Hansell prepares to leave NECC and an area she loves

Jenny Hansell brought North East Community Center (NECC) in Millerton out of a period of uncertainty to provide significant programs. Photo by Anne Day

SHARON — Seventeen years ago, when Jenny Hansell stepped in as its new executive director, the North East Community Center (NECC)  in Millerton wasn’t much to look at.

NECC had been started in 1988 as a place where essential services could be provided to residents of this rural corner of Dutchess County. There was a Care Car, to help transport the elderly to doctors’ appointments. At one point there had been informational sessions offered at the center about addiction and alcoholism; there were programs for teens and children.

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