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From left, the Smithfield Chamber Orchestra’s recent concert on Saturday, May 29, featured the talents of Judith Muir and Norman Baker on clarinet; Michessle Demko on flute; Matt Finley on flugelhorn and as concert director; Jean Vilkelis on cello; Rob Murphy on violin; Piotr Kargul on viola; and Lou Pappas on double bass. Photo submitted​

The Smithfield Church holds live, and lively, concert

AMENIA — Having waited patiently for the chance to offer area residents an afternoon of music in a beautiful setting, The Smithfield Church, located at 656 Smithfield Valley Road in Amenia, rejoiced at the great turnout it drew for the Smithfield Chamber Orchestra Open Air Pops Concert on Saturday, May 29.


The Class of 2021 savored their final moments as Maplebrook School scholars as they watched the graduation ceremony unfold underneath the main tent. Photo submitted​

Maplebrook School Class of ‘21 celebrates graduation

AMENIA — Even as the weekend forecast predicted days of rain and COVID-19 guidelines restricted the number of ceremony attendees, this year’s graduating class at Maplebrook School persevered in celebrating not only their own scholastic achievements but also the school’s 75th anniversary on Saturday, May 29.


Located at 4958 Route 22 in Amenia, the Amenia branch of M&T Bank will officially be closing its doors after 27 years in business on Thursday, June 10. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Amenia’s M&T Bank to close on June 10

AMENIA — After a successful 27-year-long run, the Amenia branch of M&T Bank at the intersection of routes 22, 44 and 343, at the town’s iconic Fountain Square, will be closing its doors, on Thursday, June 10. 


From left, Annette Culligan, her mother, Joyce Rebillard and Nancy Nowak were happy to see Amenia resident Qorii Dickinson purchase some pumpkin pie along with some other homemade goodies that were being sold to support the Indian Rock Schoolhouse. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

A sweet way to support Indian Rock Schoolhouse

AMENIA — Area residents brought their love of community (and their love of all things sweet) to the bake sale held at Freshtown Plaza in support of the Indian Rock Schoolhouse on Saturday, May 22.


From left, Patience Thomas and John Kosma, co-founders of Great Cape Baking Company in Amenia, have been drawing customers into their café with an impressive range of homemade cakes, cookies, brownies, tarts and other delicacies for the last two months. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Great Cape Baking Company continues culinary adventure

AMENIA — With the menu changing every couple of days, customers never know what they may find when they walk into Great Cape Baking Company at 3330 Route 343 in Amenia.


A resident of Dutchess County, Veronica Thomas proudly brandished her arm that received the J&J version of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Pop-Up Clinic held in the Amenia Town Hall gymnasium on Monday morning, May 17. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Pop-up COVID vaccine clinic held at Town Hall

AMENIA — Area residents got vaccinated against COVID-19 in a single dose at a Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic organized by the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health at the Amenia Town Hall on Monday, May 17.

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