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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.

The 4-H presents certificates that are color coded, the highest being blue, then red, white, and for outstanding work...

Millbrook

The Priscos retire

Fussy (Florence) Prisco, 74, and Mickey (Louis) Prisco, 77, stand together at their retirement party Dec. 19 at the Millbrook Golf and Tennis Club. The husband and wife of 48 years have been staples in the village and town for their notable commitment to local government for more than 20 years. Fussy has served as Washington supervisor for the past eight years and Mickey has been village judge for the past 29 years. Both are now retired but will continue to live in Millbrook and are looking forward to spending more time with their family.

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Village lights up for Hanukkah

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MILLBROOK — Community members gathered on the lawn of the Thorne Building to witness the lightening of the menorah in celebration of Hanukkah on Wednesday, Dec. 21. It was the third annual celebration here.
Rabbi Hanoch Hecht from the Rhinebeck Jewish Center lit two candles on the public menorah for the second day of Hanukkah. Hecht followed the lighting by leading the attendees in Hebrew prayers and Jewish songs. The ceremony was followed by hot latkes, apple cider, doughnuts and singing at the Parish Hall of Grace Church. Hecht gave a brief history of why Hanukkah is celebrated.

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Health and wellness are top priority in eastern Dutchess

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MILLBROOK — The Council on Addiction Prevention and Education of Dutchess County Inc. (CAPE) hosted a health and wellness event to help attendees de-stress before the holidays on Dec. 15 at Charlotte’s restaurant.
“Thursday’s event grew out of the Eastern Dutchess Coalition, which is a multi-sector community group whose focus is aimed at decreasing youth risk factors along the Route 22 corridor,” said Elaine Trumpetto, executive director of CAPE. “This coalition is funded by the Foundation for Community Health and has been working to achieve these goals for the last three years.”

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Cardinal Hayes provides a safe haven

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MILLBROOK — Cardinal Hayes Home for Children (CHHC) celebrated its 70-year anniversary this year with many events. Each residential house recently created stepping stones, enjoyed a luncheon and a bonfire and hosted an art show with work by the young residents, which was open to the public.
“Our theme this year is 70 years of growing together,’” said Fred Apers, executive director at CHHC. “Working together is expected. But to grow together is really the premium, and the staff take on a real psychological ownership of the place.”

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Payment questioned for Bennett security

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MILLBROOK — At its Dec. 13 meeting, the Village Board discussed an outstanding $38,160 invoice owed to 20 individuals who provided security at the former Bennett College site following a large dormer collapse in June.
The incident caused the already deteriorating structure to be deemed unsafe under the village building code.
Although the building’s safety is the responsibility of the property owner, Bennett Acquisitions LLC, the board deemed it necessary to set up an immediate 24-hour security detail to keep people from venturing on the property.

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The Tapcracker!

Ryan Nugent and Sarah Marr played the dolls in the Tapcracker, performed by the TriArts Youtheatre Program at Millbrook High School on Dec. 10 and 11.

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School facility proposal approved

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MILLBROOK — Board of Education for Millbrook Central School District President Thomas Hurley announced via the district website on Wednesday, Dec. 7, that the school facility proposal that had been put to vote that Monday had been approved 294 to 244 — a 54.6 percent majority.

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Town, village prepare for emergencies

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WASHINGTON — The village and town boards met at Town Hall on Dec. 5 to discuss a local law to establish a joint disaster preparedness council and a joint emergency services organization for both the town of Washington and the village of Millbrook.
In 2007, Supervisor Florence Prisco asked Councilman Michael Murphy to facilitate a committee that would prepare the village and town for the worst. After four years, Murphy and his associates have revamped a joint emergency preparedness plan that cooperates with the village and town.

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Gingerbread fun

A festive crowd got creative while decorating gingerbread houses at the Millbrook Fire House on Friday, Dec 9. The town of Washington Recreation Committee provided the gingerbread and frosting for the participants to build their tasty creations.

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Millbrook welcomes Santa

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MILLBROOK — The holiday season kicked off in the town of Washington and the village of Millbrook with the Franklin Avenue tree lighting and a visit from Santa on Dec. 2. Around 500 people gathered at the bottom of Franklin Avenue in front of the Tribute Gardens for a tradition that’s more than 50 years old.
The Millbrook Fire Department held a parade and drove trucks decorated in Christmas lights down Franklin Avenue. Santa made his entrance at the end of the parade.

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