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MILLBROOK — Sunday, Sept. 8, was Grandparents Day, and The Fountains at Millbrook held a celebration with all things fall, such as pumpkin doughnuts, hot and cold apple cider and music. 

Thomas Hooker Hanford played the harmonica and guitar, singing songs most of the residents knew, from as far back as 1926 and through the ‘60s. There were many singing along, tapping feet and clapping hands. 

The grandchildren of residents were invited, and among those who accepted the invitation was Leah Colby, 12, granddaughter of Bill Smith, a resident of The...

Millbrook

Strange weather

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MILLBROOK — Hurricane Irene caused havoc in New York state in August and an unexpected early snowstorm caused record-breaking power outages in October. It’s hard to ignore the strange and extreme weather occurring around the region. Although the snow from the October storm has melted and December is upon us, autumn leaves remain on many trees.

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Family University engages both students and parents

Schools provide outlet to address student issues
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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Central School District is striving to make the educational process a family affair through programs such as Family University, which allows students and their parents to learn together at school.
On Thursday, Nov. 3, the district held its second session of Family University at the high school. Students and parents engaged in workshops that covered a variety of topics facing students and their families.

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Lions serve soup to community

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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Lions Club annual Soup Sunday allowed participants to get a taste of local restaurants on Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Lyall Federated Church.
The Lions Club has hosted the event for more than 10 years. Some restaurants donate the same soup every year, while others try to supply what’s needed. This year, soups were donated from Auriela’s, Babette’s Kitchen, Cafe Les Baux, Charlotte’s, Coaches’, Copperfield’s, Fireside, La Puerta Azul, Marcello’s, Millbrook Cafe, Millbrook Deli, Millbrook Diner, Slammin’ Salmon, Stagecoach Market and Marona’s Market.

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Silent auction to support local farms

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MILLBROOK — Tropical Storm Irene caused havoc throughout Dutchess County in August, and although the storm has passed, the damage has left local farms in trouble.
Andy Syzmanowicz, owner of Sol Flower Farm in Ancramdale, has been a vendor at the Millbrook Farmers Market for three years. His two-acre farm borders the Roe Jan River; it, too, flooded during the storm. Syzmanowicz said that he lost a total of $12,000 worth of crops planted near the river from the flooding.

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Breaking bread at Millbrook Middle School

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MILLBROOK — Home education isn’t completely lost thanks to businesses like the King Arthur Flour Co. Millbrook Middle School students learned the craft of baking bread on Wednesday, Nov. 9. At the high school auditorium 200 sixth- and seventh- graders gathered for a demonstration on how to bake bread from scratch as a part of King Arthur Flour Co.’s Life Skills Bread Baking Program.

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Rotary welcomes new members

MILLBROOK — Millbrook Rotary inducted five new members at a special evening meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15, bringing the number of Millbrook Rotarians to 37.
Current Rotary District Governor Tansukh Dorawala put Rotary pins on the new members — Brian Fried, John Genn, Robert Gunther, Sean Jones and Juan Rodriguez.
In the tradition of Rotary, the new members represent diverse professions in the community.

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Creative teens design for fashion show

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MILLBROOK — Millbrook teens got a chance to show off their flare for fashion at the Third Annual Teen Alternative Fashion Show, hosted at the Millbrook Free Library on Nov. 10.
The library’s Great Hall was transformed into a runway with a red carpet, curtains, lights and seating for guests. Teens turned models strutted down the runway with skirts made of old neckties, an evening dress from pleated newspapers and a ball gown of black garbage bags.

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The Fountains hosts flea market

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MILLBROOK — The Fountains retirement community in Millbrook held its annual Giant Flea Market on Saturday, Nov. 5, with residents selling a wide variety of items in the auditorium.
“There are residents that sell things they might have made, or miscellaneous housewares or clothing,” said Deb Slocum, executive director. “We have a resident that keeps a clothing emporium all year long. Her racks are stuffed full of clothes, which is good for anyone who likes vintage clothing.

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Bennett College update

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MILLBROOK — The Village Board continues to handle business involving the former Bennett College site, which has long caused consternation to the village of Millbrook.

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Two new policies for fire department

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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Fire Department is working to put forth two new policies that will directly affect its members. Chief Ted Bownas from the Millbrook Fire Department presented his ideas at the Tuesday, Oct. 26, Village Board meeting.
The first is for a social media policy and the second is for a medical leave policy. Mayor Laura Hurley said that she had forwarded both policies to Village Attorney Rebecca Valk to review.

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