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AMENIA— Perched at 19 Morse Hill Road in Amenia, equine specialist Jackie Wilkane owns Hope Rising Farm, which has thrived since she first established it last February. 

Since the age of 13, Wilkane has owned and taken care of show horses. For 26 years, she owned her own dog grooming business, Doggy Do’s, in Pleasantville, N.Y., before shifting her career to become a therapeutic riding instructor. What started as an investigation into the work at Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center in Orange County turned into a passion, and she was later employed as an instructor at...

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The Amenia Free Library teamed up with The Wassaic Project on Saturday, Aug. 25, for a color theory workshop. It featured artist Elizabeth Allen-Cannon, who spoke about the basic concepts of color and art. The workshop marked a successful first collaboration between the library and The Wassaic Project that Library Director Erika Palombo hopes to expand into a monthly program. From left, Allen-Cannon, Heather Kuzmich, Wassaic Project Education Director Tara Foley and Palombo showed examples of color in art.

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Merits of Wassaic’s Trail to Train project debated

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AMENIA— The Amenia Town Board listened to public concerns and congratulations about the upcoming Trail to Train construction project that will expand the Harlem Valley Rail Trail at its meeting on Thursday, Aug. 2.

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Wand-erful

Cody Diester, 4, made the biggest bubbles possible by running around with a bubble wand at the Amenia Free Library’s end-of-summer celebration on Thursday, Aug. 9.

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How the Museum of Modern Art will evolve with the world

AMENIA — In 2019, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and Amenia’s Congregation Beth David will celebrate their 90th anniversaries, both institutions having been founded in 1929. 
Ann Temkin is the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), and the granddaughter of founding members of the Amenia synagogue. 

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Rudy Eschbach passes away at 76

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AMENIA— Local residents called to mind their fondest memories of farmer and community volunteer Rudy Eschbach after learning about his passing on Thursday, July 26, at the age of 76.
From his childhood days, Eschbach’s connection to the town of Amenia remained strong throughout his lifetime, and his love for the community evident.

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Bugged out

The Amenia Free Library was crawling with creativity on Thursday, Aug. 2, as children built “blinky bugs” by taping two LEDs to a coin cell battery and clamping a battery between a clothespin. The children then decorated the “bugs.” Lola Miller, 6, shows her decorated bug with a smile.

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Questions about Town Hall no-bid septic work answered

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AMENIA — Though town Supervisor Victoria Perotti justified funds spent and measures taken to repair damages caused by a toilet and septic overflow at Amenia Town Hall, local residents cast doubt about whether procedures were properly followed
Questions arose whether the project went out to bid. 

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Certificate of Completion issued for Amenia Town Landfill cleanup

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AMENIA — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) determined last month that the cleanup requirements established under New York’s State Superfund Clean Up Program to address contamination related to the Amenia Town Landfill were fulfilled.

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Concerns raised about tax money going toward toilets

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AMENIA — Concerns about local taxpayers’ money were brought to the Amenia Town Board’s attention on Thursday, July 19.
Longtime Amenia resident David Connors asked the board if it was true that it spent roughly $80,000 of taxpayer money to repair one of the toilets at Amenia Town Hall. 
Almost two months ago, Connors heard about the possible investment through the rumor mill. While his source has asked to remain anonymous, both he and Connors have had issues with past Town Board  spending.

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Town Board passes moratorium on solar and wind energy

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AMENIA — After careful consideration, the Amenia Town Board adopted a local law imposing a temporary town-wide moratorium that will prohibit the installation of freestanding or ground-mounted solar energy systems and wind energy conversion systems at its meeting on Thursday, July 19.

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