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WASSAIC — With summer coming to an end, the Amenia Garden Club rallied the Amenia Enhancement Committee, the Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) and the local community together to help clean up Borden Park on Saturday, Aug. 31. 

Aided by exemplary weather, volunteers set to work weeding, pruning, mulching and pulling down vines from trees. The rich scent of fresh soil rose in the air as the group spruced up the park. 

One week later, on Saturday, Sept. 7, the Amenia Garden Club hosted an end-of-summer garden party for dues-paying members. Held in the home...

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Library programs offer novel fun for tots

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AMENIA — The fall programs for the Amenia Free Library will begin on Thursday, Sept. 8.
The programs, which are geared toward children up to age 5, will be held on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Temple Beth David on East Main Street.
All events are free and open to the public. No registration is required to attend.
During the weekly programs, children have the opportunity to sing, listen to stories, make art projects and participate in sensory activities.

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Indian Rock Schoolhouse prize

This wooden farm scene, hand-made by Jeanne Allen and June Heckelman of Double J Ranch in Amenia, is one of many prizes to be raffled off at the Indian Rock Schoolhouse Picnic and Community Day on Saturday, Sept. 17. The drawing will be at noon that day. The picnic will be at the Indian Rock Schoolhouse on Mygatt Road in Amenia. The raffle benefits the schoolhouse and the many free programs for children that are held there.

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Facility offers unique care for seniors and children

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DOVER — This summer, a new preschool learning center and elder care respite center opened on Reimer Avenue.
Tina Evans, one of the co-owners of the Golden Goose facility, said that the company grew out of a need she saw in the community.
She said that there were no options that offer activities and socialization for elderly people in a safe environment so that primary caregivers can go to work or run errands without worrying about their loved ones.
“Most injuries happen when a frail senior citizen is home alone,” said Evans.

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Planning board proposes regulation changes

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AMENIA — The Planning Board is proposing that the Town Board adopt amendments to the subdivision regulations to put a time limit on project approvals.
The Planning Board discussed the proposed amendments during its Thursday, Aug. 25, meeting.
All projects presented to the Planning Board must apply for and receive a preliminary approval before an application for final approval can be submitted.
The current laws state that the final approval must be applied for within 180 days of receiving the preliminary approval, but there are no consequences if that time period passes.

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A fluid moment

The Wassaic Creek was gushing following Hurricane Irene. The water level rose higher and higher during and after the storm, causing many in the hamlet of Wassaic to prepare for possible flooding.

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Squaring off in Amenia

During the Aug. 18 Amenia Town Board meeting, Town Historian Arlene Iuliano presented the board with the finished quilt square that was made for a state-wide quilt project. The square, handmade by Amenia resident Marie Clark, will be added to the New York State quilt and hung in the New York State Museum in Albany. Iuliano plans on hand-delivering the uniquely crafted quilt square.

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A trip of a lifetime

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AMENIA — Ellen Flanagan is a motorcyclist with a taste for adventure. Seemingly unrelated, as of last month, she can now add “travel writer” to her resume.
The 40-year-old Amenia resident, recently achieved two goals with one exciting trip down South: Not only did she cross off “riding a motorcycle on one of the highest, most dangerous roads on the East Coast” from her bucket list, but she was also able to get a travel piece she wrote about the trip published in the July issue of American Motorcyclist, one of the country’s premiere motorcycling magazines.

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Town board addresses issues

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AMENIA — On Thursday, Aug. 18, the town board began its meeting by recognizing  resident Pat Kelsey with a large plaque for her years of service to the town.
Kelsey has spent 34 years organizing trips for seniors living in the area. She said she organized at least one trip per month (except in January and February) every year, with at least two overnight trips during the year. Most of the trips were within two hours of Amenia, but she said that one of her favorite trips was to Alaska.
Amenia quilt square

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Webutuck’s Back to School night

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WEBUTUCK — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District will host a Back to School night on Tuesday, Sept. 6, for parents and students in grades four through 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
“This family event is intended to give students and families the opportunity to come back to school, reconnect with friends, meet teachers in an informal and relaxed setting as we kick off the new school year,” elementary and high school principals, Katy McEnroe and Ken Sauer, respectively, said in a letter to parents.

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More than 100 marijuana plants seized from Amenia cornfield

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AMENIA — A marijuana growing operation was discovered in Amenia on Wednesday, Aug. 10, by a team of New York state troopers and investigators from the Dover Plains barracks. The New York State Police Aviation team assisted from the air to help lead the ground forces to the right location.
More than 100 marijuana plants, which were hidden in a cornfield, were seized from the property located on Depot Hill Road.
The state police estimated that number of plants would have created more than 50 pounds of saleable marijuana.

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