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AMENIA — The Amenia Town Board considered its options for next year’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) at a public hearing held on Thursday, Sept. 6.

Funded by the federal government, the CDBG program is designed to assist with the development of projects that primarily benefit low and moderate-income residents. Amenia is a member of the 2019 CDBG Urban County Consortium, making it eligible for the grant dollars.

The county has a priority list for projects, which may include acquisition of real property; public facilities and improvements; clearance,...

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Ketcham Hose Company’s convention and parade

DOVER PLAINS — The J.H. Ketcham Hose Company (Dover Plains Fire Department) will host the 65th annual Dutchess County Volunteer Fireman’s Convention and parade on Saturday, July 16.
The annual J.H. Ketcham Carnival opened on Wednesday, July 13, and will continue to Saturday,  July 16. Events are as follows:
Thursday, July 14
Bracelet rides specials
Bingo special games
Friday, July 15
Bracelet rides specials

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Open Gardens tour

AMENIA — The Hudson Valley Iris and Daylily Society’s (HVIDS) annual Open Gardens tour on Sunday, July 17, will feature the Clare Calabria Gardens of Gretchen Hitselberger and Kevin Cassone in Amenia. The garden will be open from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is free and open to the public. The tour also features gardens in Newburg and Burlingham, N.Y. For directions to the gardens, contact the president of HVIDS, Jim Robinowitz, at jmrobinowitz@hotmail.com.

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A little bit of magic ...

After the audience members threw in their magic words and one helper gave a tap with a magic wand, Bee Bee the Clown was able to pull Dust the Bunny out of her cooking pot while performing at the Amenia Free Library last week.

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Amenia’s 14th Hidden Garden Tour

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AMENIA — The 14th annual Hidden Garden Tour of Amenia will be held on Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., rain or shine.
Proceeds from the tour and donations made by local merchants will go toward enhancing the greater Amenia area.
This year, the tour will consist of eight gardens, including two new ones: VauxHall and Clare Calabria.

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Lions honor citizens for their service

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AMENIA — Amenia residents Jack and Linda Gregory were honored on Saturday, June 11, with awards given by the Lions Club during their annual installation dinner.
Jack Gregory received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, which was named after the founder of Lions Club International Foundation. The award, which is considered to be the highest honor granted by the organization, is not given for a specific accomplishment, but recognizes a recipient’s dedication to humanitarian service through generosity, compassion and commitment to the less fortunate.

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More Lions Club news

AMENIA —On a different night of honors, Lion Kenneth Hale represented the Amenia Lions at the annual Webutuck Jr./Sr. Awards Night on Wednesday, June 22, by distributing the club’s scholarships awards.

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Amenia hosts annual carnival

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AMENIA — The annual carnival returned to town June 29 to July 2. The Firefighters Parade was held on Friday, July 1, and the festivities were wrapped up with a fireworks display Saturday night.
Hundreds of people lined the streets of Amenia on Friday to watch the parade. Local fire companies marched through the streets and displayed their firetrucks. Judges were stationed at intervals along the parade route to score the fire companies on their presentation.

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Webutuck seniors graduate into adulthood

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WEBUTUCK — The school district took its chances that Mother Nature would hold back the rain on Saturday, June 25, and held the 57th annual commencement ceremony for Webutuck High School on its front lawn. It was a wise decision in the final analysis as it remained dry through to the end.

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Roxbury Sand and Gravel proposes stockpile site for storage needs

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AMENIA — Roxbury Sand and Gravel, a subsidiary of Gro Max, wants to use its site on Route 22 as a stockpile site to store its prepackaged bags of soil.
The land, located roughly a mile-and-a-half south of the main light in Amenia, diagonally across from Silo Ridge Country Club, is reclaimed mining land, meaning it was previously mined, then regraded and replanted.
The company will store its product on site and build up its stock during the fall and winter in preparation for the busy spring season when it will deplete the stock stored on the site.

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Student donates to Locks of Love

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DOVER PLAINS — Eleven-year-old Webutuck student Jennette Coburn donated her hair to Locks of Love on Saturday, June 11. She had 10 inches of her waist-length strawberry-blond hair cut off at Mane Tamers in Dover Plains that day — something she had been looking forward to for a while.
Jennette recently participated in the Webutuck Math-a-thon. Before the event began, Jennette said she and her fellow classmates watched a video about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which the math-a-thon would benefit.

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