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AMENIA— Perched at 19 Morse Hill Road in Amenia, equine specialist Jackie Wilkane owns Hope Rising Farm, which has thrived since she first established it last February. 

Since the age of 13, Wilkane has owned and taken care of show horses. For 26 years, she owned her own dog grooming business, Doggy Do’s, in Pleasantville, N.Y., before shifting her career to become a therapeutic riding instructor. What started as an investigation into the work at Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center in Orange County turned into a passion, and she was later employed as an instructor at...

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Fishing fun

Elizabeth Foley, 12, showed her little brother, Jase, 4, how to hold a fish with the help of their father, Shawn, at the Amenia Lions Club Fishing Derby, held on Saturday, July 14. The Lions Club holds the annual event as a thank you to the community for its year-long support. For full story and another photo, see Amenia Lions Club Fishing Derby reels in the fun.

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Garden enthusiasts’ delight

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AMENIA — The Tri-state Region was in full bloom on Saturday, July 14, as the Amenia Garden Club hosted A Celebration of Private Gardens. After picking up their tickets to paradise, spectators set off to explore a breathtaking array of private gardens, including Squirrel Hall in Millbrook; Broccoli Hall, Jade Hill and St. Thomas Episcopal Church’s Food of Life Pantry and Giving Garden in Amenia and Phantom’s Rock and Neverest in Wassaic; and Cobble Pond Farm in Sharon. Spectators marveled at what the gardens had to offer and mingled with this year’s hosts.

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Amenia’s Drug World changes ownership

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AMENIA— Customers looking for a local pharmacy and drug store to meet their medication and personal care needs can rest assured that the sale of Drug World won’t mean those needs go unanswered. Store manager Staci Robinson said as much when she assured the community that the only thing that’s changing is the name, and the ownership. 

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Amenia Garden Club celebrates private gardens

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AMENIA — Residents looking to surround themselves in the area’s scenic beauty are invited to tour seven private gardens on Saturday, July 14, as part of the Amenia Garden Club’s  celebration of private gardens.
When the event’s original organizers moved away, the Garden Club took a hiatus from hosting the tour. Though plans to reintroduce it started to hatch last year, garden enthusiasts had to wait until this summer to enjoy the area gardens featured on the tour.

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Folan Road group home alternative OK’d

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AMENIA — The Amenia Town Board approved a resolution for Greystone Programs, Inc., to develop a proposed individual residential alternative at 9 Folan Road during a special board meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26.
To provide context, town Supervisor Victoria Perotti said the board received a notice on Wednesday, May 23, from Greystone Programs, Inc., that explained its intent to convert an existing home at 9 Folan Road to an individual residential alternative for six individuals with developmental disabilities.

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Amenia Fire Company brings back town parade and block party

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AMENIA— The Amenia Fire Company finished the month of June with a festive community celebration -— a parade and block party — on Friday, June 29.

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Maplebrook School graduation

AMENIA— The Maplebrook School graduated 22 students (15 in the academy and seven from the Institute of Collegiate and Career Studies) on Sunday, June 3. 
Lucia Dorley, student government president, spoke, along with her mother, Leymah Gbowee, who was the commencement speaker. Gbowee is a Nobel Peace Prize Winner for her work with women in Liberia.  

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Kildonan School founder Diana Hanbury King passes away

AMENIA — The Kildonan School and the local community are mourning Diana Hanbury King, who passed away at her home on Friday, June 15, at age 90.

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Webutuck’s Tomasatti and Edmundson, top academic grads

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WEBUTUCK — With graduation on the horizon, Webutuck High School seniors Isabella Tomasetti and Taylor Edmundson will soon be leading this year’s graduating class as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.

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Maplebrook School honors Dutchess County Sheriff at President’s Breakfast

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AMENIA — Maplebrook School presented Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson with its President’s Award on Tuesday, June 5.
The President’s Breakfast was held in Whalen Hall on the school campus. Following introductions by Master of Ceremonies George T. Whalen Jr. and an invocation by Maplebrook School Pastor Gary Witt, guests began lining up for the breakfast the school’s culinary management team prepared with French toast, eggs Benedict, bacon, sausages, potatoes, pastries and more.

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