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AMENIA — In its dedication to fostering a love for reading in the community, the Amenia Free Library has joined together with Mid-Hudson Library System to expand its services with a new digital collections website.

By clicking on the “Download Audiobooks and eBooks” link on the library’s website, patrons are able to access an extensive collection of books that can be downloaded to their computers and mobile devices. From obtaining books on their phones to listening to  their favorite stories being read via audiobooks, individuals can enjoy real-time...

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Town Board mulls creation of dirt road district

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AMENIA — The high cost of dirt roads has been a frequently discussed topic at Amenia Town Board meetings, but town Supervisor Wayne Euvrard took it a step further at a recent board meeting. He suggested the town look into the possibility of a “dirt road district” that would affect the appropriate taxpayers in the same way that the town’s water and lighting districts do.

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Veteran recognized 65 years later

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AMENIA — It’s been a long time coming for Sgt. George O’Boza, who was recently honored with six medals for his service in World War II, following a campaign by state Sen. Greg Ball (R-40).

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Barn collapse kills 15 black Angus

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AMENIA — Early Sunday morning, Feb. 6, heavy snow on the roof brought down a barn at Bel Aire Farm on Bangall-Amenia Road, killing 15 black Angus cattle.
Bel Aire Farm manager James Barbarie said the barn probably collapsed some time before 7 a.m. Barbarie was the second person on the scene and wasn’t sure what to do.
“After all, it’s not like you can call 1-800-barn collapse,” he said.
A quick phone call to a friend of his in the Amenia Fire Department resulted in volunteers showing up by 7:30 a.m. to help.

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Town inaction; Planning Board seat remains open

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NORTH EAST — Moments after the start of the Town Board business meeting on Thursday, Feb. 10, resident Sam Busselle started public comments by presenting the board with a petition signed by 119 residents. The petition was sponsored by the Friends of North East, whom he said were “strongly committed” to responsible government and leadership. Their goal last week? To get former North East Planning Board Chairman Henry Klimowicz reappointed to the board on which he spent a decade volunteering.

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Farmland plan approved

NORTH EAST — The North East Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) has announced that New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Acting Commissioner Darrel Aubertine formally approved the town of North East’s Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

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Building inspector resigns

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AMENIA — Mike Segelken, the town of Amenia’s building inspector and code enforcement officer, tendered a letter of resignation to the Town Board at its Feb. 10 meeting. The board accepted the resignation with regret.
Supervisor Wayne Euvrard said that Segelken expressed “mixed feelings” in his letter about leaving, having spent nearly seven years working for the town, but he had been able to find full-time work “in a neighboring municipality.”

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Attention parents: Bus time changes possible

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WEBUTUCK — A Key Communicator (the school’s newsletter from the superintendent and school administrators) is expected to be sent out to parents soon, as the Webutuck Central School District considers the possibility of rearranging its bus schedule for the upcoming 2012-13 school year.

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New math program changes showing rising test scores

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WEBUTUCK — Following a restructuring of its K-6 math curriculum, assessments given at the end of each quarter at the Webutuck Central School District show substantial improvement in math testing scores for grades three through six.
There are four levels students can test into during assessments; levels three and four indicate that the student is meeting or exceeding state standards. Between the first and second quarters, assessment data showed a 26 percent increase in the number of students who scored in level three and four.

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Rob Dweck, a lifetime of caring

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AMENIA — A longtime presence in his hometown of Millerton, Dr. Robert Dweck just recently celebrated 25 years of primary family health care in the area. Since 1985, there have been many changes to his practice as well as throughout the health-care industry, some for better and some for worse. But through it all, Dweck has focused on a single goal: maximizing the relationship between the doctor and patient.

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New Town Hall is pivotal for farmers market

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AMENIA — Having a new, spacious Town Hall at its disposal is working out to the Amenia Farmers Market’s advantage, as the recent start-up is now utilizing the building’s gymnasium to operate year round.
Debuting at the beginning of last year’s summer season, the farmers market has quickly grown into a popular venue for local vendors (16 at last month’s market). Amenia now joins the Millerton Farmers Market in offering monthly winter dates up until the weekly dates return in late May.

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