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WEBUTUCK — Through the creation of the Target District Committee, the Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) came closer to fulfilling its promise to address the low student performance rate detected at Webutuck Elementary School at the beginning of the year. Members of the committee gave a presentation at the BOE meeting on Monday, Aug. 12, with the intention of developing a plan for the Webutuck Central School District to follow to meet the -areas of need as identified by the state through its Target District Designation.

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Amenia Fishing Derby lands big winners

AMENIA — Approximately 60 children and their parents gathered at the pond owned by Ralph and Flo Vinchiarello for the annual Amenia Lions Club Fishing Derby on Saturday, May 19.
The Vinchiarellos attended the event and watched over the festivities all afternoon.
Lions Club President Larry Havens was pleased with the event.
“It’s a wonderful day and it’s refreshing to see so many children enjoying the great outdoors,” he said.
The Lions Club stocked the pond before the derby and provided free hot dogs and snacks that were donated by Freshtown.

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Memorial Day schedule

AMENIA — Memorial Day will be celebrated with a parade and memorial service. The parade lines up at 10 a.m. at the Amenia firehouse on Mechanic Street. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony starts at 11 a.m. at Fountain Square at the intersections of routes 22 and 44 near the M&T Bank.
The event is hosted by the Amenia Fire Company and VFW Post 5444. For more information call Vicki Doyle at 845-677-7600, ext. 203.

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Town Board says ‘no’ to group home on Sinpatch

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AMENIA — The Amenia Town Board met on Thursday, May 17, to discuss several issues, including the placement of a new Taconic Developmental Disabilities Services Office (DDSO) group home.
During his report, town Supervisor Bill Flood referenced a meeting with a representative from the DDSO.

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Bake sale fundraiser rocks

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Order in the (mock) court

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WEBUTUCK — Toward the end of the North East (Webutuck) Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Monday, May 7, board member Joanne Boyd stepped up to make the board aware of a recent issue regarding a ruling made toward the mock court team.
“I don’t know if you heard, Webutuck met Red Hook in the semifinals two weeks ago where they won the verdict and they won the points, but then they were disqualified,” she said.
Boyd went on to explain that points were taken from the team for “unprofessional conduct or unfair play.”

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BOE discusses best use of time for students

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WEBUTUCK — At the Monday, May 7, North East (Webutuck) Board of Education (BOE) meeting there was some debate over schedule changes and the best use of students’ time.
The board passed a resolution to amend the district calendar to have kindergarten through eighth-grade be dismissed early, at 11:30 a.m., on June 18 through 22, to allow for teachers to undergo training on new teaching systems for the next school year.
Superintendent James Gratto suggested the dates due to the lack of disruption to learning as most teaching is wrapped up by the last week of school.

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Kildonan School Founders Day

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Maplebrook Derby Day a winning bet

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AMENIA — Maplebrook School held its annual Kentucky Derby Day Art Show and Sale on Saturday, May 5, at Thalheimer Hall.
The event coincides with the world-class Kentucky Derby horse race.
This year event-goers were treated to an exhibit of Andy Warhol paintings from designer Tommy Hilfiger’s private collection.
Vida Hosier of Sharon, Conn., was enamored with the Warhol exhibit.
“They are spectacular. I can’t stop looking, they are just so interesting,” she said.

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RAPP celebrates unique family units

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AMENIA — A party for Cornell Cooperative’s Relatives As Parents Program (RAPP) was held at the South Amenia Presbyterian Church on Friday, May 4.
RAPP is a support group designed to assist grandparents and other relatives who have taken on the role of primary caregiver for a related child. The group also provides a support system for children in these unique family units.
RAPP member Josephine French of Pine Plains is a huge supporter of the group.

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Cornhole at Amenia Town Hall

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AMENIA — The Amenia Town Hall is the perfect location for community events, and resident Ed Weise is taking advantage of that by hosting an adult bean bag toss game, also known as cornhole, every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium.
Cornhole is not just a pastime for Weise, it’s a passion.
“I was on a cruise with my wife and we saw a sign up for a bean bag toss. We signed up, played and had a lot of fun. I noticed a website for the American Cornhole Association [ACA] was printed on the boards and I looked it up once I got home. We were both hooked,” he said.

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