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DOVER PLAINS — As the American Red Cross responds to wildfires and historic hurricanes, eligible donors are reminded that giving blood during National Preparedness Month in September is one way to help ensure the Red Cross is prepared to respond to patient emergencies across the country every day. 

Hurricane Irma has forced the cancellation of dozens of Red Cross blood drives in the Southeast, resulting in more than 2,100 uncollected blood and platelet donations. Natural disasters like hurricanes can disrupt blood drives and prevent donors from giving, but hospital...

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BOE talks capital improvements

WEBUTUCK — For several months, the North East (Webutuck) Central School District contemplated $8.5 million in capital improvements projects in 2017. Following the proper rules and regulations, the district put the project up for public vote on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. The measure was voted down — with 236 out of 417 people voting against it. Only 181 voters were for the project.
The Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) met Monday, Dec. 19, to discuss what steps to take next. 
Superintendent of Schools Ray Castellani offered some ideas.

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Year in Review 2016 : Community kitchen still on the horizon for town residents

AMENIA — Roughly four years ago, resident Rudy Eschbach thought of “a great project” to benefit the town and the region, according to town Assessor Wayne Euvrard. The idea Eschbach pitched was to add a community kitchen to the Town Hall. The kitchen would be situated in a back room adjacent to the gym.
Earlier this year, Euvrard created the Community Kitchen Committee to ensure this concept comes to fruition.

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Year in Review 2016 : Ambulance contract negotiated with Northern Dutchess

AMENIA — The beginning of 2016 hit residents living in the Wassaic Fire District with a 171 percent tax hike to cover a $500,000 emergency contract with Northern Dutchess Paramedics (NDP) for ambulance service in the hamlet. The decision was made by the Wassaic Fire Commissioners following a public hearing in October 2015, acknowledging the dwindling pool of willing volunteers.

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Year in Review 2016: Silo Ridge Field Club progress

AMENIA — Despite challenges, the Silo Ridge Field Club — a large-scale luxury residential development off Route 22 in Amenia — 2016 brought about many milestones for the development.

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Graduating to a new honor roll list

WEBUTUCK — Webutuck High School has found a new way of challenging its students to strive for higher grades. At the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year, Principal Jennifer Chason launched the Principal’s Honor Roll — an academic award for students with a grade point average of 95 percent or higher.

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The Wassaic Project is awarded $10,000 grant by AT&T

WASSAIC — The Wassaic Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to art education in the hamlet of Wassaic, is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from AT&T.
The grant, which will support funding for the organization’s Wassaic X Webutuck school partnership program, was accepted by The Wassaic Project co-directors at Maxon Mills in a private meeting. AT&T Director of Internal Affairs Ed Bergstraesser delivered the news in the presence of New York State Assemblywoman Didi Barrett (D-106) on Thursday, Oct. 27.

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The joys of Christmas

Santa and Mrs. Claus were all smiles at the Wassaic tree lighting on Sunday, Dec. 11, during which there was a light snowfall.

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Wassaic celebrates the holidays

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WASSAIC  — Snow fell on holiday revelers gathered here on Sunday, Dec. 11. The cool winter air added to the sense of anticipation of those ready for the annual Holiday of Lights parade.
One day earlier, the town of Amenia also held a Holiday of Lights parade, along with caroling, Santa and a town talent show.
Back in Wassaic, there was a small parade, with a number of firetrucks from surrounding municipalities as well as a few floats, with Santa, Mrs. Claus, the Grinch and Frosty the Snowman waving to adoring fans.

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Parade, talent show and Santa

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AMENIA — A few dozen residents braved a cold evening on Saturday, Dec. 10, as they gathered at Fountain Square to attend the town’s fifth annual Festival of Lights.
The evening festivities featured caroling in Fountain Square, the annual Parade of Lights, a visit from Santa at Town Hall and a talent show put on by the Theatre Arts Program.
To kick off the festivities, town Supervisor Victoria Perotti announced the 2017 Amenia Citizen of the Year. The award went to the late Kevin Cassone.

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It’s elemental

The seventh-grade accelerated science class at Eugene Brooks Intermediate School recently researched natural elements for a science project. Upon the completion, they created a wall-sized periodic table outside the science classroom on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Back row, from left, Davin Watson, Jaide Sweeney, Rachel D’Alessandro, Kaitlyn Rowe, Carrissa Whitehead, Emma Vallely, Andrew Dorfschmidt and John Tomasetti. Front row, from left, Micah Sinclair, Kennedy Doran, Emily Thompson, Katrina D’Antonio, Chris DeCarlo and Justin Carman.

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