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MILLBROOK — With song lists just a tap away on a laptop, iPhone or tablet, it’s hard to imagine the apparatus that was needed in the olden days to hear music. The machines were complicated, to say the least, and often delicate, hardly easy to carry around, and for the most part, expensive and out of reach to a great many people.

In discussing music makers from 1820 through the early 1940s, presenter Craig Marshall played and talked about some exquisite music boxes whose sounds were still incredibly clear and a joy to hear. The first was a Swiss-made cylinder model, made...

Millbrook

Tracing memory, history, race and the American landscape

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MILLBROOK — Once again, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies brought to the community a program that dealt with a difficult topic. The presentation was given on Friday night, Nov. 16, and was well attended in spite of the snow on the ground and the cold in the air. There was an audience of about 155.

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Millbrook awarded $1.14 million for water project

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MILLBROOK— Friday, Nov. 16, was a day to celebrate in Millbrook. That’s when Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced the Water Infrastructure Grant Awards, worth more than $10 million for various water quality projects. The village of Millbrook was awarded $1.14 million to upgrade its public water supply. 
“I commend the state’s commitment to invest in drinking water infrastructure, clean water infrastructure and water quality protection across the state,” stated Molinaro in a press release. 

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Village passes flood zone change

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MILLBROOK— At the Tuesday, Oct. 23, Village Board meeting, Mayor Rodney Brown thanked participants, residents and the media for the success of the Village trustee debate, which took place the previous night at Village Hall. The debate was sponsored by The Millerton News and the League of Women Voters, Hudson Valley Region. Elections have since been held, with Democrats Tim Collopy and Kevin McGrane winning the seats.

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Town talks flooding and recreation

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WASHINGTON — The Town Board discussed myriad issues at its meeting on Thursday, Nov. 15. One of its major accomplishments was passing the 2019 municipal budget. For more, read the adjoining article.

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Town adopts 2019 budget

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MILLBROOK — The town of Washington closed its public hearing on the 2019 municipal budget on Thursday, Nov. 15, and it passed unanimously.
 Town Supervisor Gary Ciferri addressed the 2019 budget in a newsletter to residents. In it, he reported that the Town Board had voted to override the tax cap due to several budget increases required before looking at local operations. Therefore, the allowable tax cap levy is $2,329,235 while the actual tax levy is $2,576,647, a difference of $247,412. The tax cap for 2019 is $43,990.

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MEF grant gives students access to MakerSpace

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MILLBROOK— It is not unusual to see students playing with robots in the Millbrook Middle School library. They also play with LEGOs and Cubelets. It all looks like fun, and of course it is, but it also encompasses several levels of very serious education.
The Millbrook Education Foundation (MEF) made a $6,000 donation to bring the MakerSpace initiative to the school, and from all accounts, students and teachers love it.

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Glamour and glitz at Ladies Night Out

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MILLBROOK — It may have been a cold and rainy night, but on Friday, Nov. 9, it was warm and bright at Village Hall.  Ladies Night Out, an event sponsored by the Town of Washington Recreation Department, was planned for area women to gather and browse.
That evening, one could acquire new nails, enjoy an ionic foot detox or discuss skin care with Sarah Gonzales, a representative of Arbonne skincare and cosmetics, for $10. 

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Election: Two Democrats join Village Board

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MILLBROOK — Two seats on the Village Board were won, by the two Democratic candidates who ran, Kevin McGrane and Tim Collopy. Though not deemed “official” by the Dutchess County Board of Elections yet, McGrane and Collopy plan to join fellow Democrat Mike Herzog on the board along with Mayor Rod Brown and Trustee Joe Rochfort, both Republicans. Brian Hicks,  current Republican trustee, did not seek reelection.

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Community honors Millbrook veterans

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MILLBROOK —  Sunday, Nov. 11, was sunny and dry, but cold. The flags placed all around the village of Millbrook waved gently, colors bright against the blue sky. A crowd of between 40 and 50 stood quietly as Gary Ciferri, town of Washington supervisor, led the ceremony. It was organized as it is each year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 9008.
At the Veterans Green in front of the Millbrook firehouse, Ciferri  opened with remarks reminding the crowd of what America owes to those who served, some who never returned home.

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Remembering the Seawolves on Veterans Day

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MILLBROOK— More than 50 years have passed since the conflict in Vietnam. Yet for some, it could have been yesterday, so vivid are their memories, both painful and exciting at the same time. Some veterans talk about their experiences in Vietnam, though there are many who choose not to.

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