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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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A call to peace rings out in Wassaic

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WASSAIC — Wassaic’s World Peace Prayer Society hosted its annual Peace Festival at the World Peace Sanctuary on Sunday, Sept. 25, to pray for gratitude and peace in celebration of the International Day of Peace holiday, which is held every year on Sept. 21.
The event included international music, dance performances, prayers for Japan’s recovery from the devastating March 11 tsunami and earthquake disaster and an interactive flag ceremony.

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Town board makes ruling on hotel reimbursements

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AMENIA — During the Town Board meeting held on Thursday, Sept. 8, the council members had a lengthy discussion regarding the 2011 budget and hotel reimbursements.
Amenia Town Clerk Dawn Marie Klingner put in a voucher for an educational conference she will be attending at the end of September for the sixth year. She said that the voucher was returned to her a few days later, unsigned, with a note saying that hotel expenses are no longer being covered.

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Artists open studios for annual tour

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WASSAIC — The Wassaic Project hosted an open studio event on Saturday, Sept. 17, to kick off the ArtEast Open Studio Tour that will be held two weekends in October.
This is the fifth annual free tour of artist studios in eastern Dutchess County.
The tour features the studios of more than 30 artists working in a wide variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography and mixed media.

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Mine application starts off on a slippery slope

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AMENIA — Another mining operation is planned for Amenia, this time in the residential zoning section of South Amenia along the Webatuck Creek.
The property, owned by Kent Hollow, Inc., contained a small mine in the 1970s and 1980s, but the permit for that mine was intentionally left to expire in 1989.
The company submitted an application for a permit renewal to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), but did not submit any applications to the town of Amenia.

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Highway super threatens to stop applying for FEMA money

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AMENIA — During the Thursday, Sept. 15, Town Board meeting, Amenia Highway Superintendent Stan Whitehead told the board that he was going to stop applying for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant money if the town continued to put his hard-earned grant money into fund balances available to the entire town, forcing his department to go into unnecessary debt.
Whitehead presented the board members with 10-page packets that detailed the history of his financial struggle with the town over the last dozen years.

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Fundraisers to save historic Wassaic chapel

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WASSAIC — Gridley Chapel, located in the heart of Wassaic, is in need of a little TLC.
Built in 1873, Gridley Chapel was the pet project of Emeline Gridley, wife of Wassaic businessman Noah Gridley. The couple constructed the chapel to ensure that children in town had the opportunity to attend Sunday school.
True to its origins, the building is still used today to host an after-school children’s program run by the Christian Connection Ministry.
Terri Anello, a member of the Christian Connection who has helped with fundraising, believes that the chapel needs to be preserved.

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Amenia comes together for community day

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AMENIA — The Indian Rock Schoolhouse buzzed with activity on Saturday, Sept. 17, as hundreds of residents took part in activities at the 10th annual Amenia picnic and community day.
This year’s theme was “A Tribute to Local Farmers.”
Many farmers were on hand to help celebrate and to support two books written by Marvin Van Benschoten and Julian Strauss about the farms in the area.

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Back-to-school night has large turnout

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WEBUTUCK — On Tuesday, Sept. 6, Webutuck High School and the Eugene Brooks Intermediate School hosted a back-to-school night for students and family.
The event gave the students a chance to familiarize themselves with the school layout, test locker combinations and introduce themselves to the teachers. It also gave the parents a chance to meet the school staff.
High school principal Ken Sauer said he thought the event went well.
“It was a great way to start the school year on a very positive note,” he said, though he added that he wished more of his students had attended.

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Same-sex couple ties the knot after 52 years

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AMENIA — Guy Castle and Lester Saroff have been a couple for nearly 52 years, but it wasn’t until Tuesday, July 26, two days after New York’s Marriage Equality Act went into effect, that they finally tied the knot.
Their marriage is officially the first same-sex union to take place in Amenia under the new law.
Castle said friends had urged them to get married in nearby Massachusetts or Connecticut, both of which passed similar laws before New York, but they wanted to get married in their home state.

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A touching tribute to Sept. 11

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AMENIA — In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the Amenia Town Hall hosted a presentation on Friday, Sept. 9, given by Robert Mahoney, a former FBI agent who was at the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City when it was attacked.
Mahoney began by giving a detailed account of his experience on Sept. 11, 2001.

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