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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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Town Board discusses landfill remediation, metes and bounds

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AMENIA — The Town Board passed two resolutions regarding the maintenance of the closed Amenia landfill, and a third scheduling a public hearing regarding the adoption of a local law amending zoning maps and correcting the metes and bounds description to the soil mining overlay district on Thursday, June 16.

Councilman Damian Gutierrez was absent.

Old Amenia Landfill

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Tyler Jasmin earns his wings as newly inducted Eagle Scout

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AMENIA — Almost every seat was taken at the Amenia Town Hall auditorium on Friday, June 24, as family and friends came together to celebrate Eagle Scout Tyler Nash Jasmin.
Tyler, who earned the rank of Eagle in April, received one of the highest honors conferred by the Boy Scouts of America.
As Father Kent Wilson from Immaculate Conception Church in Amenia put it in his opening prayer, “becoming an Eagle Scout is not about the destination, but a way of life.”

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Uncover Amenia’s hidden gardens July 2

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AMENIA — The Garden Club of Amenia is preparing for its highly acclaimed Hidden Gardens of Amenia tour, set for Saturday, July 2, rain or shine.

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Webutuck graduates to embark on new adventure

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WEBTUCK — The 56 Webutuck High School students who began Saturday, June 25, as seniors and ended it as graduates said they were excited for their journey ahead, but sad for what they were leaving behind. But before they shared those sentiments, the class of 2016 marched across the school’s track, into a newly-erected white tent set up for the day. With the backdrop of mountain views and farmland, Webutuck Superintendent of Schools Ray Castellani wished the graduates well.

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From the city to the farm Bronx students visit the Coon Brothers Farm

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Amenia — Roughly 90 miles separate the Bronx from Amenia, but the distance between the concrete jungle and the fertile farmland seemed worlds apart to the 41 sixth-graders who made the trek to the Harlem Valley on Thursday, June 23.
The students, from middle school ESMTIS 190 in the Bronx, traveled to visit Coon Brothers Farm in Smithfield Valley after winning a $5,000 grant for a farm tour. Assistant Principal Castella McKenzia explained how the contest worked.

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Baseball season ends with thanks to Lamb

AMENIA — Baseball season ended with a two-day closing celebration. The event kicked off on Friday, June 17, with a last game for Amenia’s Major League against Dover under the lights. Before the game started, Recreation Director Christine Ford from the town of Amenia presented former pro-baller John Lamb with a plaque on behalf of the town.

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Senate hopeful Terry Gipson, on the campaign trail

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AMENIA — Former New York state Sen. Terry Gipson, a Democrat, is running for the Senate to represent District 41 again. Currently, that post is held by Sue Serino (R-41), whom Gipson will face for a second time in the November elections. 
Gipson held a meet-and-greet campaign fundraiser at Four Brothers Pizza Inn restaurant in Amenia on Saturday, June 18, with the help of his wife Michelle Donner, Campaign Assistant Manager Matt Martini and various other volunteers.

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Community remembers Downey

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AMENIA — The community of Amenia is still reeling from the news that frequent committee member and volunteer Deborah “Debbie” Downey died suddenly on Monday, June 13, due to a heart attack.
“It was very sudden and shocking,” said her sister, Charlene Mayville, days later. “At 62, you don’t expect that. She just had so much to look forward to. She just retired a few years ago and had five grandchildren she just adored.”

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Literacy lessons at Webutuck

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WEBUTUCK — Literacy Night was filled with fun and learning moments at Webutuck Elementary School on Friday, June 17, as the elementary school held its very first such event. The evening served as a reminder to parents that they play an important role in their children’s education, so teachers wanted to educate them on how best to contribute to their children’s learning skills in a positive way.

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Dinner, with an appetite for art

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WASSAIC — The Wassaic Project, a local arts organization, debuted its ninth annual summer exhibit, “Appetite for Destruction,” with a benefit dinner on Saturday, June 11.

“This event is essential to raise funds for our annual budget to support Wassaic Project programs,” Co-Director Jeff Barnett-Winsby said, adding that the organization has a commitment to education and its community.

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