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From jalapeños and mandarinas to cactus pads and chiles, Kenia Lopez, the owner of Tienda Mi Esquina, was proud to point out the variety of Spanish ingredients for sale in her new store. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

New Latin grocery, Tienda Mi Esquina, now open for business in Amenia

AMENIA — As of this June, downtown Amenia has been able to experience the tastes and textures of the Spanish culture thanks to a new Latin market, Tienda Mi Esquina, which is now open at 3294 Route 343.


As sanctuary manager of Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, KarissaLee Thompson made herself available to talk about the equine sanctuary’s mission of “People Helping Horses Heal People” at the fundraiser held at Milea Estate Vineyard on Thursday, Aug. 20. Photo submitted

‘Cheers’ made at Lucky Orphans fundraiser

DOVER PLAINS — Excited to bring the community together to raise awareness for its mission, Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, in partnership with Milea Estate Vineyard, invited residents and businesses to an evening of food, wine and music at the Hudson Valley vineyard on Thursday, Aug. 20.


Amenia resident Mary Leitch, left, has been making face masks to distribute to friends, neighbors and others in need of  them with help from her friends, including Millbrook resident and Realtor Paula Redmond. Photo submitted

97-year-old Mary Leitch makes masks with a little help from her friends

AMENIA — Even as the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting stay at home orders have persuaded most seniors to self isolate to keep from contracting the deadly virus, Amenia resident Mary Leitch, 97, has been keeping herself busy by making face masks to give away to friends, neighbors and others in need of them in the local communit


Ashton the pug cuddled up to his favorite human, Felicia Carlino, as they celebrated National Dog Day together at the Four Brothers Drive-In Theatre. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Every dog has its day, and night, at drive-in

AMENIA — In celebration of National Dog Day on Wednesday, Aug. 26, the Four Brothers Drive-In Theatre partnered with BARK, makers of BarkBox, to offer a special dog-themed night at the theater for spectators and their beloved canine companions. 


The wind was so strong in Thursday’s storm in Amenia on Aug. 27, that a large tree was completely uprooted on Mygatt Road.  Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Tornado warning and a hail strike in Amenia

AMENIA — Just weeks after the Aug. 4 Tropical Storm Isaias came barreling through the Harlem Valley and left residents without power for days, a relatively short but severe thunderstorm arrived on Thursday, Aug. 27, which included both a tornado warning and jellybean-sized hail, leaving Amenia in a state of disarray. 


From left, Darlene Riemer of Darlene Riemer Architects, Mid-Hudson Library System Executive Director Rebekkah Smith Aldrich and Peter Ducillo of Ducillo Construction watched as Amenia Free Library Board of Trustees President Alan Gamble plunged his shovel into the ground to signify the start of the library’s expansion and renovation. Amenia town Supervisor Victoria Perotti, representative from State Assemblymember Didi Barrett’s (D-106) office Matthew Hartzog and Amenia Free Library Director Victoria Herow looked on. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle​

Amenia Free Library to expand after 20 years of planning, saving

AMENIA — Rain or shine, the Amenia Free Library was ready to break ground on its much-anticipated expansion with a ceremony attended by its Board of Trustees, volunteers, generous supporters and longtime patrons on Saturday morning, Aug. 29.

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