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AMENIA — With the holiday spirit appearing on every corner, the town of Amenia and hamlet of Wassaic rang in the holidays with the town’s annual Parade of Lights on Friday, Dec. 7, and the hamlet’s annual tree lighting on Saturday, Dec. 8.

On parade night, families shivered against the chilly night as they waited for the annual spectacle to begin. Meanwhile, police officers directed evening traffic through town, setting up orange cones to mark the route.

By 6 p.m., the first vehicle started making its way around the bend and the children on the sidewalks...

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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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Students organize blood drive

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WEBUTUCK — Webutuck’s National Honor Society members have organized a blood drive for the American Red Cross, to be held Friday, April 8, in the high school gymnasium.
Blood drives at the school are usually held in the fall and spring. Last fall was the first drive held by the National Honor Society under the guidance of high school math teacher and advisor Eric Harvey.

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Catholic church to bring back dinner dance fundraiser

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AMENIA — The Immaculate Conception Saint Patrick Parish in Amenia will hold a Spring Celebration on Saturday, April 30, that will include dinner, dancing and a silent auction.
It will be one of the first major fundraising events under the leadership of Father Kent Wilson, who came to Immaculate Conception in 2009 from a parish in Fishkill.
“For the Catholic church, most of its funding comes from each week’s collections,” Wilson said. Fundraisers like the dinner and auction are held to raise anything that collections aren’t covering, he added.

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Aromas from Italy

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AMENIA — Stepping inside Andrea Salvadore’s new pasta and sauce shop, Andrea’s Pasta di Casa, feels like walking into a private home. That is, if that home was the culmination of generations of traditional Italian cooking.

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Multiple suggestions for future Town Hall rental use

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AMENIA — The Town Board is mulling over renting out space of its new, expansive Town Hall, touching base with local business owners and entrepreneurs interested in the space while trying to set reasonable rental rates to offset the higher cost of occupying the building.
The catalyst for the discussion at the March 10 meeting was a letter from a resident in Amenia making inquiries into possibly renting out the Town Hall’s auditorium or gymnasium to hold private concerts or shows.

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