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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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Webutuck BOE to vote on teachers contract, present capital project ideas

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WEBUTUCK — The North East (Webutuck) Board of Education (BOE) will meet on Monday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. in the high school library. The board will vote on a new teachers contract. Additionally, it will also listen to a presentation from the Webutuck Facilities Committee for a potential capital project and set a date for a district vote.

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Church service to address racial divide

AMENIA — St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Amenia is having a special morning prayer service to mark St. Francis Day on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 10:30 a.m.   The church will welcome as its guest speaker Enola Aird, lawyer, activist and founder of Community Healing Network, Inc., a global grassroots movement that addresses the root causes of the devaluing of Black lives. 
The Rev. Betsy Fisher, vicar of St. Thomas, explained the significance of this feast day. 

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FFA Fall Agricultural Festival Oct. 7 & 8

PINE PLAINS— The FFA Fall Ag Fair will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8, at the Stissing Mountain Middle/High School, West Church Street (Route 199).
The following is a list of events:
Friday, Oct. 7
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Pine Plains Garden Club Flower Show. All exhibits, booths, livestock in assigned places.
11 a.m. — Livestock Conformation Class(es).
11:30 — Dairy Show, FFA Dairy Showmanship (after the dairy show).

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Car enthusiasts visit Maplebrook School for annual Lions car show

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AMENIA— A small selection of 18 cars, dating from 1939 through 2015, lined up on Maplebrook School’s lawn on Sunday, Sept. 18, for the Amenia Lions Club fourth annual Community Classic Car Show.
The event had fun-filled activities such as a car contest, raffles and car trivia. A NASCAR racing simulator was also on site for people to experience a car race.
Not many people turned out due to intermittent rain, but those who were present said they had lots of fun.

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Webutuck focuses on positive behavioral intervention

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WEBUTUCK — A new school year brings about new lessons and new routines. Such is the case for the North East (Webutuck) Central School District.
Since last school year, the school’s superintendent, faculty and staff announced a number of initiatives that would kick off during the 2016-17 academic year, including the positive behavior intervention support (PBIS) initiative.

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Community picnics at Indian Rock Schoolhouse

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AMENIA  — The skies were blue and the sun shining as residents and visitors alike descended upon Indian Rock Schoolhouse on Mygatt Road — the site for the schoolhouse’s 15th anniversary Community Day and Picnic. The day commemorated when community volunteers pooled their wits and their strength to get the 1858 schoolhouse renovated and eventually listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Pucker up …

Seven-year-old Andrew Watt, of Millerton, got a kiss smack on the lips from Bubba, a pygmy goat, at the Indian Rock Schoolhouse Picnic and Community Day in Amenia on Saturday, Sept 17. To see story and another photo, visit Community picnics at Indian Rock Schoolhouse.

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Amenia Town Board turns attention to noise ordinance

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AMENIA — Another noise complaint from a resident has once again turned the Amenia Town Board’s attention toward its noise ordinance.
Councilman Mike DeLango brought up an email received from a Wassaic resident. The resident complained about music coming from an outdoor live performance at the Lantern Inn, a restaurant in the center of the hamlet, through the wee hours of the night.

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Chamber welcomes new member

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WASSAIC — The Harlem Valley Chamber of Commerce (HVCC), an organization dedicated to promoting and advancing local business in northeastern Dutchess County, met at the Wassaic Grill and Bar on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

“The Wassaic Grill and Bar is our most recent member, and it being one of the new businesses in our area we thought we would come out and check it out,” said HVCC President Ken Hale.

Wassaic Grill and Bar

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Indian Rock Schoolhouse prepares for annual picnic

AMENIA — In the days of the widespread use of one-​room schoolhouses in rural areas before centralized schools, there was one schoolhouse every few miles. The children walked to the nearest school every day.   There were no snow days and very few school vacations.

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