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AMENIA — Starting Thursday, April 20, the town of Amenia will offer its senior population  a chance — and a place — to socialize, with the opening of a new senior center. For now, the center will act as a litmus test of sorts, to see if more senior activities are desired by town residents. If so, the town will consider offering more for seniors to do while figuring out how the program can grow.

The idea for launching the new center was initiated last year by Michele Somogyi of the Amenia Recreation Commission. For at least the last year, the town has not had...

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Maxine Paetro talks about writing with James Patterson

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AMENIA — It’s impossible not to like author Maxine Paetro upon meeting her. Paetro, co-author with New York Times bestseller James Patterson, is friendly, intelligent and endlessly fascinating. Armed with a treasure trove of tales, Paetro opened up about her career and her life in Amenia on a recent Friday afternoon — a preview to the talk she’ll be giving April 12 in celebration of National Library Week.

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Monte’s chef to talk to new citizens

AMENIA — When Dutchess County’s newest American citizens are sworn in at the April 7 Naturalization Ceremony in Poughkeepsie, they will also hear remarks from local celebrity Chef Dafna Mizrahi.  
Mizrahi, who became a citizen only three and a half years ago, plans on sharing part of her own history as well as giving advice to the honorees.  

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Lyme disease talk presented April 1

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AMENIA — Living in the Hudson Valley, most people are aware of the risks of contracting Lyme disease or other tick-borne illnesses. Just walking outside or going for a hike could put one in jeopardy — especially if no preventative measures are taken.
That’s part and parcel of why Kenneth Liegner, M.D., is giving a series of talks in early April on Lyme and other tick-borne diseases entitled, “What You Need to Know.”

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Town Board discusses insurance rates and Kent Hollow Mine plication

AMENIA — As the town of Amenia set to work clearing the snow left by Blizzard Eugene, the Town Board took the agenda’s pressing matters into consideration during its meeting on Thursday, March 16.
In her report, town Supervisor Victoria Perotti made a brief reference to the “Blizzard of 2017” and thanked the Highway Department for its efforts in clearing the snow from local streets.

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Spring fling

The students of Eugene Brooks Intermediate School (EBIS) were lively with the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day during a school dance on Friday, March 17. Organized as a fundraiser for the Webutuck High School Class of 2017, the dance ran from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and invited EBIS students from the fourth, fifth and sixth grades. Sporting different shades of green, the students danced in the middle school cafeteria. Fifth-grade students Grainne Williams, left, and Katherine Messoline waited for the next round of the cakewalk to begin.

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Amenia Fire Company completes grain bin rescue training

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AMENIA— As part of its mission to be proactive in training for all types of emergencies, the Amenia Fire Company recently completed a 20-hour training course for grain bin rescue operations.
Members of the Amenia Fire Company began their training with an educational session at the Amenia firehouse from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, March 10. Also in attendance were members of the Sharon, Millerton and Dover Plains fire companies. 

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Planning Board hears Flood site plan

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AMENIA — Less than an hour into the meeting on Wednesday, March 8, the Amenia Planning Board granted its final approval of Donald Flood’s site plans for the former Pines Restaurant. 
Following a brief review of the agenda’s public hearing segment, Chairwoman Larissa DeLango directed the board’s attention to Flood’s site plan for a repair shop and equipment storage facility that would be located at 4177 Route 22, in Wassaic. 

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Meet the ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’

Webutuck — Students in the North East (Webutuck) Central School District, in collaboration with The Wassaic Project, will perform Roald Dahl’s classic “Fantastic Mr. Fox” on Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11, at 7 p.m., at Webutuck High School (194 Haight Road, Amenia).
The play tells the tale of a clever fox who outwits his villainous neighboring farmers time and again to keep his family and digger friends fed. 

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Pine Plains Zoning Board of Appeals: Site plan approved for former Pines restaurant site

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AMENIA— Following the years in which the property has been left in ruins, the site of the former Pines Restaurant will be utilized as the location of a construction workshop and equipment storage facility under a proposal from Donald Flood, an asphalt paving contractor. Flood’s company, Kect Construction Corporation, is located in Patterson, N.Y.  

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Maplebrook School hosts student art exhibit

AMENIA — Maplebrook School is hosting its 13th Annual Regional Student Art Exhibit in Thalheimer Hall on its Main Campus, 5142 Route 22. 
The show features artwork from student artists from seven regional schools in a wide array of mediums. Participating schools include: The Millbrook School, The South Kent School, Webutuck High School, Dover Union School, The Kildonan School, The Hotchkiss School and Maplebrook School. 

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