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The Millerton News Editorial

Idea worth considering

The Millerton News Editorial

Sometimes someone gets an idea. A light bulb goes off. Oftentimes the idea needs time to mature, to grow, to sink in to another’s consciousness, if shared, and take root.
Such was not the case at the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) meeting last week. As the meeting was coming to an end, school board member Todd Bowen made a very serious suggestion that practically stunned his colleagues into silence. What followed was a confused conversation that concluded with one school board member storming out.

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Chamber’s trade fest is boon to the region

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It was brisk and sunny on Sunday, March 27, an ideal day for the 19th annual Tri-State Chamber Buy Local Festival, held once again at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, Conn. What a day it was — with high turnout and high energy to the end. It was the most successful trade show the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce has seen during its nearly two-decade run. Estimates put crowds at somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000, a new record for the event.

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Transparency and timeliness with budgets

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Budgeting is not easy. It’s not easy for children to save their pennies for comic books, teens to save their weekend pay for college, parents to save their paychecks for mortgages or our towns, villages, states or even our nation to save tax dollars for infrastructure, Social Security, defense, health care or education. Which brings us to our schools — they have to budget, too.

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Towns need firm plans for the next emergency

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There is little that tests our resiliency as fiercely as Mother Nature — in all her fury — raging as she did during the recent ice and rain storm that bombarded our region. Our towns and villages certainly suffered, but throughout the ordeal there were also bright spots — acts of kindness and dedication that offered us comfort and relief. We can all be thankful that our trials and tribulations pale in comparision to those living in Japan.

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It’s more than a start

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The hands that put the magic touch upon the once-decrepit Maxon Mills grain building and transformed it into Wassaic’s shining star have returned for a second act. That’s right, developers Tony Zunino and Richard Berry, collectively known as Zuberry, are back for what is actually their fifth property purchase in the tiny little hamlet of Wassaic — The Lantern Inn. (The other three properties are the Luther Auction Barn and two private residences.)

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Zoning regulations must be enforced

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A town or village planning board has no easy task when processinging an application. It has to review site plans, architectural renderings, maps, septic and water specifications, environmental forms, endless reports — the list could go on and on. Its members, mind you, volunteer to do such work. So when they are faced with applications that sluggishly follow along, it can, understandably, be frustrating.

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The highs (and lows)

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It’s good to know that our schools are doing their best to stay on the cutting edge, even if it means that sometimes we, as parents, relatives, employers — the community at large — may feel left out of the loop. Let’s hope that only serves as an impetus for us to take the time and energy to learn more about the ever-growing field of technology that surrounds us.

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