Opening Day for the Amenia Monarchs is next Sunday, May 19, when Amenia plays a home game against Thomaston at 1 p.m. at Doc Bartlett Field.
Last year the Monarchs made it to the semifinal round of the playoffs. Manager Tom Downey said it was the team’s best record since 2005. The team finished 13 and 8. In the regular season, they were third in their division, behind the Bethlehem Plowboys and the Litchfield Cowboys, who won the league championship.
Mary-Kate Bida, Millbrook’s standout runner in track and cross-country, chose SUNY Oneonta as her college after receiving letters of interest from about 40 schools.
Bida said she narrowed her choices down to Oneonta and the University of Rhode Island because both offer majors in fashion. Besides running track and cross country, Bida wants to get into fashion merchandising and design after college.
The University of Rhode Island, a Division I school, was in the running until she realized what a financial burden it would be when there was no scholarship money. On an overnight trip to Oneonta, she fell in love with the campus. Oneonta is a Division III school, but Bida said the competition is strong and runners from different divisions compete against each other.
Millbrook’s record is at 9 and 5 after winning two games and losing one last week. On Monday, May 6, the girls lost to Red Hook 11 to 4. On Tuesday, May 7, Millbrook defeated Middletown 12 to 11. Coach Jillian Cafarchio said Millbrook came from behind in the last few minutes to take the lead and hold it in a close game. Julia Galantich had four goals and one assist. Liz Halpin scored three goals. Monica Koralus had four goals and one assist. Samantha Szalewicz also scored a goal. Stacey Widera helped out with one assist. The girls also defeated O’Neill on Monday, May 13 when Galantich scored her 100th career goal.
Amanda Riebe, a senior at Millbrook High School, is looking forward to continuing varsity play at the college of her choice after a season of heavy recruitment.
An outside hitter for Millbrook’s Varsity team since her freshman year, Riebe holds the school record for kills. Riebe wasn’t sure of the exact number but said it was close to 900.
Her coach, Shawn Stoliker, said Riebe was the player opposing teams singled out for defense tactics. Stoliker added that Riebe holds the school record for aces as well as the record for kills. He added that she was key on defense as well as offense.
Although Millbrook High School is on the small side, its students have a lively engagement in the arts under the guidance of Michael Spross, the head of the Art Department.
We caught up with Spross last Friday in his classroom while waiting for his next class. Spross said his students devote hours to their projects even after regular class hours. Despite having only two art teachers, the department has grown since he first took over 28 years ago. Freshmen are required to take a music or arts course for graduation requirements, but most students choose to take arts classes until they graduate. Classes range from basic drawing to sculpture and painting.
It was a perfect day outside this past Sunday and the border collies were ready to compete for “top dog” honors at Finality Farm in Millbrook.
Finality Farm was owned for over 40 years by Barbara Meyers and the estate is still in her name, cared for by her children since her death last year. Before the sheepdog demonstration and trials, Meyers’ legacy was honored by Rebecca Thornton who gave a speech and presented the family with an aerial photograph of the farm.
Thornton said she met Barbara in the early 1990’s and considered her a pioneer with her dedication to her land and her influence with the Pony Club. Meyers worked with the Dutchess Land Conservancy to make sure her land was kept open.
“Barbara loved having events here and sharing the farm,” Thornton said. “She loved when the sheepdog trials were happening here. She always wanted to make sure her farm was farmed.”
The atmosphere was tense at Dutchess Community College’s board of trustees meeting on Tuesday, April 23, when a crowd of faculty, press and students assembled outside the closed doors of the President’s Board Room on the second floor of Bowne Hall. The faculty were working without a contract, and the union members were fighting for better job security.
At 7:00 p.m., 40 faculty members stood waiting for the doors to open. Ten minutes later the faculty pushed their way into the meeting, forcing a move to a larger room downstairs, Room 122.
It was a warm, sunny day Saturday afternoon at the Town Park, but the town of Washington’s little girls weren’t seen on the playground, but rather in the Camp Building getting their hair, nails and make-up done to feel like a princess at the American Girl Tea Party.
Along with Recreation Director, Warren MacMillan, Assistant Rec. Director, Kelly Cassinelli, organized Saturday’s event. In its third year, the event has been a hit with the town’s youngest girls. Cassinelli said the idea was originally hers. She said American Girl dolls are popular but they tend to be expensive in the city. Along with getting their hair and make-up done, all of the girls entered themselves into a raffle with prizes including two American Girl dolls, a stroller and a crib to go with the doll. The raffle money goes into the community and event fund for next year’s tea party.
The Millbrook High School’s Varsity girls’ lacrosse program is only in its third year, but the team is playing as if it had been around for much longer.
As of last Friday, the girls are 6 and 1 with eight games remaining on their schedule. Head Coach Jillian Cafarchio and Assistant Coach Mike Galantich said to make Sectionals, the girls need to have a .500 record, something that is looking more likely after every win.
Along with boys’ lacrosse which started at the same time at the high school, the girls’ lacrosse team is only in its third year as a Varsity team. The team has made a vast improvement from their first two seasons. Cafarchio has been the team’s head coach since girls’ lacrosse started at the high school. In the team’s first season, Millbrook had a 1 and 14 record. In their second season, they only went 2 and 13. Their two wins last season were against New Paltz, another young girls’ lacrosse program.
Since a residence hall was built at Dutchess Community College (DCC) in 2011 and started housing students for the 2012–13 school year, the college has seen an increase in crime, which has caught the attention of the Dutchess County legislature. A year into the construction, a change-order form signed by DCC treasurer W. John Dunn directly states furnishing and installing “an upsized sanitary lift station to accommodate a second future similarly sized building” to the planned project for the residence hall dated July 13, 2011.
When DCC president David Conklin and spokesperson Judi Stokes were contacted about plans for more dorms, Stokes said there are no plans to build another residence hall.