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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.

The idea for launching the new center was initiated last year by Michele Somogyi of the Amenia Recreation Commission. For at least the last year, the town has not had...

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The Wassaic Project is awarded $10,000 grant by AT&T

WASSAIC — The Wassaic Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to art education in the hamlet of Wassaic, is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from AT&T.
The grant, which will support funding for the organization’s Wassaic X Webutuck school partnership program, was accepted by The Wassaic Project co-directors at Maxon Mills in a private meeting. AT&T Director of Internal Affairs Ed Bergstraesser delivered the news in the presence of New York State Assemblywoman Didi Barrett (D-106) on Thursday, Oct. 27.

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The joys of Christmas

Santa and Mrs. Claus were all smiles at the Wassaic tree lighting on Sunday, Dec. 11, during which there was a light snowfall.

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Wassaic celebrates the holidays

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WASSAIC  — Snow fell on holiday revelers gathered here on Sunday, Dec. 11. The cool winter air added to the sense of anticipation of those ready for the annual Holiday of Lights parade.
One day earlier, the town of Amenia also held a Holiday of Lights parade, along with caroling, Santa and a town talent show.
Back in Wassaic, there was a small parade, with a number of firetrucks from surrounding municipalities as well as a few floats, with Santa, Mrs. Claus, the Grinch and Frosty the Snowman waving to adoring fans.

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Parade, talent show and Santa

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AMENIA — A few dozen residents braved a cold evening on Saturday, Dec. 10, as they gathered at Fountain Square to attend the town’s fifth annual Festival of Lights.
The evening festivities featured caroling in Fountain Square, the annual Parade of Lights, a visit from Santa at Town Hall and a talent show put on by the Theatre Arts Program.
To kick off the festivities, town Supervisor Victoria Perotti announced the 2017 Amenia Citizen of the Year. The award went to the late Kevin Cassone.

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It’s elemental

The seventh-grade accelerated science class at Eugene Brooks Intermediate School recently researched natural elements for a science project. Upon the completion, they created a wall-sized periodic table outside the science classroom on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Back row, from left, Davin Watson, Jaide Sweeney, Rachel D’Alessandro, Kaitlyn Rowe, Carrissa Whitehead, Emma Vallely, Andrew Dorfschmidt and John Tomasetti. Front row, from left, Micah Sinclair, Kennedy Doran, Emily Thompson, Katrina D’Antonio, Chris DeCarlo and Justin Carman.

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Here’s to you, Bill

Amenia resident and former town Councilman Bill Carroll, center, was recognized for his 50 years of service as a volunteer with the Amenia Fire Company. The honor meant a lot to Carroll, he said, especially since he’s been experiencing some serious health issues and cannot get out and about. Those who were there said they were pleased with how many firefighters showed up to honor Carroll, and added that the bond among volunteers is strong. 

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Amenia approves contract for town-wide ambulance service

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AMENIA  — After nearly a year of negotiations, the Amenia Town Board has approved a contract with Northern Dutchess Paramedics (NDP) for ambulance coverage. 
The one-year contract is for a total of $650,000. Of that amount, $310,000 will come from town taxes, while $340,000 will come from NDP’s billing revenue. And, town Supervisor Victoria Perotti noted, the town “is relieved from the obligation” of paying more than $310,000.

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Decking the streets with holiday cheer

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AMENIA — The light rain that fell on Saturday, Nov. 26, had a dampening effect on turnout for the town’s Decorating Day, but still some volunteers made a point of attending. 
“I wanted to honor Kevin Cassone, who was a great volunteer for the town and just passed away recently,” said Amenia resident Margaret O’Brien. “It’s important to remember people like that and make a statement that he was worth it.”

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Troutbeck’s purchase price made public

Amenia — Last week’s Millerton News published an article about the sale of Troutbeck, an inn and former estate on Leedsville Road noted for its connection to the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). 
The estate was purchased in June from Jim Flaherty and Bob Skibstead of Amenia by Troutbeck Holdings Ltd. The deed was recorded at the Dutchess County Clerk’s Office on Thursday, June 16.

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Amenia mourns the loss of Kevin Cassone

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AMENIA  — If ever there was an infectious smile, it was the smile of Kevin Cassone. Cassone, 56, passed away suddenly at the home he shared with his longtime partner, Amenia Councilwoman Gretchen Hitselberger, on Sunday, Nov. 6.
The 22-year-long relationship led the two to purchase a house in Amenia in 2002 after having met at their workplace, Columbia University, in New York City. Hitselberger said she knew right away what attracted her to her future mate.

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