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The Millerton News Editorial

A park paradise

Having a recreational field, and better yet a whole park, is a boon for any community. Right here in Millerton, there’s Eddie Collins Memorial Park — the best recreational resource and attraction for miles around.

But it could be better. And that’s exactly why the Millerton Recreation Committee’s Stephen Waite and Jeanne Vanecko are hoping it can be redone — turned into a gem of a park for all to use and enjoy. The pair appeared before the North East Town Board at its regular meeting on Thursday, May 9.

Housing, a timely topic

Housing, especially affordable housing, presents a real need in our region. To bridge the gap between what’s appropriate and what’s available, the North East Community Center (NECC) and Hudson River Housing, Inc., have been working together, first with a Community Conversation a couple of weeks ago, and now, with a follow up meeting of their Regional Leadership Team. The goal: to advance housing solutions in northeastern Dutchess County.

Resource officer linked to school budget adoption

The Harlem Valley is in the throes of budget season. Not for towns, but for school districts. Last week, most local districts in these parts adopted their budgets. That means they were adopted by their Boards of Education (BOE). This includes the North East (Webutuck) Central School District, the Pine Plains Central School District and the Millbrook Central School District. 

When a community pulls together to help

Losing a home, or in this case a farm, to fire can be devastating. The Miller family of Ancramdale, who lost two of their Millerhurst Farm dairy barns and 46 of their dairy cows last October, can well attest to that. But the electrical fire sparked more than actual flames — it ignited a community determined to support one of its own. And that is exactly what’s been done, as the Miller family started rebuilding last week.

Talk is good as Millbrook looks for EMS solutions

Ever an issue in the Hudson Valley, and really, in small communities around the country, providing Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is getting harder and harder.

The building blocks to better communities

All hail Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). They are a lifeline for local municipalities needing money to fund important projects ranging from infrastructure improvements to updating Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance to creating affordable housing. Throughout the state — and right here in the Harlem Valley — block grant dollars have helped improve living conditions for those who need it most.

In the most recent round of grant awards, sidewalk improvements and ADA improvements were the focus. 

The plastic conundrum

Living in this area — in the inarguably lovely Harlem Valley — it’s hard not to be an environmentalist of sorts. Even if not hard-core, most people around here appreciate the scenic beauty and natural resources found in our rural towns and villages. 

Rail Trail extension puts area on path to perfection

At long last, shovel has hit dirt and work on the northward extension of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail has begun. There was much celebration as news spread that the county has started clearing the old railroad path for the construction of the 8.2-mile extension from the center of Millerton to Under Mountain Road in Ancram.

Gun control: Another look

It’s an old argument — one that is deeply divided down party lines: gun control. Should there be stricter regulations when  it comes to purchasing a gun? And, if so, what should those regulations entail? Rarely have the two sides come together in consensus when debating this issue.