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MILLERTON — The key ingredient for any successful gathering is community support, and the American Legion Auxiliary was appreciative of the crowd  that came to the 15th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Daytona 500 Party on Sunday, Feb. 17.

The annual celebration was held at the American Legion Post 178 Hall. Recognized as the Auxiliary’s biggest annual fundraiser, this year’s cook-off welcomed nine slow cookers filled with chili. With flavors ranging from mild and medium to hot and blazin’, the thick scent of home-cooked chili enveloped the Hall. 

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Millerton

The ZBA needs volunteers

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NORTH EAST — The town’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is in desperate need of volunteers — it’s a plight the board’s chairman, Julie Schroeder, is sad to say she’s more than familiar with.
“Oh my gosh,” she said. “I couldn’t even count the number of times members [come and go].”
At this point in time, Schroeder is dealing with members going. She’s down one, with the exodus of former member Chip Barrett from the ZBA; he left to join the North East Planning Board last winter.

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Working together to meet deadlines

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MILLERTON — The Millerton News will be enforcing its deadlines more strictly from this point forward than it has in the past.
Press releases must be submitted no later than Friday, at 4 p.m., to appear in the following Thursday’s paper. Please note that even timely submissions are not guaranteed to be published, as available space is the deciding factor.

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Dutchess County executive race is on

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MILLERTON – The first of two candidates to address the public at a set of American Legion talks, was at Post 178 in Millerton on Monday night, Oct. 3. Dutchess County executive candidate Dan French introduced himself and his platform to an intimate group of local residents. His opponent, Marcus Molinaro, will do the same next week at the same location.

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Planning Board reviews multiple applications

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NORTH EAST — The Planning Board meeting held on Wednesday, Sept. 28, dealt with a number of applications that have been ongoing for months, years and decades.
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Village Herbalist is open

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MILLERTON — For years, friends and family have been turning to Terri Lundquist for herbal remedies for aches and illnesses, but with the new opening of TVH: The Village Herbalist, Lundquist will offer her talents and services to the entire community.
The Village Herbalist, located in downtown Millerton, is built around four pillars of service: an herbal apothecary, natural healing consultations, eco-living products and eco-chic fashion.

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Sweet strings

The Annex at the NorthEast-Millerton Library played host to its second NOW!Concert performance of the season on Saturday, Sept. 24. The concert featured the Promethius Ensemble, which played compositions written by local composer Cheng Chia “Tasia” Wu. This is the second year that the Annex has hosted the NOW!Concerts’ contemporary chamber music performances, much to the delight of the Harlem Valley community.

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NorthEast-Millerton library celebrates Banned Book Week

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MILLERTON — The NorthEast-Millerton Library is celebrating Banned Book Week; it began Saturday, Sept. 24, and will run until Saturday, Oct. 1.
Banned Book Week is an event celebrated by libraries and schools across the nation. According to the official website, the event “draw[s] attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books” and is a “celebration of the freedom to read.”

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Tourists get bird’s eye view of local farms and businesses

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MILLERTON — The sights and sounds of country life may be common to its residents, but to city folk it’s an entirely different universe — one they’re often curious enough about to visit.
That’s the premise of Dutchess County Tourism’s Farm Fresh Link program, which shuttles visitors from the Manhattan area (who take the train from Grand Central Station up to Wassaic) and brings them to stops throughout Dutchess County.

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Silent auction raises funds for local programs and nonprofits

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MILLERTON — The third annual Fall Harvest Silent Auction to benefit the Millerton Lions Club was held on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the American Legion Hall.
Attendants enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and desserts while bidding on roughly 140 items in the silent auction.
The proceeds from the auction will benefit several local projects run or supported by the Lions Club, including vision and hearing exams, the Adopt-A-Family program, the battered woman’s shelter and the local food pantry.

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New alpaca store sees stars in its future

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MILLERTON — A new store full of alpaca wool items has opened in downtown Millerton just in time for the cooler months.
Copper Star Alpaca is owned and operated by Joe and Barbara Crocco of Copper Star Alpaca Farm in Millerton.
“We’re thrilled to be in Millerton,” said Barbara of their new store. “I hope people come to check us out.”
The store features a wide selection of products made from alpaca wool, including sweaters, scarves, slippers, hats, coats and blankets. Raw alpaca wool from Copper Star Alpaca Farm is available too.

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