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MILLERTON — By the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 12, the village of Millerton had been transformed into a walking, living art gallery where local residents and weekend visitors could view artwork on display throughout village streets and businesses as part of the sixth annual Fall for Art festival.

Sponsored and funded by the Millerton Business Alliance, the village-wide art festival ran from 1 to 6 p.m. and was open free of charge to all interested attendees. From paintings and photographs to jewelry, hand-painted signs and more, the festival featured an extensive menagerie of...

Millerton

Post Office lobby open 24/7

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MILLERTON — Residents of the town of North East are among the fortunate few living in the Harlem Valley with access to their post office boxes 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The expanded hours were implemented a number of months ago, but postal workers continue to spread the word to their customers. There still remains a sign on the counter informing those who do business in the rural post office of the around-the-clock lobby hours.

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Farmers struggle in downward economy, but to what extent?

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NORTH EAST — “You used to be able to sell land for whatever you wanted. Now you can’t give it away.”
So said Chip Barrett, owner of the of the 75-acre Driftways Farm in the town  of North East and member of the town’s Planning Board.
Barrett cited a recent land auction held by fellow farmer John Perotti, of Lone Pine Farm, located in Millerton (in the town of North East), who offered his 314.8 acres of farmland to a tepid crowd with lackluster results — he sold nothing.

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North East organizes for the new year

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NORTH EAST — “It’s been many years since there’s been this much of a changeover [on the Town Board], and you have our commitment we will do the utmost to make sure everything is done the way it should be,” newly elected town Supervisor John Merwin told those crowded into the Town Hall for the Town Board’s inaugural meeting on Monday, Jan. 2.

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Library director marks one-year anniversary

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MILLERTON — December marked the one-year anniversary of Rhiannon Leo joining the NorthEast-Millerton Library staff as the library director. During that year, Leo has helped institute several new changes to the library.
Besides aesthetic changes — the library interior has received a fresh coat of golden paint and new carpeting — Leo and her team of volunteers have been rearranging the shelves to make room for all of the new books that have been added to the library’s stock.

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Spinning a good yarn

Members of the NorthEast-Millerton Library’s knitting group meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. to share knitting patterns and ideas in a social setting. Above, Mary Howard said the group is a great place not only to learn to knit but also to share special knitting ideas. Some of the group’s members have been knitting for more than 60 years, and many are willing to teach and share basic supplies with beginners. For more information, call the library at 518-789-3340. Registration is not required.

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Poker and pasta fundraiser planned to help Millerton resident

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MILLERTON — Nothing speaks so highly of a fellow than when he inspires others to rally around him when times are tough. Such is the case with Mike LaRosa, a Millerton resident who has fallen on difficult times following a surgery that left him with an infection that eventually affected his nerves, leaving him wheelchair bound, unable to feel or move his legs.
“Nobody knows what’s going on,” said LaRosa about his medical condition. “It’s a little scary.”

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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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