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MILLBROOK — With more than 200 participants, the Town of Washington Recreation Department is hailing this year’s registration for its Fall Youth Soccer Program its largest ever, with children from kindergarten to sixth grade enrolled. Games are played at the Town Park, and draw large numbers of parents and friends as spectators.

Recreation Director Chelsea Edson said she is grateful for all of the support they get, as many of the coaches and referees have played and completed the program from their days in kindergarten.

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Millbrook

New signage codes focus of Village Board meeting

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MILLBROOK — A lengthy but productive meeting took place on Tuesday, July 23, at Village Hall. The meeting focused on the topic of signage. It has been the opinion for some time that new codes are needed to resolve contradictions and uncertainties in the existing code.
A sign committee was formed at the behest of Mayor Rodney Brown. The committee consisted of village Trustees Joe Rochfort and Kevin McGrane and residents Rona Boyer and Heather LaVarnway. 

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The cream of the crop

National Honor Society graduates, many wearing the gold cords of honor,  included, front row, from left, Matthew Castignozzi, Charles Michael Ackerman, Kara Chadwell Dennis. Sebastion Kopliak, Hali Wack, Colby Whalen, Angelia Zeolla. Back row, from left, Caroline Halpin, Gabrielle Friedman, Britney Arnold, Ethan Bialy, Brianna Morano, Catherine Halpin, Alyson Procter, Patrick Kyle, Taylor Spagnola, Julia Testa and Emma Sager. They were honored at a June BOE meeting.

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NECC’s Chef & Farmer Brunch exceeds expectations

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MILLBROOK — Famous chefs, European trips, a game dinner for six and a golf outing for four were all part of the allure for the Chef & Farmer Brunch held on Sunday, July 28, at Millbrook School. The brunch itself took place in a light and beautifully appointed building, but the action was outdoors. On one side of the building, the food was set up under tents, and at the other side of the building, tables held the items that were up for bid in a silent auction. Roughly 325 people attended.

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Senior living: How to say goodbye to one’s home

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MILLBROOK — Memories come in many forms, not only what people keep in their heads or hearts, but in the form of something as large as a house or as small as a photo from childhood.
Houses are filled with sounds, smells and precious memories of celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries, children and long gone pets. Yet houses can be a hindrance when their owners grow older. The size, the maintenance, the cost of running a home can be challenging. Still, saying goodbye to a house can be traumatic. 

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There’s a new and very sweet shop in town

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MILLBROOK — Tucked away between Barbosa’s Restaurant and the parking lot on Merritt Avenue, at 149 Church St., one can now find Samantha’s Sweet Shoppe, offering dairy treats, candy and small stationery items. There are also options for those seeking non-dairy or vegan treats.

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The sights and sounds of a parade and carnival

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Hang in there

Allegra Najdek, 7, from Millerton tested her strength at the Fireman’s Carnival in Millbrook on Saturday, July 13. For full story and more photos, see The sights and sounds of a parade and carnival.

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Village Board talks water tower update, zoning and Airbnb survey

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MILLBROOK — The Village Board meeting on Tuesday, June 25, began with introducing Nicole Zeto, deputy village clerk; Village Clerk Sarah Witt was absent. 
The water tower was to be finished after the July 4th holiday; it’s been held up mainly because of the weather.  When the tower is 90% finished, bids will go out to contractors for the water filtration system repairs.

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Town Board discusses disappearing barn and more

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WASHINGTON — On Thursday, June 13, the Washington Town Board met to discuss a variety of topics.
Highway Superintendent Joe Spagnola sent in a report, mentioning that the culvert on South Road had overflowed and was temporarily fixed. He’s in talks with the county about a permanent repair. He also listed other work that had been done by the Highway Department, and noted a number of repairs are ongoing. Town Clerk Mary Alex, meanwhile, was authorized to seek bond bids for the work for the culvert project, for a 10-year bond.

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International Baccalaureate degree: Tough, but well worth it

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MILLBROOK — When the International Baccalaureate (IB) program was first offered by Millbrook High School in September of 2017, 15 students enrolled: 14 females and one male. When that first class graduated on June 21st, just seven girls graduated with their IB degrees, proudly wearing the cords associated with the program. Millbrook started the process of preparing for the program during the 2014-15 school year, with an application process that involved two site visits, an intense program review and training for teachers and administrators.

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