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MILLERTON — The Millerton Business Alliance (MBA) met on Thursday, Feb. 7. Member Jeanne Vanecko suggested a “drawdown challenge” to raise awareness about what Millerton is doing daily to fight global warming and environmental degradation.

In line with the village and the town of North East becoming Climate Smart Communities, Vanecko, president of Townscape, proposed the idea of a 21-day drawdown project in the community to give residents an idea of how their small gestures might contribute to larger environmental goals. Most importantly, it would encourage people...

Millerton

Solar farm PILOT law takes flight

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NORTH EAST — It’s official. After months of discussion, the Town Board adopted a law allowing Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) to be made for solar farm applications. The public hearing on the issue closed last week, at the Thursday, Jan. 10, board meeting. It was brief.
According to town Supervisor George Kaye, few comments were voiced and some minor corrections were made to the law before the hearing closed. 

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More than just books at the NorthEast-Millerton Library

MILLERTON — The traditional image of a library is that of a somewhat musty room filled with shelf after shelf of often un-read tomes all kept in careful order by a steely faced woman with a steely toned bun with a strict shushing finger held against equally steely lips. 
But things have changed in the libraries of today, and nowhere is that change more evident than in the warm and welcoming Main Street building that is the NorthEast-Millerton Library. 

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New learning center planned for Rail Trail

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MILLERTON — While the project itself is still in its infancy, the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association (HVRTA) is optimistic about its decision to contract with Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) to develop an educational area for trail users and the greater community.

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The long road to recovery, from one who’s been there

MILLERTON — Walter “Eli” Brandt, sitting in the Irving Farm coffee shop on Monday morning, Jan. 13, said, “I’m not a writer.”
Nearby was a display highlighting his just-published book, “Travels and Times of a Drunk Named Eli.”
Brandt, by his own admission, is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. He’s been sober 28 years.
He is also a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, committed by his step-father.
Brandt said he started writing what became the book for his adult children.

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HVA helps add education aspects to Rail Trail

MILLERTON — The Cornwall-based Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) will work with the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association (HVRTA) to  develop an educational area for trail users and the community at large.
New York state just awarded a $98,000 matching grant to the Rail Trail Association to make some essential repairs. The wood deck on the bridge over the Webatuck Creek, for example, is rotting. HVRTA hopes to make the bridge safe to walk across.

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‘TOP COP’ Michael Veeder continues to patrol Millerton after receiving honor

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MILLERTON — The Dutchess County STOP-DWI Planning Board recognized Officer Michael Veeder from the Millerton Police Department as a “TOP COP” at the 24th Annual Dutchess County STOP-DWI Program’s Law Enforcement Awards Luncheon. The ceremony was held on Thursday, Nov. 15.

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Riley’s response

While Riley’s Furniture & Flooring closed its doors for business on Dec. 31, lights illuminated the store’s exterior as three firetrucks responded to a call on Monday, Jan. 7. The Millerton Fire Company received a call about smoke in the building at 5 p.m. and responded to the scene along with an ambulance from Northern Dutchess Paramedics. After exploring the building, firefighters found that the smoke was caused from a burned-out light ballast and handled the situation within 15 minutes.

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Town of North East prepares for 2019

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NORTH EAST— The North East Town Board set to work in accepting official appointments and stating its plans for 2019 at its annual organizational meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 2.
As he welcomed everyone to the meeting, North East town Supervisor George Kaye remarked, “We have a busy year ahead of us.”

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Tracking the history of the Millerton clock tower

MILLERTON — Sometimes the greatest Hidden Treasures go unnoticed even though they are in plain sight. That is the case with the symbol of the village of Millerton — the old clock tower atop the Main Street’s Moviehouse, known as Benedict Hall. 
Since its installation in 1903, the clock’s face told the passing moments of each day as its bell tolled the hours — reminding residents of tasks to be done, friends to be met and celebrations to be held. 

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Highway garage update: North East seeks engineering bids

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NORTH EAST— The Town Board spoke about the new highway garage proposal — and finding engineers to work on the project — at its most recent meeting, held on Thursday, Dec. 13, at Town Hall.
The town is in dire need of new facilities, as the current highway garage at 11 South Center St., Millerton, is in a state of disrepair. The walls are crumbling, the roof is leaking and the space is too small to accommodate all of the Highway Department’s expensive equipment.

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