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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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Webutuck raises the roof with students’ latest production

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WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck Drama Society is putting the finishing touches on its upcoming production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” the Broadway classic about a Jewish father and the wedding of his three daughters.
“We’ve always loved this show,” explained director Nancy Gange, speaking for herself and her husband, James, who assists with the play’s set construction. “I don’t think it’s one that you see done that often.”
“Fiddler on the Roof” will be presented on Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12, at 7 p.m., with a final matinee performance on Sunday, March 13, at 2 p.m.

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Webutuck grad hits national radar after run-in with college coach

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AMENIA — A Webutuck graduate and current sophomore at a Pennsylvania college made national headlines last week as allegations of assault by his basketball coach peaked with an appearance on live television.
Matt Kravchuck, an Amenia resident, and John O’Connor, the former varsity basketball coach at Holy Family University, were quickly swept up in the middle of a whirlwind controversy in Pennsylvania following the incident.
The incident

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Draft scope of work for Town Hall renno­vations revealed

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AMENIA — Town Councilwoman Darlene Riemer gave the public its first look at a draft scope of work for Phase III of renovations to the new Town Hall building that will provide the foundation for work to come.
Before the town moved into its new location on Route 22, the former Amenia Elementary School building, the Town Board decided to divide the needed work into three phases.

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Town Board mulls creation of dirt road district

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AMENIA — The high cost of dirt roads has been a frequently discussed topic at Amenia Town Board meetings, but town Supervisor Wayne Euvrard took it a step further at a recent board meeting. He suggested the town look into the possibility of a “dirt road district” that would affect the appropriate taxpayers in the same way that the town’s water and lighting districts do.

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Veteran recognized 65 years later

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AMENIA — It’s been a long time coming for Sgt. George O’Boza, who was recently honored with six medals for his service in World War II, following a campaign by state Sen. Greg Ball (R-40).

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Barn collapse kills 15 black Angus

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AMENIA — Early Sunday morning, Feb. 6, heavy snow on the roof brought down a barn at Bel Aire Farm on Bangall-Amenia Road, killing 15 black Angus cattle.
Bel Aire Farm manager James Barbarie said the barn probably collapsed some time before 7 a.m. Barbarie was the second person on the scene and wasn’t sure what to do.
“After all, it’s not like you can call 1-800-barn collapse,” he said.
A quick phone call to a friend of his in the Amenia Fire Department resulted in volunteers showing up by 7:30 a.m. to help.

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Town inaction; Planning Board seat remains open

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NORTH EAST — Moments after the start of the Town Board business meeting on Thursday, Feb. 10, resident Sam Busselle started public comments by presenting the board with a petition signed by 119 residents. The petition was sponsored by the Friends of North East, whom he said were “strongly committed” to responsible government and leadership. Their goal last week? To get former North East Planning Board Chairman Henry Klimowicz reappointed to the board on which he spent a decade volunteering.

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Farmland plan approved

NORTH EAST — The North East Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) has announced that New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Acting Commissioner Darrel Aubertine formally approved the town of North East’s Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

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Building inspector resigns

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AMENIA — Mike Segelken, the town of Amenia’s building inspector and code enforcement officer, tendered a letter of resignation to the Town Board at its Feb. 10 meeting. The board accepted the resignation with regret.
Supervisor Wayne Euvrard said that Segelken expressed “mixed feelings” in his letter about leaving, having spent nearly seven years working for the town, but he had been able to find full-time work “in a neighboring municipality.”

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Attention parents: Bus time changes possible

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WEBUTUCK — A Key Communicator (the school’s newsletter from the superintendent and school administrators) is expected to be sent out to parents soon, as the Webutuck Central School District considers the possibility of rearranging its bus schedule for the upcoming 2012-13 school year.

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