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AMENIA — Good structure makes the garden satisfying in all seasons.

That sentiment by Maxine Paetro, owner of an English-style cottage garden that will swing open its rustic gates to the public on Saturday, June 22, during the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days event, is evident throughout her lush Amenia property, Broccoli Hall.

Regardless of whether visitors tour Broccoli Hall in early or late spring, summer or fall, the series of enchanting garden rooms differ in mood and content from season to season. The garden, open twice a year to the public, has spectacular...

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More than 100 marijuana plants seized from Amenia cornfield

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AMENIA — A marijuana growing operation was discovered in Amenia on Wednesday, Aug. 10, by a team of New York state troopers and investigators from the Dover Plains barracks. The New York State Police Aviation team assisted from the air to help lead the ground forces to the right location.
More than 100 marijuana plants, which were hidden in a cornfield, were seized from the property located on Depot Hill Road.
The state police estimated that number of plants would have created more than 50 pounds of saleable marijuana.

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New health center has grand opening

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AMENIA — The Hudson River HealthCare community health center held its grand opening ceremony on Friday, Aug. 12, for its new office in Amenia on East Main Street/Route 343.
The new community health center in Amenia is one of the company’s 18 offices currently open in New York state. Four more are planned to open soon on Long Island.

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A sweet finale

Elizabeth Forbes ate some ice cream on Friday, Aug. 12, in celebration of the Amenia Free Library’s conclusion of its Summer Reading Program. The program offered activities to encourage children to read.

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Her lucky number ...

Wassaic hosted its annual Senior Picnic at the Wassaic firehouse on Saturday, Aug. 13. More than 100 local seniors attended. Before the culinary festivities started, seniors gathered to play 10 rounds of bingo. Marcella Butts wore a pink lei while playing bingo at the senior barbecue. The day’s festivities had a Hawaiian theme.

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Discord over Wassaic firetruck

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WASSAIC — In March, after three years of leaks, one of the Wassaic Fire District’s main firetrucks suffered water tank failure so extensive that the repairs would have cost more than the 22-year-old truck was worth, according to Wassaic Fire Chief Scott Boardman.
Instead of repairing the truck, the district’s board decided to look into replacing it.
A five-man committee was formed to research the purchase of a new truck. That research included attending several expos around New England.

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Sweet music at The Wassaic Project

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More than 100 people lounged on the grass to listen to the beautiful folksy harmonies of New Jersey Americana band Thomas Wesley Stern.
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Wassaic Project draws together artists, viewers of all ages

WASSAIC — The year 2008 marked the beginning of what was to become an annual contemporary arts festival, where history and modernism would come together in this community.
The founders of the Wassaic Project, Bowie Zunino, Eve Biddle, and Elan Bogarin, gained the approval of the Maxon Mills owners, Tony Zunino and Richard Berry, to use the mill as an artistic venue. In 2005, Zunino and Berry purchased and restored the mill, saving it from demolition.

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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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