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MILLERTON — In keeping up with a well-received Earth Day tradition, Townscape of Millerton and North East sponsored a free screening of the documentary, “The Human Element,” at The Moviehouse in collaboration with Millerton’s Climate Smart Communities Initiative on Sunday, April 14.

With doors opening at 10:30 a.m., a modest gathering of local residents assembled in one of the theaters on the second floor for the 11 a.m. screening. 

As the documentary opened with images of forest fires, melting glaciers and the recent hurricanes that upended...

Millerton

Dealing with the debris

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NORTH EAST — In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, Jim Horton and Shawn Morrison of the North East Highway Department spent several days repairing damage caused by the storm. “We had a few washouts here and there, but as far as I’m concerned, we got really lucky,” said Morrison. “I personally thought when the storm was coming that we’d be working for weeks.” They cleared drainage ditches and also repaired washouts, filled holes with gravel and removed brush to make the roads passable. Some of the other roads attended to were Ridgecrest Lane, Briarwood Lane and Mill Road.

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Preparing students for the workforce

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HARLEM VALLEY — This summer, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families’ (TANF) Summer Youth Employment Program, which was coordinated by the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board, had 68 young people successfully complete the program.
The young people, who ranged in age from 14 to 20, had the opportunity to engage in learning activities, which included a four-day training session, to help them be successful in their summer employment and prepare for future permanent employment.

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Rebuilding Together seeks homeowners in need

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DUTCHESS COUNTY — It’s not easy getting older or having a disability, especially for those who need to make repairs to their properties but just can’t seem to manage the work on their own. It’s even tougher when working with a tight, or nonexistent, budget.

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Property revaluation impacts taxpayers and school district

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NORTH EAST — Earlier this year, the town of North East conducted a revaluation of property in the town. New information shows that the revaluation has had significant negative impact on taxes and the Webutuck School District.
The new assessment of property values in North East has shifted the distribution of the tax burden among the towns served by the Webutuck School District. With the new assessment, the tax levy for North East will increase by $301,580.69.

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Millerton talks sidewalks for grant application

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MILLERTON — The village recently held a public hearing to discuss application ideas for the 2012 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), which is awarded based upon a priority list determined by the county.
Despite holding the hearing, the Village Board already had a fairly good idea about what it thought the grant money should go toward, if awarded. The application subject — sidewalks — is not a new one for Millerton.

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Supermarket site plan review continues

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NORTH EAST — John Joseph of Southern Realty & Development, LLC, the developer behind the supermarket proposal, appeared before the North East Planning Board on Wednesday, Aug. 24, to discuss his project’s progress.
He started with a question for the board, asking if it would like for the site plan to keep its lighting in line with the lighting that currently exists at Thompson Plaza. The as-of-yet-unnamed 36,000-square foot supermarket is to be built on a 10-acre lot behind Thompson Plaza, off Route 44 in the Boulevard District. The site is owned by Quinmill Properties.

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Candidates answer questions at the Legion

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MILLERTON — As elections draw nearer, towns and villages across the country are hosting town hall meetings to allow the public to connect with candidates and elected officials. These meetings give local citizens the opportunity to participate in political discussions and voice their opinions on hot topics.

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The repercussions of Town Board infighting

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NORTH EAST — Following the Wednesday, Aug. 17, Town Board meeting, Councilman Steve Merwin said he regretted things had gone so far, but added that he felt as if his back was put up against the wall.

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Fair brings an artsy flair to Millerton

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MILLERTON — The second annual Millerton Artisan Fair was held on the lawn of the Simmons’ Way Village Inn on Saturday, Aug. 20.
Twenty-four local artisans displayed their wares and talents for the hundreds of patrons who milled through the fair, enjoying a refreshing stretch of sunny summer weather.
“We’re so happy to have this weather,” said Pat Ackerman, who co-chairs the event with Kathy Shapiro. They both also participated in the fair as vendors.
Mary Ellen Durkin of Dover Plains, who happened upon the event by chance, said, “I’m enjoying the day. The art is fantastic.”

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Town Board does website search of its own

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NORTH EAST — The town of North East is on the cusp of the cutting edge, or at least entering the present technological age. So says the Town Board, which is preparing to hire a firm to design the municipality’s inaugural website. It’s already put the wheels in motion at past board meetings, sending out Request for Proposals (RFPs) for a website consultant.

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