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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

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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Changing of the guard at Town Board

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NORTH EAST — The Town Board met for a regular business meeting for the last time under the leadership of former town Supervisor Dave Sherman on Thursday, Dec. 8 (it held subsequent special meetings after that date). As of Jan. 1, John Merwin took over as town supervisor. During the Dec. 8 business meeting, the board took care of various municipal matters.
From the assessor’s office

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Car downs telephone pole

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MILLERTON — A Route 22 telephone pole was smashed into three large pieces on Thursday, Dec. 22, after it was hit by a driver who allegedly fell asleep at the wheel, said a Dutchess County Sheriff Deputy on the scene who declined to give his name because he was not authorized to speak with the press.
An off-duty Central Hudson worker happened to drive by the scene shortly after the accident occurred. He called in the accident to his company, which quickly delivered a new telephone pole to be installed.

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American Legion Post 178’s year in review

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MILLERTON — Millerton American Legion Post 178 ended 2011 with a holiday party on Saturday, Dec. 17. The party was one way for the legion members to celebrate their achievements from throughout the year with the community.
“It’s a veterans party. It’s a friendship party. It’s all of those things. It’s an appreciation party,” said American Legion Auxiliary President Charlene Mayville, explaining that it thanks everyone for what they have done during the year. “It just brings everyone together for the holidays.”

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Millerton Citizens of the Year

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MILLERTON — During its annual holiday party, the Millerton Lions Club declared two Citizens of the Year: Bill Lutz and outgoing town Supervisor Dave Sherman.
“Each year with our Citizen of the Year award, we attempt to identify one or more people who have demonstrated a special commitment to our community,” said Lions President Todd Clinton. “Some volunteers involve themselves in many projects. Others may focus on one area of interest. Each form of service provides vital benefits to our town. This year, the Board of Directors has chosen to commend two such people.”

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Puppies Behind Bars: A soldier’s best friend

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MILLERTON — American Legion Auxiliary Unit 178 in Millerton is raising money to sponsor a service dog for a war veteran. The organization they’re working with, Puppies Behind Bars (PBB), was founded by a resident of the Northwest Corner: Gloria Gilbert Stoga.

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Pick a number, any number

The NorthEast-Millerton Library’s annual raffle drawing took place Saturday, Dec. 17. The winning names were drawn by Destiny, Mathias and PiaBelen Hernandez. This year’s winners were: for the first-place prize of $300, Andrea MacArthur, of Millerton; for the second-place prize of $200, Sue Oaksford, of Millerton; and for the third-place prize of $100, Ruth Wright, also of Millerton. The library thanked participants as well as Salisbury Bank and Trust Company for sponsoring the raffle and Moore & More Printing for other assistance.

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K-9 drug search in school finds nothingK-9 drug search in school finds nothing

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WEBUTUCK — The New York State Police K-9 unit was brought into the Webutuck High School and Eugene Brooks Intermediate School on Thursday, Dec. 15, to conduct a search of the school grounds, particularly the hallway lockers, the bathrooms and the locker rooms.
“This was part of our ongoing endeavor to maintain student health and safety,” Superintendent of Schools James Gratto said.
Gratto explained in an interview that three dogs and four officers arrived at the school at approximately 10 a.m. and conducted a 45-minute search.

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Faulty repair blamed for flooded middle school wing

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WEBUTUCK — A recurring leak of the water main on the Webutuck campus flooded one wing of the Eugene Brooks Intermediate School on Monday, Dec. 12.
Director of Facilities Mark Lounsbury called the situation a “perfect storm” because the leak happened to occur at the same time as a clog of the sump pump that normally drains any overflow.

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