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AMENIA— With blue skies above, residents of Amenia visited to Amenia Town Hall on Sunday, April 23, to learn about the extraordinary life of local World War II hero George Phillips.

On display was a table of memorabilia from Phillips’ days as a soldier and businessman. Priced at $2 per program, visitors were also invited to purchase a copy of “Stories of My Life,” by George Phillips. 

They were welcomed to the talk by Amenia Historical Society President Julian Strauss.

“It’s a great honor to have George come here to talk...

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New partnership begins with ‘Patriots and Ponies’

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DOVER  —  Federal, state and local officials united with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy at Dover Town Hall to celebrate the establishment of the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge through the acquisition of the 144-acre Nellie Hill Preserve.

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Narcotics investigation yields two arrests

AMENIA — Agents from the Dutchess County Drug Task Force arrested two Amenia residents on Dec. 19, 2016, after seizing an extensive amount of narcotics and two illegal handguns. 

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The Wassaic Project’s Mill Warming Party

WASSAIC — The Wassaic Project held its second annual Mill Warming Party on Saturday, Jan. 14. The name is particularly on the nose as this year organizers have completely winterized the mill and will now be able to offer yearlong attractions.

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Mill Warming in Wassaic

Visual artist Tiffany Smith evoked warmer weather at the The Wassaic Project’s second annual Mill Warming Party on Saturday, Jan. 14. For more on how artists beat the winter blues, see The Wassaic Project's Mill Warming Party.

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Town Board plans for upcoming year

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AMENIA  — The Town Board met on Tuesday, Jan. 3, for its annual organizational meeting, at which time it made appointments, filled committees and set salaries. The yearly protocol helps establish all the players in town government — necessary cogs in the administrative wheel.
The board meeting schedule will remain the same, on the first and third Thursday of the month, at 7 p.m., at Town Hall.
Denis Fitzpatrick was appointed as town attorney.
Hilarie Thomas was appointed the town’s special prosecutor.

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Hawk’s eye view

A juvenile Cooper’s hawk landed on a snowy perch in Wassaic recently. He seemed as interested in the sights as the photographer was in him.

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Book binge

The Amenia Free Library presented 8-year-old Sophia Beeman, the winner of the Library Card Sign-up held late last year, with a $25 gift certificate from Oblong Books. Sophia quickly chose an armful of books to enjoy.

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BOE talks capital improvements

WEBUTUCK — For several months, the North East (Webutuck) Central School District contemplated $8.5 million in capital improvements projects in 2017. Following the proper rules and regulations, the district put the project up for public vote on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. The measure was voted down — with 236 out of 417 people voting against it. Only 181 voters were for the project.
The Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) met Monday, Dec. 19, to discuss what steps to take next. 
Superintendent of Schools Ray Castellani offered some ideas.

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Year in Review 2016 : Community kitchen still on the horizon for town residents

AMENIA — Roughly four years ago, resident Rudy Eschbach thought of “a great project” to benefit the town and the region, according to town Assessor Wayne Euvrard. The idea Eschbach pitched was to add a community kitchen to the Town Hall. The kitchen would be situated in a back room adjacent to the gym.
Earlier this year, Euvrard created the Community Kitchen Committee to ensure this concept comes to fruition.

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Year in Review 2016 : Ambulance contract negotiated with Northern Dutchess

AMENIA — The beginning of 2016 hit residents living in the Wassaic Fire District with a 171 percent tax hike to cover a $500,000 emergency contract with Northern Dutchess Paramedics (NDP) for ambulance service in the hamlet. The decision was made by the Wassaic Fire Commissioners following a public hearing in October 2015, acknowledging the dwindling pool of willing volunteers.

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