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MILLERTON — With attendance dwindling as it is in so many churches, members of the Millerton Presbyterian Church have decided to open their minds and their doors to an alternative option by dropping Sunday worship and welcoming all in the community to Saturday 4 p.m. services and social hours.

Noting that village activity always seems to pick up with more residents and visitors on the streets that day as they head for dinner or a movie, Pastor Zora Ficarra-Cheatham hopes the afternoon schedule might be more welcoming to all who are invited — church members or not.

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Millerton

Dutchess County executive race is on

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MILLERTON – The first of two candidates to address the public at a set of American Legion talks, was at Post 178 in Millerton on Monday night, Oct. 3. Dutchess County executive candidate Dan French introduced himself and his platform to an intimate group of local residents. His opponent, Marcus Molinaro, will do the same next week at the same location.

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Planning Board reviews multiple applications

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NORTH EAST — The Planning Board meeting held on Wednesday, Sept. 28, dealt with a number of applications that have been ongoing for months, years and decades.
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Village Herbalist is open

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MILLERTON — For years, friends and family have been turning to Terri Lundquist for herbal remedies for aches and illnesses, but with the new opening of TVH: The Village Herbalist, Lundquist will offer her talents and services to the entire community.
The Village Herbalist, located in downtown Millerton, is built around four pillars of service: an herbal apothecary, natural healing consultations, eco-living products and eco-chic fashion.

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Sweet strings

The Annex at the NorthEast-Millerton Library played host to its second NOW!Concert performance of the season on Saturday, Sept. 24. The concert featured the Promethius Ensemble, which played compositions written by local composer Cheng Chia “Tasia” Wu. This is the second year that the Annex has hosted the NOW!Concerts’ contemporary chamber music performances, much to the delight of the Harlem Valley community.

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NorthEast-Millerton library celebrates Banned Book Week

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MILLERTON — The NorthEast-Millerton Library is celebrating Banned Book Week; it began Saturday, Sept. 24, and will run until Saturday, Oct. 1.
Banned Book Week is an event celebrated by libraries and schools across the nation. According to the official website, the event “draw[s] attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books” and is a “celebration of the freedom to read.”

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Tourists get bird’s eye view of local farms and businesses

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MILLERTON — The sights and sounds of country life may be common to its residents, but to city folk it’s an entirely different universe — one they’re often curious enough about to visit.
That’s the premise of Dutchess County Tourism’s Farm Fresh Link program, which shuttles visitors from the Manhattan area (who take the train from Grand Central Station up to Wassaic) and brings them to stops throughout Dutchess County.

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Silent auction raises funds for local programs and nonprofits

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MILLERTON — The third annual Fall Harvest Silent Auction to benefit the Millerton Lions Club was held on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the American Legion Hall.
Attendants enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and desserts while bidding on roughly 140 items in the silent auction.
The proceeds from the auction will benefit several local projects run or supported by the Lions Club, including vision and hearing exams, the Adopt-A-Family program, the battered woman’s shelter and the local food pantry.

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New alpaca store sees stars in its future

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MILLERTON — A new store full of alpaca wool items has opened in downtown Millerton just in time for the cooler months.
Copper Star Alpaca is owned and operated by Joe and Barbara Crocco of Copper Star Alpaca Farm in Millerton.
“We’re thrilled to be in Millerton,” said Barbara of their new store. “I hope people come to check us out.”
The store features a wide selection of products made from alpaca wool, including sweaters, scarves, slippers, hats, coats and blankets. Raw alpaca wool from Copper Star Alpaca Farm is available too.

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Millerton mourns Walter Davis, 96

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MILLERTON — He was a man respected by many, and beloved by more, and when Walter Davis passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the age of 96, a community often split apart by political conflict joined together to mourn.
In a singular show of dedication and discipline, the nonagenarian practiced law up until just a few months before his death, according to his law partner of 45 years, Robert Trotta, with whom he ran the law firm of Davis & Trotta.

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Tea, for many

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MILLERTON — For most residents of the Tri-state region, John Harney Sr. is a jovial presence, greeting old and new friends at LaBonne’s Market near his home in Salisbury, offering tea samples and making jokes at the Harney and Sons tea shop and restaurant in Millerton, always smiling, friendly, funny.
Many people still think of him as the innkeeper and bartender at Salisbury’s White Hart Inn, which he and his wife, Elyse (of Elyse Harney Real Estate), owned with a group of investors for more than two decades.

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