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AMENIA — The town of Amenia glowed with the holiday spirit as residents assembled at Amenia Town Hall for the annual tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 2.

Starting around 4:30 p.m., numerous local families gathered at the front of the town hall building for the evening’s festivities. The Amenia Fire Company made sure Santa Claus arrived at the town hall safely as he came riding in on a fire truck at 4:45 p.m. While the annual ceremony typically honors a local individual with the Citizen of the Year award, Amenia Supervisor Victoria Perotti said the town decided to...

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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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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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