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Amenia

Town appoints members to ZRC, accepts resignation

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AMENIA — In the recent workshop meeting on Thursday, July 6, the Town Board announced the members of the new Zoning Review Committee (ZRC) and bid farewell to town attorney Denise Fitzpatrick following her resignation. 

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Clowning around

To kick off the start of this year’s New York Summer Reading Program, the Amenia Free Library received a visit from Bee Bee the Clown on Friday, July 7. Not even the morning’s rain showers could dampen the children’s spirits as they watched Bee Bee perform with puppets, magic tricks and juggling. When one of her tricks conjured up a live rabbit in a cage, the show’s young audience gathered around Bee Bee for a chance to pet the bunny’s fur.

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Amenia church organ finds home in Tennessee

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AMENIA — It’s been nearly two years since its closure, but a piece of the United Presbyterian Church of Amenia will live on at the St. Paul Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tenn. That’s because the Amenia pipe organ was salvaged and moved south just last month.
Originally built in 1871 by George Jardine, the story behind the organ begins with the church’s need for a more powerful instrument due to high attendance at services. The church commissioned a new organ from Jardine that would be larger and louder for hymns than the original.

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Summertide Festival rocks

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Cascade Mountain Winery & Restaurant held a Summertide Festival with food, music and wine from Friday, July 7, to Sunday, July 9, to celebrate its 40th anniversary. 
Owner Charlie Wetmore said the idea of hosting the festival came to him years ago, after watching Northwest Corner musician Ram Miles perform at his sister Joanie Yahn’s wedding.

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Residents tune in to The Wassaic Project

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WASSAIC — Smack in the center of the hamlet of Wassaic, the streets were alive with the sound of music in celebration of The Wassaic Project’s July Festival on Saturday, July 1.
Beginning at 3 p.m., residents of Wassaic and beyond arrived by the carload for a night of arts and entertainment for the whole family. Due to impending weather, the festival’s musical performances were held in the Luther Barn, a first for The Wassaic Project.

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Block grant brings funding to Amenia

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HARLEM VALLEY — There are many improvement projects needed throughout the region: infrastructure, affordable housing, sewers and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance. But where are municipalities — especially low and moderate-income neighborhoods — supposed to get the money to finance such work?
The answer? Grants. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, especially, is an important source of grant funding for many towns and villages throughout the nation, and right here in the Harlem Valley. 

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Photo submitted A literary lawn

Students at Webutuck Elementary School and their teachers celebrated the end of another successful school year by spending the morning reading on the school lawn on Wednesday, June 21. According to teacher Monica Baker, Reading on the Lawn is a yearly tradition that also kicks off the annual Summer Reading Challenge, which encourages students to read over the summer and keep track of the books they read in order to earn a party when they return to school in the fall. Courtesy of the PTA, every child in the school received a free book.

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James Morris joins Amenia Town Board

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AMENIA— Earlier this month, an open seat on the Amenia Town Board was filled by resident James Morris.
Although Morris has had a residence in Amenia since 1985, he’s been a full-time resident for almost four years. He described Amenia as a small town that contains great scenic beauty. 
“In a sense, time has stood still here,” Morris said. “Some of the buildings I see in town are some of the buildings I saw when I came up here with my parents. I love it here in Amenia. It’s a nice town and the people are very nice.”

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Town Board establishes Zoning Review Committee, removes Waste Water Committee members

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AMENIA — The Town Board thoroughly examined the responsibilities involved in having a Zoning Review Committee (ZRC) at its first meeting of the month on Thursday, June 1.
The subject was raised by Amenia Union resident Sharon Kroeger during public comment. 
Kroeger stated she had worked on the Mini Plan for Oblong Valley in the 1980s and had attended all the meetings for the Master Plan of 1990 and for the Amenia Comprehensive Plan of 2007.

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Hitselberger and Warner honored by board

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AMENIA — The Town Board at its May meeting recognized the efforts of the late Tom Warner, a long-time Amenia resident and volunteer, and Councilwoman Gretchen Hitselberger, whose resignation took effect on Monday, May 18.
Town Supervisor Victoria Perotti asked for a moment of silence to honor Warner, who died on April 26. 
“Tom Warner was involved in recreation since the 1990s,” Perotti began as she delivered a brief narrative of Warner’s contributions to the town of Amenia.

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