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MILLBROOK — The Tuesday, Aug. 27, Village Board meeting was called to order by Mayor Rodney Brown at 6:30 p.m. 

Brown read a letter from teachers Alissa Kelly and Maxine McGowan of Elm Drive Elementary School, saying that the children in fourth and fifth grades are studying local government. In doing so, they talked about Millbrook, their favorite places and what they would like to see change.

Brown read aloud what the children sent and shared their artwork. Mentioned were the park, the library, the book store and Stewart’s Shops as popular hangouts....

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Cary Institute is going solar

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MILLBROOK — Anyone heading west on Route 44 recently has probably seen some activity on the land across from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Having started four years ago, the solar power project is now advancing at a rapid pace and is expected to be completed this fall. YSG Solar is doing the installations and is currently waiting for the panels to arrive. Cary is committed to buying all the electricity generated by the solar field for the next 25 years.

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Town talks roads, recreation and security breach

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WASHINGTON — The monthly Town  Board meeting was held on Thursday, Aug. 8.
After announcing that Kathy Meyers was not renewing her certification and would be leaving her position as tax assessor as of Sept. 30, town Supervisor Gary Ciferri called on Highway Supervisor Joe Spagnola to give his report.

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Students present findings at Cary Institute

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MILLBROOK — For the past 32 years, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies has conducted a program for undergraduate students doing research, for 12 weeks during the summer. At the end of that time, the students each present their research project, the tools employed in their research, their methodology and their findings. It’s all part of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.
On Wednesday, Aug. 7, 12 students from seven different states gathered at the institute to share their work and findings with the public, family and friends. 

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Millbrook School students blast off at rocketry competition

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MILLBROOK — Three students from Millbrook School, a private coeducational school, made it to the Team America Rocketry Challenge for students grades six through 12.  
The students, Kevin Yu, 18, of Ningbo, China; Kevin Wang, 17, of Beijing, China; and Team Leader Chris Wedd, 19, of nearby Red Hook, worked with Team Coach Jeffrey LaCosse. They designed, built and flew a rocket — no mean feat. The idea was to get the lowest score by meeting competition goals. An annual competition, generally 850 teams compete each year across America.

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Sager, Williams win Millbrook Tribute Garden Merit Scholarships

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MILLBROOK — Millbrook High School has once again produced outstanding scholars who have garnered awards in athletics, arts and academics. Among them are Emma Sager and Stephanie Williams, who received the 2019 Millbrook Tribute Garden Merit Scholarship awards, announced by Nancy T. Murphy, chair of the committee.
The two, $20,000 scholarships are four years each, paid out in $5,000 increments.

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Joseph Hines teaches teens to navigate their own success

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MILLBROOK — When Joseph Hines came to the Millbrook Library in the spring of 2019, he came with a full background in education, with bi-lingual expertise and a little musical know-how to boot. He worked in the Arlington School District in LaGrangeville since 2007, and still works there as a substitute teacher. He’s a dedicated advocate for public education and in that capacity has worked with students, teachers and parents.

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Classical concerts planned, for church and library

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MILLBROOK — Joshua Bishop Groffman is a home-grown talent. He is a native of Millbrook, and although he teaches in Pennsylvania he still spends as much time in Millbrook as he can. Much to the delight of family, friends and music lovers, Groffman will be in Millbrook to grace listeners with not one, but two performances in the very near future.

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Cary addresses translational ecology

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MILLBROOK — Seven presenters discussed translational ecology with students at a forum on Tuesday, July 2, at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. The program began with remarks by Joshua Ginsberg, president of the Cary Institute, and Alan Berkowitz, head of education at Cary. 

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New signage codes focus of Village Board meeting

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MILLBROOK — A lengthy but productive meeting took place on Tuesday, July 23, at Village Hall. The meeting focused on the topic of signage. It has been the opinion for some time that new codes are needed to resolve contradictions and uncertainties in the existing code.
A sign committee was formed at the behest of Mayor Rodney Brown. The committee consisted of village Trustees Joe Rochfort and Kevin McGrane and residents Rona Boyer and Heather LaVarnway. 

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The cream of the crop

National Honor Society graduates, many wearing the gold cords of honor,  included, front row, from left, Matthew Castignozzi, Charles Michael Ackerman, Kara Chadwell Dennis. Sebastion Kopliak, Hali Wack, Colby Whalen, Angelia Zeolla. Back row, from left, Caroline Halpin, Gabrielle Friedman, Britney Arnold, Ethan Bialy, Brianna Morano, Catherine Halpin, Alyson Procter, Patrick Kyle, Taylor Spagnola, Julia Testa and Emma Sager. They were honored at a June BOE meeting.

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