About 600 people attended the special event put on by Discovery Land Company for Silo Ridge last Saturday. Fleets of minivans and white electric cars met prospective buyers arriving on specially designated train cars and ferried them up to the site on Delavergne Hill.

White tents were festooned with decorations, exotic dishes, pumpkins, hay bales and sales brochures.  The tents were sited so that visitors could enjoy the view from Delavergne Hill, where the Silo Ridge Field Club houses are to be built. Chefs from many of the Discovery Land Company resort communities were flown in from Hawaii, the Bahamas, Texas and several other sites to provide the impressive spread.

October 20—The public hearing for the Silo Ridge resort community application will  be delayed until a pile of comments made by the town’s consultants and attorneys have been digested by the planning board and the developer’s team. According to David Everett, the planning board’s attorney, who spoke at the October 16 meeting,  “all comments from the first two hearings will need to be addressed and plans revised.  A lot of work needs to be done,” said Everett.

When Amenia voters go to the polls in November they will see a referendum to change the manner in which the tax assessor is chosen.  The position is now chosen by ballot at the November election.  The town board proposes to make the tax assessor an appointed position.

October 9, 2014

Thinking of Peter Wing evokes memories of an outlandish character who followed his passions wherever they might lead. In the 1970s he carved wooden Indians for stores in the village. They quickly disappeared. (Two survive. One is in his castle, and the other is a mermaid bowsprit over the doorway of the Millbrook Diner.) He designed and built the interior of a barn in Amenia that recreated scenes of the village of Amenia in 1900, each stall being a special store or shop, complete with tack, harness, old tools and old license plates. He painted murals for several restaurants. Two can be seen at the Four Brothers in Amenia. One, of Elvis Presley, on the outside wall, was completed three months ago. He was expecting to start a mural commissioned by a museum in Newburgh.      

October 9, 2014

Museum of the Streets in Millbrook was launched on a rainy Saturday, October 4, with a ceremony in a packed tent at the band shell marking the unveiling of the 29 plaques erected throughout the village, which tell an abbreviated history of the village and of particular buildings.  Barbara Pierce, who led the team that created the installation, was the co-chair, a position she shared with village mayor Laura Hurley.  They put together a program featuring dignitaries, speeches and song celebrating the connection between Millbrook and Italy, where many Millbrook families have their roots.   

Among those who spoke were David Thorne, a former U.S. ambassador to Italy and a descendant of Jonathan Thorne, in whose memory the Thorne Building was built.696 Barbara Pierce, David Greenwood and Laura Hurley at the opening ceremony - photo by Michael Spross

David Thorne is currently a senior advisor to the U.S. secretary of state.  Natalia Quintavalle, Italy’s consul general in New York, mentioned that more and more second- and third-generation Italian Americans are learning Italian and re-connecting with their roots.

Posted: 10/8/14

Every year the Dutchess Day School awards a Merit Scholarship to a fifth grade student of excellent character and academic promise who will enter the upper school the following year. 

This year two students, one in the seventh grade and one in the eighth  have merit scholarships, that cover their tuition and fees throughout their time at the school, provided they remain in good academic standing. 

Eighth grader Laila Watts, who excels in Spanish, was chosen for the All-County Chorus last year.  She also went to Costa Rica in March for a twelve day environmental and cultural exchange trip. Laila says she loves being at what she believes is a “totally unique school.” It even “looks cheerful.” Close connections with her teachers, the opportunity to learn two languages (including Latin), and the chance to know the younger students are among the things she most enjoys.

Seventh grader, Alice Rosi-Marshall, who sings and plays violin, earned second place at the science fair, and had one of the leads in the sixth grade play. She is excited about 


Sheriff’s Office investigates one-car fatal crash                                      

The second public hearing on the 263-unit Silo Ridge Resort Community drew 70 comments from both critics and supporters at the Amenia Town Hall on September 18.  

The Amenia Planning Board heard from Silo Ridge employees, its contractors and their families, many of whom had been solicited by publicist Jeanne Rebillard.  They spoke “in favor” of the project without mentioning the issues related to the SEQR review which was the purpose of the hearing.   A yellow flyer went out to business owners in the area urging them to support Silo Ridge. One such flyer was prominently displayed last week at the Cascade Spirit Shoppe in Amenia. 

The story on the Cozy Corner appearing in this week's issue (September 24, 2014) was in error.  Robert Trump has no ownership interest in the restaurant.  The partners in the restaurant, that will be named Monte's Local Kitchen and Tap Room, are Ann Marie Pallan, Paul Monte, Angelo Monte, Jr., Teresa Biscardi, Phyllis Lomitila and Dafner Mizrahi.  Dafna is a graduate of the Culinary Institute and will be the operations manager.  P.J. Clarke's has no direct connection with the restaurant.

Ms. Miszrahi explained in a telephone call Thursday that Mr. Trump is a friend and P.J. Clarke's is owned by a distant relative.  She said the emphasis will be on local sourcing.  She is looking for an October opening.

“What kind of artist do you want to be?” was the first question that Millbrook High School art teacher Michael Spross asked his students on the first day of school. Spross has been teaching art at Millbrook for 30 years. He began his class with a probing question.   

“I want to let that guide them into their first project. What kind of artistic statement do they want to make? What message do they want to leave people with?” 

Spross has a long white beard and eyes that seem to twinkle. He is an alumnus of the Millbrook Central School District.  His predecessor, Constance Horton, was his teacher when he was a student at Millbrook. Now Spross finds himself teaching his former students’ grandchildren. Longevity seems to be consistent for the high schools art program.  

Spross said that students responded to his opening question by expressing interest in everything from fashion design to country living.  Their first project is a reflective drawing. 

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