Rona Boyer

The opening of the drive-in theater at Four Brothers Pizzeria in Amenia was postponed until next week. The soft opening will be Wednesday, July 17th, the Grand Opening on Friday July 19th. After that it will be open Thursday - Sunday evenings at 8:30 p.m. Millbrook Pharmacy is doing quite well, but are hopeful that more people will switch back their prescriptions to them. When asked about new products, Mike explained to me that wall shelving has been ordered and as soon as it arrives it will be stocked with cosmetics, bath and body products and other products such as candles. Over the counter medications are ordered in quantity when customers buy the ones on the shelves. Any product that any customer purchases regularly will be stocked.
For the second year in a row the New York State Broadcasters Association presented its prestigious Award of Excellence in Broadcasting in the category of Public Affairs Program/Series to RadioRotary, a weekly interview program broadcast in the Hudson Valley. RadioRotary’s award-winning submission was “Puppies behind Bars,” describing a nonprofit organization that works with prison inmates to train dogs for the disabled. Inmates devote two years of their life while incarcerated, living with and training service dogs to help others. Series Producer is Betty Renner of Verbank, NY and co-hosts are Sarah O’Connell of Sharon, CT  and Jonah Triebwasser of Red Hook, NY.
While the final tally is not yet official, it is clear that this year's event raised a record breaking $40,000. Chairperson, Diane Schnoor, credits the dedication of the entire team which has become such a "well-oiled machine."   Good thing, too, because Diane is moving next week to Winchester, Virginia with her husband and two daughters, Miranda and Ella. Reluctant to leave after just two of her three year term is completed, she will be passing the reins to very competent hands. The first year Jane William and Bill Zmudsky will co-chair. Bill has been actively involved in the Taste of Millbrook since its inception and will be guiding Jane her first year, after which she will function as the Chairperson. This is the same transition process that helped Diane Schnoor her first year when she was mentored during by Co-chair, John Dukes.
Philip D'Angelo finished his first school year as the Millbrook Central School District’s superintendent last week. We called on him to learn about his impressions of the district’s schools, what he likes and what needs change.    
Everyone is talking about the Departures article on Millbrook, which our local businesses hope will help attract more tourists this summer. Our Shop Millbrook brochures, the MBA maps and the TMI Summer Guide are all in place to encourage them to come browse, shop, and eat in Millbrook. In celebration of Waldo’s birthday, the famous fellow (of “Where's Waldo?”) in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting more than 25 businesses within the Town of Washington and the Village of Millbrook throughout the month of July. Those who spot him can win prizes. For details pick up a Find Waldo search list at Merritt Bookstore on Front Street with the names and locations of all participating establishments. 
Next Wednesday evening Millbrook's annual carnival will open at 7 p.m. It will run each evening through Saturday, July 13, when it will close with a major firemen's parade. The event, which traditionally attracts upwards of 1,500 people into the village over the four evenings, is run by and benefits the Millbrook Engine, Hook & Ladder Company. It brings in $16,000 to $17,000 to purchase equipment, offsetting the costs to the Village of Millbrook and Town of Washington. Each night there will be bingo under the tent, games, rides and fun food for the family, as well as raffles for as much as $1,000. Hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage & peppers, chicken nuggets, and fries will be prepared and served up by members of the Millbrook Fire Department and Auxiliary. Soft drinks and beer will be available (with a special thanks to Copperfield's for donating beer for the event).
Celebrating 35 years of marriage and my husband and I still go out to lunch together. Unfortunately technology has taken some of the romance out of it. Next time I would bring my Kindle if I had one, but I will settle for a book. 
I am told that this is only conceivable when the watermelon is very good. Do not even think about it if the watermelon is not sweet and juicy. Cubes of watermelon are dressed with Malden Sea Salt and freshly ground pepper and fresh thyme. A drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil (first cold press) and goat cheese that was first frozen and shredded are then sprinkled on top of the melon. Mouthwateringly delicious, and perfect for a summer day. 
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