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AMENIA — In its dedication to fostering a love for reading in the community, the Amenia Free Library has joined together with Mid-Hudson Library System to expand its services with a new digital collections website.

By clicking on the “Download Audiobooks and eBooks” link on the library’s website, patrons are able to access an extensive collection of books that can be downloaded to their computers and mobile devices. From obtaining books on their phones to listening to  their favorite stories being read via audiobooks, individuals can enjoy real-time...

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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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Forget fall bulbs, think spring lilies

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AMENIA  — Though there has been a fall bulb giveaway in Amenia for the past 18 years, this year, the Garden Club is passing on the tradition. That’s due, largely, to the drought that has ravaged the region. No water, no plants. That’s the thinking, according to Garden Club Treasurer Kevin Cassone.

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Board talks ambulance coverage, highway garage and vouchers

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AMENIA  — The Amenia Town Board at a meeting on Thursday, Oct. 20, discussed ambulance service,  the highway garage and other issues. The board came to a stalemate, however, when the time came for signing vouchers for monthly bills.

Ambulance issues

A couple of residents spoke during public comment.

Wassaic resident Robert Boyles, who is a Wassaic Fire District (WFD) commissioner, had a few questions about ambulance service in the hamlet.

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DeLavergne Hill Public park now open

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AMENIA—  Back in March, Silo Ridge Field Club executives held a ground-breaking ceremony on DeLavergne Hill, on a plot of land that was to become the Artisan’s Park Overlook. Seven months later, that park has become a reality at what is to be a luxury home development and golf course.
The park opened on Tuesday, Oct. 11, with town and county leaders present. The ceremony opened with a few remarks from Silo Ridge principal Pedro Torres.

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Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation grants and survey

HARLEM VALLEY — The board of directors of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation presents the recipients of the third round of grant-making for 2016. 
The foundation distributed a total of $50,134 in grants to individuals and nonprofits in the four-county region it serves and grants totaling nearly $720,000 from donors with charitable funds at the foundation.

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Webutuck celebrates community

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WEBUTUCK — A sizable crowd came out on a warm afternoon to support the North East (Webutuck) Central School District’s annual Community Day, held at Webutuck High School on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Community Day hosted many different activities, including the first annual Warrior Color Run, a car show and a blood drive, among many others.

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Big red trucks: students learn about fire safety

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WEBUTUCK — For more than 20 years, the Millerton, Amenia and Wassaic fire companies have collaborated with Webutuck Elementary School (WES) in teaching about fire safety. This year was no exception.
Nearly 240 kindergarten through third-graders welcomed firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) at the school’s gym on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

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Grants, ambulance service and budget discussed by board

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AMENIA — The Town Board held its monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct. 6, at which time it discussed multiple municipal matters.

Block grant application

The Town Board approved Grant Writer Mike Hagerty to submit an application for a $100,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to make handicapped accessibility improvements at Town Hall.

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Amenia Fire Company fundraiser First flea market a success, future events eyed

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AMENIA — Vendors arrived at the Amenia Fire Company early in the morning of Saturday, Sept. 24, to participate in a flea market.
The event was a fundraiser for the fire company.
Shoppers had the opportunity to browse through a wide variety of products, such as household items, jewelry, holiday decorations and more. Even the Dutchess County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) had a booth.

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