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MILLBROOK — A steady crowd of admirers filled the Gallery at Millbrook Library to meet artists Robert Parker and his son, Geoff. The exhibit includes many works of varied subjects, sizes and media. Two of the works sold almost as soon as the reception started; both artists are well known and widely admired.

Robert Parker was born in Virginia in 1927. He is still sprightly, has an excellent memory, and enjoys sharing stories with his fans. His art consists of paintings and prints, of animals, people and landscapes. His work as an illustrator of more than 90 children’s...

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Speeding troubles in Millbrook call for fast solution

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MILLBROOK — Deputy Mayor Stan Morse brought to the board’s attention two complaints from residents regarding speeding in Millbrook at the Village Board meeting on Thursday, July 12.
One resident inquired of Morse whether speed bumps might be appropriate on 9 Partners Lane, while another resident suggested speed bumps for Reservoir Drive.

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Become a certified EMT in Millbrook

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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Rescue Squad (MRS) has been providing service to the village for more than 60 years. The volunteer service is part of the Millbrook Fire Department and has more recently offered paid services.
From Aug. 29 to Jan. 4 the Rescue Squad will offer a basic EMT class, where one can become a certified EMT after a 150 hours of class instruction, including lab instruction. This class will be offered Monday and Wednesday evenings with a few Saturdays, and no prior experience is necessary.

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Rotary installs new officers

MILLBROOK — Matt Anderson, a wood scientist at Wood Advisory Services in Millbrook, was sworn in as president of the Millbrook Rotary Club on June 29 at a picnic held at the home of Tom and Susie Stroup.
The club’s slate of officers also sworn in at the event included Heather Malcom, vice president-elect, Molly Olsen, secretary, Ron Mosca, treasurer, and Joan Burgess, sergeant-at-arms.
More than 40 club members, past and present, enjoyed food catered by Babette’s, desserts provided by club members and a beautiful summer evening in the Stroup’s enchanting garden.

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Cuomo comes to Millbrook to ban texting while driving

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MILLBROOK — New York state is cracking down on texting while driving. Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited Millbrook on Thursday, July 14, at the New York State Police Troop K headquarters to sign the new Distracted Drivers Law. The signing of the law was well attended by elected officials, state troopers, local law enforcement and the public.

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Millbrook sets water and sewer rates for 2011-12

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MILLBROOK — At the Village Board meeting on Tuesday, June 28, trustees opened the public hearing for the proposed local law regarding water and sewer rates.
The water and sewer rates have historically been set to a fixed amount, according to the village code. Millbrook Mayor Laura Hurley said the water and sewer rates have not been amended for seven years. Hurley said with the new Capital Plan in the works, it would be a waste of time and money for the village to pass local laws every time the Village Board wants to update the rate structure.

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A new store brings different cultures together in Millbrook

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MILLBROOK — La Provincia, the Spanish word for province, is the name of a new store on Franklin Avenue.
“It means little town. This is a charming little town, so it fit,” said owner Stephanie Lee.
La Provincia is a retail store with a variety of Mexican, South American and Southwestern imports and antiques. Lee said she wants to bring something unusual to Millbrook; her inspiration for the store is Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Lee grew up in Millbrook and currently lives in the town of Washington with her family.

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Millbrook Arts Group concert series: A joyous sound

MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Arts Group (MAG) has put together a program of great variety for the Summer of 2011 Sunset Concert Series at the Thorne Building bandshell, located on Franklin Avenue in the village of Millbrook.
This series, which is MAG’s signature event, is supported by the Millbrook Tribute Garden, the community,  local businesses and organizations. Bring a lawn chair (and a friend or two) and come at 7 p.m. for an evening of free, live entertainment.

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Rotary donates books

MILLBROOK — The Rotary Club of Millbrook presented a graduation gift of a book of choice to every eighth-grader in Millbrook Middle School at its graduation ceremony on June 22.  Cindie Kish, Rotarian chair of the Book Gift Program, distributed the books on stage, with each book containing a personalized label with the student’s name.   

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Happy 100th birthday, Cornell Cooperative Extension

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WASHINGTON — Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) turns 100 this year. The Dutchess County Extension (CCEDCE), located in Millbrook, will host several events to celebrate the occasion this summer.
Though the cooperative marks a century of service this year, the Dutchess County Extension will be only 98.

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Natural gas: boom, disaster or both?

Part two: So what’s the problem?

MILLBROOK — A recent Google search for the term “Marcellus shale” provided, as the top two results, an Earth Justice site describing the evils of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas; then, as if to confirm the first site’s worst fears, Minuteman Spill Response, Mifflinville, Pa.

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