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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. 

Kim Moffitt, for a fee of $15, provided ColorStreet Nails, 100 percent nail polish strips that are easy to apply and last about two weeks...

Millbrook

Village Board talks budget, passes resolution concerning Delaware Engineering and water control

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MILLBROOK — The Village Board met on Tuesday, April 10. Mayor Rodney Brown went through the tentative budget. 
Under revenues, real property taxes of $920,000 are expected. In 2017, the amount collected was $905,000. 
Expected revenue from county sales tax is $38,000; collected in 2017 was $29,506. 
The proposed fire contract remains at $425,580. 
The rental of Village Hall rose to $10,000, up from $7,000 in 2017. 
The rental of the water tower rose to $48,000, up from $43,695.

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Hitting the high notes

At the March meeting of the Millbrook Central School District Board of Education, music teachers attended with sixth-grade students who participated in the Elementary All-County Chorus Festival, which was sponsored by the  Dutchess County Music Educators’ Association and which took place on March 8 and 9. Here the girls are flanked by, far left, Alexis Bresnahan, and, far right, Christina Tucci. It was agreed the girls “sang like angels” before the board. 

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Millbrook, Tree City or trash city?

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MILLBROOK — During the Feb. 27 meeting of the Village Board, Buffy Arborgast, owner of Babette’s Kitchen in Millbrook, brought up the problem of village trash. It’s not the first time it was mentioned, and it won’t be the last. 
Arborgast came armed with photos. The mayor, Rodney Brown, agreed that the problem is severe and must be dealt with. Millbrook, long known as a Tree City, USA, might in the future be known as trash city if something isn’t done.

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Uncle Al’s now dressing up Franklin Avenue

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MILLBROOK — Upon entering Uncle Al’s Thrift Shop at its new location at 3275 Franklin Ave., one is struck by the light and airy space. Having huge windows in two of their showrooms certainly helps the ambiance. 
Uncle Al’s recently moved from its former location of 18 years on Front Street. The new shop is cheerful, artfully arranged and has bargains galore.
Uncle Al’s has been around since the mid-1970s; this is actually its fourth location.

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Village Board meets, discusses budget, parking issues

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MILLBROOK — The Village Board met on Tuesday, March 27. Deputy Mayor Joe Rochfort was not present.
The resignation of Heather LaVarnway from the Planning Board was accepted; she will remain on the Signs Committee.
Mayor Rodney Brown discussed the upcoming budget, explaining that there are needs and wants: the needs must be addressed, the “wants” may have to wait for a more lucrative period. 

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Third-graders recreate Ellis Island

MILLBROOK — Dutchess Day School third-grade teacher Lisa Stewart was reading a book about Ellis Island with a group of her students one day as part of their study of immigration and American history. Soon, the students had devised a plan to create Ellis Island right in their classroom and invite the second- and fourth-graders to participate in the re-enactment as hopeful immigrants. 

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A psychedelic trip back to Millbrook

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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Historical Society and New York State Historian Devin Lander shared tales of what looks like a peaceful country estate now but was once the site of groundbreaking experiments in the use of psychedelic drugs.

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When Millbrook went psychedelic

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MILLBROOK — At the junction of Route 44 and Franklin Avenue, there is a wonderful  stone edifice — a gatehouse that inspires the imagination. 
On Thursday, March 15, the Millbrook Historical Society and New York State Historian, Devin Lander, shared some of the secrets beyond the door. Of course, the period discussed was decades ago, but many of the 106 people who attended the March meeting remembered those times, or knew of people who did.

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High art

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A sweet Easter

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