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AMENIA — Remembrances of loved ones will once again be lighting the way on Route 22 in Amenia as the Amenia Lions Club presents its annual Memory Holiday Tree on Maplebrook School property. 

Lori Hale, club secretary, says the names of those who are being remembered will be printed in The Millerton News. The lighting will be in mid December. Although she does not know how long the Memory Tree has brightened the December sky, she says it has been there for 15 years, since she first became a member of the club. Years ago, it was located on the corner of the Four Brothers...

Amenia

Local law proposed to add solar systems to zoning code

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AMENIA — Given the elevated interest in installing solar energy systems in Amenia, the Town Board approved a resolution to introduce a local law to amend a chapter in the town’s zoning code and add a new section about solar energy systems at its meeting on Thursday, May 16.

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Memorial Day respects paid at Fountain Square

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AMENIA — An energetic crowd gathered at Fountain Square in Amenia on Monday morning, May 27, to commemorate the Memorial Day holiday. The ceremony was at 11 a.m.; moments earlier a short parade marched into the square, while firetrucks and emergency vehicles drove past the gathering.
Town Supervisor Victoria Perotti spoke about the symbolism of the day.

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Amenia ZBA considers proposed building, hears concerns: Possible Smithfield Valley golfing range causes an uproar

AMENIA — A proposal to construct a significant building in Smithfield Valley drew 35 residents to a meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on Monday, May 20, to air concerns about the impact on their quality of life and disruption of the scenic attributes of the area.

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Spring harvest brings breeder closer to populating elusive koi

AMENIA — The day was all about the smooth-skinned, curvaceous Beyonce and her plump siblings, Sweet Cheeks and Lyra. The task at hand was to fish the egg-y trio of first generation Japanese koi out of a mud pond containing hundreds of other koi, and release them into another pond on the property where they will spawn a new generation. 

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Planting town pride

Amenia residents paired up with the town’s Enhancement Committee on Saturday, May 18, to get the town ready for the annual Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 27. Residents met at Fountain Square to plant red, white and blue annuals to reflect the coming holiday. From left, Enhancement Committee member Leo Blackman showed Jean Gutierrez and her daughter, Pickle, how to plant an annual.

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Democrats introduce candidates

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AMENIA — Getting a head start on this year’s election, the Amenia Democratic Committee presented town and county candidates at a Candidate Forum held on Sunday, May 19.

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The Wassaic Project gets artsy

WASSAIC— The Wassaic Project launched the opening of its 2019 Summer Exhibition “Ad Astra Per Aspera” by rallying its resident artists and local residents together for an afternoon celebration on Saturday, May 18. 
With the gallery opening at 3 p.m., spectators were invited to explore the work of more than 70 emerging artists featured throughout all seven floors of Maxon Mills. They also met artists-in-residence for the month of May at the Open Studios in Luther Barn. 

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Hitting the high note

The Amenia Town Hall resounded with familiar songs of the past as the Golden Age Singers gave a free concert on Thursday, May 9. Beginning at 2 p.m., the auditorium welcomed residents who listened enthusiastically. Some joined in and quietly sang along to the music. The concert concluded with a special rendition of “Every Time We Say Goodbye,” with the lyrics changed to reflect the performers’ feelings about singing in Amenia.

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Town Board awards bid for bicycle trail construction

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AMENIA — Out of the total bids received, the Amenia Town Board awarded A. Colarusso & Son, Inc., a road construction company based in Hudson, the bid for the construction of a bicycle trail path extending from the hamlet of Wassaic to the Wassaic Train Station. The bid was announced at the board’s meeting on Thursday, May 2.

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Wassaic Fire Company seeks new recruits with firehouse tour

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