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MILLERTON — Lovers of the written word are in for a treat as treasures and unique experiences await them at Oblong Books and Music in Millerton and Rhinebeck, and at Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook, when they celebrate the Fifth Annual Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 27.  

The booksellers will be joining those at 500 other stores across the country, bringing a focus to the ways in which the shops contribute to the community.  

Suzanna Hermans, co-owner of Oblong said, “A bookstore brings something special to every community it is...

Millerton

Harlem Valley Rail Trail extension project breaks ground

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MILLERTON — Not even an April shower could dampen high spirits as residents, local leaders, county representatives and Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association (HVRTA) members  kicked off construction of the fourth phase of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail (HVRT) extension project with a ceremonial groundbreaking on Friday, April 12.

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North East Highway Garage update: Town Board to legally circumvent Planning Board review

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NORTH EAST — The Town Board met on Thursday, April 11, at which time it discussed the joint highway garage facility proposed for Route 22, north of the village. The town of North East has taken the lead on the project, working with the village of Millerton.
The town bought the 3.7 acre site next to Charlie’s Repair Shop through back taxes last year, for $6,687.12. The project will include a storage building, a fuel depot, a sand and salt shed and a garage and administrative building. 

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Regional approach taken to discuss housing issues

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MILLERTON — In partnering with Hudson River Housing, Inc., the North East Community Center (NECC) in Millerton called attention to the connections between housing and the local economy by organizing a Community Conversation on Friday, April 12.

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Comprehensive Plan draft seeks public comment

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MILLERTON — Nearing the end of an extensive planning process, the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee took its time in reviewing the third draft of the plan as well as its appendices at a workshop meeting on Tuesday, March 26.

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Main Street sidewalks to get $150,000 facelift thanks to block grant

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MILLERTON — The village of Millerton was recently named one of four Dutchess County municipalities to receive funding from this year’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

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Merwin Farm and Home delivers on charm

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MILLERTON — Residents looking to bring a little extra charm into their homes can visit Merwin Farm and Home to browse a selection of new, antique and locally-made items and take part in one of many Do It Yourself (DIY) workshops.

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Meeting dates set for 2019-20 budget process

MILLERTON — The Village Board utilized part of its meeting on Monday, March 25, to reviewing the budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year, marking the calendar with dates.
The board went over the budget line-by-line to determine what could be trimmed while making sure it has the funds necessary for running the village. In order to stay below the allowed tax cap of 2 percent, the board had to reduce the budget’s contingency line from $12,000 to $5,235. 

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Volunteers needed to spruce up Rail Trail

MILLERTON -— Spending a sunny day walking or bicycling on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail can be a great way to pass the time, but sometimes Mother Nature needs a little hand for the adventure to go well. 
Fortunately, a number of good Samaritans — more of whom will be needed on April 13 — have already begun the work that will ensure the experience is the best that it can be. 

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Eco Challenge eco events

MILLERTON — Townscape is offering an Eco Challenge through Friday, April 12. Pick up a tabulation booklet at any Main Street merchant or log onto www.millertonecochallenge.com. The login code is “ecosite.” Keep a daily record of plastic use. Check a box under each heading for each item used.
Turn in the results at the free movie, “The Human Element,” at The Moviehouse on Sunday, April 14, at 11 a.m., or at any Main Street store.
Total results to be published on Earth Day, April 22, at the website mentioned above.

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Full STEAM ahead

The STEAM Club took off at the NorthEast-Millerton Library on Friday, March 29, as teacher Lynn Buckley taught five young readers about the science behind flying with Simple Planes. After learning more about how things fly and Newton’s Laws of Motion, they crafted different types of airplanes out of paper and paperclips before testing which ones would fly the farthest, longest and most precise distance.

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