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MILLBROOK— At the Tuesday, Oct. 23, Village Board meeting, Mayor Rodney Brown thanked participants, residents and the media for the success of the Village trustee debate, which took place the previous night at Village Hall. The debate was sponsored by The Millerton News and the League of Women Voters, Hudson Valley Region. Elections have since been held, with Democrats Tim Collopy and Kevin McGrane winning the seats.

A letter from Police Officer Jared Witt to the mayor and the board stated that due to heavy foot and vehicle traffic on Saturday mornings, a continuation of the...

Millbrook

Planning Board numbers may rise

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MILLBROOK — Tuesday, May 31, at the Village Board meeting, Millbrook Mayor Laura Hurley discussed a proposed local law to increase the members of the Planning Board from five to seven. The term for a member of the Planning Board lasts seven years.
In New York, village law states that if two additional members are added to a five-member board they cannot actively partake in board matters. Village Attorney Rebecca Valk said, however, that this restriction can be overridden.

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Bouncing off the walls in Millbrook

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MILLBROOK — Mary Alex is known in the community for her position as clerk for the town of Washington. However, now she is taking on a second job as the owner of Blue Bounce House.
“I was looking for something fun to do in my free time. I decided that event planning was going to be the route I wanted to go,” said Alex.

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Millbrook sends off class of 2011

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MILLBROOK — Graduates gathered at the Millbrook High School gymnasium with fellow classmates, administrators, teachers, friends and family for the 56th commencement ceremony Saturday, June 25, at 10 a.m. The 93 graduates lined up in the high school hallway, girls in white and boys in blue, both in caps and gowns.
The class of 2011 filed into the gymnasium as the high school band played during the procession. The salutatory address was given by Alexandra Kohut; she will attend the University of Vermont in the fall and plans to major in pre-medicine.

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Fire accident injures Washington resident

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WASHINGTON — Matthew Rochfort was seriously injured in a bonfire accident Saturday, June 18. Rochfort attempted to light a pile of wood that had been unknowingly doused with gasoline.
When he lit the wood, it exploded. The incident occurred at his residence in the town of Washington. Emergency personnel were called to the scene and he was air-lifted to Westchester Medical Hospital.

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Farmland protection continues to be a priority

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WASHINGTON — A Farmland Protection Committee is in the works for the town of Washington. On Thursday, June 9, at the Town Board meeting, board members discussed the importance of putting together a committee for the agricultural community. This committee would reach out to farmers and people who have agricultural land in a variety of ways, said Town Clerk Mary Alex.
“These are people whose livelihoods depend on this and want to see it maintained,” said Councilman Mike Murphy.
Councilman Bobby Audia agreed.

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Dormer collapses at Bennett College

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MILLBROOK — A large dormer on the right side of the former Bennett College collapsed on Sunday, June 12, according to Millbrook Mayor Laura Hurley. The situation at the complex, located just off Route 44 near the entrance to the village, is the latest in a series in recent years.
The dormer collapsed through three stories, leaving a substantial hole in the building, compromising the stability of the entire structure, even more than previously. There have also been reports of beams making “popping” noises, according to Hurley, speaking at a Village Board meeting on Tuesday, June 14.

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Tigers, elephants and camels, oh my!

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MILLBROOK — Where can you find two camels, three elephants, five tigers and clowns in Dutchess County? On Saturday, June 18, the answer was Millbrook, thanks to the Millbrook Lions Club. That’s when the Kelly Miller Circus took over the village.
The Kelly Miller Circus travels to different small towns throughout the county every year. It last visited Millbrook in 2008.

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Courtroom to be renovated this summer

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WASHINGTON — Town Board members discussed upcoming and critical renovations to the courtroom during their meeting Thursday, June 9.
“The purpose of the renovations to the courtroom is too allow the judges some room to sit privately with perpetrators,” said Florence Prisco, town supervisor. “At this point the judges have no place to sit in this room with privacy. They have asked for years [for] a little private room.”

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Rotary Scholarships

Julian Mostachetti

MILLBROOK — Each year the Rotary Club of Millbrook awards a $5,000 scholarship to an outstanding student at Millbrook High School. The Rotary Scholarship is for general achievement and this year goes to Julian Mostachetti. Julian exemplifies the Rotary motto of “service above self.” He has been a leader of the Rotary Interact Club in Millbrook and a volunteer within the community and abroad.

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Rotary Scholarships

Arden Schulhoff

MILLBROOK — Nearly 20 years ago, the Millbrook community lost an inspiring individual, Vol Mason. As superintendent of the Millbrook Central School District, he was active in the community and also heavily involved in the Rotary Club. So great was his impact that the Millbrook Rotary Club established a scholarship in his honor. Aligned with Mason’s interests, this scholarship is given in recognition of the abilities of a student who has shown an aptitude for vocational skills. This year the recipient was Arden Schulhoff.

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