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Left, Kate Anderson, manager of Merritt Bookstore, with store owner Kira Wizner. Everyone is required to wear masks, there are  hand sanitizing stations throughout and social distancing is required to keep everyone protected from the coronavirus. Wizner also offers customers online and telephone orders, as well as curbside pickup. Photo submitted

Business in Millbrook: Is it surviving COVID, and will it in ’21?

MILLBROOK — At the beginning of 2020, the Millbrook Business Association (MBA) was looking forward to a good, if ordinary, year. With a new president, Millbrook village Trustee Kevin McGrane, new vice president, David Gruning, and a new website (still being designed), the future held promise.

Fountain’s resident Chester Wojtecki has artwork featured in Expressions calendar

MILLBROOK — Every year the Watermark Company, which has more than 60 community properties including retirement and senior facilities like The Fountains in Millbrook, creates a calendar featuring artwork by residents from their sites across the country. The best artists are chosen for the calendar. 

Millbrook Library Adult Program Director Diana Bontecou retired at the end of December. She recently sat beneath one of the quilts in an exhibit she curated, just one of many she has curated in the past seven years. Photo submitted

Diana Bontecou retires from the Millbrook Library

MILLBROOK — After seven fun and productive years at the Millbrook Library, Diana Bontecou decided to retire from her position as its adult program director. Over the years, Bontecou has been responsible for many wonderful programs, involving cooking classes -— Greek, Italian, Korean, vegetarian, raw food — you name it.

4-H member Faith Shultz said she loves spending time with her Nubian goats at Daisy Hill Farm. Photo submitted

Faith Shultz wins scholarship, awards

MILLBROOK — At just 18 years old, Faith Shultz has long been used to her hard work resulting in awards for her efforts. A graduate of Millbrook High School, she is proud to have gone through the Millbrook Central School District through her academic career.

Photo by Chris Hawks

Solitary snowman

In December, just before year’s end, Chris Hawks took this photo of a snowman saying good night to the frozen landscape in Millbrook at sunset. It seemed to catch the mood of the 2020 holidays — somber and isolated — yet the image is somehow still beautiful in the pinkish almost purplish light of the fading sun.

Greg Cimms, blade smith, is a custom knife maker and chef. Here he is hard at work at his forge in Millbrook. Photo submitted​

When steel meets blade, and master craftsman Greg Cimms, a world-class knife results

MILLBROOK — Greg Cimms admits that he has always been passionate about, well, many things: cooking, art, fishing and music. Two of those things, his cooking and his art, helped to create his interest and talent in forging, and making knives that not only work, but are works of art. 


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