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MILLBROOK — With more than 200 participants, the Town of Washington Recreation Department is hailing this year’s registration for its Fall Youth Soccer Program its largest ever, with children from kindergarten to sixth grade enrolled. Games are played at the Town Park, and draw large numbers of parents and friends as spectators.

Recreation Director Chelsea Edson said she is grateful for all of the support they get, as many of the coaches and referees have played and completed the program from their days in kindergarten.

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Black stories told in TMI film

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MILLBROOK — Originally scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 27, inclement weather caused Black Stories Matter: Stories from Across Generations to be postponed to Wednesday, March 6. It was still a project planned to honor Black History Month.
Presented by the TMI Project, nine African-American speakers were filmed telling their stories. Each performer had written the story that was told in workshops. It was a painstaking exercise, with rewriting, editing and finally, rehearsing each performance.  

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There was this guy from Amenia…

MILLBROOK — One of the things that’s so great about learning about the past is to find out that even back then, people had problems and made stupid mistakes, just like today.
The Millbrook Historical Society, on Thursday, Feb. 21, presented Tales from the Ancient Documents. It may sound rather dry, but it turned out to be interesting, educational and, actually, a whole lot of fun.

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Millbrook Village Board meets: Contract signed for Thorne Building sale

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MILLBROOK — The first order of business at the Tuesday, Feb. 26, Village Board meeting was the acceptance of the minutes from the last meeting on Jan. 22; the Feb. 12 meeting had been canceled due to inclement weather. 

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Town of Washington Board meetings: Solar power, signage, zoning and traffic discussed

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MILLBROOK — February was a busy month for the town of Washington, with meetings on Monday, Feb. 11; Tuesday, Feb. 12; and on Thursday, Feb. 14.
A special meeting on Feb. 11  dealt mostly with zoning board items, and included insight on signage, solar farms and allowing commercial use of property.
Solar power

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The counting of the Adelie penguins, and why it matters

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MILLBROOK — The temperature was frigid outside of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies on Friday, Feb. 8. It was much warmer inside, but the images on the screen didn’t do much to warm the audience — they were pictures of the Adelie penguins in their frigid habitats.

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Town of Washington: Town Board responds to request for group home

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MILLBROOK — On Nov. 26, 2018, attorneys from the Devereaux Foundation sent a letter to the town of Washington regarding the Foundation’s interest in a piece of property in Millbrook, to be opened as a group home. The Foundation has many such facilities around the country, including one in nearby Red Hook. The Millbrook property it’s interested in is located at 593 Verbank Road.
The Devereaux Foundation would like to open a group home for five adults, a supervised Individual Residential Alternative (IRA) for people with developmental disabilities. 

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A gift of one year: Inspiration to do good for others

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MILLBROOK — What could one do with the gift of a year? What could one become?  In the literature from Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook, these are the questions put forth to the young people who have taken advantage of the Grace Year initiative at the church.
Grace Year is a fellowship program that invites young adults to live in “intentional community” in rural New York, to serve in positions with local agencies, studying spirituality, leadership and justice.

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Welcoming Kirsten Woodin to the Millbrook Library

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MILLBROOK — Salamanca, N.Y., in the county of Cattaraugus, is 350 miles from Millbrook, and that is where new Millbrook Library Director Kirsten Woodin has spent most of her life. With a population close to that of the town of Washington, Woodin should feel right at home here. Both locales are scenic, small and historic.
Woodin left her home to attend college at SUNY Geneseo and then graduate school at SUNY Albany. Upon obtaining her master’s degree she returned to Salamanca, as manager of the Salamanca Public Library in October of 2014.

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