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MILLERTON — The 2019 Town of North East/Village of Millerton Comprehensive Plan inched closer to its finalization as the Village Board and the Town Board hosted a joint public hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. to allow the public to raise any comments or concerns about the plan. A Comprehensive Plan lays out a framework for municipalities to lean on while planning for their communities for the next 10 to 15 years.

The joint Comprehensive Plan Update Committee submitted a final draft of the 2019 Comprehensive Plan to both boards at the end of June, allowing both boards...

Millerton

H&R Block relocates to John Street

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MILLERTON — After more than three decades behind the Brick Block Auto Parts building on Main Street, H&R Block has a new address: 1 John Street, Millerton.
It shares the building with the Cole Insurance Agency, and there is ample parking.
Linda Clarke is the franchise owner of the Millerton H&R Block; she’s been so for the past 12 years. In addition to Clarke there are two other employees working at the Millerton branch, including tax preparer Lorraine Williamson, who has been with Clarke for the past dozen years.

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Be mine, Valentine

Country Gardeners Florist of Millerton pulled out all the stops for Valentine’s Day. Above, Joanne Scasso, the shop’s owner, assembled a fragrant rose bouquet for the holiday. She said sales were brisk throughout the day with customers buying flowers for their sweethearts.

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North East expresses interest in possible MES property sale

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NORTH EAST — The future of the former Millerton Elementary School (MES) has frequently been discussed by the North East Town Board, as well as by the Millerton Village Board.
The North East (Webutuck) Central School District in 2009 closed the elementary school in a move toward consolidating its campus on Haight Road. Since then the district has been trying to figure out what to do with the old building.

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Students make a splash at beach party social

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WEBUTUCK — Fourth- and fifth-grade students at Eugene Brooks Intermediate School grabbed their surf boards and sunglasses for a beach-inspired party on Friday evening, Feb. 3.
The idea was the brainchild of teacher Mari-Ann Hoke, who organized the fete as a fundraiser for the Class of 2017, along with teacher Sue Pomeisl.
“We’re trying to bring some activity to the school, and thought something kooky in the doldrums of winter would be fun,” Hoke said. “We’re trying to bring in more activities. It gives the kids fun at school and outside of school, and it looks like it’s working.”

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Town to cover deductibles for some employees

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NORTH EAST — The issue of whether some town employees should pay a deductible on their health insurance was raised at the Thursday, Jan. 19, Town Board meeting.
Town Bookkeeper Lorna Sherman addressed the board about the subject.
“The highway crew and myself would like the board to reconsider charging us the deductibe on our insurance,” she said. “When we were first hired it was stated that the town would pay our deductible, and the [town] budget was based on it paying the full amount of the deductible.”

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Developer discusses supermarket details

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NORTH EAST — An audience brimming with anticipation crowded into the NorthEast-Millerton Library’s Annex building on Thursday, Feb. 2, for a presentation on the supermarket identified as Hannaford by almost everyone but the developer.
John Joseph of Southern Realty Development LLC (SRD) remained coy about the tenant planned for the 36,000-square-foot supermarket to be located behind Thompson Plaza on Route 44, home to the North East Athletic Club and Kids’ Time. Millerton Mayor John Scutieri, however, was not so measured with his words and boldly said the market would be a Hannaford.

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Democratic caucus puts forth candidates

MILLERTON — Incumbent Trustees Debbie Middlebrook and Yosh Schulman both received the Democratic nominations for the two upcoming positions on the Village Board at the Democratic caucus.
They are both currently completing two-year terms with the board and have decided to run again.
“Last time we were cross-endorsed by both parties. While that was an honor, it is nice that the Republicans have candidates this year. It gives the voters a choice, and that is really the heart of democracy,” Middlebrook said.

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Webutuck’s website may get an upgrade this year, pending BOE approval

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WEBUTUCK — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District may receive a new website by September if the Board of Education (BOE) approves the proposal at an upcoming meeting.
Technology Consultant Craig Trachtenberg presented an outline of the proposed new website at the board’s meeting on Monday, Jan. 23. The plan was endorsed by the district’s Technology Committee.

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A golden gift

Leah Cawley, 5, got into the spirit of giving during the holidays when she cut her hair and donated it to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that makes wigs for disadvantaged children who have lost their hair due to a long-term illness. Leah donated 10 inches of her hair in December. She first heard about Locks of Love through her mother and said she quickly fell in love with the idea. She said she wanted her hair to help other children. Leah plans to donate her hair again next year once she meets the minimum donation requirement. In the meantime, she said she enjoys having short hair.

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GOP nominates two candidates for Millerton Village Board elections

MILLERTON — Dave McGhee and John “Jack” Thomas won the Republican nominations for the two village trustee seats during the Republican caucus held on Thursday, Jan. 26, which was attended by six people.
McGhee is a former North East town councilman who recently lost his seat of roughly 12 years on the Town Board in the November elections, and Thomas is a previous village trustee who served from 2005 to 2009.
The positions up for election on the Village Board come spring are currently held by Trustees Debbie Middlebrook and Yosh Schulman, and are two-year terms.

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