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The Millerton News Editorial

A word to graduates

Graduation. It’s a rite of passage for our children — cementing their entrance into the adult world after years of schooling. It may mean additional years at school, it may mean a new life in the military or it may mean a real-life education in the work force.

Whatever post-graduation plans students have made, one thing is certain — they’re going to be exposed to a brave new world — and hopefully they’ve prepared with lessons learned from those around them.

‘No’ to Kent Hollow Mine appeal is a good decision

It’s been a long time coming. Finally, after years of applications, appeals, research and reviews, the Amenia zoning board has made a final ruling in the Kent Hollow Mine appeal. 

Denied. So stated the Amenia Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), which voted unanimously to deny the appeal of a zoning violation for being a nonconforming use.

Blatant bias from White House against homeless

Sometimes you hear something that is so distasteful, so blatantly unfair, that it stops you  cold in your tracks. 

News that President Trump supports a proposal from the Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that would allow the operators of federally funded homeless shelters to deny services to those they feel are unworthy is one such instance.

Are our hands tied?

Sometimes, much is said with few words. That’s because words, when chosen precisely and with great care, can communicate a whole lot. Such was the case when special counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller spoke on Wednesday, May 29, for roughly 10 minutes at the Justice Department.

Mueller spoke about his report — his testimony, as he put it — and threw the issue back to Congress.

Making the most of our natural assets

As residents of the Harlem Valley, we’re lucky. We live in an area that is, simply, beautiful. And because of that natural beauty, the tourism trade has flourished.

The importance of Memorial Day

In the next few days Americans are going to be asked to remember. They’re to remember the countless men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country while serving in the Armed Forces. The occasion? Memorial Day, which is being commemorated this year on Monday, May 27.

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.