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Grow Against Poverty’s Pedal Power for Kenyan Education project is temporarily on hold as Kenyan schools are closed until 2021. Students who often walk 5 to 6 miles to and from school borrow the bicycles for the year. The program has improved attendance, promptness and academic performance. One school has received 50 bicycles. Five neighboring schools have requested similar programs. 

Crafts for a Cause seeks Millerton fundraiser venue

MILLERTON — The COVID-19 virus has shut down many things, but not the generous hearts of retired Webutuck Central School District teachers John and Jean Roccanova of Ancramdale, as they quietly continue their work to help the community of Nambale in Busian County in Kenya while expanding their efforts to support needs closer to home.


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From left, Lenny Sutton and Roger Cohn, the musicians behind the duo, Roger & Lenny, selected “Peaceful Easy Feeling” by The Eagles as the first song of their recent concert behind the NorthEast-Millerton Library Annex.

Swinging to the songs

MILLERTON — Bringing the local community together at a safe distance, the NorthEast-Millerton Library invited residents to enjoy a free Music in the Backyard concert starring local musicians Roger & Lenny on Saturday, Aug. 1. 


PHOTO BY KAITLIN LYLE
Beginning Wednesday, July 1, Ken Thompson welcomed children back to Thompson Plaza on Route 44 as he opened Kids Time Nursery School in the town of North East.

Kids Time Nursery School opens during COVID

NORTH EAST — Families looking for a diversion for their children during the coronavirus pandemic as they attempt to get back into their regular routines can look no further than Thompson Plaza in the town of North East, just outside the village of Millerton, where plaza owner Ken Thompson is now operating Kids Time Nursery School, at 208 Route 4


Lillian Perusse, 4, made sure the woodpecker she and her brother, Tillman (not pictured), named “Rainbow” was comfortable in his cardboard box before being taken to Sharon Audubon. Photo submitted

Kind-hearted Perusse family tends to fallen injured birds

MILLERTON — Assisted by their two young children, the Perusse family of Millerton opened their home to a fallen fledgling for an overnight recently before bringing the bird to the Sharon Audubon center in nearby Sharon, Conn.


The Harlem Valley Rail Trail’s northward extension has been under construction and is due to be completed by September. Here is part of the work at White House Crossing Road. Once completed, the extension will stretch from the village of Millerton’s Main Street Rail Head to Copake Falls. Photo courtesy of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association​

Harlem Valley Rail Trail to reach Copake Falls by September

MILLERTON — The Harlem Valley Rail Trail arrived in Millerton from Amenia in the fall of 2000, about 20 years after the last freight train pulled away. Since then the trail has expanded by 5.5 miles at the Taconic State Park in Copake Falls and 1.5 miles coming south from Hillsdale.


The weekend of July 18, Dylan Bowman, left, a resident of Washington, Conn., purchased a brand new book from Emma Warren, a bookseller at Oblong Books & Music. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Business is back, face to face

MILLERTON — The village’s favorite independent bookstore, Oblong Books & Music, reopened its doors for in-person shopping with limited hours on July 9. Starting July 23 its in-store hours will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays through Mondays; it’s closed to the public Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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