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AMENIA — The town of Amenia glowed with the holiday spirit as residents assembled at Amenia Town Hall for the annual tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 2.

Starting around 4:30 p.m., numerous local families gathered at the front of the town hall building for the evening’s festivities. The Amenia Fire Company made sure Santa Claus arrived at the town hall safely as he came riding in on a fire truck at 4:45 p.m. While the annual ceremony typically honors a local individual with the Citizen of the Year award, Amenia Supervisor Victoria Perotti said the town decided to...

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Amenia residents pay tribute at Veterans Day ceremony

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AMENIA — Amenia showed its appreciation for those who fought for their country’s freedom by attending the Veterans Day Ceremony at Fountain Square on Sunday, Nov. 11.
The ceremony began at 11 a.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5444 Cmdr. Robert Langton recognized those who have played a part in the “great brotherhood and sisterhood known as the U.S. military.
“It is your sacrifice that will keep our country safe and free,” he said. “By being here, you demonstrate that this is more than a patriotic phrase.”

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Thanking veterans

Veterans with VFW Post 5444 attended Amenia’s Veterans Day ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m.

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Patrons access more library resources with Apps 101 workshop

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AMENIA — As part of its new Fall Tech Program series, the Amenia Free Library showed local patrons how to access online and digital resources with an Apps 101 workshop on Saturday, Nov. 3.
When asked what sparked the series’ launch, Library Director Erika Palombo said patrons have been asking questions about technology more frequently. She thought it would be worthwhile to set aside time to answer their questions.

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Town Board overrides tax cap, sets public hearing

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AMENIA — The Amenia Town Board was prompt in settling town business for the 2019 fiscal year at its first November meeting on Thursday, Nov. 1.
All board members were present at the meeting.
Following a public hearing, the board adopted a resolution to allow it to override the tax levy for the 2019 fiscal year.

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Rubbing elbows, and tails

The Animal Farm Foundation (AFF) hosted an event on Saturday, Oct. 13, so members of the community could get to know AFF a little better — and so AFF could meet some of its neighbors. Pictured above with one very happy pup are AFF Special Programs Manager Erich Steffensen and Heather Lee and Laura Tabaka, Millerton veterinarians. 

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Dressed to impress

Webutuck students and faculty embraced the Halloween spirit as Webutuck Elementary School students marched in an annual Halloween parade on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Dressed in a colorful variety of costumes, students made their way through Webutuck High School and Eugene Brooks Intermediate School, with Halloween music and decorated classrooms — and, of course, treats.

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Pittsburgh shootings Congregation Beth David expresses pain, outrage

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AMENIA— No amount of violence, no amount of hate, will keep the Jewish people down. So said Congregation Beth David Rabbi Jon Haddon following the Saturday, Oct. 27, mass shooting in Pittsburgh that killed 11 Jewish worshipers and injured six others. Haddon spoke of his reaction upon learning of the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill.

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Amenia library proposition on this year’s ballot

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AMENIA— In addition to casting their ballots for candidates running for office, Amenia residents will have an opportunity to vote on a funding proposition to benefit the Amenia Free Library on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
The proposition involves a $30,000 increase in the town’s annual contribution to the library, which will directly influence and sustain the library’s operating budget. 

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Town Board discusses finances at 2019 budget workshops

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AMENIA — The Town Board examined potential requests for next year’s budget at two consecutive budget workshops held on Monday, Oct. 22, and Tuesday, Oct. 23.
At the beginning of August, town Supervisor Victoria Perotti sent out budget worksheets to all town departments. Due by the end of August, the departments were asked to fill out the worksheets as a wish list for what they needed. The worksheets were returned to Town Bookkeeper Marjorie Arnold and later given back to Perotti.

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Amenia Free Library brainstorms future programs for patrons

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AMENIA— With the leaves bursting with autumn colors and fall holidays stretching through November, the Amenia Free Library has been busy brainstorming programs that would suit the schedules and interests of its patrons. Now that school is back in session and students are occupied with new activities and responsibilities, the library tends to be quieter, prompting Library Director Erika Palombo to rethink program schedules to determine what times and days work best for everyone. 

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