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AMENIA— Along with voting for state and county officials, Amenia voters supported their local library this Election Day by casting their ballots in favor of a $30,000 funding proposition on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The proposition marks an increase of $30,000 in the town’s annual contribution to the Amenia Free Library, bringing it to $125,000. In addition to directly influencing and sustaining the library’s operational budget, the increase will allow the library to host additional programs for the community, provide more resources, supply minor upgrades to the public...

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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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Discord over Wassaic firetruck

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WASSAIC — In March, after three years of leaks, one of the Wassaic Fire District’s main firetrucks suffered water tank failure so extensive that the repairs would have cost more than the 22-year-old truck was worth, according to Wassaic Fire Chief Scott Boardman.
Instead of repairing the truck, the district’s board decided to look into replacing it.
A five-man committee was formed to research the purchase of a new truck. That research included attending several expos around New England.

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Sweet music at The Wassaic Project

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More than 100 people lounged on the grass to listen to the beautiful folksy harmonies of New Jersey Americana band Thomas Wesley Stern.
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Wassaic Project draws together artists, viewers of all ages

WASSAIC — The year 2008 marked the beginning of what was to become an annual contemporary arts festival, where history and modernism would come together in this community.
The founders of the Wassaic Project, Bowie Zunino, Eve Biddle, and Elan Bogarin, gained the approval of the Maxon Mills owners, Tony Zunino and Richard Berry, to use the mill as an artistic venue. In 2005, Zunino and Berry purchased and restored the mill, saving it from demolition.

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Garden project receives structure

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WEBUTUCK — Representatives of the North East Community Center (NECC) and the student garden attended the Webutuck Board of Education meeting on Monday, July 18, to give the board an update on their garden project.
Webutuck students, under the supervision of NECC and a Webutuck staff member, have been growing produce in a small garden on the Webutuck grounds this year in order to learn about agriculture, climate and other branches of science related to food production.

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Planning Board addresses multiple issues

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AMENIA — During a short Planning Board meeting held on Thursday, July 28, the board members discussed several recent ongoing projects in Amenia.
Roxbury Sand & Gravel/ Gro Max
Roxbury Sand & Gravel and Gro Max have two projects they are seeking approval for. Formal applications have not yet been submitted for either project because the companies have been waiting to hear opinions from the Planning Board and the Town Board regarding how likely it is that the projects will be approved.

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Schoolhouse association rocks the house

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AMENIA — The Indian Rock Schoolhouse Association held its annual meeting and ice cream social on Sunday, July 31, to update members about the numerous events held at the schoolhouse over the last year and to elect its board. The members also discussed the upcoming annual picnic and community day, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the schoolhouse.
The annual meeting and ice cream social were open to the public.
The association president, Vicki Benjamin, said she received a lot of positive feedback from the members.

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Senator presents Amenia $100,000 grant

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WASSAIC — In a small ceremony on the porch of Maxon Mills in Wassaic, New York state Sen. Greg Ball presented the town of Amenia with a check for $100,000 of grant money that the town won for the Trail to the Train project.
The Trail to the Train project will create a path roughly two-thirds of a mile in length to connect the Harlem Valley Rail Trail trail head at the Wassaic Metro-North train station to the center of the hamlet of Wassaic.
The town has already received a grant for $600,000 and a grant for $10,000.

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The Wassaic Project basics

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WASSAIC — Wassaic’s annual summer festival — aptly called The Wassaic Project — will kick off on Thursday, Aug. 4, with a cake walk and concert before the art festival officially begins the following day.
The cake walk will be held at Maxon Mills (37 Furnace Bank Road) at 6 p.m. and the concert will start at 7 p.m. at the Lantern Inn (14 Main St.). Both events will benefit the Wassaic Fire Company.

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