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WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) held its annual organizational and business meeting on Monday, July 10, to discuss the positive changes to come in the 2017–18 school year.

Following an executive session at 6 p.m., the board reconvened at 7 p.m. District Clerk Tracy Trotter proceeded to administer the Oath of Office to re-elected board members Kristen Panzer and Judy Moran. In the election of board officers for 2017–18, Panzer was re-elected as president with a unanimous vote. 

“Thank you all very much for your confidence and...

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Senior center offers new social scene

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AMENIA — Starting Thursday, April 20, the town of Amenia will offer its senior population  a chance — and a place — to socialize, with the opening of a new senior center. For now, the center will act as a litmus test of sorts, to see if more senior activities are desired by town residents. If so, the town will consider offering more for seniors to do while figuring out how the program can grow.

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Mourning the loss of Bill Carroll

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AMENIA — Bill Carroll, a lifelong resident of the town of Amenia, had an easy manner and a ready smile. He passed away at the age of 71 on Sunday, April 9.
Carroll, who served as an Amenia councilman — the lone Democrat — from January, 2002 to December, 2005, always had the town he loved foremost in his mind. 

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New local marketplace opens in Wassaic plaza

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WASSAIC — Earlier this month, the hamlet of Wassaic welcomed local marketplace Sackett Square as a new addition to the community.
Located at 3997 Route 22, Sackett Square opened its doors for business on Saturday, April 1. When asked why she had chosen Wassaic as the marketplace’s location, owner Lauren Williams replied that the area has an abundance of farms and small businesses, and she noticed that the people in the community were looking for an outlet for those businesses.

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Funding secured to protect Amenia farm

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AMENIA — At the end of March, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro announced that the 2017 funding from Dutchess County’s Partnership for Manageable Growth (PMG) Program will help to permanently protect two farms in Dutchess County.
According to the official Dutchess County website, the PMG Program was created in 1999 for the purpose of protecting “important agricultural and open space resources.” 

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Every Bunny loves Easter

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Hunting for eggs

Zoe Gellweiler, 3, held an Easter egg she discovered on the playground behind Amenia Town Hall on Saturday, April 8. Turn to page A15 for more photos.

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At Jamaican eatery, only the beach is missing

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AMENIA — The soft sound of reggae music and the appetizing smell of Jamaican soul food are the first things that hit anyone fortunate enough to happen upon Railhead Jerk, a new restaurant in Amenia. Chef/owner Julette Barker-Wilson likes to keep the atmosphere relaxed and the food fresh — and she achieves that delicate balance every one of the five days a week that Railhead Jerk is open.

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Roll-over on Route 22

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Fire company members recognized for service

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AMENIA — The month of April began on a celebratory note for the Amenia Fire Company as it commemorated members of the past, present and future at the Annual Installation of Officers Dinner on Saturday, April 1.
Held at the Millbrook Golf and Tennis Club, members of the fire company began arriving around 6 p.m. and the room was soon filled with good spirits. 

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Maxine Paetro talks about writing with James Patterson

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AMENIA — It’s impossible not to like author Maxine Paetro upon meeting her. Paetro, co-author with New York Times bestseller James Patterson, is friendly, intelligent and endlessly fascinating. Armed with a treasure trove of tales, Paetro opened up about her career and her life in Amenia on a recent Friday afternoon — a preview to the talk she’ll be giving April 12 in celebration of National Library Week.

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