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Amenia residents paired up with the town’s Enhancement Committee on Saturday, May 18, to get the town ready for the annual Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 27. Residents met at Fountain Square to plant red, white and blue annuals to reflect the coming holiday. From left, Enhancement Committee member Leo Blackman showed Jean Gutierrez and her daughter, Pickle, how to plant an annual.

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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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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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