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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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Matching grant to help Pine Plains Memorial Hall

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PINE PLAINS— Early last month, Pine Plains Memorial Hall (PPMH) announced two significant updates about fundraising efforts for its renovation. The project aims to create a performing arts center for the entire Tri-state region.
Firstly, a $10,000 Matching Challenge Grant announced on Jan. 20 was successfully met. According to PPMH Executive Director Brian Keeler, the project received a major boost in contributions at the town’s Community Day this past May.

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Town Grange Gallery & Goods establishes itself on Church Street

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PINE PLAINS — Following the festivities of Memorial Day weekend, local residents welcomed the arrival of Town Grange Gallery & Goods and embraced partners Josh Nathanson and Brett McCormack as new business owners. Ever since, it’s been the gallery that has welcomed visitors through its door.
While Nathanson and McCormack are both familiar with the art world, the venture marks their first time operating a full-time gallery.

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Pine Plains author realizes life-long dream with new book

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PINE PLAINS — After keeping the manuscript tucked away for 30 years, local author George Koch has at last achieved his lifelong ambition in publishing his  novel, “Brass Buttons, Blue Coat.”
A native of Brooklyn, Koch joined the Navy at the age of 17 during World War II and was honorably discharged following the end of his tour. Soon after, he joined the New York  Police Department (NYPD) as a police officer, retiring after 20 years of service. 

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BOE welcomes district officers, appoints committee members

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE)held its 2017–18 school year organizational meeting on Wednesday, July 5.
Following a tour of the new bus maintenance facility, the board met in the high school library. As the meeting’s first order of business, District Clerk Julia Tomaine administered the oath of office to newly elected board member James Griffin for a three-year term that began on Saturday, July 1, and runs through June 30, 2020. 

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Residents visit early roads ‘to and through,’ in historical lecture

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PINE PLAINS — Local residents took a trip down The Early Roads To & Through Pine Plains with the help of the Little Nine Partners Historical Society on Saturday, July 1.
Led by guest speaker and Executive Director of the Dutchess County Historical Society Bill Jeffway, the lecture was held  in the Community Room of the Pine Plains Free Library before a completely packed house.

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Days for Girls: Empowering women on global level

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PINE PLAINS — In the United Methodist Church’s latest mission, members of the Pine Plains community have joined to advocate for the empowerment of women and girls around the world with Days for Girls.
Founded in 2008 by Celeste Morgan, the objective of Days for Girls is to provide sustainable feminine hygiene products to women and girls across the globe that will allocate lasting health education, hygiene solutions and income-generation opportunity. 

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Board of Ed accepts resignations, makes appointment

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PINE PLAINS— In their recent meeting on Wednesday, June 21, the Pine Plains Board of Education bid farewell to board member Karen Orton and Athletic Director Richard Silverstein following their resignations from their current positions in the school district.

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Eighth-graders take next step at Stissing Mountain

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PINE PLAINS — The first day of summer began with excitement, as Stissing Mountain Middle School eighth-graders took part in their moving up ceremony, on Wednesday, June 21.
The lobby outside of the auditorium was flooded with family members taking last minute photos, wishing their children luck. By 6 p.m., students were seated in the auditorium while friends and family made for an excited audience.

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BOE member needed

PINE PLAINS— The Pine Plains Central School District has a vacant position on its Board of Education (BOE). Anyone interested in serving on the board is invited to send a letter of interest to Julia W. Tomaine, district clerk, Pine Plains Central School District, 2829 Church St., Pine Plains, NY 12567
Board of Education member qualifications are as follows:
• Must be able to read and write.
• Must be a qualified voter of the district: a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age or older and not adjudged to be incompetent.

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Stissing Mountain Class of 2017 bids farewell

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PINE PLAINS — On Saturday, June 24, the Stissing Mountain High School Class of 2017 celebrated graduation with its fair share of reflection and insight.
Commencement exercises began promptly at 10 a.m. in the Stissing Mountain Middle/High School auditorium. The entire auditorium was brimming with the smiles of friends and family. Up on the stage, the graduating Class of 2017 sat proudly in their blue caps and gowns.

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