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Those who braved a brief sprinkle on Easter Sunday morning, April 21, were treated to birdsong, a traditional Easter message, and a spectacular view from DeLavergne Hill in Amenia.  Pictured from left are Denise Jordan Finley, music director of Smithfield Presbyterian Church; Julie and Luis Anil, missionaries visiting from the Dominican Republic, and at right, the Rev. Douglas Grandgeorge, Smithfield Church pastor, who led the service.

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Smells and tastes of (an Italian) home at Pasta di Casa

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AMENIA — Andrea Salvadore has opened Andrea’s Pasta di Casa on the second floor of a newly renovated brick building on Route 343 in Amenia.
Salvadore is a well-known cook and caterer in the Tri-state area. In addition to working for many years at Harney & Sons Fine Teas in Millerton, she has also operated a bed-and-breakfast out of her home in Lime Rock. (She also worked for The Millerton News.)
She feels that, with this new venture, she has finally found herself at home, not just because she is doing work she loves but also because of the homey atmosphere of her new shop.

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Firehouse flood damage minimized by blockades

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WASSAIC — The aftermath of the March 6 storm was certainly not the first time the downtown hamlet of Wassaic has dealt with major flooding. But as Wassaic Hose Company Chief Scott Boardman explained, planning and plenty of past experience helped minimize the potential damage to the Wassaic firehouse, which dealt with incoming water head-on.

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Helping parents help their children

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AMENIA — The Mothers’ Group that meets at Amenia’s Temple Beth David sporadically is more than just a retreat for moms looking for a social outing — it’s a local resource for caregivers (mothers and fathers, grandparents, nannies and others), offering information and support for child rearing.
It’s also an opportunity for young children of similar ages to play with one another.
Amenia Free Library Children Activities Director Lesley Gyorsok spearheads the group, which currently serves mostly moms from Amenia, Wassaic, Dover, Sharon and Kent.

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Wassaic mining project before Town Board

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AMENIA — Ridgecrest Farms updated the Town Board on Thursday, March 17, as to its progress on the environmental analysis section of an application to include property in southern Wassaic in the town’s Soil Mining Overlay District.
Company owner and president Ian Holback purchased 144 acres of land off Sinpatch Road in Wassaic from Listening Rock Farm owner Allan Shope for a future gravel mining business. Of those 144 acres, only 65 are part of the application for a zoning amendment.

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Coffee, cakes and Peggy McEnroe are Back in the Kitchen

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AMENIA, N.Y. — Peggy McEnroe has once again opened her own cafe, this time in Amenia. It’s called, appropriately, Back in the Kitchen.
McEnroe was the longtime chef/baker/owner of an eatery on Main Street in Millerton. The Millerton Deli opened 17 years ago, in 1993. The name was changed to Back in the Kitchen in 2001, but two years later, in 2003, her deli (and what was at that time the office of The Millerton News) were sold and became the Irving Farm coffee shop.

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Molinaro says mandate relief team a work in progress

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AMENIA — After an evening as guest speaker for the Amenia Lions Club, state Assemblyman Marc Molinaro stopped by the Amenia Town Board meeting on Thursday, March 10, to give an update on his work on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Mandate Relief Redesign Team.
Molinaro is one of 23 members of the team, which includes representatives from private industry, education, labor and government. Molinaro is one of two assemblymen on the team and was recommended by the minority leader of the Assembly, Brian Kolb.

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Coffee, cakes and Peggy McEnroe are Back in the Kitchen

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AMENIA — Peggy McEnroe has once again opened her own cafe, this time in Amenia. It’s called, appropriately, Back in the Kitchen.
McEnroe was the longtime chef/baker/owner of an eatery on Main Street in Millerton. The Millerton Deli opened 17 years ago, in 1993. The name was changed to Back in the Kitchen in 2001, but two years later, in 2003, her deli (and what was at that time the office of The Millerton News) were sold and became the Irving Farm coffee shop.

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Acting out

The Webutuck Drama Society’s weekend was a success, with three sold-out performances of “Fiddler on the Roof,” directed by Nancy Gagne. The production, which ran March 11-13, showcased the talents of close to 60 thespians and behind the scene stage hands. “One of the best productions I’ve seen in 25 years,” applauded 7-12 Principal Ken Sauer at a recent Board of Education meeting. “It was impressive.”

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Authorities evacuate a flooded Wassaic

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WASSAIC — More than two dozen residents living in Wassaic’s downtown area were evacuated from their homes by the Wassaic Fire Company and Rescue Squad during the night of Sunday, March 6. The displaced people spent the wee hours of Monday, March 7 in the Amenia Town Hall gymnasium sleeping on cots provided by the Red Cross.
Wassaic Fire Company Chief Scott Boardman said that it was about 8 p.m. on March 6 when he realized that the rapid rain, which had been coming down all day, was going to be a problem for the hamlet.

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Lantern Inn: a Wassaic bar-in-progress

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WASSAIC — The Lantern Inn is a bit of an anomaly in the surrounding area, a quiet dive bar not on many people’s radar. In the Harlem Valley, the majority of establishments serving drinks are restaurants or veterans organizations like the American Legion or the VFW.

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