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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. 

Hurricane Irma has forced the cancellation of dozens of Red Cross blood drives in the Southeast, resulting in more than 2,100 uncollected blood and platelet donations. Natural disasters like hurricanes can disrupt blood drives and prevent donors from giving, but hospital...

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Webutuck BOE appoints staff members for coming year

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Amenia — The Webutuck Board of Education managed to settle business for the upcoming school year within an hour during the meeting on Monday, July 24.
The board passed a motion to accept the resignation of school monitor Katherine VanAnden, which became effective on July 17. 

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Kellie Parsons brings style and a smile to Studio 343 Hair

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Amenia — Walking through the doors of Studio 343 Hair in Amenia, clients will find themselves in good hands as hairdresser Kellie Parsons works to ensure that they feel and look their best.

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Edibles and honors at chef & farmer brunch for NECC

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Silo Ridge Field Club hosted Millerton’s North East Community Center (NECC) for its seventh annual Chef & Farmer Brunch fundraiser on Sunday, July 30.
Nearly every restaurant in nearby New York state participated in the event, which sold out three months in advance. 

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Town Board discusses next steps for water engineering firm

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AMENIA— At its meeting on Thursday, July 20, the Town Board considered its options for a water engineering firm to assess the water district infrastructure. In order to apply for infrastructure grants, an engineering report is needed from a licensed engineer. 
The board has already interviewed Tighe & Bond, Morris Associates, KC Engineering & Land Surveying and Chazen Companies.

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Maplebrook honors Audia at breakfast

AMENIA — Each year, Maplebrook School hosts its Annual President’s Breakfast in an effort to bring the school and the community closer together. Traditionally, the honoree is someone who has become a respected member of his/her community and has devoted numerous hours in assisting others for the greater good. 
On June 4, Robert Audia, a recently retired and respected businessman, as well as a community volunteer in the Millbrook area, became the school’s 21st honoree. 

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Sackett Square moves to Route 343

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AMENIA— Nestled above the cafe, Back in the Kitchen, and across the street from the Amenia Free Library, local marketplace Sackett Square recently relocated to a new home in the town of Amenia.
The marketplace, which sells goods from local farms, food purveyors and vendors like one would find at a farmers market  — all under the roof of a single business — originally opened in the Cousins’ Plaza in Wassaic in April. That was before owners and sisters, Lauren and Brielle Williams, decided to relocate. 

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Fun flies at Amenia Free Library

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AMENIA — There wasn’t a peep to be heard from an audience rapt with attention at the Amenia Free Library on Friday, July 21. The youngsters and their families were there to learn all about birds and birds of prey, during a talk by Audubon Sharon, led by Wildlife Rehabilitator and Outreach Specialist Sunny Bettley.
“The kids love it,” she said, “they absolutely love it. You can see the wonder and awe in their eyes.”

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Board of Ed anticipates positive change in coming school year, re-elects president

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WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) held its annual organizational and business meeting on Monday, July 10, to discuss the positive changes to come in the 2017–18 school year.
Following an executive session at 6 p.m., the board reconvened at 7 p.m. District Clerk Tracy Trotter proceeded to administer the Oath of Office to re-elected board members Kristen Panzer and Judy Moran. In the election of board officers for 2017–18, Panzer was re-elected as president with a unanimous vote. 

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Dreaming of dance

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Page turner …

Special guest and Westchester County elementary school art teacher Elaine Devine Laux read a number of storybooks to local children at the Amenia Free Library on Friday, July 14. Among those enraptured by the storytelling were 6-year old Zackary Lattrell, 3-year-old Delila Freedom and her father, Nathaniel. Devine Laux, daughter of Amenia Library Director Miriam Devine, has been reading stories and doing crafts at the library for more than 20 years. On Friday, July 21, the library will welcome the Sharon Audubon Center with its hawk and owl exhibit.

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