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Amenia residents paired up with the town’s Enhancement Committee on Saturday, May 18, to get the town ready for the annual Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 27. Residents met at Fountain Square to plant red, white and blue annuals to reflect the coming holiday. From left, Enhancement Committee member Leo Blackman showed Jean Gutierrez and her daughter, Pickle, how to plant an annual.

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Wassaic Fire Company receives decontamination supplies

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WASSAIC — Determined to do what it can to reduce occupational cancer risks within the fire service, the Wassaic Fire Company received a donation of decontamination products from the Carney Strong Initiative on Sunday, Feb. 24.

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Amenia Transfer Station to close for good March 1

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AMENIA — Due to new regulations enforced by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the diminishing number of residents who use the site, the Amenia Transfer Station will be closing, starting Friday, March 1.
Following the town dump’s closing in 2012, Amenia entered into a licensed agreement with Welsh Sanitation Services to operate a transfer station. Located at 5275 Route 44, the transfer station accepted all household garbage and recyclables on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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Super students

On Monday, Jan. 28, the Webutuck Board of Education congratulated five sixth-grade students from Eugene Brooks Intermediate School (EBIS) for achieving the Student of the Month honor for the month of January. Led by EBIS teachers Denise Conway and Evelyn Brennie, each student was praised for strengths in the classroom. The students received certificates for the honor. From left, Brennie congratulated students Betsaida Franco-Sub, Ryleigh Sprague, Aaron Wendover, Thomas Beeman and Landen Elliott along with Conway and EBIS Principal Erik Lynch.

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Town Board approves sale of water district property on Route 343

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AMENIA — The Amenia Town Board opened its meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17, with a public hearing for the sale of surplus property in the Amenia Water District No. 1, before moving forward with its sale.

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Town Board approves resolutions: Train to Trail and solar moratorium OK’d

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AMENIA — The Amenia Town Board approved various resolutions for a number of municipal projects at a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17.
Learning that the emergency generator at Amenia Town Hall requires electrical work to be completed by a licensed electrician, the board awarded the contract to CDE Electric at a cost not to exceed $61,400.

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Town abuzz over newly proposed noise ordinance

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AMENIA — Continuing the public hearing on the new noise law, the Town Board discussed the ordinance at its meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17. 
As one of the first attendees to speak, Wassaic resident Antonia Shoumatoff made some suggestions. Addressing Councilman Damien Gutierrez’s previous concerns about making sure noises created by firing guns during hunting season were exempt from complaint, she said she thought it would be good if that type of noise was an exception in the new law. 

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Town Board OKs firearm policy for constables and announces plans for 2019

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AMENIA — Along with accepting official appointments for 2019, the Amenia Town Board approved several designations  and stated its goals for the new year at its annual reorganization meeting on Thursday, Jan. 3. For more on town appointments, read the Jan. 10 edition of The Millerton News.

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Amenia Town Board holds organizational meeting for 2019

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AMENIA— The Amenia Town Board held its annual organizational meeting on Thursday, Jan. 3.
After establishing the salaries for the town’s elected and appointed officials, the board appointed Ian Lindars as town attorney at $200 an hour. 
Working 22 hours a week for $26 an hour, Marge Arnold was appointed to the bookkeeper position; Lorna Sherman was appointed alternate per diem bookkeeper at $25 an hour. Working for a total of two hours per month, Diana McPadden was appointed bank reconciliation clerk for the bookkeeper at $15.97 an hour. 

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2018: Cricket Valley energy plant raises concerns here

The construction of a gas-powered electric plant in nearby Dover, N.Y., was a source of anxiety for Northwest Corner residents. Two concerns in particular are the size of the plant and the possibility that air pollution from the plant will drift over the border into Connecticut towns including Kent. 
The new plant is being built just off Route 22 in Dover, on an industrial site that was abandoned after a catastrophic fire there in 1996. 

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Winter Farmers Market ready for 2019

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AMENIA — Throughout the year, the Amenia Farmers Market welcomes local farmers and vendors to sell their wares and goods, and enhance the local economy. While the summer farmers market featured a variety of vendors, as did last year’s winter market, original market co-founder Lynn Mordas said she remains in constant search of new merchants and participants.

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