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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.

Fresh and welcoming, with a bit of nostalgia, Samantha’s Sweet Shoppe brings back memories of childhood, something owner Samantha Martin had in mind when creating her new business. From her birthplace of Hong Kong, to the village of Millbrook, there are many years and stories in...

Millbrook

When EMS volunteers are down, do taxes go up?

MILLBROOK — Emotional, sometimes contentious, the meeting held at the Millbrook firehouse on Monday, April 7, was a long time coming — the wide array of questions, answers and raw emotions was not unexpected. In fact, for more than a year, it has come up at numerous Town and Village Board meetings. The question to be answered: Do town of Washington and Millbrook residents need 24/7 paid ambulance service? Roughly 60 people attended.

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Town receives $100,000 grant for town park

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WASHINGTON — It’s the kind of money that will make a real difference to patrons of the town park. A Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) was announced by County Executive Marcus Molinaro on Thursday, April 4; $100,000 was awarded to the town of Washington (TOW), to make Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements at the Town Park on Route 44.
CDBG awards are granted for economic development, housing rehabilitation, public facilities and large-scale physical development projects.

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Village gets new truck, continues work on budget

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MILLBROOK — The Tuesday, March 12, meeting of the Village Board began with the approval of vouchers, as is the board’s practice.
Next was a report from the Building Department.
Bob Collocola, public works superintendent, showed photos of the new dump truck the village purchased. No longer green, this truck is white and stainless steel. A Ford, Collacola expects this truck to outlast the older models by several years.

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Friends, food, fun and golf at Millbrook Library

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MILLBROOK — For two days last weekend, the Millbrook Library became more than a place to read, borrow books and tapes and meet with friends. On Friday, April 5, from 6 to 10 p.m., between 100 and 120 adults laughed, ate, played mini-golf, and helped raise funds for the library. On Saturday, April 6, the scene was repeated, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this time for families and children.

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Margaret Park Haas up for 2019 Moth Poetry Prize: Poet of distinction at Millbrook School

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MILLBROOK — With a wide smile, Margaret Park Haas looks like a student — fresh-faced and friendly. But Maggie, as she prefers to be called, has the soul of an artist, and because of that, she has been short-listed as one of the contenders for the 2019 Moth Poetry Prize, worth 10,000 pounds. That’s roughly $13,014 in U.S. dollars. This prestigious prize is sought by poets from around the world, and it’s quite a feat that Park Haas is among the four finalists. She submitted the single poem, “Sestina.”

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BOE elections on the horizon, three seats open

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MILLBROOK — Three seats are open for the Millbrook Central School District Board of Education (BOE). All petitions must be in by April 22, at 5 p.m. The new term starts on July 1, 2019 and expires on June 30, 2022. For more information, go to the www.millbrookcsd.org.

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Millbrook Middle School named a School to Watch

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MILLBROOK — Superintendent of Schools Philip D’Angelo of the Millbrook Central School District announced on Wednesday, Feb. 27, that the Millbrook Middle School received designation as a 2019 Essential Elements School to Watch. The designation was made by the New York State Education Department, the New York State Middle School Association and the entire Essential Elements Schools to Watch Leadership Team. All involved congratulated to Steven Cabello, principal of the middle school. 

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Fiddling around

Irish fiddler Dylan Foley performed with his father, Tom Foley, presenting a belated St. Patrick’s Day concert at the Millbrook Library on Saturday, March 23. Dylan is a four-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion who has performed at Lincoln Center, the Austin Celtic Festival, has been on Irish television and has fiddled across the states as well as in Ireland and Vietnam. He won his first Irish championship at age 12. Now 32, he teaches, performs, produces albums and loves performing with his dad, who sings and plays guitar.

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23rd Annual Agriculture Breakfast celebrates all things ag

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MILLBROOK — The 23rd Annual National Agricultural Day Breakfast was held on Tuesday, March 19, at the Farm and Home Center at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County in Millbrook. As always, there was a full house; more than 130 people attended. 
Aside from the delicious breakfast that was served, farmers and others interested in agriculture got to chat, culminating with the Tractor Awards.

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Remembering Eleanor Roosevelt, and her connection to Millbrook

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MILLBROOK — Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd president of the United States, left her mark on the world, and on the Hudson Valley.
 During Roosevelt’s tenure, from 1933 until his death in 1945, he dealt with the Depression, World War II and instituted programs such as the WPA and the New Deal. But unlike most first ladies, both before and after, his wife had many important projects of her own. She was a proponent of women’s rights, racial equality, education, civil liberties and basic human rights.

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