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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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Garden project receives structure

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WEBUTUCK — Representatives of the North East Community Center (NECC) and the student garden attended the Webutuck Board of Education meeting on Monday, July 18, to give the board an update on their garden project.
Webutuck students, under the supervision of NECC and a Webutuck staff member, have been growing produce in a small garden on the Webutuck grounds this year in order to learn about agriculture, climate and other branches of science related to food production.

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Planning Board addresses multiple issues

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AMENIA — During a short Planning Board meeting held on Thursday, July 28, the board members discussed several recent ongoing projects in Amenia.
Roxbury Sand & Gravel/ Gro Max
Roxbury Sand & Gravel and Gro Max have two projects they are seeking approval for. Formal applications have not yet been submitted for either project because the companies have been waiting to hear opinions from the Planning Board and the Town Board regarding how likely it is that the projects will be approved.

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Schoolhouse association rocks the house

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AMENIA — The Indian Rock Schoolhouse Association held its annual meeting and ice cream social on Sunday, July 31, to update members about the numerous events held at the schoolhouse over the last year and to elect its board. The members also discussed the upcoming annual picnic and community day, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the schoolhouse.
The annual meeting and ice cream social were open to the public.
The association president, Vicki Benjamin, said she received a lot of positive feedback from the members.

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Senator presents Amenia $100,000 grant

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WASSAIC — In a small ceremony on the porch of Maxon Mills in Wassaic, New York state Sen. Greg Ball presented the town of Amenia with a check for $100,000 of grant money that the town won for the Trail to the Train project.
The Trail to the Train project will create a path roughly two-thirds of a mile in length to connect the Harlem Valley Rail Trail trail head at the Wassaic Metro-North train station to the center of the hamlet of Wassaic.
The town has already received a grant for $600,000 and a grant for $10,000.

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The Wassaic Project basics

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WASSAIC — Wassaic’s annual summer festival — aptly called The Wassaic Project — will kick off on Thursday, Aug. 4, with a cake walk and concert before the art festival officially begins the following day.
The cake walk will be held at Maxon Mills (37 Furnace Bank Road) at 6 p.m. and the concert will start at 7 p.m. at the Lantern Inn (14 Main St.). Both events will benefit the Wassaic Fire Company.

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Amenia Town Board gets down to business

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AMENIA — During the Amenia Town Hall meeting on Thursday, July 21, the board voted to accept two resolutions in regard to the Ridgecrest Farms soil mining overlay rezoning application.
Resolution No. 31 of 2011 adopted Local Law No. 2 of 2011, which changes the town of Amenia’s official zoning maps to add roughly 65 acres of land on Sinpatch Road owned by Ridgecrest Farms to the soil mining overlay (also known as the SMO). This makes the land eligible for a special use permit that will authorize the use of the land for a gravel mining operation.

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Arts and crafts at the library

AMENIA —All summer long, the Amenia Free Library is holding events to encourage children to explore their world through books and other library resources. On Friday, July 22, Elaine Devine Laux, an art teacher, visited the library to read two cat-themed books, which tied in with the cat masks art project the children completed afterward. Roughly 30 children and guardians attended the event, despite Friday’s soaring temperatures.

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Trail to the Train project gets new heads

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AMENIA — On the same evening that he announced that he will not be running for re-election at year’s end, town Supervisor Wayne Euvrard named Councilwomen Victoria Perotti and Darlene Riemer as the new co-chairs of the Amenia Town Board’s committee for the Trail to the Train project.
Euvrard said he selected Perotti and Riemer because both of them are in the middle of their term on the Town Board, so no matter what happens in this year’s elections, both of them will still be on the Amenia Town Board next year.

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Wassaic studios invite visitors

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WASSAIC —Young people are always offended when someone of my generation compares a Happening to Woodstock — especially if it’s a Happening that involves art, music, an old farm in New York state and lots of long hair and loose-fitting clothes.
So, I will not compare the Wassaic Project and its annual summer festival to Woodstock, even though it involves art, music, an old farm in New York state and lots of people with long hair and loose-fitting clothes.
But if I were to make that comparison, I would mean it as a compliment.

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New business plays to win

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AMENIA — It’s all fun and games at Grandpa Joe’s Game Room in downtown Amenia.
Joe DeLango, nicknamed Grandpa Joe, opened his newest venture to provide a place for teens, adults and families to have fun, wholesome entertainment at a “very reasonable price.”
“The town needed something for the kids,” said DeLango.
“There’s nothing like this in the area,” said DeLango’s wife and co-operator, Pat DeLango, who said that she and her husband “want to put a little fun into [people’s] lives.”
She also mentioned that, previously, people had to travel to Poughkeepsie for a game hall.

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