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AMENIA — Good structure makes the garden satisfying in all seasons.

That sentiment by Maxine Paetro, owner of an English-style cottage garden that will swing open its rustic gates to the public on Saturday, June 22, during the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days event, is evident throughout her lush Amenia property, Broccoli Hall.

Regardless of whether visitors tour Broccoli Hall in early or late spring, summer or fall, the series of enchanting garden rooms differ in mood and content from season to season. The garden, open twice a year to the public, has spectacular...

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Veterans Day touches many

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AMENIA — With great appreciation and goodwill, the people of Amenia attended a ceremony at Fountain Square, to thank local veterans for their service and their valor, an annual tradition the town sponsors on Veterans Day, which falls on the 11th day of the 11th month each year. This year the holiday came on Friday, Nov. 11; the ceremony began at 11 a.m., as did numerous events across the Harlem Valley and throughout the nation.

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Board waits on budget

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AMENIA — The public hearing for the Amenia town budget, held on Thursday, Nov. 10, drew no complaints from town residents, but the Town Board still chose not to adopt it later that evening.
The adoption of the budget was postponed so that the town could look into drafting and adopting a resolution to override the mandated 2 percent tax levy cap.

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Voters vexed over watery walkway

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AMENIA — While Election Day is a time for citizens to voice their opinions about the affairs that affect them, the loudest voices on Tuesday, Nov. 8, did not decry political issue, but the conditions at one of Amenia’s polling places.
Voters who cast their ballot at the Amenia Fire Department on Election Day dealt with parking problems, a soggy lawn and a ramp without a railing in order to enter the building.

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Saluting our soldiers

Six-year-old Sean Morrissey of Millerton attended Amenia’s Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11, along with the rest of Cub Scout Pack 29, to honor local veterans. Photo by Whitney Joseph

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Winter Market

AMENIA — The Amenia Winter Market will run every Saturday in November and December, and then on the first and third Saturdays monthly from January through April, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Taking part will be local farmers, food makers and artisans selling an array of edibles and gifts. The Winter Market will be held inside the Amenia Town Hall (the former Amenia Elementary School) on Route 22, just north of the main intersection in town.
For more information, visit www.ameniafarmersmarket.com.

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Town signs contract for Trail to the Train project

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AMENIA — The highlight of the Thursday, Oct. 20, Amenia Town board meeting was the board’s vote to accept the contract with WSP Sells for the first phase of the Trail to the Train project.
The contract had been in negotiations for several weeks before the final version was accepted.
The Trail to the Train project will extend the Harlem Valley Rail Trail south from the Wassaic Metro North train station into the hamlet.
The town has already received a $600,000 grant and a $100,000 grant to help cover the cost of the project.

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Details clarified in ERT chairperson wages debate

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AMENIA — According to information obtained through town Bookkeeper Sherry Johnson and town council member Vicki Doyle, it was revealed that the current chairperson of the Amenia Emergency Response Team has been paid as least $489.60 for work done during storm emergencies in 2011.
Seventeen work hours were submitted on a pay sheet for a March 2011 storm. An additional 13 hours were submitted for an August 2011 storm.
That makes the average pay rate $16.32 per hour.

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Illegal sign at Shell station

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AMENIA — Issues with the signage of the Shell gas station, located at the intersection of routes 44, 343 and 22, were discussed during the Planning Board meeting held on Thursday, Oct. 27.
The Amenia town code includes specific information regarding the limits and regulations for business signs. That includes a 10-foot height limit, a 16-square-foot surface area limit and a ban on certain types of signs, such as internally illuminated signs and sandwich board signs.

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Letter sparks inquiry into salary for unpaid volunteer position

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A letter sent by former town board member Bill Carroll has sparked an inquiry into the salary for the chairperson of the Amenia Emergency Response team.
Carroll’s letter questions whether the position is supposed to be an unpaid volunteer position or an hourly paid position.
Carroll said in an interview that he has received responses from three town board members, but none of them have satisfactorily explained how the current situation came to be. He said that two board members admitted to being unaware of the situation before Carroll brought it to their attention.

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Candidate Profiles — Amenia 2011

Name: Janet M. Reagon
Age: 65
Town: Amenia
Years lived in town: 65
Occupation/background: Retired teacher of history, government and economics, Webutuck Central School
Marital status, children: Married, three children, eight grandchildren
Position running for, term length: Town supervisor, two-year term
Political party: Democratic

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