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Webutuck High School outlines goals

darrylg@lakevillejournal.com

WEBUTUCK — Webutuck High School Principal Ken Sauer focused on topics such as student and faculty morale, dropout prevention and college acceptance during his Building Excellence Team presentation at the Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Monday, Jan. 6.
Sauer began his report by outlining the three main goals of the team: increase the graduation rate by 10 percent, increase mastery rates by 20 percent and reduce the number of failures by 10 percent.
In order to reach these goals, members of the high school staff broke into numerous committees.

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Recycle your sneakers

WEBUTUCK — Students at Webutuck High School began collecting sneakers for the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe Program on Monday, Jan. 9. The program promotes a “greener” environment through the recycling of shoes which will be turned into materials used for the creation of playground surfaces, basketball courts and running tracks.
Sneakers can be new, used, dirty, used, fashionable or athletic. Any brand of sneaker is accepted. A pair is not necessary; just one of a pair will suffice.

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Family restaurant keeps running with plenty of heart

kaylas@millertonnews.com

DOVER — Tina Martin, owner of Tina’s Place restaurant on Route 22 in Dover, is a hardworking local business owner with a special place in her heart for family, friends and community. Within moments of speaking with her, it’s obvious that she puts everyone in her life in front of herself.
When Tina was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2011, it was time for all the people she had put first to step up and do the same. They did, and then some.

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Bidding soon to begin for new Town Hall

arvolynh@millertonnews.com

AMENIA — It’s been more than a year since Amenia’s  town offices moved to the new Town Hall. The relocation from the Amenia firehouse, a 2,500-square-foot space, to the old Amenia Elementary School, a 26,000-square-foot space, was a big, but necessary, change.
However, now the new Town Hall needs its own improvements to ensure the longevity of the building.

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Pre-bidding for landfill soon to begin

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AMENIA — The town has grappled with a contaminated landfill on Route 22 north of the Wassaic Train station for 10 years. On Thursday, Jan. 19, the Town Board talked about starting the process of soliciting bids for contractors to dredge the landfill. More than 10 companies are believed to have illegally dumped toxic material into the landfill.
The towns of Amenia and Sharon, Conn., shared some responsibilities for the town landfill.

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Someone’s in the kitchen

Volunteers from the Amenia Fire Company and its Ladies Auxiliary did everything from the cooking to the serving at the Sunday, Jan. 15, pancake breakfast, held at the Amenia firehouse on Mechanic Street. The department holds monthly breakfasts to help fundraise for any and all of its needs. The breakfasts also allow the firefighters to meet and greet members of the community. A total of 161 diners attended the Jan. 15 breakfast, and organizers hope those numbers will climb, just as their expenses do.

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Town Board talks recreation, grants and board business

darrylg@lakevillejournal.com

AMENIA — The Amenia Town Board covered a wide variety of topics at its first workshop meeting of the year on Thursday, Jan. 12, including a possible new town newsletter and reports from the various town committees.
Maureen Rooney, president of Rooney Design Group in Amenia, supplied the board with three possible newsletter designs that could ultimately become a free, bimonthly newsletter for town residents. She said that each issue would cost $1,200 per issue to produce, which would be generated through advertising sales.

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Board gives Dial-A-Ride $1,000, learns about additional NECC projects

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AMENIA — After listening to a presentation by Jenny Hansell, the executive director of the North East Community Center, the Amenia Town Board unanimously agreed to give $1,000 to the center’s new Dial-A-Ride program at its Jan. 12 meeting.
The Dial-A-Ride bus began service on Jan. 3 to provide a new public transportation option for residents in Amenia, Dover, North East, Pine Plains, Stanford and Washington. The Northeast Dutchess Transit bus runs eight hours a day, six days a week. The general one-way fare is $3.50, or $1 for seniors and veterans.

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New leadership outlines goals

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AMENIA — Newly elected town Supervisor Bill Flood and Councilman Cornelius “C.J.” Hoss officially took their seats on the Amenia Town Board during the organizational meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Most of the meeting focused on housekeeping issues and establishing the board’s goals for the year.

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Sears moves to Dover

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DOVER — Sears Hometown Store has a new hometown. The well-known retail store has moved from its location of 19 years on Route 343 in Amenia to Route 22 in Dover, nestled among draws like CarQuest, Dunkin’ Donuts, Salisbury Bank & Trust and the post office, in the relatively new Dover Village Plaza.

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