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MILLBROOK — With more than 200 participants, the Town of Washington Recreation Department is hailing this year’s registration for its Fall Youth Soccer Program its largest ever, with children from kindergarten to sixth grade enrolled. Games are played at the Town Park, and draw large numbers of parents and friends as spectators.

Recreation Director Chelsea Edson said she is grateful for all of the support they get, as many of the coaches and referees have played and completed the program from their days in kindergarten.

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Millbrook

Town Board talks about insurance, block grant and recreation

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WASHINGTON — At its April meeting, the Town Board discussed a number of issues. One item on the agenda was the $100,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) the town received from Dutchess County to be used to bring the bathroom and bath house facilities at the Town Park up to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance.
Town Supervisor Gary Ciferri reported that Dutchess County has requested a board member represent the town on a county wide Veterans Service Committee.

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Dinner, awards and honoring those who have passed

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MILLBROOK — In a ceremony that was both somber and joyful, Millbrook’s Engine, Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 hosted its annual installation dinner on Saturday, April 27. About 200 people filled the meeting hall at the firehouse.
Not only do these dedicated people fight fires, they answer the call for flooding, downed wires, hazardous materials, ambulance calls and motor vehicle accidents, among others. The total number of incidents for 2018 was 844, and each was answered with professionalism, courtesy and a desire to keep all citizens safe.

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The dangers of human trafficking discussed at Millbrook talk

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Budget review, meeting feedback on Village Board agenda

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MILLBROOK — The Village Board meeting on Tuesday, April 9, included a public hearing concerning the upcoming budget. Mayor Rodney Brown went over the work done so far, and there were no remarks or questions. The budget will be finalized on Tuesday, April 23, after presstime.

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Artists appreciated

Several artists from The Fountains retirement community are exhibiting their work at the Millbrook Library through about May 15. The artists work with artist/teacher Ellen O’Shea, seated second from left, at the studio at The Fountains. The work ranges from pastoral scenes to dogs, cityscapes, abstracts and much more. A reception was held on Saturday, April 13, to meet the artists, listen to music by Justin O’Hearn on the saxophone and savor some finger foods and beverages.

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Food, sewing, animals and art: 4-H presents it all

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MILLBROOK — When it comes to being well-rounded, 4-H members are encouraged to take on tasks and then present their projects to the public. In doing this, young people hone skills that help them speak in public in a cohesive and professional manner.
Participants choose their own topics, sometimes with a little guidance, and the topics can be wide ranging, from livestock to artwork, sewing to cooking, or almost anything the child has a keen interest in.

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Tavern tales at Tavern Trails 2019

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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Vineyard and Winery was the place of choice for the kick-off of the 2019 Dutchess County Tavern Trail tour, held on Friday, April 12. Led by County Historian Will Tatum, the Tavern Trail has become an annual favorite. For the trail, different locations including inns, taverns and meeting places from the distant past are chosen. Participants then meet to learn more about the area and historic facts.

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Music abounds at Lyall Church

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MILLBROOK — Music at Lyall welcomed the second concert of the season with Art Songs and Arias, featuring soprano Robin Clifford and mezzo soprano Rachel Weishoff. Accompanied by Christopher Cooley, pianist and composer, the performance  ran a little over an hour, and delighted the audience of about 35 with a selection of music that filled the church with music that sounded, appropriately, like heaven.  
The three musicians have worked together before, and it showed in their easy manner and strong performances. 

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Millbrook parishioners attend the Blessing of the Palms

MILLBROOK— The Annual Blessing of the Palms was held on Sunday, April 14, and once again the three churches of Millbrook participated: St. Joseph-Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with Monsignor Gerard Colacicco; Grace Episcopal Church with the Rev. Matthew Calkins; and Lyall Memorial Federated Church, led by the Rev. Thomas Fiet. They came together for prayers, blessings — and to the delight of the children, Bella — the little donkey from Two by Two Petting Zoo. She was there to lead worshipers down Franklin Avenue to their church of choice. 

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When EMS volunteers are down, do taxes go up?

MILLBROOK — Emotional, sometimes contentious, the meeting held at the Millbrook firehouse on Monday, April 7, was a long time coming — the wide array of questions, answers and raw emotions was not unexpected. In fact, for more than a year, it has come up at numerous Town and Village Board meetings. The question to be answered: Do town of Washington and Millbrook residents need 24/7 paid ambulance service? Roughly 60 people attended.

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