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On Monday, Jan. 28, the Webutuck Board of Education congratulated five sixth-grade students from Eugene Brooks Intermediate School (EBIS) for achieving the Student of the Month honor for the month of January. Led by EBIS teachers Denise Conway and Evelyn Brennie, each student was praised for strengths in the classroom. The students received certificates for the honor. From left, Brennie congratulated students Betsaida Franco-Sub, Ryleigh Sprague, Aaron Wendover, Thomas Beeman and Landen Elliott along with Conway and EBIS Principal Erik Lynch.

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Kildonan School founder honored

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AMENIA — Diana King, one of the founders of the Kildonan School in Amenia, was honored in December by the International Dyslexia Association “for her [60 years of] dedication to the organization and her unwavering commitment to helping children with dyslexia.”
According to the press release, King was one of the first members of the International Dyslexia Association when she joined in 1951 as “a pioneer in educating students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences.”

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Dover woman arrested on drug charges

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DOVER — Christine Spinney, 20, was arrested on the suspicion she supplied heroin to a 16-year-old girl who overdosed on the drug on Friday, Dec. 23, on South East Mountain Road in Dover.
The Dover Rescue Squad responded to the call regarding the overdose. Members transported the girl to St. Francis Hospital, where she was treated and later released, according to a press release issued by the New York State Police Department.
State troopers allege Spinney bought the heroin in Poughkeepsie and supplied it to the 16-year-old.

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Holiday breakfast

The North East (Webutuck) Central School District hosted a holiday breakfast for the students at Eugene Brooks Intermediate School and Webutuck Elementary School on Friday, Dec. 23, to add a festive touch to the last day of school before vacation. Students were allowed to attend the event in casual attire, as the breakfast also coincided with Pajama Day at the elementary school.

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Police chase ends in Dover

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DOVER — What started as a burglary in Connecticut ended with a two-state car chase, a car accident and the apprehension of 21-year-old New Milford resident Michael Moniz on several misdemeanor charges.
Early on Monday, Dec. 19, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Connecticut State Police regarding the pursuit of a burglary suspect that ended near the New York border. The Connecticut State Police gave the Sheriff’s Office a description of the suspect and the vehicle in case the suspect had crossed state lines.

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Marrying the fields of art and science

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AMENIA — The Kildonan School hosted its third annual Art and Science Expo on Friday, Dec. 16, to give the students the opportunity to display some of the work they have done during the first half of the school year.
Academic Dean Bob Lane said the interdisciplinary projects allowed students to study science through hands-on learning experiences while also using their strengths in the visual arts.
He explained that the expo gave the students the chance to polish their public speaking skills and practice thinking on their feet while talking about a topic that interests them.

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Town Board closes 2011

AMENIA — On Thursday, Dec. 15, the Amenia Town Board held its last meeting of the year. It was the final Town Board meeting that Wayne Euvrard presided over as town supervisor, as he did not run for re-election.
During the organizational meeting that will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 4, Supervisor-elect Bill Flood will assume the position.
Euvrard is not the only one who will be leaving. Town Councilman Norm Cayea will be leaving his seat; he did not win in the November elections. Instead, newcomer C.J. Hoss will be replacing him.

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Amenia boards approve cell tower permit renewals

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AMENIA — During a special joint meeting of the Amenia Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) held on Thursday, Dec. 15, the boards voted to adopt resolutions to renew the site plan, special use permit and height variance for the Sprint/Nextel cell tower on DeLavergne Hill.
The Planning Board’s resolution deals with the site plan, and the ZBA’s resolution deals with the special use permit and height variance.

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A heartfelt tree lighting

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AMENIA — The first lighting of the two evergreens outside Amenia Town Hall occurred shortly after sundown on Saturday, Dec. 17.
Townspeople and members of the town government gathered outside Town Hall to sing carols and eat holiday treats before the 6,600 lights were lit during a special ceremony.
The two trees were originally planted in the early 1990s in honor of Krista Proper, 8, and Melissa Proper, 6, two local girls who died in a tragic car accident on Bog Hollow Road in 1990.

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46-year-old Dover man re-enlists to serve country

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DOVER — Thanksgiving is Michael Jaouen’s favorite holiday, but this year, it had added significance for him and his family: it was the last day he got to spend with them before heading to Texas for an Army training boot camp.
Jaouen will spend a month in Texas before leaving for a year-long tour in Afghanistan on the day after Christmas.
“As I get older, I really appreciate Thanksgiving,” he said, explaining that the holiday honors family and togetherness and is not commercialized in the way other holidays are. “It means so much more to me.”

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Town wins $195,000 through Main Street Grant

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AMENIA — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday, Dec. 8, that Amenia was one of the communities to receive a part of the $785 million in Economic Development Funding through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.
The town of Amenia received $195,000. The Mid-Hudson region received a total of $67 million, which was divided among 67 projects, including Amenia’s grant.
The grant requires a 25 percent match on the funds received.

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