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AMENIA -— Taking advantage of the summer weather and the stream of people strolling around town, the Amenia Free Library held its Annual Spring Book & Bake Sale on Saturday, June 8. A tent was set up in front of the walkway to the library’s main entrance, where library staff and volunteers sold delicious baked goods donated by friends of the library. Visitors also browsed through boxes of books and looked inside the book barn to explore the many mysteries, cookbooks, works of nonfiction, children’s books and other titles on display. Raising funds for its expansion...

Amenia

Town abuzz over newly proposed noise ordinance

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AMENIA — Continuing the public hearing on the new noise law, the Town Board discussed the ordinance at its meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17. 
As one of the first attendees to speak, Wassaic resident Antonia Shoumatoff made some suggestions. Addressing Councilman Damien Gutierrez’s previous concerns about making sure noises created by firing guns during hunting season were exempt from complaint, she said she thought it would be good if that type of noise was an exception in the new law. 

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Town Board OKs firearm policy for constables and announces plans for 2019

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AMENIA — Along with accepting official appointments for 2019, the Amenia Town Board approved several designations  and stated its goals for the new year at its annual reorganization meeting on Thursday, Jan. 3. For more on town appointments, read the Jan. 10 edition of The Millerton News.

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Amenia Town Board holds organizational meeting for 2019

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AMENIA— The Amenia Town Board held its annual organizational meeting on Thursday, Jan. 3.
After establishing the salaries for the town’s elected and appointed officials, the board appointed Ian Lindars as town attorney at $200 an hour. 
Working 22 hours a week for $26 an hour, Marge Arnold was appointed to the bookkeeper position; Lorna Sherman was appointed alternate per diem bookkeeper at $25 an hour. Working for a total of two hours per month, Diana McPadden was appointed bank reconciliation clerk for the bookkeeper at $15.97 an hour. 

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2018: Cricket Valley energy plant raises concerns here

The construction of a gas-powered electric plant in nearby Dover, N.Y., was a source of anxiety for Northwest Corner residents. Two concerns in particular are the size of the plant and the possibility that air pollution from the plant will drift over the border into Connecticut towns including Kent. 
The new plant is being built just off Route 22 in Dover, on an industrial site that was abandoned after a catastrophic fire there in 1996. 

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Winter Farmers Market ready for 2019

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AMENIA — Throughout the year, the Amenia Farmers Market welcomes local farmers and vendors to sell their wares and goods, and enhance the local economy. While the summer farmers market featured a variety of vendors, as did last year’s winter market, original market co-founder Lynn Mordas said she remains in constant search of new merchants and participants.

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Breakfast bounty

Just before they left for winter break, students and faculty members at Eugene Brooks Intermediate School embraced the holiday spirit at their annual holiday breakfast on Friday, Dec. 21. Students spent the morning mingling over a hot breakfast and enjoying each other’s company before the end of 2018. From left, students Kaylee Wheeler, Alexis Lovett, Angela Carrera, Adrianna Dean, Zachary Hood and Aaliyah Pfersick rang in the start of the holiday season with teacher Deanna Ambrosino.

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Breakfast bounty

Just before they left for winter break, students and faculty members at Eugene Brooks Intermediate School embraced the holiday spirit at their annual holiday breakfast on Friday, Dec. 21. Students spent the morning mingling over a hot breakfast and enjoying each other’s company before the end of 2018. From left, students Kaylee Wheeler, Alexis Lovett, Angela Carrera, Adrianna Dean, Zachary Hood and Aaliyah Pfersick rang in the start of the holiday season with teacher Deanna Ambrosino.

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Holiday festivities at Webutuck

Webutuck Elementary School students kicked off the start of their holiday vacation by taking part in the Webutuck Teachers’ Association’s annual Holiday Breakfast on Friday, Dec. 21. Coinciding with the school’s Pajama Day, students and faculty members gathered in the cafeteria at 8:20 a.m. to enjoy a delicious holiday breakfast in their pajamas. Along with singing a medley of holiday songs and watching holiday movies, the children delighted in a visit from Santa, who was assisted by Webutuck High School teacher Kevin Kleespies.

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A jovial breakfast

Webutuck High School students and staff members gathered to celebrate the holiday season with the annual Holiday Breakfast on Thursday, Dec. 20. Students helped serve breakfast to hungry attendees — both students and staff — in the high school cafeteria and took the opportunity to mingle before their holiday vacation began. Right, Katherine Nethercott, Mackenzie Dunlavey and Vianey Diaz celebrated the holiday season over breakfast in the Webutuck High School cafeteria.

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A musical meal

On top of savoring a tasty meal, guests at Monte’s Local Kitchen and Tap Room in Amenia were treated to a performance by tenor Christopher Macchio during a special event held on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The restaurant played host to more than 80 guests who came out to feast on an Italian dinner. Macchio captivated his audience with his renditions of Connie Francis’ “Mama” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

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