Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 3-16-17

Thanks from the cats

We love all our supporters and would like to take a moment to thank you for your help in 2016. 

We are happy to report that 75 cats were altered in the towns of Ancram, Ancramdale and the surrounding communities of Copake, Millerton, Pine Plains, Stanfordville, Hillsdale, Amenia, Livingston, Philmont, Claverack and Lakeville, Conn. 

A total of 70 cats and kittens were fostered last year and 53 found their forever homes. Another dozen have gone home in January and February of this year. The calls for help never cease and this year brings new challenges for several large farm colonies that need spay/neuter assistance. Your support is needed to continue to fund this important community service.

Again this spring, we are offering a raffle of gift baskets filled with donated items from local businesses and individuals. We have one cat basket and dog basket, which includes gift certificates for Petpourri in Lakeville; one children’s basket (boy and girl combined) with a gift certificate to Oblong Jr.; one gourmet chocolate coffee basket with gift certificate to Samuel’s Sweet Shop in Rhinebeck; and one floral arrangement donated by Roaring Oaks Florist in Lakeville.

The average value of each basket is $100. You may purchase tickets at the Farmer’s Wife in Ancramdale, Bert’s Inn in Craryville, Oblong Books in Millerton and Petpourri in Lakeville. Winner will be chosen April 14th.

If you have any questions or would like to purchase tickets directly, feel free to contact us at collaborativecats@gmail.com or call 518-303-2910. 

Beverly Ditto




Fire Company thanks first responders

On the morning of Thursday, March 2, at 3:20 a.m., the Amenia Fire Company was dispatched for an automatic fire alarm in the northeast corner of the district. Upon arrival, 1st Assistant Chief Virgel Shook and I found an unoccupied 2.5 story Victorian with an audible alarm sounding. During the scene size up it was discovered that there was smoke in the dwelling. 

Unable to determine the cause from the exterior, I upgraded the assignment to a full structure fire alarm. 

The first arriving engine was utilized for the primary search operation. Lines were stretched to the door as the search team gained entry and found an active toaster fire in the kitchen. The toaster and contents were quickly removed. 

The house was quickly and efficiently searched for possible victims as well as any extension. No further damage or fire extension was declared within 25 minutes from the initial arrival of officers. 

The Amenia Fire Company would like to thank the members for their quick and decisive action that played an important role in keeping this a room and contents event and allowing all members to return home safe. 

Further thanks would like to be extended to the mutual aid companies of Wassaic, Sharon Conn., and Millerton as well as the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and the town of Amenia building inspector. 

Chief Aaron Howard

Amenia Fire Company