Volume 4 Issue 7

Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck: Book signing event: Alexandra Aldrich’s The Astor Orphan, a memoir of growing up at Rokeby, her family’s decaying Hudson Valley mansion. 7 p.m.  6442 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck. (845) 876-0500
Vassar College: Notes on Art chamber music performance series in the galleries of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. 12 noon. 124 Raymond Avenue.

In issuing his State of the County address, Executive Marcus Molinaro said the financial challenges facing Dutchess County are significant, but not insurmountable for residents and government.

Last Tuesday at Beacon High School, after an introduction from County Legislator John Forman, R-Beacon, Molinaro compared the county’s financial obstacles to peering up the slope of a steep mountainside.

The former county legislator and New York State assemblyman opened his hour-long address with a discussion of human innovation and mankind’s ability to endure.

He used the construction of the Mount Beacon Incline – a railway built in 1902 that took passengers up the 2,200-foot incline of Mount Beacon – as a case study.

A brush fire spanning almost one acre in diameter at its peak brought 12 Millbrook firefighters, ten Union Vale firefighters, and four Washington Highway Department workers to a Millbrook residence at about 10 a.m. on Monday morning.  

According to Millbrook Fire Chief Ted Bownas, the department responded to a report of a “grass fire threatening a house” at 441 Oak Summit Road. Dutchess County’s parcel access website says the property is owned by Roger Jon Richards.

The homeowner was burning a pile of brush on the 7.67-acre parcel. Wind gusts quickly spread the flames from a brush pile to surrounding dry grass, said Chief Bownas.

After receiving a brief proposal for the construction of a cell tower in Millbrook, the Village Board reviewed materials from Capital Telecom and decided more information was necessary before the village could consider the idea.

The New Jersey-based corporation develops commercial and retail properties and constructs and leases cell towers. Telecom proposed constructing a tower on a village-owned 60 by 60-foot parcel with a 15-year lease.

Under the proposal, the village would receive $1,000 per month, rent would increase by three percent per year, and the lease would come with a five-year option. The tower would take six to 12 months to construct and come at no cost to the village. 

After clinching a Sectional Playoff spot on February 3 against Rhinebeck, the Millbrook varsity boys’ basketball team defeated Coleman and Webutuck last week to clinch a spot in the MHAL tournament. 

For a spot in the MHALs, a team must finish first in their league. Millbrook wrapped up their regular season with a ten and six overall record and a five and one conference record. 

The Blazers ended their week with a heartbreaking loss to Rhinebeck at Bard College on Saturday. 


After winning three of their last four, the Millbrook varsity girls’ basketball team faced three in-conference opponents last week needing one victory to clinch a playoff spot.

The Lady Blazers dropped Tuesday’s road contest to Coleman, defeated Webutuck at home on Friday, and edged out Rhinebeck at the Coaches Vs. Cancer tournament at Bard College on Saturday to close out the regular season.

The girls finished the regular season at seven and nine overall and four and two in Section Nine contests. 


It was at the Grand Opening of the new science building at The Millbrook School, a few years ago that CEO, Pat Dealy first tasted the intriguing new beverage “12NtM”. “It was love at first sip” says Dealy (who recently moved to Millbrook.)  These sparkling blends of fruit juices, herbs, spices and teas employ the techniques used in Champagne production to produce those tiny delicate bubbles that make this drink so different from any other. Crafted by Chef David Burke (NYC Restaurants: Townhouse, Prime, Fishtail, and Kitchen), these all natural non-alcoholic beverages are barely sweet, very sophisticated and extremely elegant. No sugar is added so that there are merely 60 calories per serving.  The drinks do well on their own when one prefers to avoid alcohol or mixed with vodka, gin or tequila to produce some exciting new cocktails.

You grew up at your parent’s restaurant in Paris. At what age did you start learning to cook?
Actually I spent my early years with my grandmother. The kitchen was the main room of the house, and cooking was her main occupation. At the age of 9, to help her I killed the chickens and rabbits, plumed and skinned them. At my father’s restaurant at 11,  I was prepping the carrots, potatoes and leeks for the soup

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