$5 in gold, 'Hawaii 5-O' and the start of McEnroe Farm's compost program

The following excerpts from The Millerton News were com- piled by Kathleen Spahn, Vivian Sukenik, Nancy Vialpando and Rhiannon Leo-Jameson of the North East-Millerton Library.

91 years ago: Feb. 23, 1933

Virginia Elen Cornelius, daughter of Eugene S Cornelius and Helen Wheeler Cornelius, has won the prizes (Baby Derby) for the Village of Millerton. These are: Bournedale Farm, 24 quarts of milk; Millerton Chamber of Commerce, $5.00 in gold.

Mr. and Mrs F.B. Keller, with Mr. Worthy Pulver, drove to New York City to bid bon voyage to Mr. and Mrs. G.W.F. Keller, who, with their daughter, Isabelle, sailed to France.

First Sale at Block’s Department Store. Aside from the great values being offered, the sale is also the first held by Mr. Block since coming to Millerton.

50 years ago: Feb. 28, 1974

'Railroad Lines Imperiled; Public Hearings Are Set': Pro-Rail action groups in the Northeast are gearing up to appear in early March before public hearings conducted by the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) on the government’s plan to reorganize the nation’s railroads in the northeast.

A delightful color film entitled “Williamsburg - the story of a patriot” will be presented by the North East Historical Society at the Millerton Methodist Church on March 11. The film features Jack Lord of “Hawaii 5 O” fame.

Irene Duxbury of Millerton celebrated her 90th Birthday last week. In honor of the occasion, she treated herself to a vacation in Florida. What may be surprising to those who do not know her is that she drove to Florida in her own car.

The offices of the North East Town Clerk, Town Assessor, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and the Conservation Commission have been moved to the new Town Hall on the corner of Maple Avenue and Parking Street.

25 years ago: Feb. 25, 1999

'Door is Still Open for McEnroe in Moody Hill Composting Plan': The North East Town Board met in special session to discuss the composting operation at McEnroe Organic Farm. [...] The Town has denied Mr McEnroe’s building permit, and is considering ‘meaningful controls’ on composting locally. “The permit was denied,” Supervisor David Sherman said. “It’s a procedural turn-down. It could be approved once legislation is in place.” Local farmer John Perotti indicated he was “quite concerned” about the town’s motives. “You should be careful about regulating agriculture. We sell manure every day,” Mr Perotti said. “We bring a lot of waste to McEnroe’s. And we use compost.” He said organic farming was the way of the future, and Mr. McEnroe would [...] implement the latest technology.

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