Every summer students from Grace Church have the opportunity to travel with the church and learn about different cultures. Last year teenagers traveled to Kentucky, Appalachia. This year Grace Church Youth Group made two trips. The first was to the Navajo Reservation in Bluff Utah in July and the second was a Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Washington DC. Atlanta and Selma in August.
The trips lead by Reverend Dr. Matthew Caulkins taught the youths about history, culture and race in America.
In July, seven youngsters ages 12 to 17 and four chaperons flew to Phoenix and traveled six hours by car to Bluff, Utah to the St Christopher’s Mission, a church and community on the edge of the Navajo Reservation. For four days the teenagers put together a sports camp for the young people of the Anglo and Navajo reservation. The camp included football, soccer, field games and spud. Grace Church also provided lunch.
Grace Church Youth Group leading a icebreaker for the sports camp they are leading on a Navajo Reservation.
August 22 - Attorney, David Everett gave the Amenia Town Board a list of to do items relating to the final aproval of the Silo Ridge project at it meeting Thursday, Aug. 20. They included details on the bonding, aprovals under SEQR, stormwater measures, inspection procedures and the resolutions adopted by the Planning Board.
“The Town has to issue an approval under SEQR for the Silo Ridge project and that has to be done by the town board, even though the Planning Board has passed resolutions to that effect. You can make changes at this point as well, if they are deemed necessary,” said Mr. Everett.
Members of the town board asked where they could read these resolutions, not seeming to know that they have been posted on the town website for three weeks. “Do you need us to make hard copies for you of the 45 pages of approvals?” asked Everett.
August 21: At their meeting on Tuesday August 18 the Zoning Board of Appeals rejected Robert Waters' plans to replace the 19th century farmhouse on a 1.3 acre property on Bontecou Road with a building more than 50% larger.
They also placed restrictions on the original variances that were granted to create the lot. The square footage of the building can never exceed 10 percent of the existing footprint. Moreover if someone wants to rebuild the house it must be in a style appropriate to the area.
The ZBA’s decision to respect the existing zoning laws should prevent similar requests being made in the future.
The Smithfield Presbyterian Church and Congregation Beth David, both in Amenia, are among the 23 religious institutions in New York State to receive a Sacred Site Grant this year. Beth David will receive $9,000 for roofing and gutter repair; Smithfield Presbyterian will receive $1,500 for architectural fees toward the restoration of its columns and portico façade.
Built in 1929, Beth David’s simple yet attractive red brick building hosts a senior citizen outreach group and conducts a children’s reading program sponsored by the Amenia Library, which is located across the street, just down the block of Route 343, west of Beth David.
Kent Presents “What Comes Next” last weekend was a sensation. Just a year ago Ben and Donna Rosen began inviting leaders in business, science, government, global affairs, health, technology and the arts to speak at an ideas festival at the Kent School patterned after the Aspen Institute. For two days last weekend an astonishing array of more than 70 presenters described what the future holds in each of their particular fields.
Several panels were held at the same time in one of the school’s auditoriums. Each panel consisted of one sometimes as many as three speakers plus a moderator. Moreover the Rosens structured the conference to give members of the audience the opportunity to meet the presenters either at lunch or dinner or between sessions.
August 17 - Ned Sullivan of Scenic Hudson, Cliff Weathers of RiverKeeper and Assemblywoman Didi Barrett struggled with the probing questions raised by three short films that aired Sunday morning at the Moviehouse in Millerton.