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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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questions about Rail Trail extension

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AMENIA — Despite town Supervisor Wayne Euvrard’s assurances that price negotiations were ongoing, members of the town’s Trail to the Train Committee continue to voice their concerns about the Amenia Town Board’s handling of a project that will create a half-mile extension of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail from the Wassaic Metro-North train station south into the hamlet of Wassaic.

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Earth Day worth celebrating in Dover

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DOVER — The middle school gymnasium at the Dover Middle/High School had plenty of environmental flair on Friday, April 15, as part of the Dover Conservation Advisory Council’s (CAC) third annual Earth Day event at the school.
More than a dozen booths filled the school’s gymnasium, where a variety of exhibits and interactive displays kept the revolving student body interested as it passed through. Although Earth Day is technically April 22, the Dover school district will be out on spring break during that time, hence the April 15 event.

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Cost estimates for Trail to Train too high

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AMENIA — The Amenia Town Board and the Trail to the Train Committee have disagreed on which landscape design and engineering firm to hire for its project extending the Harlem Valley Rail Trail south into the hamlet of Wassaic. But they both agree on one thing — initial cost estimates are too high.

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Perotti announces bid for Amenia Supervisor

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AMENIA — Current Amenia Town Board Councilwoman and Deputy Supervisor Victoria Perotti has announced her intention to run for the position of town supervisor this fall.
Perotti said she has met with the Dutchess County Board of Elections as well as present town Supervisor Wayne Euvrard, who is currently serving his second two-year term. Euvrard told Perotti he was still undecided about running a third time.
“I’m just trying to do the very best job I can,” Perotti said in an interview. “I have a lot of things I want to do to make the government run more efficiently.”

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Big stories in a small library

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AMENIA — If there’s something to be taken from the Amenia Free Library’s Reading Day, it’s that for such a small library, Amenia has a fantastic selection of children’s stories.
As part of National Library Week, Amenia held two days of reading sessions with Webutuck’s pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes. Four local volunteers sat down with students at the library to read some of their favorite children’s books on April 12 and 15.

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And the hunt is on ...

AMENIA — Children and their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends all gathered at the Amenia Town Hall on Saturday, April 16, to meet the one and only Easter Bunny. After the meet and greet they headed outside and hit the ground running, searching out candy-filled plastic Easter eggs. With baskets and bags in hand, children collected their goodies, courtesy of the town. There were also treats ­— cookies and drinks ­— donated from Freshtown in Amenia.

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Business blooms for Wassaic flower shop

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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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Amenia fire takes family home

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AMENIA — A significant fire all but destroyed a two-story home at the top of DeLavergne Hill in Amenia on Friday, April 8.

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See the wonders of science

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WEBUTUCK — Digging in the dirt, giving your friend an electric shock, building paper airplanes … who knew math and science could be so much fun?
The teachers and volunteers organizing Math and Science Night on Wednesday, April 6, apparently did. School staff, local businesses and organizations and members of the PTA helped set up a variety of exhibition tables, science experiments and a big presentation from Floyd Holt, president of Spaceship Discovery, an organization working toward building a large science and technology center in the Harlem Valley.

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Starry-eyed students wrap up reading month

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WEBUTUCK — This year’s People as Reading Partners program (PARP) went out with a big bang, as Webutuck Elementary School hosted a giant inflatable planetarium in its gymnasium.
Two reading programs dominated the month of March at Webutuck Elementary: PARP and One School, One Book.
PARP encourages children to read for at least 15 minutes each day with their parents. Every Friday during the month of March students brought in a checklist signed by their parents confirming that the students had met the reading quota on at least five days of the week.

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