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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

Town adopts 2019 budget

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MILLBROOK — The town of Washington closed its public hearing on the 2019 municipal budget on Thursday, Nov. 15, and it passed unanimously.
 Town Supervisor Gary Ciferri addressed the 2019 budget in a newsletter to residents. In it, he reported that the Town Board had voted to override the tax cap due to several budget increases required before looking at local operations. Therefore, the allowable tax cap levy is $2,329,235 while the actual tax levy is $2,576,647, a difference of $247,412. The tax cap for 2019 is $43,990.

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MEF grant gives students access to MakerSpace

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MILLBROOK— It is not unusual to see students playing with robots in the Millbrook Middle School library. They also play with LEGOs and Cubelets. It all looks like fun, and of course it is, but it also encompasses several levels of very serious education.
The Millbrook Education Foundation (MEF) made a $6,000 donation to bring the MakerSpace initiative to the school, and from all accounts, students and teachers love it.

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Glamour and glitz at Ladies Night Out

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MILLBROOK — It may have been a cold and rainy night, but on Friday, Nov. 9, it was warm and bright at Village Hall.  Ladies Night Out, an event sponsored by the Town of Washington Recreation Department, was planned for area women to gather and browse.
That evening, one could acquire new nails, enjoy an ionic foot detox or discuss skin care with Sarah Gonzales, a representative of Arbonne skincare and cosmetics, for $10. 

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Election: Two Democrats join Village Board

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MILLBROOK — Two seats on the Village Board were won, by the two Democratic candidates who ran, Kevin McGrane and Tim Collopy. Though not deemed “official” by the Dutchess County Board of Elections yet, McGrane and Collopy plan to join fellow Democrat Mike Herzog on the board along with Mayor Rod Brown and Trustee Joe Rochfort, both Republicans. Brian Hicks,  current Republican trustee, did not seek reelection.

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Community honors Millbrook veterans

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MILLBROOK —  Sunday, Nov. 11, was sunny and dry, but cold. The flags placed all around the village of Millbrook waved gently, colors bright against the blue sky. A crowd of between 40 and 50 stood quietly as Gary Ciferri, town of Washington supervisor, led the ceremony. It was organized as it is each year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 9008.
At the Veterans Green in front of the Millbrook firehouse, Ciferri  opened with remarks reminding the crowd of what America owes to those who served, some who never returned home.

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Remembering the Seawolves on Veterans Day

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MILLBROOK— More than 50 years have passed since the conflict in Vietnam. Yet for some, it could have been yesterday, so vivid are their memories, both painful and exciting at the same time. Some veterans talk about their experiences in Vietnam, though there are many who choose not to.

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Democrats win Millbrook Village Board seats

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MILLBROOK—The two vacancies on the Village Board of Trustees were won by the two Democratic candidates, who now join fellow Democrat Mike Herzog on the Village Board. Brian Hicks, current Republican trustee, did not seek reelection.

The total count according to the Dutchess County Board of Elections puts Democrats Tim Collopy at 312 votes and Kevin McGrane at 304 votes.

Incumbent Kyle Van De Water, a Republican, garnered 289 votes and fellow Republican Katherine Manzi-Doro received a total of 278 votes. There were also two write-ins.

Village discusses maps, water tower painting

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MILLBROOK — A study of village maps was among the topics discussed at the regular Village Board meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Mayor Rodney Brown opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m.

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Meet Dutchess County’s Founding Father, Melancton Smith

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MILLBROOK— If the name Melancton Smith doesn’t ring a bell, it’s not surprising, according to a presentation by Robert McHugh at the Millbrook Historical Society. But Smith played a very important role in early Dutchess County’s political history.

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Cary unveils renovations

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MILLBROOK — The Cary  Institute of Ecosystem Studies’ conference room has a new look. Completely renovated space that used to be basement storage has been reborn. The Cary unveiled the space on Friday, Nov. 2, with a private reception. The Cary Institute of Ecosystems is located on Route 44 in Millbrook.

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