“Nestled amongst the high, majestic evergreen mountains of Dutchess County at the gateway to the Berkshires, lies the beautiful and serene Lake Amenia. … Come to New York’s Vacationland in Amenia, New York, ‘Where a Glorious time awaits you, boating, bathing, hunting, fishing and dancing!’ ”
In the Roaring ’Twenties, you could stay in Amenia at a hotel or a bungalow for $12 a week, with 21 meals included; you might dance in a pavilion overlooking Lake Amenia to the crooning of Rudy Vallee and a crescendo of fireworks.
At the height of Amenia’s resort period, the town boasted five hotels and boardinghouses, and the streets were so crowded that there was not enough room to walk down the sidewalks. There were the Hotel Delavergne, the Pratt House, the Hotel Grand House, Lake Amenia Lodge. Tourists frequented restaurants, baseball games, clothing stores and a movie theater. Along the lakeside boardwalk, there were many places to buy refreshments, with rustic gazebos and decorative fencing similar to what can be seen today at the Mohonk Mountain House.
Laszlo Bito, whose life story reads like a Horatio Alger fable, was on hand Sunday in Annondale on Hudson to participate in the dedication of the Laszlo Z. Bito Building at Bard College, a building for which he was largely responsible that is now the home of the Bard Music Conservatory. In the main concert hall, he accepted the thanks of President Leon Botstein who called Bito a leader in Hungary for the freedom and in the fight against discrimination as well as a loyal alumnus who returns to Bard to encourage youth from around the world to play music in the halls he so generously endowed.
The next day at Bard’s Hannah Arendt Center, Bito enlarged on what he sees happening in his native Hungary. For someone who was an active participant in the Hungarian Uprising of 1956, he finds it painful, after 50 years of fighting for freedom and democracy, to see his country slowly slide into what looks to be a Fascist-like dictatorship.
All enlistees, volunteers, students of any age, parents, veterans and other ambulatory citizens are invited to the Lyall Memorial Federated Church Community Room on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. for the first part of a two-part presentation on Millbrook’s role in the Civil War. Stan Morse, a survivor of another war (but not the one he will be talking about), will reveal secrets, communications, and events of a historic nature, even though they happened before the Village of Millbrook itself was formed.
As Morse has been known to say, “It doesn’t take a village to make a war.”
Part One will cover the period up to the Battle of Gettysburg. Part Two, the post-Gettysburg period to the time of mustering out, will be held at a future date yet to be announced.
With their health teacher, Nigel Pink, Dutchess Day School fifth graders have been helping the homeless of Dutchess County for the past eight years. In the classroom they not only learn how many local homeless live, but how people from all walks of life can suddenly find themselves homeless. The study is part of the 5th grade health curriculum that teaches empathy and the importance of helping others.
The fifth graders created posters, and wrote letters home. They made announcements at lunch telling their fellow students what items are most needed by the Hudson River Housing center which runs a homeless shelter in Poughkeepsie. Thanks to generous donations from the DDS community, the students collected many items the center so desperately needs. Thanks to seventh grader Amelia Smith, and her mother, Paula Smith, the employees at a Marshall's store in Kingston collected $135 to buy pillows and socks for the school’s drive. TJ Max also donated a $50 voucher to spend on needed items.
It was with great pride that the fifth graders delivered their collection to the homeless center.
Millbrook School Superintendent Philip D’Angelo revised his draft 2013-’14 budget at the board meeting Monday, April 8 as a result of an increase in state aid that lowered the tax levy increase from 4.34 percent to 3.89 percent. The total budget is $27,189,135, an increase of 3.22 percent over last year’s budget of $26,341,244. The average cost per student will be $24,898.
At the Town of Washington town board meeting on Thursday, April 11, a village resident, Brian Bertha, asked the town to oppose the gun control act recently passed by the state. The town also approved a bid to resurface the tennis courts.
Much of Thursday night’s meeting was taken up by Brian Bertha’s request for the town’s elected officials to oppose the New York State Safe Act, which bans assault rifles. He said he believes the town’s residents should know where their elected officials stand on larger state issues. Bertha said the Safe Act makes no one safe. Instead, the act punishes law abiding citizens for purchasing previously legal weapons. In addition, Bertha said the law was hastily passed in the middle of the night without much discussion. He also said the act’s champions have no understanding of rural culture. Bertha lives in the village, where a bear was spotted last year and deer and foxes roam at will.
Millbrook High seniors Emily Koehler and Kendra Weller were both awarded the Tribute Gardens Scholarships. Each of the girls will receive $20,000 in scholarship money to be applied to the college of her choice.
Emily and Kendra were in Mr. John Shanley’s AP (advanced placement) class when they heard an announcement on the school’s loudspeaker system calling them to the placement office. There they learned that they would be the recipients of $5,000 a year toward their college tuition for four years.
Cameron Hardy, Associate Director of College Counseling and Chaplain at the Millbrook School, took eight students and a faculty facilitator to the Anderson Center for Autism for a week during the private school’s winter intersession in February. A few of the students were asked to write TMI a paragraph discussing their experiences working with the kids at Anderson.
The Village passed a $2,059,049 budget April 9, resulting in a two percent tax levy increase. Mayor Laura Hurley said salaries have not increased, but are subject to change based on performance reviews. Mayor Hurley’s salary is set at $10,000, while the village clerk/treasurer Linda Wiltse makes $49,650. Police, fire and rescue squad personnel make up $574,825, 28 percent of the total budget. The police department is decreased to $80,550. Fire is reduced 7.52 percent to $296,275. The rescue squad, including paid ambulance service, is increasing 13.25 percent to $198,000.
Deidre Houston is opening a “full service florist” business in what was once the gift shop next to the pharmacy. “Full service” means that we will find flowers at all price points, from very affordable pre-packaged bouquets to high end arrangements and orchids. The shop will also carry a wide selection of house plants, pre-potted herbs, silk flowers, balloons and selected chocolates and salted caramels. It will be a perfect place to shop for something for a guest to bring to a dinner party. Full service also means that they will deliver anywhere within a 10 mile radius and will fill standing orders of flowers. People may leave their own planters with them to fill with the season’s most attractive offerings. In addition they will be responsible for all the flower arrangements of weddings, funerals and all sorts of private parties.