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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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Trail to the Train project gets new heads

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AMENIA — On the same evening that he announced that he will not be running for re-election at year’s end, town Supervisor Wayne Euvrard named Councilwomen Victoria Perotti and Darlene Riemer as the new co-chairs of the Amenia Town Board’s committee for the Trail to the Train project.
Euvrard said he selected Perotti and Riemer because both of them are in the middle of their term on the Town Board, so no matter what happens in this year’s elections, both of them will still be on the Amenia Town Board next year.

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Wassaic studios invite visitors

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WASSAIC —Young people are always offended when someone of my generation compares a Happening to Woodstock — especially if it’s a Happening that involves art, music, an old farm in New York state and lots of long hair and loose-fitting clothes.
So, I will not compare the Wassaic Project and its annual summer festival to Woodstock, even though it involves art, music, an old farm in New York state and lots of people with long hair and loose-fitting clothes.
But if I were to make that comparison, I would mean it as a compliment.

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New business plays to win

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AMENIA — It’s all fun and games at Grandpa Joe’s Game Room in downtown Amenia.
Joe DeLango, nicknamed Grandpa Joe, opened his newest venture to provide a place for teens, adults and families to have fun, wholesome entertainment at a “very reasonable price.”
“The town needed something for the kids,” said DeLango.
“There’s nothing like this in the area,” said DeLango’s wife and co-operator, Pat DeLango, who said that she and her husband “want to put a little fun into [people’s] lives.”
She also mentioned that, previously, people had to travel to Poughkeepsie for a game hall.

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A day of learning at the library

AMENIA — The Amenia Free Library held another summer reading program on Friday, July 15. Jilligan, who has been participating in the summer reading program for roughly 20 years, played guitar and sang songs with the children before introducing her furry and feathered companions. The children got to pet a pony, a goat and day-old chick hatchlings.

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Trail to the Train project still sits at station

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WASSAIC — The Trail to the Train project remains at a standstill as the Amenia Town Board and the Trail to the Train Committee continue to disagree over who should be contracted to build the project.
The Trail to the Train project will build a half-mile extension of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail to connect the Wassaic Metro-North train station to the hamlet of Wassaic. This will give pedestrians a safer option than walking along Route 22.

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Webutuck organizes for 2011-12

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WEBUTUCK — During the annual reorganization meeting, the Webutuck Central School District Board of Education (BOE) members elected a president and vice president.
Dale Culver was re-elected president and William McGhee was re-elected vice president.
The board also swore in its three new members: Judy Moran, Kristen Panzer and Robert Trotta.

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Amenia Hills proposal not ready for board decision

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AMENIA — Consultant Michael Klemens spoke to the Amenia Planning Board on Thursday, June 23, about the proposed Amenia Hills project.
Based on his findings, Klemens said that he would not recommend that the board approve the project at this time.

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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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