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WEBUTUCK — Boys Scout Troop 29 of Wassaic, Amenia and Millerton presented Charles Michael “Mikey” Ackerman, 15, with the Eagle Scout rank in an afternoon ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Currently a sophomore at Webutuck High School, Ackerman has participated as an active member of Boy Scouts Troop 29 since childhood, beginning as a Tiger Scout while in kindergarten. 

In order to be ranked as an Eagle Scout, the highest advancement rank in Scouting, Ackerman was required to complete a project demonstrating the skills he acquired from Boy Scouts. As...

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At interfaith event: What it means to be human

AMENIA — The intimate room at Congregation Beth David on Saturday evening, Nov. 19, was devoted to the expression of faith, but Rabbi Jon Haddon cracked the ice with a taste of timely political one-liners.

“I always want to vote for the best man, but he never runs!” Haddon quipped.

He quickly transitioned into a prayer for the nation, and closed on a compelling note of symbolism: “Let us remember, dear friends, that even the Liberty Bell is cracked.”

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Wassaic offers seed swap and art

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WASSAIC — Maxon Mills was as busy as ever on Saturday, Nov. 12, as The Wassaic Project held three very different functions all at once.
The community-oriented arts organization kicked the event off with the first annual Wassaic Seed Swap at 3 p.m. Gardening enthusiasts enjoyed perusing through a collection of roughly 100 different seeds, ranging from flowers to vegetables.
Lesley Elhers, a gardener, was one of the first to arrive.

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Veterans thanked for service

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AMENIA — A small crowd gathered at Fountain Square in Amenia on Friday, Nov. 11, to honor veterans past and present. The group, which was smaller than in years past, withstood gusty winds to express their gratitude to those who served in this nation’s Armed Forces.
To VFW Post 5444 member Rick Butler, their presence meant a lot.

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County budget unveiled

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DOVER — Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro released the county’s first tentative budget for 2017 at a Town Hall Forum at the American Legion Post 1949 in Wingdale on Wednesday, Nov. 9. 
The budget proposed by Molinaro includes what would be the third consecutive year of tax levy reductions, of roughly $175,000. It would also be the second consecutive year the county has seen a tax rate reduction.

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Maplebrook’s outdoor classroom hosts Webutuck students

AMENIA — The third-grade classes from Webutuck Elementary School spent the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Etkin Environmental Center on Maplebrook’s west campus.  

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Town Board talks budget, Silo Ridge resolutions passed

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AMENIA — The Amenia Town Board held its regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 3, and discussed the town budget and Silo Ridge Field Club.
The meeting kicked off with a public hearing regarding a local law authorizing a property tax levy in excess of the limit established in general municipal law.
During the time allotted for the public hearing, Leedsville resident Sharon Kroeger spoke about the budget process.

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The haunted mill in the haunted hamlet

                                           

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Budget process underway, focus on ambulance service

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AMENIA  — The last trimester of the year spells out budget season for towns throughout the state. Like many of them, Amenia is in the throes of drafting its budget.
A tentative budget was presented on Friday, Sept. 20. 
Before adopting the final budget, the board will have to hold a public hearing before the Tuesday, Nov. 15, adoption deadline.
Town Supervisor Victoria Perotti said this year’s budget is similar to last year’s.

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Amenia to vote on term lengths

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AMENIA  — Amenia has no one up for election this Nov. 8, but there are two propositions to be voted on on Election Day. Both are to extend term lengths for elected officials.
Local Law No. 2 of 2016 would change the length of the town clerk’s term from two years to four.
Local Law No. 3 of 2016 would change the length of the town supervisor’s term from two years to four.

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Standing strong

The Smithfield Presbyterian Church in Amenia has new columns. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Saturday, Oct. 22. “This church is 275 years old,” said the Rev. Douglas Grandgeorge. “These columns were about to fall down, and that would have been the end of this building.”

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