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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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Planning board proposes regulation changes

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AMENIA — The Planning Board is proposing that the Town Board adopt amendments to the subdivision regulations to put a time limit on project approvals.
The Planning Board discussed the proposed amendments during its Thursday, Aug. 25, meeting.
All projects presented to the Planning Board must apply for and receive a preliminary approval before an application for final approval can be submitted.
The current laws state that the final approval must be applied for within 180 days of receiving the preliminary approval, but there are no consequences if that time period passes.

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A fluid moment

The Wassaic Creek was gushing following Hurricane Irene. The water level rose higher and higher during and after the storm, causing many in the hamlet of Wassaic to prepare for possible flooding.

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Squaring off in Amenia

During the Aug. 18 Amenia Town Board meeting, Town Historian Arlene Iuliano presented the board with the finished quilt square that was made for a state-wide quilt project. The square, handmade by Amenia resident Marie Clark, will be added to the New York State quilt and hung in the New York State Museum in Albany. Iuliano plans on hand-delivering the uniquely crafted quilt square.

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A trip of a lifetime

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AMENIA — Ellen Flanagan is a motorcyclist with a taste for adventure. Seemingly unrelated, as of last month, she can now add “travel writer” to her resume.
The 40-year-old Amenia resident, recently achieved two goals with one exciting trip down South: Not only did she cross off “riding a motorcycle on one of the highest, most dangerous roads on the East Coast” from her bucket list, but she was also able to get a travel piece she wrote about the trip published in the July issue of American Motorcyclist, one of the country’s premiere motorcycling magazines.

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Town board addresses issues

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AMENIA — On Thursday, Aug. 18, the town board began its meeting by recognizing  resident Pat Kelsey with a large plaque for her years of service to the town.
Kelsey has spent 34 years organizing trips for seniors living in the area. She said she organized at least one trip per month (except in January and February) every year, with at least two overnight trips during the year. Most of the trips were within two hours of Amenia, but she said that one of her favorite trips was to Alaska.
Amenia quilt square

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Webutuck’s Back to School night

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WEBUTUCK — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District will host a Back to School night on Tuesday, Sept. 6, for parents and students in grades four through 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
“This family event is intended to give students and families the opportunity to come back to school, reconnect with friends, meet teachers in an informal and relaxed setting as we kick off the new school year,” elementary and high school principals, Katy McEnroe and Ken Sauer, respectively, said in a letter to parents.

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More than 100 marijuana plants seized from Amenia cornfield

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AMENIA — A marijuana growing operation was discovered in Amenia on Wednesday, Aug. 10, by a team of New York state troopers and investigators from the Dover Plains barracks. The New York State Police Aviation team assisted from the air to help lead the ground forces to the right location.
More than 100 marijuana plants, which were hidden in a cornfield, were seized from the property located on Depot Hill Road.
The state police estimated that number of plants would have created more than 50 pounds of saleable marijuana.

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New health center has grand opening

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AMENIA — The Hudson River HealthCare community health center held its grand opening ceremony on Friday, Aug. 12, for its new office in Amenia on East Main Street/Route 343.
The new community health center in Amenia is one of the company’s 18 offices currently open in New York state. Four more are planned to open soon on Long Island.

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A sweet finale

Elizabeth Forbes ate some ice cream on Friday, Aug. 12, in celebration of the Amenia Free Library’s conclusion of its Summer Reading Program. The program offered activities to encourage children to read.

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Her lucky number ...

Wassaic hosted its annual Senior Picnic at the Wassaic firehouse on Saturday, Aug. 13. More than 100 local seniors attended. Before the culinary festivities started, seniors gathered to play 10 rounds of bingo. Marcella Butts wore a pink lei while playing bingo at the senior barbecue. The day’s festivities had a Hawaiian theme.

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