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Who We Are

The Millbrook Independent was founded to provide a voice for our community. We have a deep appreciation for how democracy works: sometimes messy, often slow, and at times frustrating. However, the process is what counts. A community newspaper is essential to that process.

We strive to inform and to report; we encourage commentary by citizens and our leaders; we seek a broad range of opinion on subjects of importance.

editor and publisher, became intrigued with publishing when he heard the wheezing sounds of a flat-bed press and the clanking of the lino type machines while working on his weekly school paper towards the middle of the last century. Since then he worked on a college paper, studied and practiced law for a few decades, went into real estate, farming organic vegetables and grass-fed beef. After a few months of retirement he reverted to childhood fantasies and started The Millbrook Independent to replace the Millbrook Roundtable whose demise created a vacuum that needed filling.
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senior reporter, has worked extensively in radio, television, film, print and events production. She produced for The Body Human series on CBS, OMNI-The New Frontier on ABC, as well as documentaries and feature films. In the Hudson Valley she co-produced the first five Amenia World Peace Festivals, served as Media Specialist for Clearwater and has written articles for print that have been published in Omni, Dutchess Magazine, Lapis Journal and purchased by The New York Times Magazine. She has headed up many environmental stewardship projects in the Harlem Valley.
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managing editor, has lived here in Millbrook for the past 30 years. She has worked as a freelance writer and photographer for a number of magazines. Working at The Millbrook Independent has given her the chance to meet new people and broaden her horizons. She feels that the best thing about Millbrook is the beautiful countryside that remains miraculously unspoiled.
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cultural reporter, is the author of Russell Banks: In Search for Freedom (2010) and Tom Wolfe’s America: Heroes, Pranksters, & Fools (2009), which won an Outstanding Academic Title award from the American Library Association in 2010. Hunter S. Thompson: Fear, Loathing and the Birth of Gonzo was published in June by Roman & Littlefield. He is the author of two major poetry collections, The Enclosed Garden and Longing, which has been translated into French and Japanese. He is the Poet Laureate of Smithfield Valley.
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is a veteran Web Developer now stationed in the geographical center of the badlands of Wyoming. The Offices, and Research Labs, of his company, Wyoming Web Works, are located directly across from an antique, many-acre industrial site which processes sugar beets.