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MILLERTON — The North East Community Center (NECC) was one of six recipients to be awarded funding recently through Dutchess County’s 2019 Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) program.

Totaling $150,000 this year, the CBDG program aspires to address critical public service needs throughout the county. The program’s grant awards also contribute to almost $1.5 million in funding awarded this year through the CBDG and HOME Investment Partnership programs to improve accessibility, address critical public service needs and expand affordable housing options.

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Millerton

Peony Vodka wins for flavor

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MILLERTON — Only a few weels ago, Three Meadows Spirits and its signature Peony Vodka were chosen by “The Fifty Best” as a gold medal winner in this year’s “Best Flavored Vodka” awards. “The Fifty Best” is self-described as an “unbiased guide to fine living for those with epicurean tastes.”
Three Meadows Spirits owner Leslie Farhangi submitted her product for the contest last summer. Intrigued by its focus on craft spirits, Farhangi thought it a worthwhile competition.

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Adopt-a-Family still needs help

MILLERTON— The Adopt-a-Family elves are working hard to be sure area children’s dreams come true on Christmas morning, but despite a generous response from the community, a number of the most requested items are in short supply.
Program organizer Stacey Moore said that so far 70 families with 200 children have been registered with “the phone ringing everyday” with additional requests. She noted that last year, they served 110 families and 300 children.

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Community-inspired reading

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MILLERTON— By launching its new Community Helper Story Hour program, the NorthEast-Millerton Library hopes to forge a greater connection between the local community and the families that live in the area.

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A lunch well earned

Webutuck High School Principal Katy McEnroe commended five students on Friday, Nov. 30, for achieving a spot on the Principal’s Honor Roll for the first marking period. The students stopped by McEnroe’s office for a celebratory pizza lunch. On Monday evening, Dec. 3, they were presented with certificates at the Webutuck Board of Education meeting. From left, Karen Zempoalteca, Hannah Lounsbury, McEnroe, Maria Baldelli, Disha Patel and Carrissa Whitehead.

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Volunteer and fundraising efforts going strong to provide holiday meals

Sunday in the Country Food Drive

MILLERTON— Months of effort by members of the Sunday in the Country Food Drive are paying off as the group is providing more than 1,100 turkeys to families whose holiday tables would otherwise be lacking.  
According to Bill Anstett who, along with his wife, Colleen McGhee, is now running the 26-year-old program, the group is continuing to work to fulfill the holiday requests of 11 food pantries throughout New York and Connecticut. 

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Meeting follow up: Comprehensive Plan clarifications

MILLERTON — In the Nov. 29 edition of The Millerton News, an article was published about a Comprehensive Plan Update Committee (CPUC) meeting that was held on Monday, Nov. 19. As the committee advances to the plan’s completion, there were a few points in the article that needed to be clarified.

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Village Board hears concerns about water system safety

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MILLERTON— The Village Board of Trustees turned its focus to a brief, but thoughtful presentation about the safety of the local water system at its meeting on Monday, Nov. 19.
The meeting was held at Village Hall with 10 community members and all of the trustees in attendance.
The village plans on installing an entirely new control panel  for the water system and distribution.

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Building bridges at the NorthEast-Millerton Library

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MILLERTON— After dedicating her career to enriching young minds at Webutuck Elementary School, retired educator Lynn Buckley has decided to channel her knowledge to volunteering at the NorthEast-Millerton Library.
Beginning last June, Buckley approached the library to see if it’d be possible to volunteer. She began reading to the local children on Mondays and Fridays, and the NorthEast-Millerton Library was ecstatic to have her continue her volunteer work when the summer ended.

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Stories shared at NorthEast-Millerton Library

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MILLERTON— No matter their age, community members have been re-exploring their favorite stories and sharing them with others this November as part of Picture Book Month at the NorthEast-Millerton Library.
Celebrated as an annual event at the library since 2016, the goal is to remind readers of all ages about the impact that print picture books have on children and their development. 

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Millerton welcomes the holidays with Parade of Lights

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MILLERTON — The Millerton Fire Department brought the holiday spirit into the village with its annual Parade of Lights on Friday, Nov. 23.
While the parade was scheduled to start at 6 p.m., the village streets were alive with people shopping and socializing. As they walked up and down the sidewalks, residents and tourists exchanged holiday greetings and looked for an ideal viewing position.
Whether they were visiting the area with their families, friends or by themselves, all were bundled up against the cold — armed with a sense of camaraderie.

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