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MILLBROOK — Tucked away between Barbosa’s Restaurant and the parking lot on Merritt Avenue, at 149 Church St., one can now find Samantha’s Sweet Shoppe, offering dairy treats, candy and small stationery items. There are also options for those seeking non-dairy or vegan treats.

Fresh and welcoming, with a bit of nostalgia, Samantha’s Sweet Shoppe brings back memories of childhood, something owner Samantha Martin had in mind when creating her new business. From her birthplace of Hong Kong, to the village of Millbrook, there are many years and stories in...

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Remembering the Seawolves on Veterans Day

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MILLBROOK— More than 50 years have passed since the conflict in Vietnam. Yet for some, it could have been yesterday, so vivid are their memories, both painful and exciting at the same time. Some veterans talk about their experiences in Vietnam, though there are many who choose not to.

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Democrats win Millbrook Village Board seats

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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.

Village discusses maps, water tower painting

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MILLBROOK — A study of village maps was among the topics discussed at the regular Village Board meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Mayor Rodney Brown opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m.

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Meet Dutchess County’s Founding Father, Melancton Smith

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MILLBROOK— If the name Melancton Smith doesn’t ring a bell, it’s not surprising, according to a presentation by Robert McHugh at the Millbrook Historical Society. But Smith played a very important role in early Dutchess County’s political history.

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Cary unveils renovations

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MILLBROOK — The Cary  Institute of Ecosystem Studies’ conference room has a new look. Completely renovated space that used to be basement storage has been reborn. The Cary unveiled the space on Friday, Nov. 2, with a private reception. The Cary Institute of Ecosystems is located on Route 44 in Millbrook.

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BOE hears BOCES capital project presentation

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MILLBROOK — The Dutchess County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) gave a presentation before the Millbrook Central School District Board of Education (BOE) on the capital project up for vote on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Richard Hooley and Sherre Wesley discussed the benefits of the proposal, as well as financial considerations. BOCES is asking for $37 million. This is the first capital project proposed since the 1960s. A request for the funding was defeated in 2009 when BOCES asked for $29.7 million.

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Four candidates compete for two Village Board seats

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MILLBROOK — Four candidates are vying for two trustee positions on the Village Board, both with four-year terms.
Katherine Manzi-Doro, running on the Republican ticket, knows something about Millbrook politics. Her father, John Manzi, was the village mayor from 1969-1977. He also served as a trustee after his time as mayor was done.

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Interact blood drive Nov. 7

MILLBROOK —  Millbrook High School Interact is sponsoring a blood drive with the New York Blood Center in the high school gym on Wednesday, Nov. 7, between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Although geared toward students and faculty, the public is invited to donate blood as well.
All the blood will remain local (at Westchester Medical and Mid-Hudson Regional hospitals), unless there is a need elsewhere and there is a standing reserve. 
The blood drive goal is 30 pints, but students are hoping to double that at this year’s event. 

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CCEDC holds 105th annual meeting

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MILLBROOK — The Farm and Home Center was the site of the 105th annual meeting of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County.
Following a breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns and bagels, along with fresh fruit, fresh yogurt and assorted beverages, the meeting began on a high note. The meal was provided by Brennan’s Deli and Supermarket in Salt Point. Hudson Valley Fresh, Madava Farms-Crown Maple and Soukup Farms also made donations.

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Two debate for village trustee posts

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MILLBROOK — Eighteen residents attended Monday night’s debate between two candidates running for village trustee, held on Oct. 22, at Village Hall. In total, four candidates are vying for two open seats. They are Republican Kyle Van De Water, an incumbent, Democrat Tim Collopy — both of whom debated — and Republican Cathy Doro and Democrat Kevin McGrain— who opted not to debate.

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