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MILLBROOK — A steady crowd of admirers filled the Gallery at Millbrook Library to meet artists Robert Parker and his son, Geoff. The exhibit includes many works of varied subjects, sizes and media. Two of the works sold almost as soon as the reception started; both artists are well known and widely admired.

Robert Parker was born in Virginia in 1927. He is still sprightly, has an excellent memory, and enjoys sharing stories with his fans. His art consists of paintings and prints, of animals, people and landscapes. His work as an illustrator of more than 90 children’s...

Millbrook

Millbrook, Tree City or trash city?

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MILLBROOK — During the Feb. 27 meeting of the Village Board, Buffy Arborgast, owner of Babette’s Kitchen in Millbrook, brought up the problem of village trash. It’s not the first time it was mentioned, and it won’t be the last. 
Arborgast came armed with photos. The mayor, Rodney Brown, agreed that the problem is severe and must be dealt with. Millbrook, long known as a Tree City, USA, might in the future be known as trash city if something isn’t done.

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Uncle Al’s now dressing up Franklin Avenue

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MILLBROOK — Upon entering Uncle Al’s Thrift Shop at its new location at 3275 Franklin Ave., one is struck by the light and airy space. Having huge windows in two of their showrooms certainly helps the ambiance. 
Uncle Al’s recently moved from its former location of 18 years on Front Street. The new shop is cheerful, artfully arranged and has bargains galore.
Uncle Al’s has been around since the mid-1970s; this is actually its fourth location.

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Village Board meets, discusses budget, parking issues

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MILLBROOK — The Village Board met on Tuesday, March 27. Deputy Mayor Joe Rochfort was not present.
The resignation of Heather LaVarnway from the Planning Board was accepted; she will remain on the Signs Committee.
Mayor Rodney Brown discussed the upcoming budget, explaining that there are needs and wants: the needs must be addressed, the “wants” may have to wait for a more lucrative period. 

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Third-graders recreate Ellis Island

MILLBROOK — Dutchess Day School third-grade teacher Lisa Stewart was reading a book about Ellis Island with a group of her students one day as part of their study of immigration and American history. Soon, the students had devised a plan to create Ellis Island right in their classroom and invite the second- and fourth-graders to participate in the re-enactment as hopeful immigrants. 

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A psychedelic trip back to Millbrook

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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Historical Society and New York State Historian Devin Lander shared tales of what looks like a peaceful country estate now but was once the site of groundbreaking experiments in the use of psychedelic drugs.

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When Millbrook went psychedelic

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MILLBROOK — At the junction of Route 44 and Franklin Avenue, there is a wonderful  stone edifice — a gatehouse that inspires the imagination. 
On Thursday, March 15, the Millbrook Historical Society and New York State Historian, Devin Lander, shared some of the secrets beyond the door. Of course, the period discussed was decades ago, but many of the 106 people who attended the March meeting remembered those times, or knew of people who did.

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High art

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A sweet Easter

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Creepy comedy

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Millbrook churches celebrate the Blessing of the Palms

MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Alliance of Churches, which includes Grace Episcopal Church, Lyall Federated Memorial Church and St. Joseph-Immaculate Conception Church, gathered at the Thorne Building on Sunday, March 25, to celebrate the Blessing of the Palms. According to Christianity, this yearly event honors the entry of Jesus into Bethlehem, riding a borrowed donkey not previously ridden. According to gospel, the disciples laid their cloaks upon the donkey’s back and the multitudes laid their cloaks and palm branches on the  ground for the donkey’s journey.

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