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AMENIA — Maplebrook School presented Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson with its President’s Award on Tuesday, June 5.

The President’s Breakfast was held in Whalen Hall on the school campus. Following introductions by Master of Ceremonies George T. Whalen Jr. and an invocation by Maplebrook School Pastor Gary Witt, guests began lining up for the breakfast the school’s culinary management team prepared with French toast, eggs Benedict, bacon, sausages, potatoes, pastries and more.

Looking over the program, attendees reviewed...

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Town Board discusses next steps for water engineering firm

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AMENIA— At its meeting on Thursday, July 20, the Town Board considered its options for a water engineering firm to assess the water district infrastructure. In order to apply for infrastructure grants, an engineering report is needed from a licensed engineer. 
The board has already interviewed Tighe & Bond, Morris Associates, KC Engineering & Land Surveying and Chazen Companies.

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Maplebrook honors Audia at breakfast

AMENIA — Each year, Maplebrook School hosts its Annual President’s Breakfast in an effort to bring the school and the community closer together. Traditionally, the honoree is someone who has become a respected member of his/her community and has devoted numerous hours in assisting others for the greater good. 
On June 4, Robert Audia, a recently retired and respected businessman, as well as a community volunteer in the Millbrook area, became the school’s 21st honoree. 

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Sackett Square moves to Route 343

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AMENIA— Nestled above the cafe, Back in the Kitchen, and across the street from the Amenia Free Library, local marketplace Sackett Square recently relocated to a new home in the town of Amenia.
The marketplace, which sells goods from local farms, food purveyors and vendors like one would find at a farmers market  — all under the roof of a single business — originally opened in the Cousins’ Plaza in Wassaic in April. That was before owners and sisters, Lauren and Brielle Williams, decided to relocate. 

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Fun flies at Amenia Free Library

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AMENIA — There wasn’t a peep to be heard from an audience rapt with attention at the Amenia Free Library on Friday, July 21. The youngsters and their families were there to learn all about birds and birds of prey, during a talk by Audubon Sharon, led by Wildlife Rehabilitator and Outreach Specialist Sunny Bettley.
“The kids love it,” she said, “they absolutely love it. You can see the wonder and awe in their eyes.”

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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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