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The Smithfield Presbyterian Church held a Christmas Concert on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. The organist played to a full house, where a large decorated Christmas tree took center stage. The concert is an annual event at the historic church.

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Amenia comes together for community day

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AMENIA — The Indian Rock Schoolhouse buzzed with activity on Saturday, Sept. 17, as hundreds of residents took part in activities at the 10th annual Amenia picnic and community day.
This year’s theme was “A Tribute to Local Farmers.”
Many farmers were on hand to help celebrate and to support two books written by Marvin Van Benschoten and Julian Strauss about the farms in the area.

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Back-to-school night has large turnout

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WEBUTUCK — On Tuesday, Sept. 6, Webutuck High School and the Eugene Brooks Intermediate School hosted a back-to-school night for students and family.
The event gave the students a chance to familiarize themselves with the school layout, test locker combinations and introduce themselves to the teachers. It also gave the parents a chance to meet the school staff.
High school principal Ken Sauer said he thought the event went well.
“It was a great way to start the school year on a very positive note,” he said, though he added that he wished more of his students had attended.

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Same-sex couple ties the knot after 52 years

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AMENIA — Guy Castle and Lester Saroff have been a couple for nearly 52 years, but it wasn’t until Tuesday, July 26, two days after New York’s Marriage Equality Act went into effect, that they finally tied the knot.
Their marriage is officially the first same-sex union to take place in Amenia under the new law.
Castle said friends had urged them to get married in nearby Massachusetts or Connecticut, both of which passed similar laws before New York, but they wanted to get married in their home state.

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A touching tribute to Sept. 11

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AMENIA — In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the Amenia Town Hall hosted a presentation on Friday, Sept. 9, given by Robert Mahoney, a former FBI agent who was at the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City when it was attacked.
Mahoney began by giving a detailed account of his experience on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Donations made to school board

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On Monday, Aug. 30, teacher Lynn Buckley presented a digital watercolor print of the Millerton and Amenia Elementary School buildings to the Webutuck Board of Education. The painting which was originally painted by Chris Virtuoso, will hang in the Webutuck district office to remind the school of the district’s history.
 

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Library programs offer novel fun for tots

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AMENIA — The fall programs for the Amenia Free Library will begin on Thursday, Sept. 8.
The programs, which are geared toward children up to age 5, will be held on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Temple Beth David on East Main Street.
All events are free and open to the public. No registration is required to attend.
During the weekly programs, children have the opportunity to sing, listen to stories, make art projects and participate in sensory activities.

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Indian Rock Schoolhouse prize

This wooden farm scene, hand-made by Jeanne Allen and June Heckelman of Double J Ranch in Amenia, is one of many prizes to be raffled off at the Indian Rock Schoolhouse Picnic and Community Day on Saturday, Sept. 17. The drawing will be at noon that day. The picnic will be at the Indian Rock Schoolhouse on Mygatt Road in Amenia. The raffle benefits the schoolhouse and the many free programs for children that are held there.

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Facility offers unique care for seniors and children

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DOVER — This summer, a new preschool learning center and elder care respite center opened on Reimer Avenue.
Tina Evans, one of the co-owners of the Golden Goose facility, said that the company grew out of a need she saw in the community.
She said that there were no options that offer activities and socialization for elderly people in a safe environment so that primary caregivers can go to work or run errands without worrying about their loved ones.
“Most injuries happen when a frail senior citizen is home alone,” said Evans.

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Planning board proposes regulation changes

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AMENIA — The Planning Board is proposing that the Town Board adopt amendments to the subdivision regulations to put a time limit on project approvals.
The Planning Board discussed the proposed amendments during its Thursday, Aug. 25, meeting.
All projects presented to the Planning Board must apply for and receive a preliminary approval before an application for final approval can be submitted.
The current laws state that the final approval must be applied for within 180 days of receiving the preliminary approval, but there are no consequences if that time period passes.

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A fluid moment

The Wassaic Creek was gushing following Hurricane Irene. The water level rose higher and higher during and after the storm, causing many in the hamlet of Wassaic to prepare for possible flooding.

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