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MILLERTON — This past weekend, Friends of the Irondale Schoolhouse encouraged village residents and weekend visitors alike to learn about the area’s former indigenous tribes with the second year of Algonquian Days.

Located at the head of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail on Millerton’s Main Street, the Algonquian Days weekend ran from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, through Sunday, Sept. 18. In spite of the bustling activity taking place on the village streets, a calm presence was felt by schoolhouse visitors as they listened to the history lessons being...

Millerton

Reading right, at the library

With gray skies overhead, a handful of youngsters spent a cozy hour at the NorthEast-Millerton Library Tuesday morning, Aug. 29. After reading a few books of the children’s choice, Youth Service Coordinator Kristin McClune invited the children to take part in arts and crafts before enjoying a light snack. Max Ullman, 4, of Lakeville, Conn., spent an hour playing pretend in the children’s section of the library.

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NECC staff, After-School program find temporary new homes

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MILLERTON— After 12 years as tenants of the former Millerton Elementary School (MES) building, a few staff members from the North East Community Center (NECC) have found a temporary home in the former Coyote Point building, located at 56 Main Street.
Following the sale of the elementary school building, located on Route 22 south of the village center, earlier this year, NECC sought an alternate space to host staff and programs. The search presented a limited number of options, according to those participating in the hunt. 

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County seeks candidates for Rebuilding Day 2018

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MILLERTON— With the fall approaching, Rebuilding Together Dutchess County (RTDC) has already reached out to the village of Millerton and the town of North East to spread the news about its 2018 Rebuilding Day program.
Since its founding in 1992, back when it was called Christmas in April, the nonprofit housing organization has been dedicated to ensuring all residents a safe, dry, healthy place to live. The organization’s countless volunteers provide cost-free large-scale home repairs and accessibility projects for low-income homeowners.

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Bank donates to Rail Trail

Dick Hermans, president of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association, left, accepted a donation to the Rail Trail from Bianca Martin, assistant vice president and branch manager of Salisbury Bank and Trust Company’s Millerton Branch. Also receiving donations were area nonprofits Geer Village, in Canaan, Conn., and Southern Berkshire Elderly Transportation Corp., in Great Barrington, Mass.

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Bubbly …

On Tuesday, Aug. 22, the NorthEast-Millerton Library invited families and their little ones for bubble fun, and boy did they like it! Also that morning, children enjoyed Spray Chalk Splatter Painting. After mixing cornstarch, water and food coloring together to make a thin paint, the children practiced their tactile skills by splattering paint on a garden box behind the library.

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4-H Milk Bar is a cool stop at Columbia County Fair

CHATHAM — For those who find themselves thirsty and hungry while at the Columbia County Fair, which runs from Aug. 30 through Sept. 4, the 4-H Milk Bar is the perfect solution. Local ingredients are used — ice cream from Dutchess County’s Sinon Farms and Hudson Valley Fresh milk. Hot fudge sundaes are a specialty — prepared with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream and topped off with a cherry.

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Garage storage needed, badly

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NORTH EAST— The town needs a new highway garage — no one is disputing that. The current home to the town of North East Highway Department is at 11 South Center St. Its cracked concrete and leaky roof, its mold infestation and low ceilings are all part and parcel of why the Town Board has been working so hard to find a more suitable location.

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Area musicians perform to help church restoration efforts

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MILLERTON — Community members spent a cozy evening listening to Music for a Midsummer’s Evening at the Millerton United Methodist Church last Friday, Aug. 18.
Located at 6 Dutchess Ave. at Veterans’ Park in Millerton, the concert was organized on the second floor of the church for 7 p.m. Before making their way up the stairs to the event, attendees were invited to contribute to the ongoing restoration work on the church by making a suggested donation of $12 for adults and $5 for youth.

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Playground play time

In the latest “Sing, Play, Read” program, the NorthEast-Millerton Library invited local children to Eddie Collins Memorial Park for a field trip on Tuesday morning, Aug. 15. With cloudy skies overhead, a handful of children delighted in having the playground to themselves and came prepared for any rain showers ahead. Teddy Kneeland, 4, of Lakeville, Conn., attempted to climb back up the playground slide, much like his hero, Spider-Man, would do.

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How to age best in the Harlem Valley

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MILLERTON — Attendance may have been light at the Aging Successfully presentation on Thursday, Aug. 17, at the NorthEast-Millerton Library Annex, but that didn’t diminish the talk’s importance. 
Dutchess County Office for the Aging Outreach Coordinator Brian Jones spoke to the few audience members there about key strategies for growing old with grace and in good health. He told those there the talk was not just for seniors, but for their caretakers and “anyone who is aging” in Dutchess County — in other words, everyone.

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