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AMENIA— Perched at 19 Morse Hill Road in Amenia, equine specialist Jackie Wilkane owns Hope Rising Farm, which has thrived since she first established it last February. 

Since the age of 13, Wilkane has owned and taken care of show horses. For 26 years, she owned her own dog grooming business, Doggy Do’s, in Pleasantville, N.Y., before shifting her career to become a therapeutic riding instructor. What started as an investigation into the work at Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center in Orange County turned into a passion, and she was later employed as an instructor at...

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Birdhouse building

Page Lumber of Amenia hosted a community day on Saturday, May 21. Centered around a birdhouse-building activity for the local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, there was also a firetruck and an ambulance for the children to explore. Raffles, free blood pressure readings, grilled hotdogs, snacks and State Police-issued Child ID cards were among some of the other activities at the event. Tyler Calabrese worked hard to build his birdhouse.

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Kildonan Founders Day celebrates students’ accomplishments

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AMENIA — Kildonan School hosted its annual Founders Day on Saturday, May 14. Founders Day celebrates the school’s founders, Kurt Goldman and Diana Hanbury King, as well as the students’ accomplishments during the year.
Founders Day encompasses a range of events, including a student art exhibit, a horse show, a tennis match and a lacrosse game. More than 200 students, parents, educators and other visitors attended.
The theme of this year’s event was “My Journey,” which focused on the individual journey every person takes with dyslexia.

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Amenia Board addresses town business

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AMENIA — The Town Board took care of a number of matters at its May 12 meeting. Below are some of the issues that were discussed.
Firemen’s Carnival
The Town Board voted to pass Resolutions No. 21 and 22 regarding the Amenia Firemen’s Parade and Carnival.
Resolution No. 21 rescinds the open container law in the carnival area, closes roads used by the parade and carnival and hires constables to monitor the events.
Resolution No. 22 specifies the duties of the constables and requires the Amenia Fire Company to pay all costs associated with hiring constables.

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How do you fit Amenia inside a square?

AMENIA — Capturing the essence of Amenia inside a 12-inch-by-12-inch quilted square is the task at hand for Town Historian Arlene Iuliano. She is looking for local help to participate in a statewide heritage quilt project.
The Association of Public Historians of New York State is promoting the project, which was started in 2009 to coincide with the Hudson-Champlain Quadricentennial.

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Diane Zahler: The tale and review of an author

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WASSAIC — It could be said that Diane Zahler lives a fairy-tale life. She has a loving family, lives in a community she loves and loves doing what she does. Which brings us to the fairy tale part — what Zahler does, specifically, is write, or often rewrites, fabled fairy tales. And she does it very well.
“Zahler takes a light story and gives it gratifying depth, rounding out the characters and their motivations without betraying the source material and wrapping it all together in a graceful and cohesive romantic drama,” raved Publishers Weekly.

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Business blooms for new Wassaic flower shop

WASSAIC — Images of butterflies and ladybugs are hard to avoid at Monarch Creations, a new flower and decorations shop located on Route 22 in Wassaic. They’re even a part of the store logo.
The new business is owned by Melissa Conklin, and if a flower shop in that location strikes a familiar chord, it’s because she purchased the business from Judy Marshall, who ran Judy’s Flower Shop there for more than a decade and still owns the building.

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Can you fit Amenia inside a square?

AMENIA — Capturing the essence of Amenia inside a 12-foot by 12-foot quilted square: that’s the task at hand for Town Historian Arlene Iuliano, who is looking for local help to participate in a state-wide heritage quilt project.
The project is being promoted by the Association of Public Historians of New York State; it was started to coincide with the Hudson-Champlain Quadricentennial event held in 2009.

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Building on the strength of the community

AMENIA — When the pastor at the Poughquag United Methodist Church announced that funding was not available to sponsor the 2011 Rebuilding Together-Dutchess County project, there was an “outcry from the congregation,” according to church member Nikki Edleman.

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Amenia residents help keep town clean

AMENIA — Last Saturday was beautiful and sunny when Amenia residents, young and old, were smiling and chatting and … picking up trash?
On Saturday, April 30, a group of volunteers from the area celebrated Earth Day with the good deed of a trash pickup day from the local roadsides. Amenia town Councilwoman Vicki Doyle has led the trash pickup for eight years.

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Landfill cleanup moves forward

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AMENIA — Town Supervisor Wayne Euvrard has estimated the project to clean up Amenia’s old landfill will begin construction next year.
The landfill, located south of the Amenia hamlet on Route 22, closed in the late 1990s because dangerous waste was found there.
Early remediation cost estimates totaling about $5 million were scrapped when additional contamination was found on site. Last year the Town Board approved a resolution approving Bond Anticipation Notes (BAN) totalling more than $12 million, although Euvrard has said that is a high estimate.

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