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MILLBROOK — Mayor Rod Brown opened the Village Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. and got straight to appointments. Trustee Joe Rochfort was sworn in as deputy mayor, having been absent at the reorganization meeting. Mark Vila was sworn in for the Zoning Board of Appeals. Also sworn in to the Planning Board was Kay Vanderlyn.

The Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) contract was signed, which will raise for incentive credits for those who volunteer with the fire department. The issue was voted on during November’s election.

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Final meeting of 2017 reflects back on village business

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MILLBROOK — The final meeting of 2017 of the Village Board was held on Thursday, Dec. 21. The first order of business was for Village Clerk Sarah Witt to swear Kyle Van De Water in for the position of trustee, a seat he won in the November election, after filling a vacant seat until year’s end.

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Artist Gabby Gordon exhibits at The Fountains

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MILLBROOK— A story that began as coverage for a photography exhibit at The Fountains transformed into something more when senior residents, the photographer and an enthusiastic audience came together on Sunday, Jan. 7.
Thirty photos were matted and exhibited, ranging from flowers to buildings, fireworks in a darkened sky to brilliantly sunny beach scenes. There were color photos and black-and-white prints. 

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NYCON announces renewal grant from Dyson Foundation

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MILLBROOK— The New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) recently announced that it had received a renewal grant from the Dyson Foundation totaling more than $200,000 for a period of two years. NYCON works toward strengthening nonprofit organizations that serve local communities.
“NYCON and the Dyson Foundation have enjoyed for many years a very effective working partnership that goes far beyond the typical grantor-grantee relationship,” CEO of NYCON Doug Sauer stated.
NYCON has been providing assistance to communities for more than 80 years.

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A new tack shop not just for riders

MILLBROOK — Tucked away at 18 Washington St., is Argento Equestrian, Hudson Valley Premier Tack Shop. It’s been there for just over a year, but many riders have yet to discover it. Owner Brooke Swass hopes more will find it soon.
Swass is knowledgeable, pleasant and easy to talk to. There’s also Tucker, 4, an Akita-Austrian Kelpie mix, who is equally as friendly though furrier. He loves greeting customers and is extremely gentle. The dog accompanies Swass to the shop every day.

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Local artist goes national

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Dutchess Day in abstract and abstracted art show

MILLBROOK — The impressive range of artistic styles and inspirations that are reflected in the work of Dutchess Day School elementary students will be on display at Montgomery Row Art Exhibition Space, 6422 Montgomery St. (second floor) in Rhinebeck to Sunday, Jan. 14. 

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J.E. Heaton Jewelers to close by month’s end

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MILLBROOK— On Friday, Nov. 3, Joyce Heaton sent out an announcement that after being in business for more than five  years at 3297 Franklin Ave., she will be closing her jewelry store at the end of January.
The announcement began with a quote from Joseph Campbell.
“We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us,” it stated.

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Decoding the Past: Millbrook Historical Society detectives

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Pageantry and personalities

Grace Episcopal Church celebrated the season with a Christmas pageant on Sunday, Dec. 17. From left, Millbrook’s Jameson Riley, 6, and his little sister were a part of the celebration. They were still wearing their pageant costumes when they went looking for cookies and hot chocolate to finish off their day.

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Silent auction creates holiday excitement at the library

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MILLBROOK— The Silent Auction closing party at the Millbrook Library took place on Saturday, Dec. 16. 
The bidding went on right up until 4 p.m., when all bids stopped and the tallying began. 
This is the first year that the auction was handled by the Friends of the Library, and it seems to have been success. The Friends were pleased by the amount and diversity of the prizes donated, by both local businesses and others from further away. 

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