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AMENIA— With blue skies above, residents of Amenia visited to Amenia Town Hall on Sunday, April 23, to learn about the extraordinary life of local World War II hero George Phillips.

On display was a table of memorabilia from Phillips’ days as a soldier and businessman. Priced at $2 per program, visitors were also invited to purchase a copy of “Stories of My Life,” by George Phillips. 

They were welcomed to the talk by Amenia Historical Society President Julian Strauss.

“It’s a great honor to have George come here to talk...

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The haunted mill in the haunted hamlet

                                           

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Budget process underway, focus on ambulance service

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AMENIA  — The last trimester of the year spells out budget season for towns throughout the state. Like many of them, Amenia is in the throes of drafting its budget.
A tentative budget was presented on Friday, Sept. 20. 
Before adopting the final budget, the board will have to hold a public hearing before the Tuesday, Nov. 15, adoption deadline.
Town Supervisor Victoria Perotti said this year’s budget is similar to last year’s.

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Amenia to vote on term lengths

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AMENIA  — Amenia has no one up for election this Nov. 8, but there are two propositions to be voted on on Election Day. Both are to extend term lengths for elected officials.
Local Law No. 2 of 2016 would change the length of the town clerk’s term from two years to four.
Local Law No. 3 of 2016 would change the length of the town supervisor’s term from two years to four.

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Standing strong

The Smithfield Presbyterian Church in Amenia has new columns. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Saturday, Oct. 22. “This church is 275 years old,” said the Rev. Douglas Grandgeorge. “These columns were about to fall down, and that would have been the end of this building.”

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Forget fall bulbs, think spring lilies

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AMENIA  — Though there has been a fall bulb giveaway in Amenia for the past 18 years, this year, the Garden Club is passing on the tradition. That’s due, largely, to the drought that has ravaged the region. No water, no plants. That’s the thinking, according to Garden Club Treasurer Kevin Cassone.

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Board talks ambulance coverage, highway garage and vouchers

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AMENIA  — The Amenia Town Board at a meeting on Thursday, Oct. 20, discussed ambulance service,  the highway garage and other issues. The board came to a stalemate, however, when the time came for signing vouchers for monthly bills.

Ambulance issues

A couple of residents spoke during public comment.

Wassaic resident Robert Boyles, who is a Wassaic Fire District (WFD) commissioner, had a few questions about ambulance service in the hamlet.

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DeLavergne Hill Public park now open

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AMENIA—  Back in March, Silo Ridge Field Club executives held a ground-breaking ceremony on DeLavergne Hill, on a plot of land that was to become the Artisan’s Park Overlook. Seven months later, that park has become a reality at what is to be a luxury home development and golf course.
The park opened on Tuesday, Oct. 11, with town and county leaders present. The ceremony opened with a few remarks from Silo Ridge principal Pedro Torres.

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Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation grants and survey

HARLEM VALLEY — The board of directors of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation presents the recipients of the third round of grant-making for 2016. 
The foundation distributed a total of $50,134 in grants to individuals and nonprofits in the four-county region it serves and grants totaling nearly $720,000 from donors with charitable funds at the foundation.

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Webutuck celebrates community

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WEBUTUCK — A sizable crowd came out on a warm afternoon to support the North East (Webutuck) Central School District’s annual Community Day, held at Webutuck High School on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Community Day hosted many different activities, including the first annual Warrior Color Run, a car show and a blood drive, among many others.

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Big red trucks: students learn about fire safety

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WEBUTUCK — For more than 20 years, the Millerton, Amenia and Wassaic fire companies have collaborated with Webutuck Elementary School (WES) in teaching about fire safety. This year was no exception.
Nearly 240 kindergarten through third-graders welcomed firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) at the school’s gym on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

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