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MILLERTON — With fresh local produce, artisan vendors and activities for children, the North East Community Center (NECC) has made every effort to enhance the experience of visiting the Millerton Farmers Market for area residents and visitors alike.

Sponsored by NECC and funded in part by Dutchess County, Green Mountain Energy and Hudson River Bank & Trust Company, the market strives to support and promote local agriculture and provide access to fresh locally grown produce. The late Karen Kisslinger, a community visionary, founded the market 13 years ago. Among its...

Millerton

A stitch in time ...

Knitters met at the NorthEast-Millerton Library on Saturday, March 12, to knit squares that will be sewn together to form a large blanket to adorn one of the library’s walls. About a dozen of the area’s craftiest gathered around a basket of brightly-colored yarn, some novices and some “old hands,” all young at heart. Sarah Bellora, the library’s youth services coordinator, said she hopes the project will soon be completed and on display.

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Sunoco’s GRJH continues at snail’s pace

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NORTH EAST — The Planning Board met Wednesday, March 23, after this paper’s deadline, at which meeting it had to make the decision whether it would revoke the conditional approval it had granted GRJH, Inc., for site plan approval of the Sunoco gas station and convenience store located on Route 44 just outside the village line. The decision was predicated on a history of missed deadlines by the applicant, represented by attorney Keith Nolan.

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Soup’s up!

WEBUTUCK—A group of mostly seventh- and eighth-grade students turned up at Webutuck’s culinary room for this year’s Empty Bowls fundraiser. Students made black bean chili and corn chowder to serve to teachers in handmade ceramic bowls, made either by the students themselves or local potters, including Diane Shapira, Regina McCoy and Gina Tauro. This was the fifth year the fundraiser was held. The event has raised a total of $5,000 for Doctors Without Borders during the past five years.

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On the fast road to success

MILLERTON — Millerton NAPA Auto and Truck Supply is known as a popular local business with excellent service; now there’s a plaque to attest to that. The store, run by new owner Mike Taylor, was awarded NAPA’s Five Star Excellence Award for 2010. Taylor said the award is given based on a combination of factors calculating the success of a NAPA store, including sales growth and employee training. “The award is really presented to you for being the best of the best of NAPA,” Taylor said.

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Fire at North East barn

NORTH EAST — A raging inferno was extinguished on Saturday, March 19, at a farm on Route 22 between McEnroe Organic Farm and Haight Road. Millerton Fire Company Chief Jason Watson said the fire started about 2:45 p.m. “The barn was fully involved by the time we got there,” he said, “and about three or four acres of field were on fire as well.” Brush trucks and tankers were brought in, and seven local fire departments (Millerton, Amenia, Wassaic, Sharon, Cornwall, Canaan and Lakeville all responded) were on the scene for about four hours.

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Millerton elections

Democrats not on ballot - GOP wins
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MILLERTON — Millerton Mayor John Scutieri and Trustees Jay Reynolds and Marty Markonic were all re-elected during Millerton’s village elections on Tuesday, March 15, in what looks on paper to be an apparent Republican landslide victory, without a single Democratic vote.
That’s because voters were only given one choice at the polls this year, stemming from “a screw up in filing,” according to the head of the Democratic Committee for the town of North East, which did not file its certificate of party nomination.

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Property reval public hearing in North East

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NORTH EAST — Property owners in the town of North East take heed — Monday, March 28, is the time to learn about the final stages of the current townwide property reassessment project. A public hearing will be held at the Millerton American Legion Hall Post 178.
The impetus
Town Assessor Katherine Johnson is planning the hearing to inform the public about the reassessment project, which began in 2007 after the town dissolved its agreement with former consultant John Watch of MJW Consultants.

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North East Planning Board member named

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NORTH EAST — In what has turned out to be a three-month saga filled with both drama and anticipation, a decision was finally rendered regarding the appointment of the seventh and final member of the North East Planning Board last Thursday, March 10.
With a vote of 4 to 1, the Town Board voted to appoint Millerton resident and businessman Chip Barrett to the Planning Board, thus ending the community-driven movement to have former Chairman Henry Klimowicz return to the board on which he spent the past decade volunteering.

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One lot’s backyard is another man’s lake

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NORTH EAST — Mike Lyman could do without all the ice and rain that’s been falling recently. For starters, his North Center Street home flooded last week, something he said had never happened no matter how rainy the weather.
The situation made him revise the above sentiment, to what he could really do without is not so much the rain, but rather the recent development of the property adjacent to his, which he blames for the change in topography that actually caused the flooding.

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Jim Campbell retires

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MILLERTON — The Campbell family name is well known in the Millerton business community.
John Campbell Sr. first opened an appliance store in town in 1930. It’s 2011 now, and Campbell & Keeler, as it became, has been running strong for more than 80 years. Only a handful of area businesses (Terni’s, Saperstein’s, Valentine’s Funeral Home and Duxbury & Hermans come to mind) can compete with that kind of longevity.

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