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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.   

The board also approved an overnight trip to Washington, D.C., for the...

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Artist shares her passion for art and teaching at The Fountains

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MILLBROOK — Artist Ellen Metzger O’Shea knew she was an artist from a very early age. Her father, whom she describes as an artist at heart, had a small studio in the basement of their family home.  She started doing art work at age 10, and said her father was respectful and encouraging.

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Historical Society: WWI and a call for past mementos

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MILLBROOK — The First World War is not a war that most people talk about these days. Many people today are more connected to those family members who were part of the Second World War, the Korean Conflict or the Vietnam War. Other wars, like the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and the Spanish American War, are depicted in movies, books and television. But more rare, it seems, is conversation about WWI.

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Just how contaminated are streams and their complex ecosystems?

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MILLBROOK— The next time someone brushes their teeth, uses mouthwash or dyes their hair, think about where the residue is going — and how such small rituals can leave an imprint on streams and lakes.
Aquatic ecologist Emma  Rosi of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies gave a spirited and knowledgeable presentation at the institute on Friday, April 20. Rosi delivered the information with a dose of humor.

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BOE addresses monthly business, prepares for budget vote

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MILLBROOK — The Millbrook Central School District Board of Education (BOE) met on Monday, April 9; the first item of business was a consent agenda vote on incremental raises, which passed.
A resignation from Jeanene Kascsak as teacher’s aide was accepted; Kascsak was approved for a probationary appointment as senior typist.  Also approved was Jacklyn Como as long-term substitute. A resignation was accepted from custodial worker Michael Lynch for purposes of retirement.

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Tavern Trail 2018 rendezvous was at Maura’s Kitchen

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MILLBROOK— Maura’s Kitchen was the host site for the beginning of the third annual Dutchess County Tavern Trail. The event was so well attended that every seat inside the popular restaurant was taken. With the good weather, some people sat outside, sipping wine, beer or other libations, listening to the presentation.
The Tavern Trail has grown to be a favorite annual event, and this first meeting captured its essence: getting together for food, drink and an historic account of the places that were frequented in days gone by. 

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Village Board talks budget, passes resolution concerning Delaware Engineering and water control

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MILLBROOK — The Village Board met on Tuesday, April 10. Mayor Rodney Brown went through the tentative budget. 
Under revenues, real property taxes of $920,000 are expected. In 2017, the amount collected was $905,000. 
Expected revenue from county sales tax is $38,000; collected in 2017 was $29,506. 
The proposed fire contract remains at $425,580. 
The rental of Village Hall rose to $10,000, up from $7,000 in 2017. 
The rental of the water tower rose to $48,000, up from $43,695.

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Hitting the high notes

At the March meeting of the Millbrook Central School District Board of Education, music teachers attended with sixth-grade students who participated in the Elementary All-County Chorus Festival, which was sponsored by the  Dutchess County Music Educators’ Association and which took place on March 8 and 9. Here the girls are flanked by, far left, Alexis Bresnahan, and, far right, Christina Tucci. It was agreed the girls “sang like angels” before the board. 

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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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