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From left, Millbrook Fire Chief Ted Bownas met in the village on Saturday, May 2, with former Millbrook resident Jamie Kennedy, who donated enough concentrated industrial strength sanitizer for the village to fill more than 550 bottles. Kennedy is the owner of Kennedy Property Management (KPM), a professional cleaning and sanitizing business in Saratoga. Photo submitted

Former resident remembers Millbrook during pandemic

MILLBROOK — Jamie Kennedy may have moved from Millbrook years ago, but he recently proved that a piece of his heart has always remained in the quaint village. When younger, Kennedy attended Millbrook schools, but after finishing college he settled in Saratoga, building a family and a business there.

Percival the cat was adopted by Judith Muir during the coronavirus pandemic after she asked herself, “What can I do to make a difference at this time?” Muir said she saw a notice for emergency pet foster care, made the call and now Percival is living the good life in his new home. Photo submitted

Feeling lonely during the pandemic?: How about a coronavirus cat adoption?

MILLBROOK — In the throes of catastrophe, what can people do? Well, a number of things. In the beginning of the health crisis, many people were panic-driven, fearful of catching COVID-19. But then, some asked themselves, “How can I help make things better?” Different people came up with different solutions.

Vision boards are created to provide affirmation of goals and dreams and to help visualize the pathway to one’s desired future. Boards can be made from many sources and whatever materials one has on hand, including photos, images from magazines and other common items. Photo submitted

See it… believe it… do it!: In times of stress, we all need a vision

MILLBROOK — People are going through stressful times just now, maybe the most stressful they have known. They deal with stress in many different ways, and should be open to new ideas about how to deal with that stress.

Picking daffodils to use in the donated bouquets was Millbrook High School freshman Nell Stevens, who was “volunteered” for the assignment, according to her mom, but who loved it. Photo submitted

Innisfree Garden donates 4,500 daffodils: Bouquets made for seniors and front line workers to buoy spirits

MILLBROOK — What does one do with 4,500 golden heirloom daffodils, and no one around to enjoy their beauty? Well, if talking about Innisfree Garden, it makes them into lovely fresh bouquets and distributes them to The Fountains in Millbrook and Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie.

On Saturday, April 25, the kitchen staff at the Millbrook Diner donned masks once again to prepare the 80 meals the diner has been donating to the Millbrook community every day of the week since March 20. Diner owners Thanasi Theodoropoulis and his wife, Debra, said they want to do their part to help hungry local residents get through the health crisis. Photo by Judith O’Hara Balfe

The Millbrook Diner feeds the hungry during COVID-19 crisis

MILLBROOK — For so many local residents, the Millbrook Diner is an iconic site in the village, a landmark at 3266 Franklin Ave. The diner has been serving food, and memories, for more years than many can count. But the extraordinary deed it is performing in the days of the COVID-19 pandemic will surely be long remembered for years to come.


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