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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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At Jamaican eatery, only the beach is missing

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AMENIA — The soft sound of reggae music and the appetizing smell of Jamaican soul food are the first things that hit anyone fortunate enough to happen upon Railhead Jerk, a new restaurant in Amenia. Chef/owner Julette Barker-Wilson likes to keep the atmosphere relaxed and the food fresh — and she achieves that delicate balance every one of the five days a week that Railhead Jerk is open.

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Roll-over on Route 22

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Fire company members recognized for service

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AMENIA — The month of April began on a celebratory note for the Amenia Fire Company as it commemorated members of the past, present and future at the Annual Installation of Officers Dinner on Saturday, April 1.
Held at the Millbrook Golf and Tennis Club, members of the fire company began arriving around 6 p.m. and the room was soon filled with good spirits. 

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Maxine Paetro talks about writing with James Patterson

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AMENIA — It’s impossible not to like author Maxine Paetro upon meeting her. Paetro, co-author with New York Times bestseller James Patterson, is friendly, intelligent and endlessly fascinating. Armed with a treasure trove of tales, Paetro opened up about her career and her life in Amenia on a recent Friday afternoon — a preview to the talk she’ll be giving April 12 in celebration of National Library Week.

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Monte’s chef to talk to new citizens

AMENIA — When Dutchess County’s newest American citizens are sworn in at the April 7 Naturalization Ceremony in Poughkeepsie, they will also hear remarks from local celebrity Chef Dafna Mizrahi.  
Mizrahi, who became a citizen only three and a half years ago, plans on sharing part of her own history as well as giving advice to the honorees.  

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Lyme disease talk presented April 1

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AMENIA — Living in the Hudson Valley, most people are aware of the risks of contracting Lyme disease or other tick-borne illnesses. Just walking outside or going for a hike could put one in jeopardy — especially if no preventative measures are taken.
That’s part and parcel of why Kenneth Liegner, M.D., is giving a series of talks in early April on Lyme and other tick-borne diseases entitled, “What You Need to Know.”

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Town Board discusses insurance rates and Kent Hollow Mine plication

AMENIA — As the town of Amenia set to work clearing the snow left by Blizzard Eugene, the Town Board took the agenda’s pressing matters into consideration during its meeting on Thursday, March 16.
In her report, town Supervisor Victoria Perotti made a brief reference to the “Blizzard of 2017” and thanked the Highway Department for its efforts in clearing the snow from local streets.

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Spring fling

The students of Eugene Brooks Intermediate School (EBIS) were lively with the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day during a school dance on Friday, March 17. Organized as a fundraiser for the Webutuck High School Class of 2017, the dance ran from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and invited EBIS students from the fourth, fifth and sixth grades. Sporting different shades of green, the students danced in the middle school cafeteria. Fifth-grade students Grainne Williams, left, and Katherine Messoline waited for the next round of the cakewalk to begin.

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Amenia Fire Company completes grain bin rescue training

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AMENIA— As part of its mission to be proactive in training for all types of emergencies, the Amenia Fire Company recently completed a 20-hour training course for grain bin rescue operations.
Members of the Amenia Fire Company began their training with an educational session at the Amenia firehouse from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, March 10. Also in attendance were members of the Sharon, Millerton and Dover Plains fire companies. 

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Planning Board hears Flood site plan

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AMENIA — Less than an hour into the meeting on Wednesday, March 8, the Amenia Planning Board granted its final approval of Donald Flood’s site plans for the former Pines Restaurant. 
Following a brief review of the agenda’s public hearing segment, Chairwoman Larissa DeLango directed the board’s attention to Flood’s site plan for a repair shop and equipment storage facility that would be located at 4177 Route 22, in Wassaic. 

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