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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

NECC’s Teen Team stars hit the big screen

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MILLERTON — It was lights, camera and action for members of the North East Community Center’s (NECC) Teen Team as their short film, “Times Three,” premiered at the Four Brothers Drive In Theater on Tuesday, July 2.
For the last three years, NECC has offered its Teen Team an opportunity to produce its own short film and learn the steps involved in creating a professional film.

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Proud to be an American

Local veterans took part in the annual flag raising at McEnroe Organic Farm on Thursday, July 4. Below, from left, are Bob Clinch, Erik Breen, Robert Jenks, Robert Bagomolny, Roger Carol, Brian Coons, Richard Ireland, Dr. Julien Strauss, Joe Schmidt, John Ryan and Sean Klay. Additionally, three local 4-H’ers: Emma Jenks, Kelsey Jenks and Sarah Eckler, read the Declaration of Independence to the 63 members of the community who participated in the event. McEnroe Organic Farm provided a complimentary breakfast following the event for all who participated.

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Village Board reviews letters for community services

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MILLERTON — The Village Board started the month of June reviewing letters exchanged among the village of Millerton and state and county organizations to discuss the possibility of bringing beneficial services into the village at its meeting on Monday, June 3.

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Draft Comprehensive Plan update submitted to village and town

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NORTH EAST — After dedicating more than two years to assessing the area’s needs, gathering public feedback and revising its goals for the community, on Thursday, June 27, the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee took the next step toward getting the Town of North East/Village of Millerton Comprehensive Plan of 2019 adopted during a brief meeting on Thursday, June 27.

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Strumming and singing

MILLERTON — With a microphone in hand, musician Otis Sedgwick, 20, brought music to Millerton with an outdoor performance at Veterans Park on Friday, June 28. Originally from Brooklyn, Sedgwick said he’s always considered Millerton a second home, given his memories with his loved ones at some of the village landmarks. A singer and songwriter since the age of 5, he started performing in Millerton at age 18 and has been well-received by the village ever since.

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Millerton Square plaza faces future changes with more vacancies

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MILLERTON — Once a bustling business plaza, Millerton Square has faced a number of changes during the past year as businesses bade farewell to their customers and closed their doors for good. Between Riley’s Furniture & Flooring closing up shop last December after 60 years of business to Millerton Fresh Market’s unexpected closure last month, there’s been talk among residents about the future of the plaza and which businesses might occupy the vacant spaces down the road.
Millerton Fresh Market

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Lookout for those crazy red stripes: Children are asking: Where’s Waldo?

MILLERTON — A friendly little fellow named Waldo will be popping up all over Millerton throughout July thanks to everyone at  Oblong Books and Music. Best of all, he’ll be bringing books and other prizes for many of the area children who are lucky enough to spot him.  
Anyone who has played “Where’s Waldo” knows that half the fun of the game is looking at all the  interesting people and activities that are going on around the elusive brunette with black spectacles and a  red and white striped hat and shirt. 

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Saving lives, drop by drop

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MILLERTON — Area residents who wanted to make a difference donated blood at the NorthEast-Millerton Library’s first blood drive on Thursday, June 20. With nurses and personnel from the American Red Cross overseeing donation stations, the blood drive was held between 3 and 7 p.m. in the Library Annex. 
“I like giving blood,” said Taconic resident Stephen Klein. “My daughter just had a blood transfusion and I felt like giving.”
— Kaitlin Lyle

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Sheep, dogs and a farm

MILLERTON — Caora Farm had the ideal weekend to host the annual Sheep Dog Trials on Saturday, June 22, through Sunday, June 23. Apart from the barks of dogs and the bleats of sheep, the Millerton farm was peaceful and picturesque with a good crowd of people from across the country — and their dogs — in attendance. 
On command, the dogs dashed up the hill and trailed the flock of sheep they had to direct down the hill, listening to the high-pitched whistle that told them when they were off their mark.
— Kaitlin Lyle

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Presbyterian Church now has Saturday services

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.

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