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The Millerton News Editorial

Revisiting free and reduced-price lunches

We addressed the issue of free and reduced-price meals for area students in the July 7 issue of The Millerton News, in a front-page article about the North East Community Center’s (NECC) summer Lunch Box program and in an editorial on the same subject. Those pieces inspired a conversation between this newspaper and Pine Plains Central School District Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler; we found that the subject merits further discussion. 

Fire district disclosed too little, too late

The Pine Plains Fire District wants the public’s approval to finance a $400,000 bond in order to build a new firehouse across the street from its existing firehouse. And due to the lack of publicity on the matter, some people who are just learning about this now have less than one week to decide how they’re going to vote. That is, of course, if they’re going to vote.

The Harlem Valley: a great place for literature

The Harlem Valley has many advantages: its beauty, its history, its people. As of late there’s also been a focus on the region’s writing talent — with everything from the popular Millbrook Literary Festival, held this past weekend, to the Young Writers’ Contest in Pine Plains (winners were just announced and will be published in The Millerton News) and the Every Hero Has a Story writing contest through the NorthEast-Millerton Library.

Go green, plant a tree

Many of us take things for granted: our friends and family, our health, our homes, our jobs — even the food we eat each and every day. Break it down further and many humans are often thankless for the daily gifts from the earth itself: the lapis-blue sky, the blazing, golden sun and the emerald green trees. We need, it seems, a moment now and then to put things into perspective — time to appreciate the beauty and purpose of what surrounds us — a chance to soak it all in.

Amenia library — onward and upward

The Amenia Free Library has something extremely valuable in its tool box right now ­— momentum — and it is smartly taking full advantage of that momentum — moving full steam ahead with the many fresh ideas born out of a number of focus groups that met during the summer.

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Road crews are vital in stormy weather

The entire region was hit with one of the worst snowstorms to visit Northeasterners in a long time last weekend, and boy was it a doozy! While the deep drifts of white stuff had most homeowners staying safe and snug indoors, eventually they had to venture outside to shovel their cars free, snowblow their driveways and rake off their rooftops. The real mess, however, was left to be dealt with by highway crews responsible for ensuring roads were safe for those who needed to get from point A to point B.

School safety a priority

The North East (Webutuck) Central School District held a safety meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Parents, teachers, staff and administrators gathered to discuss what needs to be done to make Webutuck schools as safe and secure as possible. The district should be lauded for taking a proactive approach and those who attended should be praised for taking the time to prioritize students’ safety above all else.

Pine Plains is managing library issue by the book

The town of Pine Plains is dealing with a very difficult issue — it’s on the precipice of losing a nearly brand-new library building created specifically to house the Pine Plains Free Library and community center. That’s because the entity that financed its construction defaulted on its loan. That entity, the Foundation for the Pine Plains Library and Community Center, started out with a bang, raising $1.1 million for construction costs (which totaled a reported $2.2 million).

Block grant funding scarce in the Harlem Valley

Shame on Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro for leading on municipalities throughout the county ­— declaring each and every one of them would be recipients of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding and then not following through on his promise.