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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

‘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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It’s cold, it’s snowy — it’s winter!

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MILLBROOK — Statistically winters may be getting warmer and shorter, but the month of January 2011, was an exception. Snow shoveling always affects our perception of long-term climate shifts. And it was cold in January — 2.1 degrees cooler than the 40-year average of 24.1 degrees as calculated by the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Environmental Monitoring Program in Millbrook.

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‘Hello, Dolly!’ quiz

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Everyone can sing the first bars of “ Hello, Dolly, well hello, Dolly,” but how much do you know about this favored American musical?
Questions
1. The inspiration for the stage version of “Hello, Dolly!” came from Yiddish theater. True or false?
2. When David Merrick, the producer of the musical “Hello, Dolly!” cast the part of Dolly Levi, which well-known actresses turned down the role before Carol Channing immortalized it?

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