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AMENIA — Just over a year since beginning as director of the Amenia Free Library, Erika Palombo resigned, making her last day Wednesday, Aug. 7. The move came following her decision to continue her career at another library.

Stepping forward to fill the shoes of longtime Amenia Free Library Director Miriam Devine, Palombo first accepted the responsibilities of the library director position in March, 2018. Among the goals she set for herself when hired, Palombo said she wanted to introduce programming for all ages that focused on the fields of science, technology, engineering...

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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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Local Boy Scout troop takes first in derby

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HARLEM VALLEY — Boy Scout Troop 29, comprised of Scouts from Millerton, Amenia and Wassaic, figured out the perfect combination for this year’s Klondike Derby, as one of the troop’s two teams turned in a first-place finish at Camp Nooteeming near Salt Point last month.

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Silo Ridge project to be granted two-year extension

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AMENIA — For the second time, the town of Amenia’s Planning Board is expected to grant the Silo Ridge Country Club development project an extension on its special use permit, this time for two years.
Back in early 2010, the applicants were granted a one-year extension, which would expire June 1, 2011. But representatives were back in front of the board at its Feb. 24 meeting, saying that they were estimating an additional 24 months would be needed to secure the necessary building permits.

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McDermott Electric plugs into local need

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WINGDALE — Jim McDermott has been an electrician for more than half of his 45 years. He knows his job, and he knows the industry; now he’s banking on the fact that Dutchess County is in need of one more qualified electrician, headquartered in Wingdale.

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Webutuck raises the roof with students’ latest production

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WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck Drama Society is putting the finishing touches on its upcoming production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” the Broadway classic about a Jewish father and the wedding of his three daughters.
“We’ve always loved this show,” explained director Nancy Gange, speaking for herself and her husband, James, who assists with the play’s set construction. “I don’t think it’s one that you see done that often.”
“Fiddler on the Roof” will be presented on Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12, at 7 p.m., with a final matinee performance on Sunday, March 13, at 2 p.m.

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Webutuck grad hits national radar after run-in with college coach

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AMENIA — A Webutuck graduate and current sophomore at a Pennsylvania college made national headlines last week as allegations of assault by his basketball coach peaked with an appearance on live television.
Matt Kravchuck, an Amenia resident, and John O’Connor, the former varsity basketball coach at Holy Family University, were quickly swept up in the middle of a whirlwind controversy in Pennsylvania following the incident.
The incident

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Draft scope of work for Town Hall renno­vations revealed

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AMENIA — Town Councilwoman Darlene Riemer gave the public its first look at a draft scope of work for Phase III of renovations to the new Town Hall building that will provide the foundation for work to come.
Before the town moved into its new location on Route 22, the former Amenia Elementary School building, the Town Board decided to divide the needed work into three phases.

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