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AMENIA — By the end of the month, the Amenia Town Board will have adopted a detailed budget for 2018.

A brief public hearing was held at the board’s workshop meeting on Thursday, Nov. 2, to discuss the preliminary budget, though there was no comment from the public. 

Prior to the budget’s adoption at the next meeting on Thursday, Nov. 16, town Supervisor Victoria Perotti said there are a few details that the board hopes to work out and that the adopted budget will reflect those changes. 

As part of their discussion of the budget, Perotti...

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Board of Ed anticipates positive change in coming school year, re-elects president

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WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) held its annual organizational and business meeting on Monday, July 10, to discuss the positive changes to come in the 2017–18 school year.
Following an executive session at 6 p.m., the board reconvened at 7 p.m. District Clerk Tracy Trotter proceeded to administer the Oath of Office to re-elected board members Kristen Panzer and Judy Moran. In the election of board officers for 2017–18, Panzer was re-elected as president with a unanimous vote. 

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Dreaming of dance

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Page turner …

Special guest and Westchester County elementary school art teacher Elaine Devine Laux read a number of storybooks to local children at the Amenia Free Library on Friday, July 14. Among those enraptured by the storytelling were 6-year old Zackary Lattrell, 3-year-old Delila Freedom and her father, Nathaniel. Devine Laux, daughter of Amenia Library Director Miriam Devine, has been reading stories and doing crafts at the library for more than 20 years. On Friday, July 21, the library will welcome the Sharon Audubon Center with its hawk and owl exhibit.

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Town appoints members to ZRC, accepts resignation

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AMENIA — In the recent workshop meeting on Thursday, July 6, the Town Board announced the members of the new Zoning Review Committee (ZRC) and bid farewell to town attorney Denise Fitzpatrick following her resignation. 

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Clowning around

To kick off the start of this year’s New York Summer Reading Program, the Amenia Free Library received a visit from Bee Bee the Clown on Friday, July 7. Not even the morning’s rain showers could dampen the children’s spirits as they watched Bee Bee perform with puppets, magic tricks and juggling. When one of her tricks conjured up a live rabbit in a cage, the show’s young audience gathered around Bee Bee for a chance to pet the bunny’s fur.

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Amenia church organ finds home in Tennessee

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AMENIA — It’s been nearly two years since its closure, but a piece of the United Presbyterian Church of Amenia will live on at the St. Paul Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tenn. That’s because the Amenia pipe organ was salvaged and moved south just last month.
Originally built in 1871 by George Jardine, the story behind the organ begins with the church’s need for a more powerful instrument due to high attendance at services. The church commissioned a new organ from Jardine that would be larger and louder for hymns than the original.

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Summertide Festival rocks

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Cascade Mountain Winery & Restaurant held a Summertide Festival with food, music and wine from Friday, July 7, to Sunday, July 9, to celebrate its 40th anniversary. 
Owner Charlie Wetmore said the idea of hosting the festival came to him years ago, after watching Northwest Corner musician Ram Miles perform at his sister Joanie Yahn’s wedding.

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Residents tune in to The Wassaic Project

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WASSAIC — Smack in the center of the hamlet of Wassaic, the streets were alive with the sound of music in celebration of The Wassaic Project’s July Festival on Saturday, July 1.
Beginning at 3 p.m., residents of Wassaic and beyond arrived by the carload for a night of arts and entertainment for the whole family. Due to impending weather, the festival’s musical performances were held in the Luther Barn, a first for The Wassaic Project.

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Block grant brings funding to Amenia

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HARLEM VALLEY — There are many improvement projects needed throughout the region: infrastructure, affordable housing, sewers and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance. But where are municipalities — especially low and moderate-income neighborhoods — supposed to get the money to finance such work?
The answer? Grants. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, especially, is an important source of grant funding for many towns and villages throughout the nation, and right here in the Harlem Valley. 

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Photo submitted A literary lawn

Students at Webutuck Elementary School and their teachers celebrated the end of another successful school year by spending the morning reading on the school lawn on Wednesday, June 21. According to teacher Monica Baker, Reading on the Lawn is a yearly tradition that also kicks off the annual Summer Reading Challenge, which encourages students to read over the summer and keep track of the books they read in order to earn a party when they return to school in the fall. Courtesy of the PTA, every child in the school received a free book.

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