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AMENIA UNION — When The Rev. Betsy Fisher preaches her final sermon on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Amenia Union, it is likely there will be more than a few damp eyes in the congregation. 

Every once in a while, the right person comes along at just the right time. So it was in the tiny church when the now retiring Rev. Fisher arrived. She is known far beyond the boundaries of her parish, throughout Dutchess County and even into Connecticut as her good works — particularly in fighting for the hungry — have provided practical...

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Amenia ZBA sets strategy for Kent Hollow Mine appeal

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AMENIA — Far fewer people attended the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) meeting than were expected on Thursday, Sept. 28, even though the controversial Kent Hollow Mine application was on the agenda. 
Kent Hollow is in the midst of appealing a zoning violation for being a nonconforming use. 

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Kent Hollow wants to mine sand, gravel on Sharon border

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AMENIA — The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) met Thursday, Sept. 28, to discuss an application from Kent Hollow Mine, which is in Amenia near the border with Sharon. 

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Town considers park project for block grant application

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AMENIA — The Town Board took time to consider its options for the county’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application at a public hearing on Thursday, Sept. 21.
Councilmen Michael DeLango and Damian Gutierrez were absent from the hearing. 
Among the priorities for this year’s CDBG are economic development, public facilities, sidewalks, handicapped accessibility, parks and recreation, water and waste water and housing.

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Blood donations needed following hurricane

DOVER PLAINS — As the American Red Cross responds to wildfires and historic hurricanes, eligible donors are reminded that giving blood during National Preparedness Month in September is one way to help ensure the Red Cross is prepared to respond to patient emergencies across the country every day. 

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Under the hood …

The Amenia Lions Club held its Amenia Community Classic Car Show fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Maplebrook School. It was the club’s fourth annual showing of classic cars from around the Tri-state region. Though there was little pre-show publicity, a good crowd turned out for the day — and there were plenty of cars and trucks for everyone to enjoy. 

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The sound of music …

The Smithfield Presbyterian Church was alive with organ music last Saturday, Sept. 9, thanks to a recital by New York Philharmonic organist Kent Tritle. Tritle’s performance included works by J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn and Alexandre Guilmant on the church’s 1893 Johnson and Son tracker organ. Since the recital was organized to benefit the Oratorio Society of New York, a suggested donation of $20 was asked at the door. Following the performance, spectators were invited to enjoy a reception in the church.

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Amenia Town Hall hosts information fair for local veterans

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AMENIA — Local veterans are invited to learn more about the services available to them at the Veteran’s Information Fair on Saturday, Sept. 16.
Scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Amenia Town Hall, the idea of hosting a Veteran’s Information Fair was initiated through the collaboration of Amenia town Supervisor Victoria Perotti and Director Nelson Eddy Rivera of the Dutchess County Division of Veteran Services.

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Monte’s Chef Dafna Mizrahi to star in a new cooking show

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AMENIA — Celebrated in the county for her creative cuisine at Monte’s Local Kitchen & Tap Room, Chef Dafna Mizrahi’s talents as a culinary artist will soon be recognized on an upcoming cooking show.

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Students encouraged to ‘Take a Look, Browse a Book’

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AMENIA — For those curious about the green book baskets placed around town, the Webutuck Teachers’ Association (WTA) has found a fun new way to encourage children to read with the “Take a Look, Browse a Book” program. 
“Initially I was just thinking about putting baskets of books around the school for the students to read while they were waiting,” explained Monica Baker, a WTA member and English as a Second Language teacher at Webutuck Elementary School (WES).

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Church donation helps temple in need

AMENIA — The First Presbyterian Church of Amenia has been a presence in the community since 1748. The current building and connected manse were dedicated in 1867, at a time when the population and economic prosperity of Amenia was at its peak. Sadly, in September of 2015, it was agreed the congregation was to be dissolved.

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