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AMENIA — With the holiday spirit appearing on every corner, the town of Amenia and hamlet of Wassaic rang in the holidays with the town’s annual Parade of Lights on Friday, Dec. 7, and the hamlet’s annual tree lighting on Saturday, Dec. 8.

On parade night, families shivered against the chilly night as they waited for the annual spectacle to begin. Meanwhile, police officers directed evening traffic through town, setting up orange cones to mark the route.

By 6 p.m., the first vehicle started making its way around the bend and the children on the sidewalks...

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The late Ann Linden honored at Indian Rock Schoolhouse Picnic and Community Day

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AMENIA— Despite the cloudy forecast, local residents were in good spirits as they visited the Indian Rock Schoolhouse (IRS) for its 16th Annual Picnic and Community Day on Saturday, Oct. 6.
A local landmark at 25 Mygatt Road, the schoolhouse is a special place for Amenians. Webutuck librarian and IRS Board President Beth Murphy gave a speech and dedicated the schoolhouse pavilion in honor and memory of Indian Rock Schoolhouse founder Ann Linden, who passed away last September at age 76.

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Kildonan School founder Diana Hanbury King’s life celebrated

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AMENIA— The legacy of Diana Hanbury King’s life was honored during a weekend celebration at her beloved Kildonan School on Saturday, Sept. 29, and Sunday, Sept. 30.
An educator and dyslexia pioneer, King turned her passion for teaching into a career, leading to the creation of Camp Dunnabeck in Pennsylvania and The Kildonan School in Amenia. She passed away in her home at age 90 on Friday, June 15.

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Concerns about Kent Hollow Mine appeal raised at ZBA public hearing

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AMENIA — The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) held a public hearing on the Kent Hollow Mine appeal at Amenia Town Hall on Monday, Sept. 17.
All ZBA members and multiple community members attended. ZBA Acting Chairman Terry Metcalfe introduced the hearing as an appeal from Kent Hollow, explaining that town law allows a property owner to appeal to the ZBA. By that same token, the ZBA’s role is to consider relative zoning regulations and other applicable materials with the board’s consultant when making a decision about the appeal.

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May peace prevail

Maplebrook School students and faculty observed International Day of Peace with a Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony on Friday, Sept. 21. A long line of Maplebrook students volunteered as flag bearers to represent international students attending Maplebrook School.

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Hope Rising Farm connects locals with equine partners

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AMENIA— Perched at 19 Morse Hill Road in Amenia, equine specialist Jackie Wilkane owns Hope Rising Farm, which has thrived since she first established it last February. 

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Town Hall improvements planned

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AMENIA — The Town Board unanimously approved a bid for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements and window replacements for the Town Hall Improvement Project at its meeting on Thursday, Sept. 6.
Beginning at 7 p.m., all members were in attendance, including Attorney to the Town Scott Volkman. 

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Amenia Lions Club kicks off fundraising season with Community Classic Car Show

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AMENIA — The Amenia Lions Club brought their fundraising season on the road by attracting local motorists to showcase their pride and joy at the sixth annual Community Classic Car Show at Maplebrook School on Sunday, Sept. 16.

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Town Board mulls block grant ideas

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AMENIA — The Amenia Town Board considered its options for next year’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) at a public hearing held on Thursday, Sept. 6.
Funded by the federal government, the CDBG program is designed to assist with the development of projects that primarily benefit low and moderate-income residents. Amenia is a member of the 2019 CDBG Urban County Consortium, making it eligible for the grant dollars.

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Music draws visitors to Smithfield Presbyterian Church

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AMENIA — Throughout countless services and renovations to its historic structure, parishioners of Smithfield Presbyterian Church are proud that it continues to attract new faces to the congregation, especially with its music performances.

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Seeing pit bulls as individuals, and helper companions

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AMENIA— Tucked away amid the rolling hills on the border of Amenia and Millbrook sits a farm that houses horses, chickens, a goat, a donkey, a cat and two cows. But the really important residents of this sprawling farm are dogs: pit-bulls, pit bull mixes and dogs that could potentially have pit bull in their pedigree. They all live at Animal Farm Foundation. Many are trained there to take care of others. None of the people or organizations that receive the trained dogs are charged a fee.

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