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AMENIA UNION — When The Rev. Betsy Fisher preaches her final sermon on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Amenia Union, it is likely there will be more than a few damp eyes in the congregation. 

Every once in a while, the right person comes along at just the right time. So it was in the tiny church when the now retiring Rev. Fisher arrived. She is known far beyond the boundaries of her parish, throughout Dutchess County and even into Connecticut as her good works — particularly in fighting for the hungry — have provided practical...

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Seeing pit bulls as individuals, and helper companions

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AMENIA— Tucked away amid the rolling hills on the border of Amenia and Millbrook sits a farm that houses horses, chickens, a goat, a donkey, a cat and two cows. But the really important residents of this sprawling farm are dogs: pit-bulls, pit bull mixes and dogs that could potentially have pit bull in their pedigree. They all live at Animal Farm Foundation. Many are trained there to take care of others. None of the people or organizations that receive the trained dogs are charged a fee.

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A new life for the former United Presbyterian Church

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AMENIA— After closing its doors in 2015, the former United Presbyterian Church of Amenia has been given a new life and purpose, thanks to the labors of Stoneleaf Construction (the developers behind Silo Ridge).

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Emergency alerts reconsidered

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AMENIA — With meetings for next year’s budget coming up, town Supervisor Victoria Perotti discussed the notification system, Swift911, as a possible budget item at a Town Board meeting on Thursday, July 19.

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ZBA sets date for Kent Hollow Mine public hearing

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AMENIA — With the development of the Kent Hollow Mine application underway, the Amenia Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) discussed organizing a public hearing. The board met on Monday, Aug. 20; all ZBA members were present except save Chairman Jeff Barnett-Winsby.
Following a recap of where the ZBA stood in relation to the Kent Hollow Mine application, ZBA attorney George Lithco said a public hearing would present the public with an opportunity to provide more information for the appeal.

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Picture this…

The Amenia Free Library teamed up with The Wassaic Project on Saturday, Aug. 25, for a color theory workshop. It featured artist Elizabeth Allen-Cannon, who spoke about the basic concepts of color and art. The workshop marked a successful first collaboration between the library and The Wassaic Project that Library Director Erika Palombo hopes to expand into a monthly program. From left, Allen-Cannon, Heather Kuzmich, Wassaic Project Education Director Tara Foley and Palombo showed examples of color in art.

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Merits of Wassaic’s Trail to Train project debated

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AMENIA— The Amenia Town Board listened to public concerns and congratulations about the upcoming Trail to Train construction project that will expand the Harlem Valley Rail Trail at its meeting on Thursday, Aug. 2.

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Wand-erful

Cody Diester, 4, made the biggest bubbles possible by running around with a bubble wand at the Amenia Free Library’s end-of-summer celebration on Thursday, Aug. 9.

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How the Museum of Modern Art will evolve with the world

AMENIA — In 2019, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and Amenia’s Congregation Beth David will celebrate their 90th anniversaries, both institutions having been founded in 1929. 
Ann Temkin is the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), and the granddaughter of founding members of the Amenia synagogue. 

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Rudy Eschbach passes away at 76

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AMENIA— Local residents called to mind their fondest memories of farmer and community volunteer Rudy Eschbach after learning about his passing on Thursday, July 26, at the age of 76.
From his childhood days, Eschbach’s connection to the town of Amenia remained strong throughout his lifetime, and his love for the community evident.

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Bugged out

The Amenia Free Library was crawling with creativity on Thursday, Aug. 2, as children built “blinky bugs” by taping two LEDs to a coin cell battery and clamping a battery between a clothespin. The children then decorated the “bugs.” Lola Miller, 6, shows her decorated bug with a smile.

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