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AMENIA — The Town Board thoroughly examined the responsibilities involved in having a Zoning Review Committee (ZRC) at its first meeting of the month on Thursday, June 1.

The subject was raised by Amenia Union resident Sharon Kroeger during public comment. 

Kroeger stated she had worked on the Mini Plan for Oblong Valley in the 1980s and had attended all the meetings for the Master Plan of 1990 and for the Amenia Comprehensive Plan of 2007.

“I want the board to remember historically that there have been three formal periods of participatory planning...

Amenia

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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Grants, ambulance service and budget discussed by board

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AMENIA — The Town Board held its monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct. 6, at which time it discussed multiple municipal matters.

Block grant application

The Town Board approved Grant Writer Mike Hagerty to submit an application for a $100,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to make handicapped accessibility improvements at Town Hall.

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Amenia Fire Company fundraiser First flea market a success, future events eyed

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AMENIA — Vendors arrived at the Amenia Fire Company early in the morning of Saturday, Sept. 24, to participate in a flea market.
The event was a fundraiser for the fire company.
Shoppers had the opportunity to browse through a wide variety of products, such as household items, jewelry, holiday decorations and more. Even the Dutchess County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) had a booth.

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Webutuck BOE to vote on teachers contract, present capital project ideas

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WEBUTUCK — The North East (Webutuck) Board of Education (BOE) will meet on Monday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. in the high school library. The board will vote on a new teachers contract. Additionally, it will also listen to a presentation from the Webutuck Facilities Committee for a potential capital project and set a date for a district vote.

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Church service to address racial divide

AMENIA — St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Amenia is having a special morning prayer service to mark St. Francis Day on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 10:30 a.m.   The church will welcome as its guest speaker Enola Aird, lawyer, activist and founder of Community Healing Network, Inc., a global grassroots movement that addresses the root causes of the devaluing of Black lives. 
The Rev. Betsy Fisher, vicar of St. Thomas, explained the significance of this feast day. 

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