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AMENIA— Perched at 19 Morse Hill Road in Amenia, equine specialist Jackie Wilkane owns Hope Rising Farm, which has thrived since she first established it last February. 

Since the age of 13, Wilkane has owned and taken care of show horses. For 26 years, she owned her own dog grooming business, Doggy Do’s, in Pleasantville, N.Y., before shifting her career to become a therapeutic riding instructor. What started as an investigation into the work at Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center in Orange County turned into a passion, and she was later employed as an instructor at...

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The Wassaic Project basics

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WASSAIC — Wassaic’s annual summer festival — aptly called The Wassaic Project — will kick off on Thursday, Aug. 4, with a cake walk and concert before the art festival officially begins the following day.
The cake walk will be held at Maxon Mills (37 Furnace Bank Road) at 6 p.m. and the concert will start at 7 p.m. at the Lantern Inn (14 Main St.). Both events will benefit the Wassaic Fire Company.

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Amenia Town Board gets down to business

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AMENIA — During the Amenia Town Hall meeting on Thursday, July 21, the board voted to accept two resolutions in regard to the Ridgecrest Farms soil mining overlay rezoning application.
Resolution No. 31 of 2011 adopted Local Law No. 2 of 2011, which changes the town of Amenia’s official zoning maps to add roughly 65 acres of land on Sinpatch Road owned by Ridgecrest Farms to the soil mining overlay (also known as the SMO). This makes the land eligible for a special use permit that will authorize the use of the land for a gravel mining operation.

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Arts and crafts at the library

AMENIA —All summer long, the Amenia Free Library is holding events to encourage children to explore their world through books and other library resources. On Friday, July 22, Elaine Devine Laux, an art teacher, visited the library to read two cat-themed books, which tied in with the cat masks art project the children completed afterward. Roughly 30 children and guardians attended the event, despite Friday’s soaring temperatures.

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Trail to the Train project gets new heads

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AMENIA — On the same evening that he announced that he will not be running for re-election at year’s end, town Supervisor Wayne Euvrard named Councilwomen Victoria Perotti and Darlene Riemer as the new co-chairs of the Amenia Town Board’s committee for the Trail to the Train project.
Euvrard said he selected Perotti and Riemer because both of them are in the middle of their term on the Town Board, so no matter what happens in this year’s elections, both of them will still be on the Amenia Town Board next year.

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Wassaic studios invite visitors

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WASSAIC —Young people are always offended when someone of my generation compares a Happening to Woodstock — especially if it’s a Happening that involves art, music, an old farm in New York state and lots of long hair and loose-fitting clothes.
So, I will not compare the Wassaic Project and its annual summer festival to Woodstock, even though it involves art, music, an old farm in New York state and lots of people with long hair and loose-fitting clothes.
But if I were to make that comparison, I would mean it as a compliment.

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New business plays to win

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AMENIA — It’s all fun and games at Grandpa Joe’s Game Room in downtown Amenia.
Joe DeLango, nicknamed Grandpa Joe, opened his newest venture to provide a place for teens, adults and families to have fun, wholesome entertainment at a “very reasonable price.”
“The town needed something for the kids,” said DeLango.
“There’s nothing like this in the area,” said DeLango’s wife and co-operator, Pat DeLango, who said that she and her husband “want to put a little fun into [people’s] lives.”
She also mentioned that, previously, people had to travel to Poughkeepsie for a game hall.

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A day of learning at the library

AMENIA — The Amenia Free Library held another summer reading program on Friday, July 15. Jilligan, who has been participating in the summer reading program for roughly 20 years, played guitar and sang songs with the children before introducing her furry and feathered companions. The children got to pet a pony, a goat and day-old chick hatchlings.

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Trail to the Train project still sits at station

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WASSAIC — The Trail to the Train project remains at a standstill as the Amenia Town Board and the Trail to the Train Committee continue to disagree over who should be contracted to build the project.
The Trail to the Train project will build a half-mile extension of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail to connect the Wassaic Metro-North train station to the hamlet of Wassaic. This will give pedestrians a safer option than walking along Route 22.

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Webutuck organizes for 2011-12

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WEBUTUCK — During the annual reorganization meeting, the Webutuck Central School District Board of Education (BOE) members elected a president and vice president.
Dale Culver was re-elected president and William McGhee was re-elected vice president.
The board also swore in its three new members: Judy Moran, Kristen Panzer and Robert Trotta.

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Amenia Hills proposal not ready for board decision

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AMENIA — Consultant Michael Klemens spoke to the Amenia Planning Board on Thursday, June 23, about the proposed Amenia Hills project.
Based on his findings, Klemens said that he would not recommend that the board approve the project at this time.

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