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WASSAIC — Tucked away in the hamlet of Wassaic, a throng of art lovers were treated to an entertaining weekend of dancing, film shorts and live music at The Wassaic Project’s first August Festival.

Beginning Friday, Aug. 11, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., resident artists and curious spectators watched dance performances on the  Maxon Mills porch by Movement of the People Dance Company, Davalois Fearon Dance and Branfman & Strimpel/BS Movement. In preparation for the weekend’s expected rainstorms, the festival’s event coordinators set up tarps to shield...

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Webutuck teacher joins Academy of Political Science

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AMENIA — Teacher Zbigniew Soltysiak of Webutuck High School (WHS) and Dutchess Community College recently announced his membership in the Academy of Political Science in New York City. Along with his own personal growth, Soltysiak’s students will gain from his access to the Academy’s resources.
Originally from Poland, Soltysiak came to the United States in the late 1970s. As an educator, he’s taught social studies at WHS for almost 24 years and as a professor at Dutchess Community College (DCC) for the last 20 years.

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A Spring Fling to remember

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WWII vet George Phillips shares stories of his life

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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.

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Amenia Opening Day: Teams open season with a hay ride, coach honored after 32 years

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AMENIA — Not even a touch of April showers could prevent the youth of Amenia from coming out to celebrate Amenia Opening Day with their families on Saturday, April 22.
Opening day first made its arrival five years ago as an initiative by volunteer Christine Ford and has since grown into an annual community event. Considering that Amenia was originally recognized as a “baseball town,” Ford said she aimed to create an event that families can enjoy.

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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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