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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...

Millbrook

‘Hello, Dolly!’ cast and crew say

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MILLBROOK — After three sell-out performances over the March 4 weekend, Millbrook said goodbye to Dolly Levi Gallagher, Horace Vandergelder, Cornelius Hacker and Irene Molloy. There will be no more galloping, singing waiters or polka contests on the stage of Millbrook High School now that “Hello, Dolly!” has closed.
The 13-piece live orchestra conducted by Craig Fryer has left the pit; the sets will be repainted next year and the wigs and hats put back into storage.

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Vision meeting

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MILLBROOK — The town of Washington community discussion about what should be included in the vision statement for the new comprehensive plan will be held on Saturday, March 5, at the Millbrook firehouse starting at 9 a.m. and finishing by around 1 p.m.
The new administrative committee for the plan, appointed in September after the mass resignation of the previous steering committee, rescheduled a December meeting because of the holidays until February. The February meeting was canceled because of snow and now, weather permitting, it will finally happen in March.

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‘Hello, Dolly!’ gets ready for opening night

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MILLBROOK — “Hello, Dolly!” is having its dress rehearsal tonight, Thursday, March 3, before its opening performance on Friday, March 4. There will be two more performances, on Saturday, March 5, at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, March 6, at 2 p.m.
Millbrook’s musicals, 99 miles from Broadway, are so well done that the auditorium is al ways filled and includes discerning non-parents to see the productions. These shows can be sell-outs and tickets, $10 and $12, are available by calling 845-554-2514 or by e-mail at Tickets@millbrookcsd.org.

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Learning all about the food we eat

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MILLBROOK — “Inc.” is the most important part of the 2008 Oscar-nominated movie, “Food, Inc.,” that was shown at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies on Friday night, Feb. 25.
The “Inc.” aspect is more frightening than the blood, beef carcasses and assembly lines of dead pigs. The film is a smorgasbord of vast fields of corn, dark chicken houses, feed lots, slaughter and fast food — a snappy history and explanation of how our factory food chain was created over the last 50 years.

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Millbrook schools’ report card gets an A

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MILLBROOK — The state of New York has just released 2009-10 report cards for every public school district in the state, and the Millbrook School District received high grades in science, high school math and English proficiency.
In science, 95 percent of Millbrook eighth-graders met or exceeded state standards — the highest in the county — with more than half performing in the highest percentile. This compares to only 71 percent of all New York state students scoring at or above the required competency level.

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‘Hello, Dolly!’ Hello, Britta!

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MILLBROOK — Britta Burrows is Dolly in this year Millbrook High School’s production of “Hello, Dolly!”, scheduled to open Friday, March 4. The large cast is in daily rehearsals and started practicing with the pit orchestra on Monday, Feb. 21. In between scene changes and costume adjustments, Burrows, a senior, talked to The Millerton News about the show and her future in the performing arts.

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Cary Institute on a mission

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MILLBROOK — For more than 25 years, The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook has been on a mission to not only conduct environmental research on critical issues like air and water pollution and global climate change, but to communicate findings to decision makers, land managers, educators and the interested public. For example, the acid rain research of Cary ecologist Gene Likens led to amendments in the Clear Air Act.

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Wetlands public hearing remains open

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WASHINGTON — At the seventh public hearing on the town of Washington’s wetlands legislation on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the Millbrook firehouse, resident Rob Dyson defended himself after demanding to read portions of a letter submitted by town resident and a founder of Millbrook Matters, Julia Widdowson, who was unable to attend the meeting. The letter was presented for the record by town resident Howard Schuman. Dyson demanded to see it.
“I’m being accused and I want to defend myself,” he said.

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A moment of silence for Don Marshall at Washington meeting

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WASHINGTON — Supervisor Florence Prisco began the Thursday, Feb. 10, Washington Town Board meeting with words of praise and appreciation for Donaldson “Don” Marshall, who died on Sunday, Feb. 6, while on a cruise in the Caribbean at age 89. Marshall was a member of the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals.
“He always knew what was going on and always had joy in his eyes,” Prisco said. “The whole town is going to miss him.”
She then asked for a moment of silence to honor his memory.

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East wing of county infirmary to be demolished this week

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MILLBROOK — Large sections of the east wing roof of the Dutchess County Infirmary collapsed on the night of Wednesday, Feb. 2, after an additional 7 inches of snow blanketed Millbrook the day before. The east wing’s roof looked like it had been hit by an earthquake, scattering debris on the adjoining walkway.

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