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AMENIA— Along with voting for state and county officials, Amenia voters supported their local library this Election Day by casting their ballots in favor of a $30,000 funding proposition on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The proposition marks an increase of $30,000 in the town’s annual contribution to the Amenia Free Library, bringing it to $125,000. In addition to directly influencing and sustaining the library’s operational budget, the increase will allow the library to host additional programs for the community, provide more resources, supply minor upgrades to the public...

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Fire incinerates Amenia home

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AMENIA — The residence of James Marshall, located at 5197 Route 22, was destroyed in a fire on the evening of Thursday, June 2.
No one was home when the fire started and there were no injuries.
Firetrucks and ambulances were dispatched around 9 p.m.
Firefighters from Amenia, Wassaic, Millerton, Millbrook, Unionvale, Sharon and Lakeville responded to the second-alarm fire. Dover was on standby.
It is uncertain when the fire started. When the Amenia Fire Department arrived on the scene minutes after receiving the call, the entire structure was fully engulfed in flames.

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Amenia’s John Segalla will be missed

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AMENIA — If there was one man known to have made a mark on the Harlem Valley community of Amenia, that man was John Segalla. Born Giovanni Alfred Segalla in North Canaan, Conn., 88 years ago, the Amenia businessman and local stalwart died from bone cancer at Sharon Hospital on Thursday, June 2.

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Post office antique cabinet to return home

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AMENIA — A sorting cabinet used in the South Amenia post office (long closed) is being returned to the town and will be displayed as a piece of Amenia’s past in its new Town Hall.

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Amenia gathers for Memorial Day

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AMENIA — A new tradition began this year, as the town of Amenia invited residents from around the region to enjoy a Memorial Day parade a half-hour before the Fountain Square ceremony, which is held each year in honor of those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country.
Councilwoman Vicki Doyle said the parade added a lot to the morning of Monday, May 30, when much of the town turned out for the Memorial Day events.

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Going green

Although Arbor Day was on April 29 this year, Webutuck students celebrated the holiday at the Indian Rock Schoolhouse in Amenia on Friday, May 27. it wasn’t just about digging in the dirt. Students took a break from planting trees to play old school games from the 1800s.

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Fountain Square chosen for heritage quilt

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AMENIA — Fountain Square has officially been selected as the Amenia landmark that will be commemorated on the statewide heritage quilt project.
The project is being promoted by the Association of Public Historians of New York State.
Towns in the state are submitting quilt squares to represent their communities. The squares will be sewn together to form one large quilt, which will be presented to the New York State Museum to house in its collection.
Amenia Town Historian Arlene Iuliano has taken charge to ensure Amenia’s representation in the quilt.

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Fishing Derby makes a splash

AMENIA —The Amenia Lions Club hosted its annual Fishing Derby at Ralph Vinchiarello’s pond on Mygatt Road on Saturday, May 21. Attendance was high and spirits even higher. The children who participated raced to the tables set up by volunteers to have their catches measured; below are the results from the day.
First Fish Caught
Honorable Mention to Dylan Turner, 7, of Pleasant Valley
Up to age 4 Biggest Fish  

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Plans for Old Amenia Landfill near completion

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AMENIA — The town of Amenia held a special meeting on Thursday, May 19, about the remedial design for the Old Amenia Landfill (OAL), located along Route 22 across from the MetroNorth Wassaic station.
The presentation on the design plan was given by engineer Elizabeth Rovers of C.T. Male Associates, the remediation consultation company hired by the town for this project.
The 8.4-acre OAL, which operated for 40 years until 1976, underwent a Remedial Investigation Feasibility Study from 2001-05 to determine the extent of and type of hazardous waste contamination.

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Mine submits final Environmental Assessment Form

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AMENIA — After reviewing Ridgecrest Farm’s final data presentation, the Town Board passed a resolution that introduces Local Law No. 2 of 2011. Local Law No. 2 would amend the Amenia zoning map to add 65 acres on Sinpatch Road to the Soil Mining Overlay (SMO) Zoning District.
Local Law No. 2 will be discussed at a public hearing to be held on June 16. That 65-acre parcel of land is currently in the rural residential zoning use district.

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Birdhouse building

Page Lumber of Amenia hosted a community day on Saturday, May 21. Centered around a birdhouse-building activity for the local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, there was also a firetruck and an ambulance for the children to explore. Raffles, free blood pressure readings, grilled hotdogs, snacks and State Police-issued Child ID cards were among some of the other activities at the event. Tyler Calabrese worked hard to build his birdhouse.

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