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AMENIA — As the town of Amenia set to work clearing the snow left by Blizzard Eugene, the Town Board took the agenda’s pressing matters into consideration during its meeting on Thursday, March 16.

In her report, town Supervisor Victoria Perotti made a brief reference to the “Blizzard of 2017” and thanked the Highway Department for its efforts in clearing the snow from local streets.

“This was a catastrophic event, and it will take several days for the snow to be cleared. So please be patient,” said Perotti before reading a statement from...

Amenia

Town Board plans for upcoming year

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AMENIA  — The Town Board met on Tuesday, Jan. 3, for its annual organizational meeting, at which time it made appointments, filled committees and set salaries. The yearly protocol helps establish all the players in town government — necessary cogs in the administrative wheel.
The board meeting schedule will remain the same, on the first and third Thursday of the month, at 7 p.m., at Town Hall.
Denis Fitzpatrick was appointed as town attorney.
Hilarie Thomas was appointed the town’s special prosecutor.

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Hawk’s eye view

A juvenile Cooper’s hawk landed on a snowy perch in Wassaic recently. He seemed as interested in the sights as the photographer was in him.

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Book binge

The Amenia Free Library presented 8-year-old Sophia Beeman, the winner of the Library Card Sign-up held late last year, with a $25 gift certificate from Oblong Books. Sophia quickly chose an armful of books to enjoy.

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BOE talks capital improvements

WEBUTUCK — For several months, the North East (Webutuck) Central School District contemplated $8.5 million in capital improvements projects in 2017. Following the proper rules and regulations, the district put the project up for public vote on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. The measure was voted down — with 236 out of 417 people voting against it. Only 181 voters were for the project.
The Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) met Monday, Dec. 19, to discuss what steps to take next. 
Superintendent of Schools Ray Castellani offered some ideas.

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Year in Review 2016 : Community kitchen still on the horizon for town residents

AMENIA — Roughly four years ago, resident Rudy Eschbach thought of “a great project” to benefit the town and the region, according to town Assessor Wayne Euvrard. The idea Eschbach pitched was to add a community kitchen to the Town Hall. The kitchen would be situated in a back room adjacent to the gym.
Earlier this year, Euvrard created the Community Kitchen Committee to ensure this concept comes to fruition.

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Year in Review 2016 : Ambulance contract negotiated with Northern Dutchess

AMENIA — The beginning of 2016 hit residents living in the Wassaic Fire District with a 171 percent tax hike to cover a $500,000 emergency contract with Northern Dutchess Paramedics (NDP) for ambulance service in the hamlet. The decision was made by the Wassaic Fire Commissioners following a public hearing in October 2015, acknowledging the dwindling pool of willing volunteers.

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Year in Review 2016: Silo Ridge Field Club progress

AMENIA — Despite challenges, the Silo Ridge Field Club — a large-scale luxury residential development off Route 22 in Amenia — 2016 brought about many milestones for the development.

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Graduating to a new honor roll list

WEBUTUCK — Webutuck High School has found a new way of challenging its students to strive for higher grades. At the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year, Principal Jennifer Chason launched the Principal’s Honor Roll — an academic award for students with a grade point average of 95 percent or higher.

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The Wassaic Project is awarded $10,000 grant by AT&T

WASSAIC — The Wassaic Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to art education in the hamlet of Wassaic, is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from AT&T.
The grant, which will support funding for the organization’s Wassaic X Webutuck school partnership program, was accepted by The Wassaic Project co-directors at Maxon Mills in a private meeting. AT&T Director of Internal Affairs Ed Bergstraesser delivered the news in the presence of New York State Assemblywoman Didi Barrett (D-106) on Thursday, Oct. 27.

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The joys of Christmas

Santa and Mrs. Claus were all smiles at the Wassaic tree lighting on Sunday, Dec. 11, during which there was a light snowfall.

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