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MILLBROOK— Residents of The Inn, at The Fountains retirement community in Millbrook, spent the spring designing, making and painting colorful birdhouses to be put in trees on the property or in some cases, to display in their apartments or give to family and friends. They were assisted in their efforts by Girl Scout Troop 10468 of Millbrook, Fountains woodshopper David Carrier and Fountains resident Len Weiss, a retired photographer and current-day woodcarver and artist. The finished products were on view during a recent afternoon. A couple of Scouts, Scout leaders and other helpers...

Pine Plains

Winners of Young Writers Contest recognized with awards ceremony

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PINE PLAINS — Young writers of the community were recently honored for their entries in this year’s FRIENDS of the Pine Plains Library Young Writers Contest during an afternoon ceremony on Sunday, May 21.
The awards ceremony was held in the Community Room of the Pine Plains Free Library and hosted a packed house of young writers and their family members. A long table held an assortment of cold beverages, desserts and fruit salad for attendees to enjoy after the ceremony.

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Cemetery cleanup

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Stewart’s Shops donates to food pantry and library

PINE PLAINS — The 2016 Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match program awarded grants to the Pine Plains Community Food Locker and the Pine Plains Free Library.  John DiPalma, the Pine Plains store manager, issued a presentation check to representatives of both organizations on Saturday, April 15.  

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Community attends Farm Fest focused on youngsters

PINE PLAINS — Saturday, May 27, farmers, children and adults alike swarmed to Black Sheep Hill Farm to attend the second annual Farm Fest. About 225 people attended, an impressive number considering the tradition is relatively new.
“There are lots of great people, and information,” said Mickey O’Neill, representing Hudson Valley Sheep and Wool Manufacturing. 

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Town considers revamping website

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PINE PLAINS — Without question, everyone these days relies on the World Wide Web to navigate through their daily lives. Websites are how many businesses and organizations reach out to the public — they help local, state and national governments do the same. 
The town of Pine Plains has a website, www.pineplains-ny.gov, that’s been directing residents and visitors alike to its boards and committees, resources and amenities, officials and department heads. It even has a link to The Millerton News, the town’s official newspaper.

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Memorial Day: honoring lives lost

PINE PLAINS — Residents and visitors alike turned up despite the steady rain to attend the town’s commemoration of Memorial Day on Monday, May 29. 
The first stop was at the clock tower in the center of town, where veterans and town officials shared their thoughts on the somber holiday and remembered their loved ones. 
Afterward,  everyone marched to Evergreen Cemetery, just up the road, to further honor those local residents from the Pine Plains area who made the ultimate sacrifice serving their country.

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Memorial Hall celebration makes a lasting impression

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PINE PLAINS — It was a groundbreaking like no other. There were the expected balloons and buttons, stickers and signs. But there were also crafts, vendors, food, games, a flea market, walking tours and lots and lots of dogs. There was even a dunking booth, atop which sat town Supervisor Brian Coons, wet from previous  dunkings.
The groundbreaking at Pine Plains Memorial Hall (PPMH) had an absolute festive feel on Saturday, May 20, and those who attended were practically glowing with excitement and good cheer.

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Students recount experiences in China

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) introduced four Stissing Mountain High School students on Wednesday, May 3, who were in China March 20 through March 26, at the special invitation of Nanjing Middle School #29 Principal Hua Minyou in China.

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Memorial Hall will break ground May 20

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PINE PLAINS — Pine Plains Memorial Hall (PPMH) will hold a ground-breaking ceremony and Community Day celebration on Saturday, May 20. Plans are to turn the building into a performing arts center.
The building was constructed in 1915, a gift to the town by Mary Ellen Lapham Saunders in memory of her grandfather, John McIntyre, his wife, Elizabeth Hauver, and their children. 
Bill Bartolomeo has a personal connection with Memorial Hall that began when he was 8 and the building housed a movie theater. Tickets then cost 25 cents.

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Pine Plains Board of Ed hosts public hearing for 2017-18 budget

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PINE PLAINS — Six adults and five Stissing Mountain High School students, there to fulfill a course requirement, attended the Board of Education (BOE) public hearing for the  2017-18 proposed budget held on Wednesday, May 3.

Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Michael Goldbeck in an overview of the budget said the total is $31,609,279 with a 3.97 percent increase of $1,206,475. The tax levy is $22,549,551, a 2.29 percent increase or $504,966.