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MILLBROOK — In spite of the  very cold weather, Santa Night, sponsored by the Town of Washington Recreation Department, was proclaimed a successful event. It proved to be a great night for hayrides and meeting with Santa and  Mrs. Claus. 

The wagons,  provided by Thornedale Farms, picked children up at the base of the Tribute Gardens in front of the lighted Christmas tree. After a brisk ride up Franklin Avenue, the children were returned, most of them heading for the Millbrook firehouse, where refreshments awaited them, as well as a visit with Santa and...

Millbrook

Village Board talks water project and tree replacement

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MILLBROOK — Tuesday night, May 22, was a busy night for the Village Board. Resolutions were made and accepted, allowing for reserve funds for a police vehicle, an ambulance and a Highway Department truck.
A resolution was made naming the village as lead agency in applying for a grant for the water treatment plan and water tower restoration projects. Bill Bright, of Delaware Engineering, provided the application for the grant. Estimated to cost $1.5 million for the water treatment plant and tower restoration, a bond must be applied for in order to apply for the grant.

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Book Blast 2018 has sixth-graders put their reading skills to the test

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MILLBROOK — This year’s battle of the books, aptly named Book Blast 2018, was both fun and instructive. The battle between sixth-graders from Stissing Mountain Library Media Specialist T.C. Morton’s class and Millbrook English Language Arts sixth-grade teacher Erin Hicks’ class took place on Friday, June 1, in the Millbrook Middle School Library.

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Plans discussed for intersection and more at Village Board meeting

MILLBROOK— The Tuesday, May 8, meeting of the Village Board began after Mayor Rodney Brown informed those attending that the part-time worker hired to fill in while Village Clerk Sarah Witt is out on maternity leave did not work out and has left the post.
A proposal was put forth to approve engineer Rich Rennia as the new village planner.

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Remembering Millbrook’s fallen heroes on Memorial Day

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MILLBROOK — On Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, Millbrook residents and visitors gathered together to honor those who died in the line of duty while defending this nation.
Members of VFW Post 9008, the American Legion and both the Millbrook and Unionvale Fire Departments, along with Troop 31 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts  and several other small groups marched down Franklin Avenue. Assorted jeeps and military vehicles helped to make the parade exciting and, for some, nostalgic.

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Millbrook teen soars his way to Eagle Scout status

MILLBROOK— On Sunday, May 20, the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 31, Millbrook, welcomed Patrick Dennis Scribner to the Eagle Scout Court of Honor in a ceremony called to order by Troop Leader Edward Olson.
Eagle Scouts are the highest rank in the Boy Scouts and the honor is more than 100 years old. Not an easy task, it takes years to fulfill the requirements. 
The Scout must earn at least 21 merit badges, be reverent of the Scout’s oaths and laws, show a willingness to serve and an aptitude for leadership.

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Literary Festival celebrates 10 years

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MILLBROOK — Torrential rain couldn’t put a damper on the 10th Annual Millbrook Literary Festival, held on Saturday, May 19. Traffic under the tents may have been a little light, but the forums inside the library were heavily attended and much appreciated.
The festival was founded by Scott Meyer, who passed away in the summer of 2016. As the owner of Merritt Bookstore, he was an avid promoter of reading and writing. His successor, Merritt owner Kira Wizner, is as well.

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Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale flourishes for another year

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MILLBROOK— After a long winter, there are April showers, and in May, there is Mother’s Day — the weekend after Mother’s Day is the annual Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC)..
The sale began at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 16; by 9 a.m. a crowd had gathered. 

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Zoos and conservation discussed at the Cary Institute

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MILLBROOK — Colored slides, bare facts and two distinguished scientists lent to a riveting presentation on Friday, May 4, at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
Daniel M. Ashe, president of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), and Dr. Ricardo Stanoss, DVM, of the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, spoke  separately. They both told of how they became interested in conservation and of how people must all work together to preserve wildlife for future generations to know and learn about.

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Bidding farewell to Buddy Marona

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MILLBROOK— When Edward “Buddy” Marona passed away on April 30 the village of Millbrook lost a native son, and by most  accounts, a man beloved by all.
Marona was born in Millbrook on July 28, 1932. Nicknamed Buddy by his sister, it’s the name everyone knew him by. He graduated from Millbrook High School, and only left the village for the two years he spent serving in the United States Army in 1956 and ’57. 

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Trip to Italy is a journey back in time

MILLBROOK — Ten students, one teacher and two parents from the Dutchess Day School (DDS) took an eight-day trip to Italy where they immersed in Roman and Italian culture and history. The students, in sixth, seventh and eighth grade, experienced as much as they possibly could in the time allotted, informed by a travel guide as well as Russell Day, who teaches Latin and writing at DDS. 

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