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WASSAIC — Tucked away in the hamlet of Wassaic, a throng of art lovers were treated to an entertaining weekend of dancing, film shorts and live music at The Wassaic Project’s first August Festival.

Beginning Friday, Aug. 11, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., resident artists and curious spectators watched dance performances on the  Maxon Mills porch by Movement of the People Dance Company, Davalois Fearon Dance and Branfman & Strimpel/BS Movement. In preparation for the weekend’s expected rainstorms, the festival’s event coordinators set up tarps to shield...

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Year in Review 2016 : Ambulance contract negotiated with Northern Dutchess

AMENIA — The beginning of 2016 hit residents living in the Wassaic Fire District with a 171 percent tax hike to cover a $500,000 emergency contract with Northern Dutchess Paramedics (NDP) for ambulance service in the hamlet. The decision was made by the Wassaic Fire Commissioners following a public hearing in October 2015, acknowledging the dwindling pool of willing volunteers.

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Year in Review 2016: Silo Ridge Field Club progress

AMENIA — Despite challenges, the Silo Ridge Field Club — a large-scale luxury residential development off Route 22 in Amenia — 2016 brought about many milestones for the development.

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Graduating to a new honor roll list

WEBUTUCK — Webutuck High School has found a new way of challenging its students to strive for higher grades. At the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year, Principal Jennifer Chason launched the Principal’s Honor Roll — an academic award for students with a grade point average of 95 percent or higher.

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The Wassaic Project is awarded $10,000 grant by AT&T

WASSAIC — The Wassaic Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to art education in the hamlet of Wassaic, is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from AT&T.
The grant, which will support funding for the organization’s Wassaic X Webutuck school partnership program, was accepted by The Wassaic Project co-directors at Maxon Mills in a private meeting. AT&T Director of Internal Affairs Ed Bergstraesser delivered the news in the presence of New York State Assemblywoman Didi Barrett (D-106) on Thursday, Oct. 27.

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The joys of Christmas

Santa and Mrs. Claus were all smiles at the Wassaic tree lighting on Sunday, Dec. 11, during which there was a light snowfall.

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Wassaic celebrates the holidays

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WASSAIC  — Snow fell on holiday revelers gathered here on Sunday, Dec. 11. The cool winter air added to the sense of anticipation of those ready for the annual Holiday of Lights parade.
One day earlier, the town of Amenia also held a Holiday of Lights parade, along with caroling, Santa and a town talent show.
Back in Wassaic, there was a small parade, with a number of firetrucks from surrounding municipalities as well as a few floats, with Santa, Mrs. Claus, the Grinch and Frosty the Snowman waving to adoring fans.

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Parade, talent show and Santa

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AMENIA — A few dozen residents braved a cold evening on Saturday, Dec. 10, as they gathered at Fountain Square to attend the town’s fifth annual Festival of Lights.
The evening festivities featured caroling in Fountain Square, the annual Parade of Lights, a visit from Santa at Town Hall and a talent show put on by the Theatre Arts Program.
To kick off the festivities, town Supervisor Victoria Perotti announced the 2017 Amenia Citizen of the Year. The award went to the late Kevin Cassone.

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It’s elemental

The seventh-grade accelerated science class at Eugene Brooks Intermediate School recently researched natural elements for a science project. Upon the completion, they created a wall-sized periodic table outside the science classroom on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Back row, from left, Davin Watson, Jaide Sweeney, Rachel D’Alessandro, Kaitlyn Rowe, Carrissa Whitehead, Emma Vallely, Andrew Dorfschmidt and John Tomasetti. Front row, from left, Micah Sinclair, Kennedy Doran, Emily Thompson, Katrina D’Antonio, Chris DeCarlo and Justin Carman.

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Here’s to you, Bill

Amenia resident and former town Councilman Bill Carroll, center, was recognized for his 50 years of service as a volunteer with the Amenia Fire Company. The honor meant a lot to Carroll, he said, especially since he’s been experiencing some serious health issues and cannot get out and about. Those who were there said they were pleased with how many firefighters showed up to honor Carroll, and added that the bond among volunteers is strong. 

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Amenia approves contract for town-wide ambulance service

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AMENIA  — After nearly a year of negotiations, the Amenia Town Board has approved a contract with Northern Dutchess Paramedics (NDP) for ambulance coverage. 
The one-year contract is for a total of $650,000. Of that amount, $310,000 will come from town taxes, while $340,000 will come from NDP’s billing revenue. And, town Supervisor Victoria Perotti noted, the town “is relieved from the obligation” of paying more than $310,000.

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