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WASHINGTON — The monthly Town  Board meeting was held on Thursday, Aug. 8.

After announcing that Kathy Meyers was not renewing her certification and would be leaving her position as tax assessor as of Sept. 30, town Supervisor Gary Ciferri called on Highway Supervisor Joe Spagnola to give his report.

Spagnola said that an older truck, no longer in use, and a golf cart had been kept at the town park but need to be removed. The truck will be offered to the fire department for use in training; the golf cart will be dismantled and the parts will be distributed or...

Millbrook

Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale flourishes for another year

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MILLBROOK— After a long winter, there are April showers, and in May, there is Mother’s Day — the weekend after Mother’s Day is the annual Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC)..
The sale began at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 16; by 9 a.m. a crowd had gathered. 

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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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