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DOVER — The investigation into Olivet University’s connection with a Newsweek Media Group (NMG) investigation of charges of money laundering continues. The indictment that charged NMG’s parent company, IBT Media, now also includes both the university and some of its officers.

Olivet Chairman of the Board Andrew Lin (aka Tony Lin), Olivet Finance Director and Dean of Olivet Business School Lingyi Xiao (aka John Xiao) and Christian Media Corporation and Olivet Trustee William Anderson have all been included in the indictment charging them with “fraudulently...

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A day of learning at the library

AMENIA — The Amenia Free Library held another summer reading program on Friday, July 15. Jilligan, who has been participating in the summer reading program for roughly 20 years, played guitar and sang songs with the children before introducing her furry and feathered companions. The children got to pet a pony, a goat and day-old chick hatchlings.

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Trail to the Train project still sits at station

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WASSAIC — The Trail to the Train project remains at a standstill as the Amenia Town Board and the Trail to the Train Committee continue to disagree over who should be contracted to build the project.
The Trail to the Train project will build a half-mile extension of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail to connect the Wassaic Metro-North train station to the hamlet of Wassaic. This will give pedestrians a safer option than walking along Route 22.

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Webutuck organizes for 2011-12

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WEBUTUCK — During the annual reorganization meeting, the Webutuck Central School District Board of Education (BOE) members elected a president and vice president.
Dale Culver was re-elected president and William McGhee was re-elected vice president.
The board also swore in its three new members: Judy Moran, Kristen Panzer and Robert Trotta.

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Amenia Hills proposal not ready for board decision

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AMENIA — Consultant Michael Klemens spoke to the Amenia Planning Board on Thursday, June 23, about the proposed Amenia Hills project.
Based on his findings, Klemens said that he would not recommend that the board approve the project at this time.

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Ketcham Hose Company’s convention and parade

DOVER PLAINS — The J.H. Ketcham Hose Company (Dover Plains Fire Department) will host the 65th annual Dutchess County Volunteer Fireman’s Convention and parade on Saturday, July 16.
The annual J.H. Ketcham Carnival opened on Wednesday, July 13, and will continue to Saturday,  July 16. Events are as follows:
Thursday, July 14
Bracelet rides specials
Bingo special games
Friday, July 15
Bracelet rides specials

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Open Gardens tour

AMENIA — The Hudson Valley Iris and Daylily Society’s (HVIDS) annual Open Gardens tour on Sunday, July 17, will feature the Clare Calabria Gardens of Gretchen Hitselberger and Kevin Cassone in Amenia. The garden will be open from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is free and open to the public. The tour also features gardens in Newburg and Burlingham, N.Y. For directions to the gardens, contact the president of HVIDS, Jim Robinowitz, at jmrobinowitz@hotmail.com.

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A little bit of magic ...

After the audience members threw in their magic words and one helper gave a tap with a magic wand, Bee Bee the Clown was able to pull Dust the Bunny out of her cooking pot while performing at the Amenia Free Library last week.

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Amenia’s 14th Hidden Garden Tour

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AMENIA — The 14th annual Hidden Garden Tour of Amenia will be held on Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., rain or shine.
Proceeds from the tour and donations made by local merchants will go toward enhancing the greater Amenia area.
This year, the tour will consist of eight gardens, including two new ones: VauxHall and Clare Calabria.

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Lions honor citizens for their service

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AMENIA — Amenia residents Jack and Linda Gregory were honored on Saturday, June 11, with awards given by the Lions Club during their annual installation dinner.
Jack Gregory received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, which was named after the founder of Lions Club International Foundation. The award, which is considered to be the highest honor granted by the organization, is not given for a specific accomplishment, but recognizes a recipient’s dedication to humanitarian service through generosity, compassion and commitment to the less fortunate.

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More Lions Club news

AMENIA —On a different night of honors, Lion Kenneth Hale represented the Amenia Lions at the annual Webutuck Jr./Sr. Awards Night on Wednesday, June 22, by distributing the club’s scholarships awards.

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