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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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Webutuck seniors graduate into adulthood

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WEBUTUCK — The school district took its chances that Mother Nature would hold back the rain on Saturday, June 25, and held the 57th annual commencement ceremony for Webutuck High School on its front lawn. It was a wise decision in the final analysis as it remained dry through to the end.

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Roxbury Sand and Gravel proposes stockpile site for storage needs

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AMENIA — Roxbury Sand and Gravel, a subsidiary of Gro Max, wants to use its site on Route 22 as a stockpile site to store its prepackaged bags of soil.
The land, located roughly a mile-and-a-half south of the main light in Amenia, diagonally across from Silo Ridge Country Club, is reclaimed mining land, meaning it was previously mined, then regraded and replanted.
The company will store its product on site and build up its stock during the fall and winter in preparation for the busy spring season when it will deplete the stock stored on the site.

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Student donates to Locks of Love

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DOVER PLAINS — Eleven-year-old Webutuck student Jennette Coburn donated her hair to Locks of Love on Saturday, June 11. She had 10 inches of her waist-length strawberry-blond hair cut off at Mane Tamers in Dover Plains that day — something she had been looking forward to for a while.
Jennette recently participated in the Webutuck Math-a-thon. Before the event began, Jennette said she and her fellow classmates watched a video about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which the math-a-thon would benefit.

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Mexican restaurant spices up Wassaic

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WASSAIC — Wassaic now has a bit more spice in its life … or at least in its food.
The hamlet is now home to El Jalapeno, an authentic Mexican restaurant that serves traditional dishes using quality ingredients at an affordable price.
The restaurant, which is located at 3997 Route 22, adjacent to the Cousins Mini Market and gas station, is currently open for dinner six nights a week. Over the coming months, the owners plan to expand their services to include lunch and delivery.

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Airman deployed

WEBUTUCK — Capt. Matt Howard, 50th Airlift Squadron navigator, is seen here in a photo with his family before he deployed Friday, April 29, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The 50th AS Airmen left for deployment days after an EF-2 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita Scale (111 to 135 mph) struck the base at approximately 8 p.m., on Wednesday, April 25, damaging aircraft, multiple work centers and more than 100 base housing units.
Howard is a graduate of the Webutuck School District.

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Strawberry Fair a sweet success

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AMENIA — Despite scattered showers, the annual Strawberry Fair and the Amenia Free Library’s book sale both drew crowds.
“It’s the start of summer, so people are going to come out no matter what,” said Lesley Rohan, the store director of Freshtown, which ran a booth selling strawberries. “This is the official start of summer in the Harlem Valley.”
Freshtown and its supplier teamed up to donate over 1,000 pounds of strawberries. The money raised from the sale of the strawberries goes to the United Presbyterian Church.

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Amenia creates new proposed SPO map

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AMENIA — While examining the Amenia zoning subdivision maps, it became apparent to the Planning Board that the current Scenic Protection Overlay (SPO) map is protecting some areas that it should not be protecting while failing to protect other areas that it should.
The most important area that the current SPO is not covering is the view from DeLavergne Hill, which the Planning Board considers to be a quintessential Amenia view.

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Accident injures two

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AMENIA — Two Pennsylvania men were injured in a motorcycle accident on Thursday, June 9, shortly before 2 p.m.
According to the New York State Police, the men, John Tharp and Edward Moran, were traveling with a group of approximately 15 motorcycles on Route 44 when they failed to navigate a sharp curve on DeLavergne Hill. They went off the road and down a steep embankment.
“It was a pretty bad accident. We had to fly one person out,” said Amenia Fire Chief Shawn Howard, who also said that the group had been planning the trip for two years.

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Maplebrook School graduates 24

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AMENIA — Friends and family of the students of Maplebrook School gathered on the morning of Sunday, June 5, to celebrate the graduation of the class of 2011.
This year 15 students graduated from the academic program and nine students graduated from the Center for the Advancement of Post-Secondary Studies (commonly referred to as CAPS) program.
Before diplomas were awarded, scholarships and awards were given to recognize the students’ achievements in sports, academics and personal growth.
Upon receiving their diploma, each student was given the opportunity to speak.

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Congratulations Dirk Coon

AMENIA — The New York State Guernsey Breeders Association held its annual meeting and banquet, on Saturday, April 30, at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs. The well-attended event, with its various meetings and contests, ended with the bestowing of the Distinguished Service Award to Dirk Coon of Amenia. This prestigious award is given in recognition of lifelong dedication, participation and accomplishment in the various aspects of involvement in the Guernsey breed.

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