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AMENIA — The Amenia Town Board welcomed Genevieve Trigg to its team at the end of August as the new town attorney.

Trigg said she knew she wanted to be a lawyer at a young age and applied herself to her studies to reach that goal. While she was originally interested in practicing criminal law, she developed a passion for environmental law after interning at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) during her first summer at Albany Law School. From that point on, she maintained her focus on environmental science throughout law school.

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Schoolhouse association rocks the house

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AMENIA — The Indian Rock Schoolhouse Association held its annual meeting and ice cream social on Sunday, July 31, to update members about the numerous events held at the schoolhouse over the last year and to elect its board. The members also discussed the upcoming annual picnic and community day, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the schoolhouse.
The annual meeting and ice cream social were open to the public.
The association president, Vicki Benjamin, said she received a lot of positive feedback from the members.

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Senator presents Amenia $100,000 grant

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WASSAIC — In a small ceremony on the porch of Maxon Mills in Wassaic, New York state Sen. Greg Ball presented the town of Amenia with a check for $100,000 of grant money that the town won for the Trail to the Train project.
The Trail to the Train project will create a path roughly two-thirds of a mile in length to connect the Harlem Valley Rail Trail trail head at the Wassaic Metro-North train station to the center of the hamlet of Wassaic.
The town has already received a grant for $600,000 and a grant for $10,000.

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The Wassaic Project basics

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WASSAIC — Wassaic’s annual summer festival — aptly called The Wassaic Project — will kick off on Thursday, Aug. 4, with a cake walk and concert before the art festival officially begins the following day.
The cake walk will be held at Maxon Mills (37 Furnace Bank Road) at 6 p.m. and the concert will start at 7 p.m. at the Lantern Inn (14 Main St.). Both events will benefit the Wassaic Fire Company.

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Amenia Town Board gets down to business

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AMENIA — During the Amenia Town Hall meeting on Thursday, July 21, the board voted to accept two resolutions in regard to the Ridgecrest Farms soil mining overlay rezoning application.
Resolution No. 31 of 2011 adopted Local Law No. 2 of 2011, which changes the town of Amenia’s official zoning maps to add roughly 65 acres of land on Sinpatch Road owned by Ridgecrest Farms to the soil mining overlay (also known as the SMO). This makes the land eligible for a special use permit that will authorize the use of the land for a gravel mining operation.

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Arts and crafts at the library

AMENIA —All summer long, the Amenia Free Library is holding events to encourage children to explore their world through books and other library resources. On Friday, July 22, Elaine Devine Laux, an art teacher, visited the library to read two cat-themed books, which tied in with the cat masks art project the children completed afterward. Roughly 30 children and guardians attended the event, despite Friday’s soaring temperatures.

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Trail to the Train project gets new heads

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AMENIA — On the same evening that he announced that he will not be running for re-election at year’s end, town Supervisor Wayne Euvrard named Councilwomen Victoria Perotti and Darlene Riemer as the new co-chairs of the Amenia Town Board’s committee for the Trail to the Train project.
Euvrard said he selected Perotti and Riemer because both of them are in the middle of their term on the Town Board, so no matter what happens in this year’s elections, both of them will still be on the Amenia Town Board next year.

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Wassaic studios invite visitors

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WASSAIC —Young people are always offended when someone of my generation compares a Happening to Woodstock — especially if it’s a Happening that involves art, music, an old farm in New York state and lots of long hair and loose-fitting clothes.
So, I will not compare the Wassaic Project and its annual summer festival to Woodstock, even though it involves art, music, an old farm in New York state and lots of people with long hair and loose-fitting clothes.
But if I were to make that comparison, I would mean it as a compliment.

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New business plays to win

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AMENIA — It’s all fun and games at Grandpa Joe’s Game Room in downtown Amenia.
Joe DeLango, nicknamed Grandpa Joe, opened his newest venture to provide a place for teens, adults and families to have fun, wholesome entertainment at a “very reasonable price.”
“The town needed something for the kids,” said DeLango.
“There’s nothing like this in the area,” said DeLango’s wife and co-operator, Pat DeLango, who said that she and her husband “want to put a little fun into [people’s] lives.”
She also mentioned that, previously, people had to travel to Poughkeepsie for a game hall.

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A day of learning at the library

AMENIA — The Amenia Free Library held another summer reading program on Friday, July 15. Jilligan, who has been participating in the summer reading program for roughly 20 years, played guitar and sang songs with the children before introducing her furry and feathered companions. The children got to pet a pony, a goat and day-old chick hatchlings.

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Trail to the Train project still sits at station

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WASSAIC — The Trail to the Train project remains at a standstill as the Amenia Town Board and the Trail to the Train Committee continue to disagree over who should be contracted to build the project.
The Trail to the Train project will build a half-mile extension of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail to connect the Wassaic Metro-North train station to the hamlet of Wassaic. This will give pedestrians a safer option than walking along Route 22.

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