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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...

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Amenia board discusses garage, sidewalks and solar

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AMENIA — The Town Board approved a handful of resolutions related to the construction of a new highway garage, the upcoming downtown Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant sidewalk improvements and the extension of the town’s temporary moratorium at a meeting on Thursday, April 18.

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Demanding action

Members of Mothers Out Front and allied groups, including SANE Energy, Stop Cricket Valley Fracked Gas Plant, the Schaghticoke First Nation and Ulster Climate Action, demonstrated outside the New York State Capitol building Monday, April 29, after delivering petitions requesting a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the planned Cricket Valley Energy Center to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Sunrise service

Those who braved a brief sprinkle on Easter Sunday morning, April 21, were treated to birdsong, a traditional Easter message, and a spectacular view from DeLavergne Hill in Amenia.  Pictured from left are Denise Jordan Finley, music director of Smithfield Presbyterian Church; Julie and Luis Anil, missionaries visiting from the Dominican Republic, and at right, the Rev. Douglas Grandgeorge, Smithfield Church pastor, who led the service.

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Student success

Kari Mahaffey, a fourth grade teacher at Eugene Brooks Intermediate School (EBIS), and EBIS Principal Erik Lynch congratulated students Hailey Brennan and Brayden Selfridge as students of the month at the Webutuck Board of Education meeting last month.

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Olivet University helps Dover shine: Students join in yearly spring cleanup

DOVER — The town of Dover’s Annual Spring Clean-Up day kicked off on Saturday, April 6, under sunny skies and with the participation of many community members and elected officials. The two-weekend event continued Saturday, April 13.
The success of this year’s cleanup day was the result of months of planning and promotional efforts on the part of town officials, community members and several local groups that included Dover Greens and Olivet University.

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Town Board approves performance bond reduction for Silo Ridge

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AMENIA — The Town Board passed a resolution to approve the first reduction of the performance bond for Silo Ridge Field Club at a meeting on Thursday, April 4.
The board recalled that Silo Ridge Ventures Property submitted applications to the Amenia Planning Board in October, 2013, to develop a multi-purpose resort community off Route 22. Silo Ridge proposed that a portion of the resort community be developed on a portion of an adjoining tax parcel in Amenia that is currently owned by the Harlem Valley LLC.

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Town of Amenia receives $71K grant for sidewalk replacement

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AMENIA — As one of four municipalities to receive funding from Dutchess County’s 2019 Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) program for municipal sidewalk projects, the town of Amenia was awarded $71,000 to complete downtown Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements along Route 343.

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Children scout for eggs at annual Easter Egg Hunt

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AMENIA — Once they caught word that Easter was coming to Amenia a few weeks early, local families headed to Town Hall last Saturday, April 6, for the  annual Easter Egg Hunt.
With colorful Easter baskets in hand, families started arriving around 10 a.m., locating seats in the Amenia Town Hall auditorium. As they waited for the Easter Bunny to make its appearance, the children listened to a reading of the book, “Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure,” via YouTube.

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Town Board authorizes new bids, rejects old ones for Trail to Train project

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AMENIA — As the town continues to make progress in constructing a bicycle trail path from the hamlet of Wassaic to the Wassaic Metro-North Train Station, the Amenia Town Board will be on the lookout for new bids for the project, rejecting the ones previously received at a meeting on Thursday, March 21.

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St. Thomas continues its search

AMENIA UNION — When the Rev. Betsy Fisher, the much-loved priest of Amenia Union’s St. Thomas Episcopal Church, left the parish last November, it was with the absolute certainty that the congregation understood its mission, and would be “just fine.” 

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