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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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Step to it

MILLERTON — Dancers gathered at Eddie Collins Field on Saturday, Aug. 13, for a free Zumba class. The dance lesson was held as part of the Events Under the Stars series that offers free family-friendly events during the summer to the public. Other activities include free movie nights, bounce houses and laser tag.

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North East hears from public on grant ideas

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NORTH EAST — The Town Board held the requisite public hearing on ideas for its 2012 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application on Thursday, Aug. 11. A few ideas were put forth from the audience; two applicants were actually seeking different grants.
The hearing is part of the “normal process” required by the county, according to town Supervisor Dave Sherman; the town must consider all suggestions before making its final decision.

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Scout master prepares to put down her compass

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MILLERTON — After nearly a decade of guiding Boy Scout Troop 29 of Millerton, Amenia and Wassaic through all kinds of adventures and life lessons, Scout Master Martha Schultz is preparing to retire from her volunteer post.
“I’m slowly fading out,” she said last week, adding that after her son, Andrew, reached Eagle Scout status a few weeks earlier, her primary reason for remaining has similarly faded away. “But it’s hard to let someone else take over. I’ve been involved in scouting since my son was a first-grader. It’s been 11 years; he’s an Eagle Scout now.

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Driving range keeps on truckin’

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MILLERTON — The Millerton Driving Range on Route 44 was set to close before James Hosier decided to rescue it and take responsibility for its upkeep.
Hosier began renting the property and business on July 1 from the owner, Robert B. Trotta, who found it difficult to maintain the property since moving to Florida.
Trotta had planned on closing the driving range and letting the grass grow wild before he entered talks with Hosier.

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Community joins veterans for Wounded Warriors trip

On Friday, July 29, community members joined the American Legion Post 178 for a trip to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. Click here for full story. Below are some stories of those who made the trip.
MILLERTON —The volunteers of Operation Thank You Wounded Warrior II ran the gamut, from young children to active seniors, men and women, girls and boys who all took time out of their lives to make the trip.

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Doing the two-step

MILLERTON — The Millerton Fire Company held its annual block dance and barbecue on Saturday, July 30. The event is the single biggest fundraiser for the department and brings in roughly half of its yearly funds, according to Mariley Najdek, who helped the fire company organize the event. The money raised will help the company buy safety equipment, a truck for brush fires and other items it needs. “I think it’s a wonderful family event,” said Najdek.

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Supermarket applicant talks shop

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NORTH EAST — The North East Planning Board welcomed back Southern Realty & Development, LLC, to its table on Wednesday, July 27; SRD is the applicant behind the as-of-yet unnamed supermarket proposed for the Boulevard District off Route 44, near the Connecticut border.
Developer John Joseph is, for all intents and purposes, Southern Realty & Development, LLC, (SRD) which he’s confirmed to the Planning Board at past meetings.

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Cleopatra’s Eye in the Sky

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MILLERTON — When you travel down a rural road lined with trees and shrubs, admiring the pastoral views of farm fields stretching off for miles in the distance, you don’t expect to find an art happening worthy of (and in fact imported from) New York City at the end of that road.
But that’s exactly what was in store for the approximately 150 people who attended the July 30-31 installation of the summer-long Re Institute art happenings on the farm of sculptor/curator Henry Klimowicz and his physician wife, Kristie Schmidt.

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Starry-eyed for Star Wars

Six-year-old Kai Brant was one of the first ones to complete his Yoda toy. The NorthEast Millerton Library hosted a Star Wars party as one of its events to promote the summer reading program. Attendants feasted on “Jabba Juice” and “Light Saber” pretzels while building Star Wars spaceships, Yoda dolls and Star Wars magnets.

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Coming together for a good cause

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MILLERTON — Lynne Dagata and her daughter, Samantha Grist, enjoyed a meal during their fundraiser event for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
“My mom worked hard to pull this together,” said Grist. “Hopefully we raise a lot for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  It’s a great cause.”
“I know it’s not easy to raise money in this economy, but people like to have a good time,” said Dagata.

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