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AMENIA — Along with accepting official appointments for 2019, the Amenia Town Board approved several designations  and stated its goals for the new year at its annual reorganization meeting on Thursday, Jan. 3. For more on town appointments, read the Jan. 10 edition of The Millerton News.

As the first resolution of 2019, the board authorized town constables to carry firearms while on duty. Town constables must possess a New York State license to carry their authorized firearms at all times and must keep proof of the license on file at Amenia Town Hall. In addition to...

Amenia

Amenia Candidates 2011

Name: Brad Rebillard
Age: 51
Town: Amenia
Years lived in town: 4
Occupation/background: Licensed Real Estate Broker and owner of Dutchess Country Realty, in Millerton.  Partner in Rebillard Public Relations in Amenia,
Marital status, children: Married to Jeanne Shufelt Rebillard. Two sons, Andrew and Adam.
Position running for, term length: Sole Assessor, six-year term.

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Food bank faces financial threat

AMENIA — The Food of Life Pantry maintains an organic garden with 52 raised beds in collaboration with the Sharon House Garden Project. This effort provides nutritious produce and food supplies to the hungry in eastern Dutchess County and the Northwest Corner of Connecticut. Discounted canned and dry goods, meats and juices are purchased at regional food warehouses and trucked to the pantry by volunteers.

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Maplebrook breaks ground for new dining hall

AMENIA — On Monday, Oct. 10, the Maplebrook School community came together for the groundbreaking of a new dining hall on the school campus.
Approximately 125 people consisting of board members, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends in the community were in attendance on Columbus Day to share in the celebration.
The program began with a welcome from senior Zachary Berger, followed by the invocation from Father Dan Sheehan, academic dean.

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Boards reconsider cell tower renewal

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AMENIA — During a special joint meeting, the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals discussed the application regarding the renewal of the special-use permit and the height variance for the Nextel Cell Tower located on DeLavergne Hill in Amenia.
The permit and variance were first granted 10 years ago. The renewals will extend the existing permit and variance for another 10 years.
The height variance allows the tower to exceed the current zoned height limit of 70 feet.

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Collecting magazines for troops

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DOVER PLAINS — My Little Angels Daycare and Preschool has teamed up with Rolling Thunder New York Chapter 3 to collect new and recent magazines to send to the American troops serving abroad.
Rolling Thunder is a nonprofit organization that publicizes Prisoners of War and Missing in Action issues and helps American veterans and soldiers.
Denise Clair, the owner and operator of My Little Angels, said that she believes strongly in this issue. She thinks it’s important to give the current troops new reading material so they have a chance to escape the stresses of their surroundings.

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Food Day promotes glocalization

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AMENIA — During the hugely successful inaugural Food Day celebration sponsored by the Eastern Dutchess Rural Health Network, roughly 500 people filled the hall at the Immaculate Conception Church to learn about local agriculture, nutrition and healthy living.
Gertrude O’Sullivan, the director of communication and special programs at the Foundation for Community Health, was one of the event’s organizers. She explained that the event was part of a national initiative that draws attention to food-related issues in the local community.

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Dutchess County artists open their studios to all

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HARLEM VALLEY — The 2011 ArtEast Open Studio Tour held the first half of its two-weekend event on Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct. 16.
More than a dozen artists in northeastern Dutchess County opened their studios to the public for a rare glimpse into their private work spaces and creative processes.
The second half of the ArtEast tours will take place in southeastern Dutchess County on Saturday, Oct. 22, and Sunday, Oct. 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Amenia announces public hearing for 2012 budget

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AMENIA — The Amenia Town Board held a series of special meetings at the end of September with all of the town departments and to budget for 2012.
A public hearing regarding the budget will be held on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall. Members of the public are welcome to attend to ask questions or voice their opinions about the proposed 2012 town budget.

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Highway super arrested, faces charges

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WASSAIC — Amenia Highway Superintendent Stanley Whitehead was arrested on Monday, Oct. 3, for criminal mischief.
Whitehead allegedly used a shovel to break the front, rear and side windows in a Ford pick-up truck.
The 911 call described the incident as a landlord-tenant dispute, according to Dutchess County Sheriff Public Relations Officer T.J. Hanlon.
Whitehead was released on an appearance ticket. He will appear in the Amenia Town Court at a later date.
Amenia town Supervisor Wayne Euvrard said he does not think the incident will affect Whitehead’s performance at work.

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Troubles at the library

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AMENIA — The Amenia Free Library will be closed for heavy maintenence work from Monday, Oct. 31, to Friday, Nov. 4. The library is scheduled to re-open on Saturday, Nov. 5.
The library has also been forced to cancel its book sale, which was scheduled to continue until Saturday, Oct. 29.
Library Director Miriam Devine said she is sad about the cancellation of the book sale. “It’s a loss for the library, really,” she said.
Devine explained that the book sale would have generated greatly needed funds to take care of several unexpected emergencies at the library.

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