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AMENIA — The town of Amenia glowed with the holiday spirit as residents assembled at Amenia Town Hall for the annual tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 2.

Starting around 4:30 p.m., numerous local families gathered at the front of the town hall building for the evening’s festivities. The Amenia Fire Company made sure Santa Claus arrived at the town hall safely as he came riding in on a fire truck at 4:45 p.m. While the annual ceremony typically honors a local individual with the Citizen of the Year award, Amenia Supervisor Victoria Perotti said the town decided to...

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A fond farewell...

Members from around the Amenia area attended a party to celebrate the retirement of outgoing Amenia Free Library Director Miriam Devine, second from right. Among the many who turned out to honor Devine were, from left, town Supervisor Victoria Perotti, library board President Alan Gamble and library board member Mary Ann Wilkens. Devine retired after 28 years of service, and many memories.

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Maplebrook art show takes off …

AMENIA — A total of 52 artists brought 182 pieces of studio work plus 10 pieces painted in plein air style to Maplebrook School on Saturday, May 5. The private school for students with learning differences held its annual Kentucky Derby Art Show and Sale as a fundraiser, from 4 to 7 p.m.
The evening featured the usual Derby fanfare — mint juleps included — along with tours of the school’s new saltwater pool. 
The exhibit remains open with art for sale on weekends from 1 to 4 p.m. through Saturday, June 2. 

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Spiritual medium helps Amenia residents connect with the other side

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AMENIA — Given the popularity of last year’s fundraiser, the Amenia Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary decided to again host spiritual medium Karen Kilmartin at the Amenia firehouse to help raise money for its ongoing community outreach on Saturday, April 28.
The firehouse held a large crowd. With the lights extinguished, the medium and audience were ready for an evening of enlightenment.

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Erika Palombo takes over as new director of Amenia library

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AMENIA— Visitors and patrons stopping by the Amenia Free Library can expect to see a smiling new face from behind the front desk — Erika Palombo — the new library director.
A resident of Hopewell Junction, Palombo first heard about the position through the NYLINE, a listing site used by public libraries across the state for job openings. While her interview in early February marked her first time at the Amenia Free Library, she said she tried to do as much research about the library and the community as she could beforehand.

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Women of Studio 343 return to their roots

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AMENIA — The women of Studio 343 Hair Salon spoke recently of the salon’s move to the Cascade Plaza, on Route 22 just north of Freshtown. Both women had worked at the Cascade Plaza previously: one at Kelly & Company Hair Salon and the other at Melissa’s Hair Magic.

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Stocking up

Boy Scout Troop 29, of Amenia, Wassaic and Millerton, was out in full force on Saturday, March 31, collecting nonperishable goods for the Vines and Branches Food Pantry in front of Freshtown supermarket in Amenia. From left, Nathaniel Orlando, 11, Nick Smith, 17, Rick Jasmin, 17, and Billy Tompkins, 13.

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Outgoing library director had ‘Devine’ experience

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AMENIA — If ever there was a recognizable face in the town of Amenia, it belongs to longtime library director Miriam Devine. Devine, who worked at the library for nearly 29 years, announced last fall that she would step down on April 3. 

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Town Board talks about storm aftermath

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AMENIA— On Thursday, March 15, the Town Board discussed the two major storms that took place over the last few weeks. 
At the board meeting, Perotti reported on the widespread power outages the region faced, which started at 87,000 New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) outages at the beginning of the first storm, which hit the area on Friday, March 2.  A second Nor’easter hit on Wednesday, March 7.

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Easter comes early to Amenia Town Hall

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AMENIA— In spite of the last few Nor’easters, the town of Amenia was determined to celebrate the coming spring season with its annual Easter Egg Hunt at Amenia Town Hall on Saturday, March 17.
Sponsored by the town, the Town Hall was flooded with small children and their families, many wearing rabbit ears or green garments to celebrate the season’s holidays.

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Academic accomplishments

From left, sixth-grade teacher Denise Conway congratulated students Amanda Intrieri, Olivia Farnham, Aislinn Cook and Noberto Juarez with sixth-grade teacher Evelyn Brennie at the Webutuck school board meeting on Monday, Feb. 26. Along with Brennan Laundry (not pictured), the students were named  Students of the Month for February.
 

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