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MILLBROOK — It may have been a cold and rainy night, but on Friday, Nov. 9, it was warm and bright at Village Hall.  Ladies Night Out, an event sponsored by the Town of Washington Recreation Department, was planned for area women to gather and browse.

That evening, one could acquire new nails, enjoy an ionic foot detox or discuss skin care with Sarah Gonzales, a representative of Arbonne skincare and cosmetics, for $10. 

Kim Moffitt, for a fee of $15, provided ColorStreet Nails, 100 percent nail polish strips that are easy to apply and last about two weeks...

Millbrook

Village Board discusses parking, garbage

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MILLBROOK — The Village Board met on Tuesday, Feb. 27.
Mayor Rodney Brown opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m., and got on with administrative business, which included the acceptance of the minutes of the last meeting and naming The Millerton News, although a weekly newspaper, one of the official newspapers. 
Present were board members Mike Herzog, Brian Hicks, Kyle Van De Water; Deputy Mayor Joe Rochfort was not present. Village Clerk Sarah Witt was also present.
Matt Anderson was appointed to, and sworn in as, a new Planning Board member.

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Dutchess Day School expands its preschool program

MILLBROOK — Starting this  September, the Dutchess Day School (DDS) Lillian Goldman Preschool program will be five days a week — for both 3- and 4-year-olds, with the option of either full or half day. This expansion means that 3-year-old students at the school will benefit from the continuity of a five-day program. 
The preschool’s curriculum focuses on the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of preschool children.

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Historical talk focuses on veterans

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MILLBROOK — The February meeting of the Millbrook Historical Society began with opening statements and announcements by President Dianne McNeil. She shared a first look at an ornament that will be used in fundraising for the Thorne Building. The ornament is round with a depiction of the Thorne Memorial Building by Sally Gifford O’Brien on one side and a short history of the edifice on the other. It will sell for $15 when it becomes available.

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Students exhibit at Kent Art Association

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MILLBROOK — One strong aspect of Millbrook schools is its art program — especially in the high school. Teachers Jillian Barnes, who teaches graphic design, and Michelle Cring, who  teaches studio art, are proud of their students and their work. They both make the extra effort to share their students’ work with the community.

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Millbrook High School addresses mass shootings at assembly

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MILLBROOK — On Wednesday, Feb. 21, Dover and Beacon schools received threats of violence. On Thursday, Feb. 22, a school in Poughkeepsie was also  threatened. With the recent mass killings at a high school in Parkland, Fla., zero tolerance for violence policies are more important than ever.

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Village Board Better water filtration needed

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MILLBROOK — Mayor Rod Brown opened the Village Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. and got straight to appointments. Trustee Joe Rochfort was sworn in as deputy mayor, having been absent at the reorganization meeting. Mark Vila was sworn in for the Zoning Board of Appeals. Also sworn in to the Planning Board was Kay Vanderlyn.
The Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) contract was signed, which will raise for incentive credits for those who volunteer with the fire department. The issue was voted on during November’s election.

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Millbrook Schools: Emergency plans, officers ready

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MILLBROOK— In the wake of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla., schools around the nation are assessing their safety procedures. And while the Marjorie Stoneham Douglas High School had drills to prepare for such an emergency, reality proves that districts can only prepare so much.
So, what can be done to keep children and schools safe? The Millerton News took a look at the Millbrook Central School District to get an idea of how area schools are dealing with the growing risk of school violence. 

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Board of Ed meets, discusses capital improvements

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MILLBROOK— Board of Education (BOE) President John Rudy welcomed the public to the BOE meeting on Monday, Jan. 22, which quickly got underway.
The 2017-18 Health Services Contract with the Hyde Park Central School District was approved, as was the Millbrook Central School District Health Services Contract for 2017-18.
Letters of resignations were accepted for Bridget Kelly, a mathematics teacher with 16 years of service, and Dennis Hain, who spent 22 years as  guidance counselor. Both are retiring.

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Roadside mystery

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This sign post has been standing for a long time along Route 44, at the Shunpike intersection by the Lithgow Cottage Farm. The Millbrook Historical Society would like to learn about its history, when it was erected and by whom. It can be seen on the left side of Route 44 going west. Anyone with information about the sign is asked to contact reporter Judith O’Hara Balfe at judithb@millertonnews.com, who will then forward the information to volunteers at the Millbrook Historical Society.

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