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AMENIA UNION — When The Rev. Betsy Fisher preaches her final sermon on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Amenia Union, it is likely there will be more than a few damp eyes in the congregation. 

Every once in a while, the right person comes along at just the right time. So it was in the tiny church when the now retiring Rev. Fisher arrived. She is known far beyond the boundaries of her parish, throughout Dutchess County and even into Connecticut as her good works — particularly in fighting for the hungry — have provided practical...

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Chamberlin, Cummings, compete for highway superintendent

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AMENIA — With Election Day just a few weeks away, voters have two candidates ready to take on the responsibilities of highway superintendent.
Megan Chamberlin
For write-in candidate Megan Chamberlin, the idea sparked when she was asked to run by some locals. 
Given her 13 years as a full-time member of the Highway Department, she thought it would be a good fit and decided to run for public office for the first time.

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Devine in race for another term

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AMENIA— With 12 years of experience, James Devine (R) has decided to run for another four-year term as town justice.
Devine is running uncontested. He previously served the town as a member of the Town Board.
Devine has handled various cases involving misdemeanors and civil matters. He said he has been disturbed by the number of drug arrests related to young people.
He said he considers every person who comes before him innocent until proven guilty.

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Morris and Somogyi seek two spots on Town Board

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AMENIA — Amenia voters will find two Town Board candidates ready to serve to the best of their abilities, for a four-year term. Both candidates are running for public office for the first time.
James Morris
Appointed as a temporary board member earlier this year, James Morris is now running for the full four-year term. Though he hasn’t served in an office position before, he said his time on the Town Board thus far has  been a learning experience.

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Perotti runs for a third term

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AMENIA— Having served the town of Amenia for two previous terms, current town Supervisor Victoria Perotti has decided to run for a third term in this year’s local elections.
Running on a Republican, Independent and Conservative ticket, Perotti’s qualifications as town supervisor encompass her bachelor’s degree in science and business administration along with her experience in running business offices. She believes she has gained a broad understanding of local government. 

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Fire safety at WES

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Amenia mourns loss of Arlene Iuliano

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AMENIA — The town of Amenia is a little less vibrant this week, after the passing of its town historian, Arlene Iuliano. 
Known to many for her deep love of history, Iuliano was a popular resource for those researching town lore. She was just as familiar with current events, and could often be seen at Town Board meetings posing questions and seeking information about local events and issues.

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Genevieve Trigg appointed new town attorney by Town Board

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AMENIA — The Amenia Town Board welcomed Genevieve Trigg to its team at the end of August as the new town attorney.
Trigg said she knew she wanted to be a lawyer at a young age and applied herself to her studies to reach that goal. While she was originally interested in practicing criminal law, she developed a passion for environmental law after interning at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) during her first summer at Albany Law School. From that point on, she maintained her focus on environmental science throughout law school.

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Amenia mourns death of lifelong resident John P. Culligan Sr.

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AMENIA — Townspeople were saddened to learn that lifelong resident John P. Culligan Sr. died on Thursday, Sept. 28, at the age of 65.
Many remember Culligan for his steadfast service to the town, his kindness and his ability to reach out to help everyone he came in contact with. A former student of the Webutuck Central School District, Culligan remained a strong supporter of Webutuck sports teams following his graduation in 1970.

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Candidates named for fall election

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AMENIA— Election Day, Nov. 7, is around the corner — and candidates in the town of Amenia are preparing.
Available positions in the town include town supervisor, two seats on the Town Board, town justice, town clerk, assessor and highway superintendent. With the exception of the supervisor’s two-year term, each position carries a four-year term. 
Republicans

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Bidding farewell to Ann Linden

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AMENIA — The town of Amenia and the greater Harlem Valley lost a great one this week, with the death of inveterate volunteer and community organizer Ann Linden.
Linden, whose name is synonymous with Amenia and its history, passed away on Friday, Sept. 29, at home at the age of 76. Best known, perhaps, for her involvement with the one-room 1858 Indian Rock Schoolhouse, Linden worked tirelessly to ensure the town’s history remain alive and well with future generations. 

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