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PINE PLAINS — Beginning Monday, Sept. 11, the sidewalk area from 2977 to 2987 Church Street will be worked on as part of a two-week restoration project.

Totaling 198 feet, the sidewalk area on Church Street has been in need of repair for some time; bricks have shifted and grass is growing in between the gaps. Through the efforts of Stanfordville contractor Dave Douglass, the restoration project will include removing the old sidewalk, constructing new 9’ sidewalks, stamping the concrete and sealing it.

According to Kathy Rigano, assistant to the town supervisor,...

Pine Plains

On the horns of a dilemma in Pine Plains: Antlers Club’s zoning request

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PINE PLAINS — The private, member-owned recreational residential community on Stissing Lake known as the Antlers Club wants the town to circumvent its zoning, and in doing so approve the construction of three new homes.
A little history

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Jean Stapf appointed to vacant BOE seat

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PINE PLAINS — Jean Stapf has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE).
Even when her work schedule kept her from attending the meetings, Stapf has kept up with the latest news from the board through the meeting agendas and minutes posted on the Pine Plains Central School District website. A resident of the area for nine years, she praised the district’s diverse educational opportunities and its qualified teachers and staff members. 

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A sandy farewell

Families from the town of Pine Plains and beyond found an inviting place to cool off this summer at the Pine Plains beach. Located on Beach Road, near the recreation fields, the beach opened for the summer on Monday, June 19, and bid farewell to another season of swimmers on Saturday, Aug. 19. 

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Camp Invention sparks excitement

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PINE PLAINS — Celebrating its fourth summer in the Pine Plains Central School District, the program Camp Invention was a rousing success again this year, as students were encouraged to think outside the box and get excited about their education.

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Camp fun for all

The Pine Plains Summer Day camp started a new program this year for children who are too old for the program yet are not old enough the become counselors. The program was made possible through the support of Hammertown Barn and the Pine Plains Central School District, which helped provide funding for transportation. Between 12 to 25 children went on weekly field trips each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. They went to places like the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, Bash Bish Falls, Wooden Wheels and more. Here, the group posed for a photo on Monday, July 31.

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Ice cream and conversation

Just before an afternoon thunderstorm rolled in, Pine Plains seniors enjoyed a cold treat at the Senior Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, Aug. 2,  in the Community Room of the Pine Plains Free Library. The ice cream and toppings were provided by the Pine Plains Adult Recreation program. From left, Celia Bartolomeo, Secretary for the Town Supervisor Kathy Rigano, and Gladys Mazzei took part.

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Body of Bash Bish Falls hiker recovered

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MOUNT WASHINGTON, Mass. — The body of a Ghent, N.Y., man who slipped off a rock and fell to his death while hiking at Bash Bish Falls on Friday, July 28, has been recovered. The accident occurred at the waterfall on the Massachusetts side of the park, which borders the two states.
Aiden Campion-Pratt, 21, was found on Sunday, July 30, by an underwater camera, but because of the treacherous terrain his body could not be recovered. 

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Changing the world with a lesson from animals

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PINE PLAINS — Thanks to a visit from the Animal Embassy, residents of all ages received a lesson on how to make the world a better place, on Wednesday, Aug. 2.

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Retirees honored for their service

PINE PLAINS— The Pine Plains Chapter of Retired Union Employees (PPCRUE), whose members are former Pine Plains Central School District employees, held its annual June new retiree welcome and business dinner on Wednesday, June 7, at The Pond Restaurant in Ancramdale. It was attended by 52 members and guests. 

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Sparking creativity in young storytellers

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Pine Plains — Local children were inspired by the magic of storytelling on Wednesday, July 26, thanks to an interactive StoryPlay adventure with author and entertainer Jason Edwards.
Organized by the Pine Plains Free Library, the program was held in the Pine Plains Lions Club Pavilion. Row by row, the pavilion was occupied by campers from the Pine Plains Summer Day Camp, some of whom were accompanied by their families. The sounds of the children’s laughter could be heard echoing throughout. 

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