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AMENIA — Just over a year since beginning as director of the Amenia Free Library, Erika Palombo resigned, making her last day Wednesday, Aug. 7. The move came following her decision to continue her career at another library.

Stepping forward to fill the shoes of longtime Amenia Free Library Director Miriam Devine, Palombo first accepted the responsibilities of the library director position in March, 2018. Among the goals she set for herself when hired, Palombo said she wanted to introduce programming for all ages that focused on the fields of science, technology, engineering...

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Concerns raised about partnering with other towns

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AMENIA — The Amenia Town Board met on Thursday, June 14, for its regular business meeting to discuss a variety of ongoing topics.
During the supervisor’s report, town Supervisor Bill Flood spoke about sharing resources with other municipalities.
“We have connected with the Northern Dutchess Alliance. They have a grant from the state of New York. Professors from New Paltz are doing a study of municipalities to see how we can save money,” he said.
Flood explained that the group has been given copies of the town’s budget.

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Library holds annual book sale

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AMENIA — The Amenia Free Library held its annual book and bake sale in conjunction with the United Presbyterian Church’s Strawberry Fair on June 9.
Despite the light rain, people could be seen browsing through the large collection of books under tents that were set up around the library. Gail Gamble said the baked goods, which were all made by patrons and members of the library board, were a popular purchase.

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Webutuck agrees on three teachers for summer program

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WEBUTUCK — The North East (Webutuck) Central School District Board of Education (BOE) met on Monday, June 4, to hear a presentation by High School Principal Ken Sauer regarding the proposed Secondary Summer Program.
“You have a revised proposal in your packets. Basically there are two choices. One is to hire one teacher to do academic review and credit recovery for kindergarten through seventh-grade in math and science and another teacher to do the same for English and social studies,” he said.
This first option will have students in grades seven through 12 being taught by one teacher.

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Mulligan Honored

Eileen Mulligan, chief administrator of Noble Horizons in Salisbury, Conn., received the President’s Award at the Maplebrook School in Amenia on June 5. The award honors members of the community who have “devoted numerous hours to assisting others for the greater good ... and are the types of individuals that students at Maplebrook are taught to emulate.” From left, Maplebrook School Foundation Chairman George T.

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Students immerse themselves in the past at Indian Rock

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AMENIA — Third-graders from Webutuck Elementary School were invited to Indian Rock Schoolhouse on Friday, June 1, to participate in the annual Third-Grade Immersion Day.
Students took part in a range of activities to learn about life in the late 1800s.
Co-founder of Indian Rock Ann Linden said she was thrilled with the event.
“That’s the whole point of this exercise. Adults come by and they love it because it reminds them of when they went to school. Today is for the children though. This reminds people of the past, but I like the kids because I like the future,” she said.

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Stage Coach grand opening

The new Stage Coach Deli in Amenia rolled into town with its official grand opening on Saturday, May 26. Owner Joe Iannucci stood proudly behind the counter to serve the community. All baked goods are made in-house with a daily array of specials. Hours are currently flexible as the establishment works to meet the community’s needs. During the week it will be open until 8 p.m. and will close at 6 p.m. on weekends. The Stage Coach is located on Route 44 near the traffic light in the former Subway space.

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K-3 ring in spring

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WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck Elementary School held its annual spring concert on Thursday, May 31.
Proud parents and family members filled the cafetorium as students from kindergarten through third-grade put on a variety of performances.
During the first act, kindergartners presented finger-plays of “Slowly, Slowly” and “We’ve Got the Whole World In Our Hands.”
Elementary music teacher Eric Weiner led the performances.
“I always ask the kids, ‘Where does the story go next?’” he said between acts.

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Amenia is a small town, with a big heart

AMENIA — The town of Amenia and hamlet of Wassaic may be small communities in size, but not in spirit.
During the Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 28, veterans, town officials, Scout troop members and community members gathered around Fountain Square in front of M&T Bank at the intersection of routes 44, 343 and 22 to celebrate a day of remembrance.
“We’re here today to honor the memory of our vets and to celebrate the ultimate sacrifices they made for our freedom,” said town Supervisor Bill Flood.

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Perfect produce, fresh from the farm

The Amenia Farmers Market kicked off its summer schedule Friday, May 18. The Farmers Market is held in the parking lot of the Amenia Town Hall on Route 22, north of the main traffic light at the intersection of routes 22, 44 and 343. It will be open every Friday afternoon from 3 to 7 p.m.

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Webutuck thanks district’s many volunteers

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WEBUTUCK — The North East (Webutuck) Board of Education kicked off its meeting on Monday, May 21, by recognizing volunteers throughout the district.
Superintendent James Gratto began the recognition ceremony.
“We thought it would be a nice way to show our appreciation for all that is done for the students and the faculty of the district,” he said.
Each school principal stood up to say a few words about their volunteers before having them stand for a round of applause.
Katy McEnroe, principal of Webutuck Elementary School, was the first to speak about the volunteers.

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