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AMENIA — The Amenia Town Board wasted no time in adopting a preliminary budget for the 2020 fiscal year and setting a public hearing date at its recent meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

According to the tax rate schedule for the preliminary budget, total appropriations have been calculated at $4,086,737; the amount to be raised by taxes came to $2,839,786. Reviewing the budget, the total revenues totaled $697,139 while the tax levy totaled at $894,279.59.

Among the items listed in the preliminary budget, the public safety budget for the police totaled $21,522 while the...

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Amenia Free Library receives $10,000

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AMENIA — Along with the community’s ongoing support, the Amenia Free Library was recently endowed with a $10,000 donation to benefit its future expansion.
Having obtained approval from the Amenia Planning Board last fall, the library’s proposed project involves building a 68 foot high by 28 foot wide addition to the west side of the library building, located at 3309 Route 343. With the library’s current structure totaling 880 square feet, the proposed expansion will add 1,904 square feet to the building. 

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Smithfield Presbyterian Church gets matching Sacred Sites grant to refurbish windows

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AMENIA — The Smithfield Presbyterian Church is one of 16 recipients to receive a Sacred Sites grant from the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

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Charity begins at home

Two truckloads of clothing were recently donated to The Center for Compassion in Dover Plains. The charitable drive was initiated by Dover Greens  and driven by Olivet Academy, a K-12 private Christian school located on the Olivet University campus. The Center of Compassion helps hundreds of children and families in the Dover area through its food pantry, thrift store and backpack programs, and is largely dependent on community support and donations.

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Parents organize to keep Kildonan School open

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Students get the 411 on K-9s

WEBUTUCK — Students were introduced to the furry friends of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office through a K-9 demonstration on Tuesday, June 18. Organized in the Eugene Brooks Intermediate School (EBIS) gymnasium, EBIS and Webutuck Elementary School students listened as Deputy Bill McKay and Detective Jim Enkler talked about how their dogs are trained to perform in a variety of situations, whether to track a scent or to pursue and apprehend a suspect. 

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Bee Bee’s best

The Amenia Free Library kicked off its annual Summer Reading Program at Amenia Town Hall with help from local entertainer, Bee Bee the Clown, on Thursday, June 27. From magic tricks to ventriloquism, the small group of children giggled and applauded Bee Bee’s tricks, talents and antics. Before the show came to an end, each child received a magic coin to take home and Bee Bee invited the children to come forward as a group to perform a magic trick for their parents.
— Kaitlin Lyle

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Kildonan School closing due to low enrollment

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AMENIA — Just a few weeks after assuring the public that Kildonan School intends to move forward with arrangements for next year, the Kildonan School Board of Directors issued an announcement on Tuesday, June 18, to inform families of its decision to close its doors.

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Trash alternatives for Amenia residents Welsh Sanitation offers more details

AMENIA — In the June 13 edition of The Millerton News, it was stated that Welsh Sanitation Services collaborated with the Amenia Town Board to amend its contract and continue its services. The agreement between the town and Welsh Sanitation Services was originally initiated in October of 2012 with the purpose of operating and maintaining the town residential refuse and recycling center, known as the Amenia Transfer Station, in mind. 
However, due to a decline in customers and new compliance regulations, Welsh shut down the transfer station last March. 

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Possible private golfing range?: Amenia ZBA questions Smithfield Valley application, public protests

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AMENIA — The Amenia Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) posed a litany of questions and expressed concerns regarding the application Herb Allan and Monica de la Torre recently submitted to build an accessory building on a parcel of land located along Smithfield Valley Road. The discussion took place at a ZBA meeting on Monday, June 17.

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Amenia ZBA denies Kent Hollow Mine appeal

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AMENIA — After numerous discussions, revisions and public hearings over the course of a number of years, the Amenia Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) voted unanimously to deny the Kent Hollow Mine appeal at its meeting on Monday, June 17.

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