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"Limone"  now operating in Mabettesville has taken the space on Franklin Avenue which until recently was occupied by The Pumpkin House. Just back from a buying trip in Italy, Limone owners, Brenda & Al DeBonis, are set to open the new shop on November 2nd when they will be offering unique gift items they selected for Millbrook shoppers. Kicking off the pre-holiday is an exceptional sale of exquisite porcelin and ceramics by famed wildlife artist, Lynn Chase this weekend near the Massachusettes border just about an hour from Millbrook. (See her ad on Page 4 for details.) On the weekend of Oct. 26th-27th Millbrook Antiques Mall is conducting  a store-wide 20% off sale which will be the perfect time to shop for gifts for antiques aficionados.
More vendors and more visitors than ever before, the sixth annual Fine Home Source show hosted by Crisp Architects brought over 600 visitors last Saturday to the Millbrook Band Shell. Each year Crisp showcases high end experts and craftspeople he truly admires and works with in building and renovating homes for his clients. Artisanal furniture makers, specialty iron workers, millwork, fine art and many crafts people have traditionally exhibited at this event, as have upscale building products floors, windows, doors etc. Luxurious gardens, backyard waterfalls, ponds, swimming pools, saunas, putting greens, home theatres, state-of-the-art telephony, gourmet kitchens and wine cellars were all in view.  
The economy seems to be picking up, at least in Millbrook. The real estate market is taking a slow but steady upswing. More sales this summer than last summer, at better prices,  and homes for sale are lingering on the market for less time.  "September started off slowly but finished with a bang" reports Bob Audia, the Millbrook  Chevrolet dealer.  This is after a full year of month to month growth compared to the year before. He attributes the increase to the economy coming back but also to the rebirth of General Motors and the refreshing of some of their key models. The Silverado truck is doing extremely well and the comeback of the Chevy Impala is creating excitement. Its top ratings by Consumer Reports is a first for GM, perhaps for any American made car. 
Featured at this year's  Orvis Game Fair, Fitch's Corner Horse Trials and the opening of the Polo matches last June, were splashes of glorious color where Fly Follies broke up the monotony of traditional white tents. The brainchild of  "Tailgates Millbrook", the Fly Folly is a limited edition tent cover selected from their collections or custom designed to feature a client's logo, family crest or favorite color scheme. Fabricated in spinnaker cloth, the tent cover is pre-installed on a Pop Up tent and shipped in a convenient black canvas zipper bag on wheels. Interior designer, Holly Burguières teamed up with artist and display designer husband, Daniel F. Gliubizzi to create these attractive, eye catching  and yet extremely practical tents.

The Wassaic Project has an epidemic case of sandwich fever.

Hoagies, subs, Reuben, hamburgers, PB&J, Panini, Dagwood, cheesesteaks, croquet monsieur are all the rage.

The artist-run arts organization, known for its artist residency program and summer festival, is a center for artists who have an uninhibited love for the club.  

On Saturday, the second Sandwich Club Summit met in the Luther Barn in Wassaic.   Co-founded by Shannon Finnegan (exhibition and festival director) and Sam Handler (web developer), the summit has evolved into a serious seminar of sandwich culture.  

Saturday was jam packed with panels, workshops, art and presentations on the condiments to make up a summit sandwich.

Wassaic Project Art Educator Hallie Scott and Brooklyn based Artist Madeleine Stern gave a presentation on “When Appetites Become Form: A Survey of Sandwiches in American Art Since 1960.”  There was an open faced color blocked cheese sandwich by Piet Mondrian and there was Cindy Sherman, clenching an Italian sub.   

State Senator Terry Gipson discussed unfunded mandates, foreclosed homes and term limits at the village trustees’ meeting on Tuesday, September 29.  The senator, still in his first term of office, is touring all 30 municipalities in his district.  Gipson discussed the bills he is working on. . 

He announced that he has introduced a constitutional amendment, S5126, that would prohibit New York State from handing down any additional unfunded mandates.

The senator said he is working with Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor to establish a bipartisan term-limit bill for both houses. 

Village Mayor Laura Hurley reminded the senator that the state Board of Health and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) impose mandates that are difficult to keep up with. The village has a water sewer plant that passes all tests.  Yet it needs a million-dollar infiltration system in the next two years to meet new DEC requirements.  Hurley said it puts a fiscal strain on small municipalities. 

The candidates for town posts spoke at the 11th Annual Meeting of Imagine Amenia, a group that has promoted a positive future for Amenia, on September 29 at the Amenia Presbyterian Church parish hall.

Two of the candidates, Damian Gutierrez and Bob Beach, were not present. Bill Flood is not on any ticket and he did not speak, although his candidacy as a write-in has been discussed.      

Victoria Perotti, the Republican candidate for supervisor,  presented after the Town Clerk, Dawn Marie Klingner, who is running unopposed.  Ms. Perotti is also unopposed.  She said she has an associate’s degree from Dutchess Community College in Business Administration and a B.S. from Marist College.  

She said that she wants to create more transparency for taxpayers to help them understand projects in the town.  She wants to promote a walkable community, to help Silo Ridge be successful, and to create a sewer district for the hamlet.  She said she wants to get the costs down to $500 per year per property instead of $2,000 per year.

The campus of the future Olivet University is beginning to take shape at the site of the former Harlem Valley Psychiatric Hospital in Wingdale. Cleanup crews have been pressure washing buildings, mowing lawns, pruning trees long neglected, painting doors.  The newly washed brickwork gives the buildings hope for a second career.  The marble sills and details suggest these buildings were built to last, that they deserve a second chance. 

The main roadway heading East has been repaved, the street lights have been refurbished, the trees trimmed making the place look more like a college campus than an abandoned state institution which it was but a few weeks ago. 

The American flag is flying next to the Olivet Center sign in front of the main building visible from Rte. 22.  The uplift to the property is noticeable to anyone who drives by. 

Olivet Management, which manages four other sites around the country, in Houston, Nashville, Des Moines and Atlanta, are self-described as a “real estate development and management company specializing in school and commercial properties across the United States.”

 

                                        By Antonia Shoumatoff

Since 2001 the Amenia Indian Rock Schoolhouse has been conducting a program to teach elementary children about the importance of planting trees with a hands-on planting experience.  The children also celebrate Arbor Day on the last Friday of April and get to learn about how vital trees were to everyday living in the old days, and why they are critical to the environment today.

“We usually do a hands-on planting with the youngsters.  They participate in planting a landscape tree at the schoolhouse, and a year later they can see their full-grown trees.  Sometimes we plant smaller trees and give them one to take home and plant,” explained “Pine Cone Pete” [Andy Durbridge], and “The Pine Cone Princess” [Beth Murphy] at the Indian Rock Schoolhouse picnic on September 28.

The program has resulted in a lovely array of trees and shrubs on the grounds of Indian Rock Schoolhouse that the children of the area are very proud of.

The bidding was fast and furious at the St Peter’s auction September 14 where $36,000 was raised for parish outreach.  St Peter’s supports local charities, notably the Dover Plains food pantry that serves the needs of over 300 families during the year.

Committee chairs Bindy Kaye and Tonny Bakker-Salvato headed over 50 parishioners who helped out with the arrangements. 

The hot item was a red vespa that may be seen tooling around the village.  It brought $2700.  A reproduction demi lune table with inlay fetched $1100 while Chippendale-style mirrors barely reached $100.  Most popular were a series of English hunting prints by Alken. Auction committee chair Tony Bakker-Salvato said that antiques were slow while repro in good condition did well. 

Sleeping isn’t what it used to be. Beds went cheap.  You could sleep around for peanuts.  Dealers bought in the beds and many other steals. Those who topped the dealer bids did well.  “You could’ve furnished several houses” said Bakker-Salvato.   

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