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WASSAIC — With summer coming to an end, the Amenia Garden Club rallied the Amenia Enhancement Committee, the Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) and the local community together to help clean up Borden Park on Saturday, Aug. 31. 

Aided by exemplary weather, volunteers set to work weeding, pruning, mulching and pulling down vines from trees. The rich scent of fresh soil rose in the air as the group spruced up the park. 

One week later, on Saturday, Sept. 7, the Amenia Garden Club hosted an end-of-summer garden party for dues-paying members. Held in the home...

Amenia

The golden age of song

The music of the past was alive and well at Amenia Town Hall on Thursday, Oct. 11, as the Town of Amenia Recreation Commission hosted a free concert featuring The Goldenage Singers. With the piano as accompaniment, the sweet voices soared. From Johnny Cash and the Beatles to Burt Bacharach and Simon & Garfunkel, the group’s repertoire covered a broad range of music. Come spring, The Goldenage Singers will return to Amenia, though the date has yet to be determined.

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Amenia Free Library gets the OK for expansion project

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AMENIA — The Amenia Free Library Association Board of Trustees on Wednesday, Oct. 11, received approval for its proposed construction project from the Amenia Planning Board.

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Catching koi at Maxine Paetro’s Broccoli Hall koi harvest

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AMENIA — Something fishy was happening at Broccoli Hall last Thursday, Oct. 4, as local author and ki shusui enthusiast Maxine Paetro invited guests to witness a koi harvest at her property’s largest pond.
Paetro’s reason for harvesting her prized koi was to reduce the number of koi that weren’t leading to her successfully creating and stabilizing a genetic line of ki shusui. Regarding her ki shusui project, Paetro explained that for 10 years, she’s been trying to breed a type of koi that typically surface as a by-product of other species.

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Town Board talks block grant, noise ordinance and maternity unit

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AMENIA — The Amenia Town Board met on Thursday, Oct. 4, and earlier, on Thursday, Sept. 20.
Last month, town Supervisor Victoria Perotti reported that the bid for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance projects and window upgrades at Town Hall was approved and work will begin shortly.

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The late Ann Linden honored at Indian Rock Schoolhouse Picnic and Community Day

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AMENIA— Despite the cloudy forecast, local residents were in good spirits as they visited the Indian Rock Schoolhouse (IRS) for its 16th Annual Picnic and Community Day on Saturday, Oct. 6.
A local landmark at 25 Mygatt Road, the schoolhouse is a special place for Amenians. Webutuck librarian and IRS Board President Beth Murphy gave a speech and dedicated the schoolhouse pavilion in honor and memory of Indian Rock Schoolhouse founder Ann Linden, who passed away last September at age 76.

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Kildonan School founder Diana Hanbury King’s life celebrated

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AMENIA— The legacy of Diana Hanbury King’s life was honored during a weekend celebration at her beloved Kildonan School on Saturday, Sept. 29, and Sunday, Sept. 30.
An educator and dyslexia pioneer, King turned her passion for teaching into a career, leading to the creation of Camp Dunnabeck in Pennsylvania and The Kildonan School in Amenia. She passed away in her home at age 90 on Friday, June 15.

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Concerns about Kent Hollow Mine appeal raised at ZBA public hearing

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AMENIA — The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) held a public hearing on the Kent Hollow Mine appeal at Amenia Town Hall on Monday, Sept. 17.
All ZBA members and multiple community members attended. ZBA Acting Chairman Terry Metcalfe introduced the hearing as an appeal from Kent Hollow, explaining that town law allows a property owner to appeal to the ZBA. By that same token, the ZBA’s role is to consider relative zoning regulations and other applicable materials with the board’s consultant when making a decision about the appeal.

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May peace prevail

Maplebrook School students and faculty observed International Day of Peace with a Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony on Friday, Sept. 21. A long line of Maplebrook students volunteered as flag bearers to represent international students attending Maplebrook School.

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Hope Rising Farm connects locals with equine partners

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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. 

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Town Hall improvements planned

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AMENIA — The Town Board unanimously approved a bid for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements and window replacements for the Town Hall Improvement Project at its meeting on Thursday, Sept. 6.
Beginning at 7 p.m., all members were in attendance, including Attorney to the Town Scott Volkman. 

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