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DOVER PLAINS — As the American Red Cross responds to wildfires and historic hurricanes, eligible donors are reminded that giving blood during National Preparedness Month in September is one way to help ensure the Red Cross is prepared to respond to patient emergencies across the country every day. 

Hurricane Irma has forced the cancellation of dozens of Red Cross blood drives in the Southeast, resulting in more than 2,100 uncollected blood and platelet donations. Natural disasters like hurricanes can disrupt blood drives and prevent donors from giving, but hospital...

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Indie film ‘Double Belgian’ looking for extras in Amenia

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AMENIA — Extras will be needed for a feature-length independent film shooting scenes in Amenia on Saturday, Aug. 26, and Sunday, Aug. 27.
Directed by Graham Winfrey and co-written by Winfrey and Doug Weeden, the comedy, “Double Belgian,” focuses on long-term friends as they pursue their goal of opening their own craft brewery.

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Sashaying and strumming into the past

On Wednesday, Aug. 16, Four Brothers Drive In welcomed young and old alike to enjoy a night of nostalgia with the Seenagers Dinner & Dance Party on its patio. Attendees were encouraged to dance to hits from the ’50s and ’60s as performed by local music duo, Jody & Bill. Dinner was accompanied by craft cocktails and other drinks. 

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Town of Amenia negotiates for new highway garage site

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AMENIA — After 15 years of searching for a suitable site for a new highway garage, the town of Amenia is now in the early stages of negotiating with the state of New York for five acres of land on Route 22.

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Wassaic Project dances the night away with August Festival

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WASSAIC — Tucked away in the hamlet of Wassaic, a throng of art lovers were treated to an entertaining weekend of dancing, film shorts and live music at The Wassaic Project’s first August Festival.

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Learning the ways of Indian Rock Schoolhouse at picnic and community day

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AMENIA — For roughly 20 years, Amenia residents have celebrated the Indian Rock Schoolhouse with an annual picnic and community day at the schoolhouse grounds on Mygatt Road. 
Ann Linden, who helps organize the event and was instrumental in the schoolhouse restoration years ago, was again on hand for the festivities this month.
“I think it’s great,” she said, wishing more people were in attendance on Saturday, Aug. 12. 

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Looking racism squarely in the face

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AMENIA— Racism exists. Everyone knows it. Fortunately, there are some people working to stem the tide, making serious efforts to eradicate it once and for all. 
Enola Aird, founder and president of Community Healing Network, Inc., which seeks to “develop a unified global response to the root causes of the devaluing of black lives,” is among those fighting hate and racism. She was at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Amenia on July 30 to begin a dialogue with local residents about the issue.

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Eat and play at picnic and community day at schoolhouse

AMENIA — Each year, Indian Rock Schoolhouse has a picnic at the schoolhouse featuring the 1858 antique school and surrounding community.   For more than 10 years, folks have come together to enjoy and learn.
The Annual Indian Rock Schoolhouse Picnic and Community Day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
This year the theme of the picnic is food.

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Assessor appointment at center of debate at Town Board open session

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AMENIA — The resolution for a local law for the town to have a sole appointed assessor created a heated discussion among residents at the Town Board meeting Thursday, Aug. 3.
Amenia resident Sharon Kroeger said, “the town of Amenia has a dilemma.” 

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Maplebrook teacher Gerardo Amarillas naturalized as U.S. citizen

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AMENIA — For teacher Gerardo Amarillas of Maplebrook School, Friday, Aug. 4, marked the official beginning of his life as a naturalized citizen of the United States of America. 
Amarillas first arrived in the United States in 2001 from the Philippines and immersed himself in the newfound culture by applying for a variety of jobs. However, because he didn’t have proper documentation at the time, troubles arose in his search.

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Moose sighting

Marcia the Musical Moose was a hit with children at the Amenia Free Library on Friday, Aug. 4. She was there as part of the library’s Summer Reading Program, which brings guests to entertain and educate local children throughout the summer. “This is a wonderful program,” said grandmother Michele Davies, who added that she likes to expose her granddaughter to other children and the arts. 

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