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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

Mosca joins Washington Town Board

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WASHINGTON — Karen Mosca is the newest member of the Washington Town Board, finishing the unexpired term of Councilman William Murphy. Murphy resigned April 14 from the board.
“He was a fabulous gentleman to work with and he contributed to all aspects of town government and will be greatly missed,” said Mary Alex, town clerk.
Murphy said he left for personal reasons, but did not give further explanation. His term had another two years before expiring. It was his first term as a councilman; he came on the board to fill the unexpired term of Councilman Alan Rappleyea.

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Millbrook’s Memorial Day

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Millbrook — Don Dingee, Korean War Veteran and Dutchess County resident, said he is determined to ensure all his fellow veterans are remembered long after their death.
As the guest speaker at Millbrook’s Memorial Day ceremonies, Dingee spoke about his comrade in the Korean War, Charlie Johnson, a Dutchess County resident and Arlington High School graduate.

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Tribute Garden thanked

MILLBROOK — At the Millbrook Rotary Club’s meeting on Wednesday, May 11, club President Ellie Savoy presented The Betty White Community Service Award to The Tribute Garden Foundation in recognition of all the support this organization provides to the local community. Accepting the award for the Tribute Garden was George Whalen Jr.

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A Taste of Millbrook June 11

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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Educational Foundation’s annual Taste of Millbrook will be held on Saturday, June 11, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Millbrook Vineyards & Winery. Area restaurants will showcase their specialties and local growers will be featuring foods grown and produced in the Hudson Valley.
The event will benefit the Millbrook Educational Foundation (MEF). This past year marked significant growth for MEF, as more than $68,000 was raised in 2010 and the foundation reached $380,000 in grants made since its establishment in 2002.

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A sprightly performance

Sophia Stanford, who portrayed a convincing Peter Pan, belted out, “I gotta crow,” to a receptive audience.

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2011-12 Millbrook school district budgets approved

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MILLBROOK — Tuesday, May 17, torrential rain flooded all of Dutchess County, and from noon until 9 p.m. members of the community trekked to the Millbrook Middle School Auditorium to vote for the proposed 2011-12 school budget.This year’s proposed budget came out to $25,686,794, a 2.75 percent spending increase over the current year, according to the Millbrook Central School District Messenger newsletter.

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St. Joseph’s church helps tornado victims

MILLBROOK — Virginia Iannucci, a parishioner of St. Joseph’s Church in Millbrook, felt inspired to do something to help the people in Alabama who suffered tremendous losses due to the recent tornadoes.
On Saturday, April 30, after a quick OK from Father James O’Connor, pastor of St. Joseph’s, to use the parish hall as a collection point, contact was made with people in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Peter Iannucci (son of Gino and Ginny) offered the huge truck and trailer used for his business, Two-by-Two Petting Zoo.

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Preparing for Dr. Seuss

MILLBROOK — A middle school cast of more than 50 actors will transform the auditorium at Millbrook High School (MHS) into a whimsical jungle of faithful elephants, sour kangaroos, self-centered birds and Whos in jeopardy.
Millbrook Middle School will present “Seussical Jr.,” based on the stories of Dr. Seuss and featuring award-winning music by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, at the MHS auditorium at on Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and seats are general admission.

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Good Dog Foundation to benefit from clothing sale

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MILLBROOK — The J. McLaughlin clothing boutique in Millbrook will host a three-day event to benefit the Good Dog Foundation from Friday, May 13, to Sunday, May 15. Customers who mention “good dogs” will have 20 percent of their purchase cost donated to the foundation.
Susan Fireman, the executive trainer for the Good Dog Foundation, will be at J. McLaughlin on Saturday, May 14, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to evaluate dogs and discuss the training courses that prepare dogs and their owners for therapy sessions.

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McKibben says we missed chance to avoid climate change

MILLBROOK — “Over the past 20 years both political parties have had the chance to address global warming and they’ve produced exactly nothing,” said Bill McKibben, world-renowned author and environmentalist, at a talk before a packed house at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook last Thursday afternoon.

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