhibit of the work of James Ransome is on display at the Millbrook Library through the month of May. 
A reception in his honor was held on Friday, April 20, at the library, where the artist spoke of his work and his love of art. 

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Millbrook High School discusses declining enrollment

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MILLBROOK— The Millbrook Central School District (MCSD) held its first Planning for the Future meeting on Thursday, May 3, to discuss a Self Evaluation Study (SES) it commissioned for the district and the impact of changing demographics.
The meeting was facilitated by the Board of Education and community liaison Carole Martin.
The turnout was light, possibly due to a heavy rainfall, but the hope is that the community will become more involved and more will attend the next meeting. 

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Thorne Building Committee met in April, updates noted

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MILLBROOK — In an April 23 press release, Charles E. Pierce Jr. announced that Carole Martin, the consultant who researched what the Millbrook community would like to see done with the Thorne Memorial Building, reported her findings at a Planning Committee meeting on Monday, April 9.
The committee last met in December to discuss the issue; it held three such public meetings. The future of the Thorne Memorial Building has long been a source of discussion and speculation.

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Village Board approves budget, talks about tennis courts and trees

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MILLBROOK — Immediately after Mayor Rodney Brown opened its meeting on Tuesday, April 24, the Village Board adjourned for an executive session. The regular meeting recommenced 30 minutes later, and the 2018-2019 budget was reviewed and approved. 
(For more on the budget document, read past editions of The Millerton News.) 
It was agreed that money will be put aside each year for police, fire and other vehicles.

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Millbrook fire department celebrates 110 years of service

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MILLBROOK — Millbrook Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 celebrated its 110th year at a gala dinner on Saturday, April 28. The dinner is an annual affair — one of Millbrook’s most popular events — as the 200 guests would attest to.
Aside from the camaraderie, the food was excellent and the awards given out deeply deserved. Not only did the fire department celebrate turning 110, but the Auxiliary celebrated its 40th anniversary as well.

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