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WEBUTUCK — Boys Scout Troop 29 of Wassaic, Amenia and Millerton presented Charles Michael “Mikey” Ackerman, 15, with the Eagle Scout rank in an afternoon ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Currently a sophomore at Webutuck High School, Ackerman has participated as an active member of Boy Scouts Troop 29 since childhood, beginning as a Tiger Scout while in kindergarten. 

In order to be ranked as an Eagle Scout, the highest advancement rank in Scouting, Ackerman was required to complete a project demonstrating the skills he acquired from Boy Scouts. As...

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Drive-in to host film festival Sept. 3

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AMENIA — The Brooklyn not-for-profit group DRIVE-IN Film Festival (DIFF) is bringing its ninth annual Film Festival to the Four Brothers Drive In Theatre in Amenia on Saturday, Sept. 3.
C.C. Webster, founder and director of DIFF, said the mission of the festival is to raise awareness about “the great American tradition” of drive-in entertainment while supporting the business of family-owned drive-ins.

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Amenia’s St. Thomas’ gets a face-lift, and a grant

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AMENIA — Those who know the hamlet of Amenia Union know St. Thomas Episcopal Church — a lovely country Gothic church with a bright red door boasting an active food pantry, community garden and congregation. 

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New classes excite students and teachers for 2016-17

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WEBUTUCK  — With the first day of school lurking just around the corner, Superintendent of Schools Ray Castellani is excited to talk about the new course offerings within the North East (Webutuck) Central School District.

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Summer cool

From left, Olivia Desilva, Shayla Partridge, Austin Brockley, Skyye James and Rylan Sylvester enjoyed an ice cream break on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Fudgy’s in Amenia. Partridge, an Amenia resident, decided to cool off with her friends, who were visiting from New York City.

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Indian Rock relies on raffle

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AMENIA — For 15 years, town residents have come to anticipate the annual community day and picnic held at the Indian Rock Schoolhouse on Mygatt Road. It’s become a part of community life. 
Come Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the schoolhouse will once again host the picnic and community day — organizers are hoping for a sunny day and large crowds.

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Amenia to vote on term lengths at November election

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AMENIA — Residents gathered for the Town Board meeting on Thursday, Aug. 18, to participate in a series of public hearings.

The public hearings introduced three local laws. Two of them call for the inclusion of new ballot items in November.

Local Law No. 2 calls for the term length for town clerk to be increased from two years to four.

Similarly, Local Law No. 3 proposes changing the term length of the town supervisor from two to four years.

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Ice cream social and bubble party cool things down at Amenia Free Library

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AMENIA — About a dozen youngsters of all ages came together in the Amenia Free Library’s back yard to celebrate the end of the 2016 summer reading program with its annual ice cream social and bubble party on Friday, Aug. 12. 
“The bubble party is one of our most popular events,” Library Director Miriam Devine said. “We always have people ask if we’re having it again every year.”

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Ambulance service and cemetery parking discussed

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AMENIA — The Amenia Town Board held a public hearing on Thursday, Aug. 4, at  Town Hall, regarding a local law to amend the town’s zoning maps to correct the meets and bounds of the soil mining zone overlay district. As there were no comments from the public, the board closed the public hearing and moved to public comment.
Ambulance service

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Arts festival draws big crowds to tiny hamlet of Wassaic

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WASSAIC — The Wassaic Project held its ninth annual three-day Summer Festival extravaganza from Friday, Aug. 5, through Sunday, Aug. 7.
Thousands of visitors gathered at various venues during the course of the weekend to partake in different activities.
Different stages were set up throughout the small hamlet for performing bands and dancers.

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Children find themselves ‘Finding Monte’ at library

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AMENIA — Ford the German shepherd was as gentle as could be on Friday, Aug. 5, as a number of local children lovingly draped themselves around him. It was all part of the Amenia Free Library’s summer reading program, which brought author Genna Pallan Nixon to the library’s backyard to read from her new book, “Finding Monte.”

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