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MILLERTON — New York State Senator Sue Serino recently partnered with the Millerton Police Department to host a free “Shed the Meds” event on Saturday, May 20. It took a proactive approach aimed at combating the heroin epidemic by getting unused prescription drugs off the streets.

Serino, a member of the Senate’s Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, said the goal was to help ward off the heroin epidemic that’s ravaged the nation. 

Throughout the morning, members of the community were able to drop off their unused or expired...

Millerton

Rudd Pond weed control: Broken harvester leaves town searching for solutions

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NORTH EAST — It might sound strange to think of a weed harvester as an important piece of municipal equipment, but now that the town’s access to such a machine is gone, the weed harvester is sorely missed. 
The machine, meant to cut down overgrown and unsightly weeds at the Taconic State Park’s Rudd Pond in Millerton, has been key to keeping the waters clean. But the harvester, which was on loan from New York state, is now broken.

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Millerton Police to hold drug and medication drop-off

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MILLERTON — The Millerton Police Department invites residents from around the region to drop off unused or expired medication on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. until noon. The event, dubbed Shed the Meds, is being sponsored by state Sen. Sue Serino (R-41).
According to Police Chief David Rudin, Serino approached the department with the idea, and has been promoting it throughout the county.

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Village budget OK’d

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MILLERTON — To kick off the month of May, the adopted general fund and water fund budgets for 2017–18 were announced online at the village of Millerton website, www.villageofmillerton.net.
Both budgets were approved by the Village Board on Thursday, April 27, and posted online under the Village Clerk tab, on Tuesday, May 2.
Under the general fund budget, the grand total for 2017–18 revenues is $255,164.96, a $62,723.96 difference from last year’s grand revenue total. 

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Historical lecture features the ‘remarkable Winchells’

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Millerton — A significant piece of the village’s history was recently unveiled to the public following a presentation by the North East Historical Society on Sunday, May 7.

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Millbrook intern Shannon Bohlin joins The Millerton News

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MILLERTON — With the season of spring promising new beginnings, Shannon Bohlin, 17, made her debut with The Millerton News on Thursday, April 27.
Originally from Dover, Bohlin arrived in Millbrook three years ago and is currently enrolled in her senior year at Millbrook High School. With the end of the school year in sight, her days have grown busier between her studies and preparing for what lies ahead after graduation.

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Sam Kaplan, mourned by those who knew him

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MILLERTON — Sanford “Sam” Kaplan, or Suitcase Sam as he was called in later years, was one of the village’s true characters. Known as much for his high-spirited antics as for his long and dedicated service to both the town and the village, Kaplan was a man who answered to no one. Except, perhaps, his wife of 30 years, Linda. 
Kaplan passed away on Wednesday, April 26, at the age of 84. 
Linda remembered how they both grew up in Millerton, though separated in age by about a decade.

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Eddie Collins Memorial Park arch cleaned up for Arbor Day

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MILLERTON— As the village’s baseball teams celebrated Opening Day victories at the park’s pavilion, four Townscape members gathered at the entranceway of Eddie Collins Memorial Park on Saturday, April 29, to marvel at how the park’s arch had been tidied up for the holiday.
In observance of Arbor Day, Townscape members cleaned up the area around the arch, removing extraneous materials and bringing in mulch chips to promote growth in the area. 

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Opening Day unites Millerton

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MILLERTON — With bumblebees buzzing through the air and the sun shining down on the bleachers, residents of Millerton couldn’t have asked for better weather on Opening Day on Saturday, April 29.
Inspired in part by the Amenia Opening Day that was hosted one week earlier, on April 22, North East Baseball Program Director Amber Jordan said she had spoken to Amenia Baseball Director Christine Ford beforehand to get ideas for Millerton’s big day.

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Arbor Day celebration sets its sights on Eddie Collins Memorial Park April 29

MILLERTON — The community betterment group, Townscape, will hold an event on Saturday, April 29, at 11:30 a.m., at the arch at Eddie Collins Memorial Park to celebrate Arbor Day.  
Since its inception in the late 1880s, Arbor Day has been an occasion for the public to stop and reflect on the important of trees to the environment.  Historically, the day has been celebrated with the planting of trees in public spaces.  

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Taylor Oil wants oil tanks on Route 22

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NORTH EAST — The Dutchess County Diesels site on Route 22, just north of the main intersection in the village of Millerton, was recently bought by Taylor Oil. Taylor, which is headquartered about 30 minutes south in the town of Dover, wants to construct a 1,000-gallon gasoline storage tank, in addition to two 30,000-gallon propane storage tanks and four 10,000-gallon storage tanks for kerosene, home heating fuel, on-road diesel and off-road diesel on the property. 

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