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AMENIA— After organizing countless meetings to discuss the subject at length and putting the option on the election ballot last fall, the Amenia Town Board has decided to adopt a local law for a single appointed assessor.

This past November, voters weighed in on whether they’d like to keep the assessor position elected or make it appointed. A total of 534 registered voters cast their ballot for keeping it elected while 303 voters voted to change it to appointed. No candidate ran for the position, and although 13 write-in votes were collected, none of the write-in...

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Eat and play at picnic and community day at schoolhouse

AMENIA — Each year, Indian Rock Schoolhouse has a picnic at the schoolhouse featuring the 1858 antique school and surrounding community.   For more than 10 years, folks have come together to enjoy and learn.
The Annual Indian Rock Schoolhouse Picnic and Community Day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
This year the theme of the picnic is food.

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Assessor appointment at center of debate at Town Board open session

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AMENIA — The resolution for a local law for the town to have a sole appointed assessor created a heated discussion among residents at the Town Board meeting Thursday, Aug. 3.
Amenia resident Sharon Kroeger said, “the town of Amenia has a dilemma.” 

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Maplebrook teacher Gerardo Amarillas naturalized as U.S. citizen

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AMENIA — For teacher Gerardo Amarillas of Maplebrook School, Friday, Aug. 4, marked the official beginning of his life as a naturalized citizen of the United States of America. 
Amarillas first arrived in the United States in 2001 from the Philippines and immersed himself in the newfound culture by applying for a variety of jobs. However, because he didn’t have proper documentation at the time, troubles arose in his search.

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Moose sighting

Marcia the Musical Moose was a hit with children at the Amenia Free Library on Friday, Aug. 4. She was there as part of the library’s Summer Reading Program, which brings guests to entertain and educate local children throughout the summer. “This is a wonderful program,” said grandmother Michele Davies, who added that she likes to expose her granddaughter to other children and the arts. 

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Webutuck BOE appoints staff members for coming year

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Amenia — The Webutuck Board of Education managed to settle business for the upcoming school year within an hour during the meeting on Monday, July 24.
The board passed a motion to accept the resignation of school monitor Katherine VanAnden, which became effective on July 17. 

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Kellie Parsons brings style and a smile to Studio 343 Hair

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Amenia — Walking through the doors of Studio 343 Hair in Amenia, clients will find themselves in good hands as hairdresser Kellie Parsons works to ensure that they feel and look their best.

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Edibles and honors at chef & farmer brunch for NECC

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Silo Ridge Field Club hosted Millerton’s North East Community Center (NECC) for its seventh annual Chef & Farmer Brunch fundraiser on Sunday, July 30.
Nearly every restaurant in nearby New York state participated in the event, which sold out three months in advance. 

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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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