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MILLBROOK — Scott Keeley is a man of many talents. He takes meticulous care of the Millbrook Library, and is also the master craftsman who designed and built the stained glass sign on the library’s front lawn. 

He is also proficient at making maple syrup, and on a cold  Wednesday, Feb. 8, Keeley spent the day cooking up a batch of steaming maple syrup with some friendly onlookers.

Keeley has a sugar bush on his property, that is, a stand of maple trees that he has long tapped and drained to make syrup. He has 18 taps in 13 trees. His interest began...

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Galli retires after 29 years at Grace Church

MILLBROOK  — For the past 29 years, the friendly voice on the other end of the phone line when one called Grace Episcopal Church, was that of Maria Galli. She was also the person most likely to respond to e-mails concerning the church and its events. 
Invaluable to the Rev. Matt Calkins, as well as other administrators and parishioners, Galli will be greatly missed. She said she will be miss her coworkers as well.

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Healing democracy — is it possible?

MILLBROOK  —   In the atmosphere following probably the most divisive election in modern times, healing democracy sounds like something everyone should be striving for. 
The Millbrook Library series of workshops, Healing Democracy, began last September, when the election was in full swing. They were  advertised as non-partisan, for better citizenship. Now, with the election over and the country still deeply divided, the workshops will continue.

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DDS robotics team keeps cool in competition despite challenges

MILLBROOK  — Deez Beez is the name of this year’s Dutchess Day School robotics team. Why? Because the Lego League theme this year is Animal Allies. Participating teams were required to choose an animal and decide how human interaction with that animal could be improved. In preparation for their research, the Deez Beez team found a local bee expert to Skype with them about the importance of bees to pollinating, and the dangers that face them with the overuse of insecticides. 

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Controversy on process for village treasurer hire

MILLBROOK — The village of Millbrook held a reorganization meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 3. For some it caused confusion, and questions about the procedures and the events that took place there. 
First, some background

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A book of fathers and daughters by Terry Corrao

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Heard takes the helm at Dutchess Day School

MILLBROOK — The Dutchess Day School Board of Trustees has voted to appoint Matthew P. Heard as the 11th head of school. The search committee recommendation and the board vote were unanimous. Heard will begin on July 1, taking over from retiring Head of School Nancy Hathaway.
Heard’s appointment concludes a six-month, nationwide search. 

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New gift boutique now open on Franklin Ave.

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MILLBROOK  — There’s a new store in Millbrook. It opened before the holidays and offers unusual items and a charming shopping experience. Juniper is at 3285 Franklin Ave.
Owner Jennifer Moriarty is a photographer, as her shop reflects, but it offers many other items. 
“It’s important that everyone feels welcome in the store,”  Moriarty said. “Nothing makes me happier than to hear that the store feels cozy and comfortable, like home.” 

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Washington Town Board Meeting: Accessibility, recreation and roads discussed

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WASHINGTON — The Thursday, Jan. 12, Town Board meeting was opened by Town Supervisor Gary Ciferri. 
The first order of business was the introduction of Ed Loedy, architect, who is working with the town to repair and renovate the front entry way of Town Hall.

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Reorganization meeting in Millbrook: New village treasurer announced

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MILLBROOK — The Village Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, Jan 3, for a reorganization meeting that also saw the swearing in of newly elected trustees and a new village treasurer. 
Elected in November were Trustees Mike Herzog, Joe Rochfort and Brian Hicks. Herzog has been on the board for several terms. Rochfort has been filling in a vacated seat, and now begins his own term. Hicks is newly elected. Joseph Spagnola, deputy mayor, was absent from the meeting due to illness.

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Police trace string of Hudson Valley crimes to Connecticut man

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MILLBROOK — Jaquan Rosado, 24, of Bridgeport, Conn., was arrested on Monday evening, Jan. 2, on an array of charges including theft, first degree criminal assault, fleeing from an officer, reckless driving, possession of counterfeit money, leaving the scene of an auto accident involving damage and criminal possession of a deadly weapon. Six of the charges are felonies.

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