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PINE PLAINS — In the wake of a devastating structure fire that destroyed two dairy barns and killed 46 cows at Ancramdale’s Millerhurst Farm in October, the Miller family was surrounded by love and support at a benefit held at The Stissing House on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Tickets were sold out. There was a silent auction, with many donations from area businesses, including a tour and tasting at Millbrook Winery, a two-night stay at The Inn at Pine Plains, two botanical watercolors by artist Mita Consini Bland, dinner for four at Mashomack Preserve and more. 

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FFA, all the way!

From left, Joshua Hieter, Blake Stabile and Victor Stabile searched for their classmates’ booth at the annual Pine Plains FFA Ag Fair on Saturday, Oct. 6. For full story and more photos, see FFA celebrates autumn and ag.

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Pine Plains residents swap and save seeds at library workshop

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PINE PLAINS — With cooler weather setting in and landscapes bursting with fall colors, Pine Plains residents heard a handful of seed-saving tips at a workshop held on Saturday, Sept. 29.

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Construction underway at Pine Plains Memorial Hall

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PINE PLAINS — Members of the Pine Plains Memorial Hall team reported that the first phase of construction is underway with several installations and additions on the horizon.
The team has been occupied with putting up a new front lobby to the building. Before establishing the new front, the entire front of the building was excavated down to the foundation before a new footing was poured. Next, a steel structure was installed and the new foundation was poured for the lobby.

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BOE reviews pending capital project from Dutchess BOCES

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) opened the floor for a presentation by Dutchess County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) regarding its upcoming capital project at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

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Durst team addresses public comments

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PINE PLAINS— After taking the public’s comments regarding its Carvel Property Development project to heart, representatives from the Durst Organization presented their latest findings at a public meeting held on the morning of Monday, Sept. 17.

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BOE organizes Start Time Committee

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PINE PLAINS — With school already a couple of weeks in session, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) has been researching methods for improving students’ academic success by changing the start times for the school day.
After its research, the BOE has determined that by having younger students come into school at an earlier time and older students arrive at a later time, they’ll be more on task with their school activities, resulting in a dramatic improvement in their academic performance. 

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New Age Diner serves homemade meals with a fresh take

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PINE PLAINS — Anyone looking for a fresh take on the diner experience is in for a treat with the New Age Diner in Pine Plains — where hungry diners can stop for a home-cooked meal.

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Library offers fall programs to patrons of all ages

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PINE PLAINS — Now that summer vacation has come to an end and children are back in the classroom, the Pine Plains Free Library is organizing programs and events for the community during the fall season.
“It’s a little bit harder to get kids here when school starts,” said Pine Plains Free Library Director Veronica Stork, “so we try to send flyers to the school to make sure their parents know what’s going on.”

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Residents dispose of unwanted waste at clean-up day

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PINE PLAINS — Residents were offered a chance to rid their yards of debris at the town’s first Bob Couse Town Clean-up Day on Saturday, Sept. 8.
The inspiration came as a suggestion from Bob Couse, a former Town Board member and police chief in Pine Plains. Earlier in the spring, at a Town Board meeting, Couse recommended it host a cleanup. The board agreed and set to work. From that meeting on, the town spread the word through its website and Facebook page as well as through a mass email, this newspaper, posters and word of mouth.

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Bridge to be replaced

PINE PLAINS — The Dutchess County Department of Public Works (DPW) has announced work on bridge PP-12 on Amenia-Pine Plains Road (CR 83) in the town of Pine Plains is expected to begin on or about Tuesday, Sept. 4. 
The bridge, located near the intersection of Righters Corners Road (CR 70), will be replaced due to structural deficiencies that have led to weight and width restrictions over time. 
Project work will involve replacing the existing bridge with a pre-cast structure and the addition of 4-foot shoulders. 

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