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MILLERTON — Troopers from the New York State Police were ready to investigate the concerns of village residents following a rumored sighting of Harry Chandler Jr., an inmate from the Berkshire Medical Center, last Wednesday, July 10.

According to a report published by The Berkshire Eagle, Chandler escaped custody from the Berkshire Medical Center on Monday, July 8. In addition to reportedly having a violent criminal history and a black belt in judo, he faced recent charges related to multiple counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, drug possession, breaking and...

Millerton

Fundraiser comes up aces

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MILLERTON — More than $5,400 was raised on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the poker and pasta fundraiser held for Millerton resident Mike LaRosa. LaRosa has fallen on hard times recently, after losing feeling and mobility in his legs following a recent surgery; he now relies on a wheelchair.

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Dial-A-Ride is just a phone call away

MILLERTON — A new Dial-A-Ride service was launched this week to serve six towns in northern and eastern Dutchess County that have been largely without public transportation for several years.
The joint Northeast Dutchess Transit bus is being sponsored by the North East Community Center (NECC) in Millerton in collaboration with Dutchess County Division of Mass Transit LOOP service and the town of North East.  

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Post Office lobby open 24/7

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MILLERTON — Residents of the town of North East are among the fortunate few living in the Harlem Valley with access to their post office boxes 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The expanded hours were implemented a number of months ago, but postal workers continue to spread the word to their customers. There still remains a sign on the counter informing those who do business in the rural post office of the around-the-clock lobby hours.

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Farmers struggle in downward economy, but to what extent?

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NORTH EAST — “You used to be able to sell land for whatever you wanted. Now you can’t give it away.”
So said Chip Barrett, owner of the of the 75-acre Driftways Farm in the town  of North East and member of the town’s Planning Board.
Barrett cited a recent land auction held by fellow farmer John Perotti, of Lone Pine Farm, located in Millerton (in the town of North East), who offered his 314.8 acres of farmland to a tepid crowd with lackluster results — he sold nothing.

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North East organizes for the new year

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NORTH EAST — “It’s been many years since there’s been this much of a changeover [on the Town Board], and you have our commitment we will do the utmost to make sure everything is done the way it should be,” newly elected town Supervisor John Merwin told those crowded into the Town Hall for the Town Board’s inaugural meeting on Monday, Jan. 2.

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Library director marks one-year anniversary

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MILLERTON — December marked the one-year anniversary of Rhiannon Leo joining the NorthEast-Millerton Library staff as the library director. During that year, Leo has helped institute several new changes to the library.
Besides aesthetic changes — the library interior has received a fresh coat of golden paint and new carpeting — Leo and her team of volunteers have been rearranging the shelves to make room for all of the new books that have been added to the library’s stock.

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Spinning a good yarn

Members of the NorthEast-Millerton Library’s knitting group meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. to share knitting patterns and ideas in a social setting. Above, Mary Howard said the group is a great place not only to learn to knit but also to share special knitting ideas. Some of the group’s members have been knitting for more than 60 years, and many are willing to teach and share basic supplies with beginners. For more information, call the library at 518-789-3340. Registration is not required.

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Poker and pasta fundraiser planned to help Millerton resident

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MILLERTON — Nothing speaks so highly of a fellow than when he inspires others to rally around him when times are tough. Such is the case with Mike LaRosa, a Millerton resident who has fallen on difficult times following a surgery that left him with an infection that eventually affected his nerves, leaving him wheelchair bound, unable to feel or move his legs.
“Nobody knows what’s going on,” said LaRosa about his medical condition. “It’s a little scary.”

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Construction site

Sixty children signed up to decorate gingerbread houses at the North East Community Center on Thursday, Dec. 22, during a gingerbread house decorating workshop. The children used candies of every shape, size, color and texture to create the tasty holiday treats. Samuel Marcus dove into the endless sugary supplies while he decorated his gingerbread house.

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Design questions for Southern Realty Development’s proposed supermarket

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NORTH EAST — The Planning Board meeting of Wednesday, Nov. 30, dealt with two supermarket applications — one for the still unidentified supermarket behind Thompson Plaza on Route 44 and one for Freshtown, which is hoping to take over the Grand Union in the Millerton Square plaza, also on Route 44.

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