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MILLBROOK — The Tuesday, Aug. 27, Village Board meeting was called to order by Mayor Rodney Brown at 6:30 p.m. 

Brown read a letter from teachers Alissa Kelly and Maxine McGowan of Elm Drive Elementary School, saying that the children in fourth and fifth grades are studying local government. In doing so, they talked about Millbrook, their favorite places and what they would like to see change.

Brown read aloud what the children sent and shared their artwork. Mentioned were the park, the library, the book store and Stewart’s Shops as popular hangouts....

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Music abounds at Lyall Church

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MILLBROOK — Music at Lyall welcomed the second concert of the season with Art Songs and Arias, featuring soprano Robin Clifford and mezzo soprano Rachel Weishoff. Accompanied by Christopher Cooley, pianist and composer, the performance  ran a little over an hour, and delighted the audience of about 35 with a selection of music that filled the church with music that sounded, appropriately, like heaven.  
The three musicians have worked together before, and it showed in their easy manner and strong performances. 

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Millbrook parishioners attend the Blessing of the Palms

MILLBROOK— The Annual Blessing of the Palms was held on Sunday, April 14, and once again the three churches of Millbrook participated: St. Joseph-Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with Monsignor Gerard Colacicco; Grace Episcopal Church with the Rev. Matthew Calkins; and Lyall Memorial Federated Church, led by the Rev. Thomas Fiet. They came together for prayers, blessings — and to the delight of the children, Bella — the little donkey from Two by Two Petting Zoo. She was there to lead worshipers down Franklin Avenue to their church of choice. 

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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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