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MILLBROOK—The two vacancies on the Village Board of Trustees were won by the two Democratic candidates, who now join fellow Democrat Mike Herzog on the Village Board. Brian Hicks, current Republican trustee, did not seek reelection.

The total count according to the Dutchess County Board of Elections puts Democrats Tim Collopy at 312 votes and Kevin McGrane at 304 votes.

Incumbent Kyle Van De Water, a Republican, garnered 289 votes and fellow Republican Katherine Manzi-Doro received a total of 278 votes. There were also two write-ins.

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An artist remembered

Tisa Della-Volpe stood amid paintings done by her late father, local artist Ralph Della-Volpe, now on exhibit at the Millbrook Library. A reception on Saturday, Oct. 20, brought many admirers of Della-Volpe to view this mini retrospective honoring his memory. A prolific painter whose later works were full of bursts of form and color, these and other works are available for sale. For more information, inquire at the library or email tisa@udel.edu.

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County leaders work to improve Millbrook’s tourism trade

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MILLBROOK— Mary Kay Vrbe, president and CEO of Dutchess Tourism, met with area business leaders and government officials to discuss tourism in the town of Washington and village of Millbrook. Eion Wafter, commissioner of Dutchess County Planning and Development, accompanied her. About 25 people were present.

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D.C. trip for eighth grade OK’d, appointments and salaries set

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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Central School District Board of Education (BOE) met on Thursday, Oct. 11. The first part of the meeting began at 7 p.m. and was a 2017-18 Audit Committee meeting. The regular board meeting began at 8 p.m. A motion was made to allow Superintendent of Schools Philip D’Angelo to sign a contract with the Anderson Center for Autism, with the district setting the terms and conditions for providing counseling services for one student. The resolution was adopted.   

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Community Development Block Grant, EMS discussed by board

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MILLBROOK — The Thursday, Oct. 11, Town Board meeting  began with town Supervisor Gary Ciferri reading from a letter that came from Green Briar Adult Home, thanking the town for helping to  get the county bus to stop in front of the home.
Ciferri also reported that Skip Ciferri was very pleased with the event held in his honor for volunteerism, which 180 people attended on Oct. 6.

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Trees for Trib project garners school district special honor

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WASHINGTON —  The Millbrook High School Environmental Club received a certificate from the Wappinger Creek Watershed Council and from Cornell Extension Environmental Education in appreciation of trees that were planted on the hill below the middle school in May, 2015.
Mike Herzog, council chair of the Wappinger Creek project, and Sean Carroll, from Cornell Cooperative Extension, were the presenters at a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 12, held in the middle school library.

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Candidates to debate for Millbrook village trustee seats

MILLBROOK — Although there are four candidates vying for two seats on the Millbrook Village Board, as of presstime only two, Republican Kyle Van De Water and Democrat Tim Collopy, have said they will debate on Monday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. The debate will be held at the Village Hall, 35 Merritt Ave., Millbrook.
Both candidates in the debate have served, or are serving, as trustee, a position that has a two-year term. Collopy has previously served as a trustee. Van De Water is currently on the Village Board.

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BOE gets update on mold problems and talks about bus sign

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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Central School District Board of Education met on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. 
School Superintendent Philip D’Angelo gave an update on the mold situation at the two grade schools. Alden Place Elementary School students have returned to their school after the retesting and remediation were completed and approved. 

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All creatures, big and small, get blessed

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MILLBROOK— The Blessing of the Animals is a tradition that occurs around the world. On Sunday, Oct. 7, it occurred in Millbrook, at Trevor Zoo, and for some smaller, domesticated animals, it also took place at Grace Episcopal Church.

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Volunteer Skip Ciferri honored for his good deeds

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MILLBROOK— Roughly 180 people gathered at the Millbrook Golf and Tennis Club on Saturday, Oct. 6, to honor Skip Ciferri, who was named 2018 Volunteer of the Year by the town of Washington.
The title is new, but the good works Ciferri has done go back a lifetime. He has spent his life doing whatever he can to make Millbrook a better place to live. That he loves his community, and the people in it, is an understatement, and those who came to honor him were effusive in their praise of him.

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The rise and fall of Dutchess County railroads

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MILLBROOK— From small agrarian communities to bustling hubs of commerce, much of Dutchess County development coming into the 20th Century was due to the advent of the railroad.
The year 2019 will mark the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the railroad into Millbrook, and the Millbrook Historical Society took note of this with the topic of its first fall meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20, by inviting three gentlemen from the Hopewell Junction Restoration program to speak.

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