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MILLBROOK—The two vacancies on the Village Board of Trustees were won by the two Democratic candidates, who now join fellow Democrat Mike Herzog on the Village Board. Brian Hicks, current Republican trustee, did not seek reelection.

The total count according to the Dutchess County Board of Elections puts Democrats Tim Collopy at 312 votes and Kevin McGrane at 304 votes.

Incumbent Kyle Van De Water, a Republican, garnered 289 votes and fellow Republican Katherine Manzi-Doro received a total of 278 votes. There were also two write-ins.

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Dutchess County — the ‘Saudi Arabia of water’

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MILLBROOK — The freshwater forum held on Saturday morning, April 16, at the Cary Institute focused on preserving fresh water resources, which are so plentiful that hydrogeologist Russell Urban-Mead described the Hudson Valley region as the Saudi Arabia of water.

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Village works on budget Police hours may be cut 50 percent

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MILLBROOK — The mayor and trustees of the village of Millbrook have been working together in public workshops every Monday evening to put together a village budget for the fiscal year beginning June 1, 2011. The final version of the budget is set to be adopted on Tuesday, April 26.
As the numbers stand, as of press time, the amount of the village tax levy is $879,970, a slight reduction compared to last year, although tax rates will rise because assessed property values have declined again. In other words, taxes collected will fall, but tax rates will rise on lower property values.

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Community helps Grace Church preschool celebrate fifth birthday

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MILLBROOK — More than 100 people celebrated the fifth birthday of Millbrook Community Preschool at Grace Church on Saturday night, April 9. As a special birthday present, the guests and business sponsors helped raise more than $10,000 to support the preschool’s scholarship fund. Currently one-third of the 36 families who have children at the school receive some sort of financial aid.

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Choosing goals is next step for Comprehensive Plan Committee

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WASHINGTON — The Comprehensive Plan Committee held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 4, to decide on an approach to selecting goals for the new comprehensive plan for the town of Washington now that consensus on the vision statement has been reached.
Josh Mackey, Planning Board chairman and member of the Comprehensive Plan Administrative Committee, acknowledged that village resident Tony Sloan, a retired city planner, was a member-at-large of the committee and asked him to explain his goal-setting approach.

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Easter holiday events

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WASHINGTON — The town of Washington is offering some holiday activities for young and old alike this Easter. Below is a list of events for all to enjoy.
Twilight egg hunt
Friday, April 22

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Bring your dirt to Gardener’s Day

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MILLBROOK — Gardener’s Day is Saturday, April 16, at the Farm and Home Center headquarters of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County on Route 44. All gardeners registered for the event can bring a soil sample from their garden for free pH testing. The 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. garden education day is put together by Dutchess County’s 88 master gardeners.

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Kelsey defends new Solid Waste Department

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MILLBROOK — Dutchess County Legislator Michael Kelsey (District 25), whose territory includes Millbrook, Washington, Amenia, Stanford and Pleasant Valley, showed up recently, at both the town of Washington and village of Millbrook meetings, to report on the activities of the county Legislature.

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‘Not trying to scare anybody’ about water scenarios

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MILLBROOK — The Water Committee of Millbrook made a formal presentation to the Village Board at its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 22. Stan Morse, village trustee, began the presentation, but all eyes were on the large map of aquifers next to him.

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Wetlands public hearing ended

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WASHINGTON — Fewer than 15 residents attended the public hearing on the pending wetlands legislation in the town of Washington on Monday night, March 21, at the Millbrook firehouse.
“Thank you all for coming again,” welcomed town Supervisor Florence Prisco. “There are so few of us we really don’t need microphones.”
After more than two years of discussion there were still some comments that hadn’t been heard before. Dirk Rosse, who owns 30 aces on Overlook Road, said owners of wetlands are not offered compensation for the lack of use of their land, while everyone else benefits.

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Breakfast honors farming community

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MILLBROOK — Bos-Haven’s Tim Marshall received one of the coveted tractor awards at the 15th annual Ag Breakfast held on Tuesday, March 22, at the Farm and Home Center.

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