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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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James Morris joins Amenia Town Board

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AMENIA— Earlier this month, an open seat on the Amenia Town Board was filled by resident James Morris.
Although Morris has had a residence in Amenia since 1985, he’s been a full-time resident for almost four years. He described Amenia as a small town that contains great scenic beauty. 
“In a sense, time has stood still here,” Morris said. “Some of the buildings I see in town are some of the buildings I saw when I came up here with my parents. I love it here in Amenia. It’s a nice town and the people are very nice.”

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Town Board establishes Zoning Review Committee, removes Waste Water Committee members

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AMENIA — The Town Board thoroughly examined the responsibilities involved in having a Zoning Review Committee (ZRC) at its first meeting of the month on Thursday, June 1.
The subject was raised by Amenia Union resident Sharon Kroeger during public comment. 
Kroeger stated she had worked on the Mini Plan for Oblong Valley in the 1980s and had attended all the meetings for the Master Plan of 1990 and for the Amenia Comprehensive Plan of 2007.

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Hitselberger and Warner honored by board

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AMENIA — The Town Board at its May meeting recognized the efforts of the late Tom Warner, a long-time Amenia resident and volunteer, and Councilwoman Gretchen Hitselberger, whose resignation took effect on Monday, May 18.
Town Supervisor Victoria Perotti asked for a moment of silence to honor Warner, who died on April 26. 
“Tom Warner was involved in recreation since the 1990s,” Perotti began as she delivered a brief narrative of Warner’s contributions to the town of Amenia.

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Florence Carroll celebrates 110th birthday

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SALISBURY, Conn. — Over at the Noble Horizons nursing home in Salisbury, Conn., former longtime Amenia resident Florence Carroll was surrounded by her loved ones as she celebrated her 110th birthday on Friday, June 9.

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Immersion Day at one-room Indian Rock Schoolhouse

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AMENIA — In celebration of Immersion Day, third-grade students of Webutuck Elementary School (WES) boarded the school bus for an all-day program hosted at Indian Rock Schoolhouse on Friday, June 3. 
Now in its sixth year, Immersion Day was initiated by Glen White, a third-grade teacher at WES, to expose students to what school was like during in the 1800s. 

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Memorial Day: saying ‘thank you’

AMENIA — VFW Post 5444 and the town of Amenia moved Memorial Day ceremonies to Town Hall on Monday, May 29, to escape the rain. 
Despite the change of venue, residents from Amenia, Wassaic and Dover managed to find exactly where to go, to help commemorate the Memorial Day holiday.
“That people came out in the rain makes me feel really good,” said veteran Donald Luginbhl.

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Dutchess County EMS Task Force Regulation, funding among challenges

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AMENIA — The Dutchess County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Task Force hosted a public forum at Amenia Town Hall on Tuesday, May 23, to present the findings and recommendations of a recent report.

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Amenia Lions catch the spirit at fishing derby

AMENIA — This past Saturday, May 20, a slew of bright red and white bobbers could be found decorating the late Ralph Vinchiarello’s pond in Amenia. Children up to age 15 gathered at 10 a.m. to participate in the 60th annual fishing derby, in memory of Vinchiarello. 

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Painting the town red, at Strawberry Festival

AMENIA — Luscious strawberries were abundant at the annual Strawberry Festival in Amenia on Saturday, May 20, drawing visitors to indulge in strawberry sundaes while discovering what the 12 vendors had to offer. Early sprinkles yielded to bright sun and a perfect day for the festival.
Co-sponsored by the Harlem Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Four Brothers Pizza and Drive In, the event raised funds for the chamber’s scholarship program for the North East (Webutuck) Central School District.

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Getting a taste of how to ThinkDIFFERENTLY

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AMENIA — Things were cooking at Monte’s Local Kitchen & Tap Room last Sunday afternoon, May 21, as Chef Dafna Mizrahi hosted a free ThinkDIFFERENTLY cooking class for children with special needs.
Aimed at fostering “a welcoming and supportive environment for individuals of all abilities,” the cooking class was one of the latest events from Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro’s 2015  ThinkDIFFERENTLY initiative. While partially funded through the initiative, the recent program on Sunday, May 21, was sponsored by Monte’s.

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