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AMENIA — The Town Board opened the first part of its meeting on Thursday, May 17, to a presentation regarding the North East Community Center’s  (NECC) transportation program.

All board members were present, save for Councilwoman Vicki Doyle.

As NECC Interim Executive Director Jennifer Dowley was unable to attend the meeting, Director of Programs Anna Clune and Transportation Program Director Ivana Powers stepped up to deliver a report on the program’s success in the community.

Previously known as the Dial A Ride program, the Northeast...

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Strawberry Fair a sweet success

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AMENIA — Despite scattered showers, the annual Strawberry Fair and the Amenia Free Library’s book sale both drew crowds.
“It’s the start of summer, so people are going to come out no matter what,” said Lesley Rohan, the store director of Freshtown, which ran a booth selling strawberries. “This is the official start of summer in the Harlem Valley.”
Freshtown and its supplier teamed up to donate over 1,000 pounds of strawberries. The money raised from the sale of the strawberries goes to the United Presbyterian Church.

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Amenia creates new proposed SPO map

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AMENIA — While examining the Amenia zoning subdivision maps, it became apparent to the Planning Board that the current Scenic Protection Overlay (SPO) map is protecting some areas that it should not be protecting while failing to protect other areas that it should.
The most important area that the current SPO is not covering is the view from DeLavergne Hill, which the Planning Board considers to be a quintessential Amenia view.

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Accident injures two

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AMENIA — Two Pennsylvania men were injured in a motorcycle accident on Thursday, June 9, shortly before 2 p.m.
According to the New York State Police, the men, John Tharp and Edward Moran, were traveling with a group of approximately 15 motorcycles on Route 44 when they failed to navigate a sharp curve on DeLavergne Hill. They went off the road and down a steep embankment.
“It was a pretty bad accident. We had to fly one person out,” said Amenia Fire Chief Shawn Howard, who also said that the group had been planning the trip for two years.

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Maplebrook School graduates 24

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AMENIA — Friends and family of the students of Maplebrook School gathered on the morning of Sunday, June 5, to celebrate the graduation of the class of 2011.
This year 15 students graduated from the academic program and nine students graduated from the Center for the Advancement of Post-Secondary Studies (commonly referred to as CAPS) program.
Before diplomas were awarded, scholarships and awards were given to recognize the students’ achievements in sports, academics and personal growth.
Upon receiving their diploma, each student was given the opportunity to speak.

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Congratulations Dirk Coon

AMENIA — The New York State Guernsey Breeders Association held its annual meeting and banquet, on Saturday, April 30, at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs. The well-attended event, with its various meetings and contests, ended with the bestowing of the Distinguished Service Award to Dirk Coon of Amenia. This prestigious award is given in recognition of lifelong dedication, participation and accomplishment in the various aspects of involvement in the Guernsey breed.

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Maplebrook honors Wayne Euvrard

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AMENIA — During Maplebrook School’s annual President’s Breakfast on Tuesday, June 7, Amenia town Supervisor Wayne Euvrard was presented with an award honoring his service to the community.
Euvrard, a military veteran and active Lions Club member, has been serving his hometown of Amenia for more than 20 years. He has been on the Recreation Committee, the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Town Board. This is his fourth year as the town supervisor.

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Class of 2011 graduates from Kildonan

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AMENIA — Friends, family, staff and alumni gathered on Friday, May 27, to celebrate the graduation of Kildonan’s class of 2011.
Before the ceremony began, the graduates gathered in one of the campus buildings to don their caps and gowns. Tears of joy, sadness, nervousness and excitement flowed as they began saying their good-byes to friends and staff members who had made their time at the school as memorable as it had been.

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Annual Strawberry Fair to be June 11

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AMENIA — The 38th annual Strawberry Fair returns Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Celebrate the strawberry with one of the fair’s famous strawberry sundaes. Strawberries will also be available for sale by the box and by the flat.
Numerous vendors will sell their wares on the grounds of the United Presbyterian Church, which sponsors the event. Live music, food, a petting zoo, a clown, a bake sale and raffles will provide entertainment throughout the day.
On an adjacent property, the Amenia Library will hold its annual book sale and silent auction.

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Health center progresses

AMENIA — Phase one of Hudson River HealthCare’s new center, with its use of environmentally attuned design, recycled materials and energy-efficient systems, has been completed — and on time.
The new structure — one of the greenest community health centers in New York state — is already providing dental, medical and mental health care.

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Fire incinerates Amenia home

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AMENIA — The residence of James Marshall, located at 5197 Route 22, was destroyed in a fire on the evening of Thursday, June 2.
No one was home when the fire started and there were no injuries.
Firetrucks and ambulances were dispatched around 9 p.m.
Firefighters from Amenia, Wassaic, Millerton, Millbrook, Unionvale, Sharon and Lakeville responded to the second-alarm fire. Dover was on standby.
It is uncertain when the fire started. When the Amenia Fire Department arrived on the scene minutes after receiving the call, the entire structure was fully engulfed in flames.

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