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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 library proposition on this year’s ballot

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AMENIA— In addition to casting their ballots for candidates running for office, Amenia residents will have an opportunity to vote on a funding proposition to benefit the Amenia Free Library on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
The proposition involves a $30,000 increase in the town’s annual contribution to the library, which will directly influence and sustain the library’s operating budget. 

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Town Board discusses finances at 2019 budget workshops

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AMENIA — The Town Board examined potential requests for next year’s budget at two consecutive budget workshops held on Monday, Oct. 22, and Tuesday, Oct. 23.
At the beginning of August, town Supervisor Victoria Perotti sent out budget worksheets to all town departments. Due by the end of August, the departments were asked to fill out the worksheets as a wish list for what they needed. The worksheets were returned to Town Bookkeeper Marjorie Arnold and later given back to Perotti.

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Amenia Free Library brainstorms future programs for patrons

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AMENIA— With the leaves bursting with autumn colors and fall holidays stretching through November, the Amenia Free Library has been busy brainstorming programs that would suit the schedules and interests of its patrons. Now that school is back in session and students are occupied with new activities and responsibilities, the library tends to be quieter, prompting Library Director Erika Palombo to rethink program schedules to determine what times and days work best for everyone. 

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The Harlem Valley considers EMS options

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AMENIA— Officials from the towns of Amenia, North East and Dover and the village of Millerton spoke about possible solutions for the future of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in their communities at a joint public hearing held on Wednesday, Oct. 24.
Center for Government Research Principal Paul Bishop explained the meeting was for the Amenia, Dover, North East and Millerton public boards and the focus was to share information and gain an understanding of their options instead of advocating a particular point of view. 

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Human rights commission listens in Amenia

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AMENIA — The Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights tuned its ears to the issues that concern local communities at a listening session at Congregation Beth David on Sunday, Oct. 28.
More than 20 attended.
“We do these listening sessions to come out to the communities and learn about the strengths and weaknesses of the communities,” said Human Rights/EEO Officer Jody Miller. “It’s a way for us as a commission to get to know the communities.”

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ArtEast’s 12th annual Open Studio Tours give peek into artists’ working process

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HUDSOON VALLEY — Art East shed a light on the spaces local artists use to unleash their creativity at the 12th annual Open Studio Tours on Saturday, Oct. 13,  Sunday, Oct. 14, Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21.
ArtEast offered tours of 30 art studios. Going beyond the traditional landscape paintings and pottery, the tour featured an intimate look into abstract paintings, assemblage, photography, fiber-based work, murals, felt art, metal art, fine art, ceramics, digital art and more. 

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The Megyn Kelly Show stops at Four Brothers Drive In Theater

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AMENIA — A spotlight was shone on the Four Brothers Drive In Theater as The Megyn Kelly Show visited the area to film a segment at the drive-in on Thursday, Oct. 18.
The drive-in theater is a place where people can get together and spend time enjoying a revitalized American past time.

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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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