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From left, Wassaic Project Director of Artistic Programming Will Hutnick treated himself to one of everything after browsing through the treats Victoria Hood and Dana Cowin were selling on the front porch of The Lantern. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Bakers Against Racism: Bakers worldwide mobilize for change

WASSAIC — With the call for racial justice and equality growing stronger, people far and wide have sought to promote radical change these last few weeks, collaborating together on both an individual and community level in a united front for Black Lives Matter (BLM).


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Buttons the dog is a true gentleman, who is looking to make everyone’s day a little better during the pandemic. People can visit with him by booking an appointment on www.petstogether.org. Photo submitted​

A new way to meet that furry friend: Pets Together lets people and animals visit, virtually

BANGALL — In times of stress, people often look for comfort with their family or friends. During this time of isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, finding such comfort might not possible, leaving many feeling abandoned and lonely.  


From left, brothers Owen Schnepf, 9, and Alastair, 7, explored the blocks set up on the lawn near Maxon Mills with family friend Petra B.G. during The Wassaic Project’s annual Summer Benefit held last June. File Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Wassaic Project plans Virtual Summer Benefit

WASSAIC — Adapting its programming to suit the new normal during the coronavirus outbreak, The Wassaic Project has held fast to its commitment to nurturing the artistic community it’s created and securing the community’s access to the arts.


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Party on the go

Unable to gather in her office for the traditional pizza party to celebrate the academic achievements of those students earning a place on the Principal’s Honor Roll, Webutuck High School Principal Katy McEnroe made surprise visits to the students’ homes on Thursday, May 7.


Members of the Stefanopoulos family provided NBC News with an interview about the reopening of their drive-in theater on Friday, May 15, prior to the screening of the first film at 8:10 p.m. Photo submitted

Lights, camera, action!: Four Brothers Drive-In Theater reopens with COVID-19 guidelines

AMENIA — “Let’s get normal!” proclaimed the marquee sign placed at the entrance to the Four Brothers Drive-In Theater.


 

Spelling out a hopeful message on the sign next to the main entrance, the Four Brothers Drive-In Theater, located at 4957 Route 22 in Amenia, encouraged local residents to stay healthy during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Robert Riemer

Four Brothers Drive-In Theater seeks to be declared ‘essential’ business by the state and allowed to open

AMENIA — Since a State of Emergency was declared for the evolving coronavirus health crisis, non-essential businesses in New York state have closed per the governor’s orders and essential businesses have been adjusting their operations and workforce in conjunction with state guidelines.


Volunteer firefighter and Wassaic Fire Company President David Rosenberg, left, and Fire Chief Mark Christiansen barely had room to stand front and center among the mounds of food delivered on Wednesday, April 22, to the Food of Life/Comida de Vida Pantry. Photo by Samantha Lewis​

St. Thomas Church welcomes new pastor as it struggles to stock food pantry, despite surprise donation

AMENIA UNION — The Rev. A.J. Stack had no sooner stepped up to the pulpit at his new home at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Amenia Union, when the church and its well known food pantry were hit by a tsunami of hungry residents needing help to deal with food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic that has shut down much of the state.  


Freshtown of Amenia Store Manager Greg Bosshardt, left, and Meat Manager John Bourhill have been instrumental in ensuring the supermarket remains clean and safe, and have been following all Department of Health COVID-19 protocols during the pandemic. Photo submitted

How COVID-19 is affecting food production and shopping habits

AMENIA — With reports across the heartland charging some of the largest U.S.

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