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AMENIA — Good structure makes the garden satisfying in all seasons.

That sentiment by Maxine Paetro, owner of an English-style cottage garden that will swing open its rustic gates to the public on Saturday, June 22, during the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days event, is evident throughout her lush Amenia property, Broccoli Hall.

Regardless of whether visitors tour Broccoli Hall in early or late spring, summer or fall, the series of enchanting garden rooms differ in mood and content from season to season. The garden, open twice a year to the public, has spectacular...

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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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Fa-la-la

The Webutuck High School auditorium resonated with student talent just in time for the holidays as the High School Band and Chorus presented their annual winter concert on Wednesday, Dec. 12. With Jay Bradley directing the band and Eric Wiener directing the chorus, the students performed for their friends and families. The chorus concluded the performance with a lively rendition of “Jingle Bells,” complete with student soloists and the audience joining in.

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A noteworthy November

Eugene Brooks Intermediate School Principal Erik Lynch, center, congratulated, from left, seventh-graders Mariah Lattrell and Riley Thirwall as Students of the Month at the Webutuck Board of Education meeting on Monday, Nov. 19 at the Webutuck High School library in Amenia.

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Holiday house

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Amenia noise law raises concerns from residents about its scope

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AMENIA — The Amenia Town Board fielded a variety of questions concerning a new noise law at a public hearing held on Thursday, Dec. 6. That hearing continued the next week, on Thursday, Dec. 13.
All board members were in attendance on the 6th, as well as a handful of local residents and Charles Gottlieb, an attorney from Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP who is overseeing the creation and implementation of the noise ordinance.

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Parade of Lights and tree lighting bring holiday cheer

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AMENIA — With the holiday spirit appearing on every corner, the town of Amenia and hamlet of Wassaic rang in the holidays with the town’s annual Parade of Lights on Friday, Dec. 7, and the hamlet’s annual tree lighting on Saturday, Dec. 8.
On parade night, families shivered against the chilly night as they waited for the annual spectacle to begin. Meanwhile, police officers directed evening traffic through town, setting up orange cones to mark the route.

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Elf off the shelf

Amenia Town Hall was the center of holiday entertainment last weekend when the Amenia Free Performing Arts students presented “Elf the Musical Jr.” With musical direction and choreography by Heather Holohan-Guarnieri, the show was performed in the Amenia Town Hall auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 8, and on Sunday, Dec. 9. Dressed from head to toe as Buddy the elf, Chase Sukow, in front, prepped backstage with, from left, Augusta Smith, Gabby Titone, Riley Mahaffey and Sonia Kowalczyk.

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Olivet faces expanded indictment in $25 million fraud probe

More trouble for Olivet University and Newsweek Media Group
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DOVER — The investigation into Olivet University’s connection with a Newsweek Media Group (NMG) investigation of charges of money laundering continues. The indictment that charged NMG’s parent company, IBT Media, now also includes both the university and some of its officers.

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Amenia Tree Lighting brings residents together

AMENIA — The town of Amenia glowed with the holiday spirit as residents assembled at Amenia Town Hall for the annual tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 2.

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