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DOVER PLAINS — As the American Red Cross responds to wildfires and historic hurricanes, eligible donors are reminded that giving blood during National Preparedness Month in September is one way to help ensure the Red Cross is prepared to respond to patient emergencies across the country every day. 

Hurricane Irma has forced the cancellation of dozens of Red Cross blood drives in the Southeast, resulting in more than 2,100 uncollected blood and platelet donations. Natural disasters like hurricanes can disrupt blood drives and prevent donors from giving, but hospital...

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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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Meet the ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’

Webutuck — Students in the North East (Webutuck) Central School District, in collaboration with The Wassaic Project, will perform Roald Dahl’s classic “Fantastic Mr. Fox” on Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11, at 7 p.m., at Webutuck High School (194 Haight Road, Amenia).
The play tells the tale of a clever fox who outwits his villainous neighboring farmers time and again to keep his family and digger friends fed. 

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Pine Plains Zoning Board of Appeals: Site plan approved for former Pines restaurant site

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AMENIA— Following the years in which the property has been left in ruins, the site of the former Pines Restaurant will be utilized as the location of a construction workshop and equipment storage facility under a proposal from Donald Flood, an asphalt paving contractor. Flood’s company, Kect Construction Corporation, is located in Patterson, N.Y.  

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Maplebrook School hosts student art exhibit

AMENIA — Maplebrook School is hosting its 13th Annual Regional Student Art Exhibit in Thalheimer Hall on its Main Campus, 5142 Route 22. 
The show features artwork from student artists from seven regional schools in a wide array of mediums. Participating schools include: The Millbrook School, The South Kent School, Webutuck High School, Dover Union School, The Kildonan School, The Hotchkiss School and Maplebrook School. 

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Amenia website subject of complaints

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AMENIA — While the public has only complained about various issues with the town website recently, it seems the Amenia Town Board has considered the issue for some time.

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Amenia Free Library expands services with digital downloads

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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.

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Kent Hollow Mine application reappears before town

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AMENIA — Beyond the resolutions and anticipated public comments on the agenda, the main point of discussion at the Town Board’s Thursday, Feb. 16, meeting was whether the board should act as the lead agency in the proposed  Kent Hollow Mine application.
The meeting’s first segment of public comment incorporated a number of local residents who wanted to voice their concerns.  

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Webutuck student receives Eagle Scout rank

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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. 

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Town Board debates watershed designation benefits

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AMENIA — Before discussing resolutions that had been delayed during its previous meeting due to lack of a quorum, Amenia Town Board members on Monday, Jan. 30, concentrated on whether the town should take part in a community watershed group.
 All members of the board were present.
Before the board could proceed in discussing the agenda’s resolutions, Councilwoman Vicki Doyle suggested it first consider the business of Housatonic Valley Association. 

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