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PINE PLAINS — The First United Presbyterian Church of Pine Plains reached the end of an era last month as its beloved Rev. Carol Miller bid farewell to the community after serving its spiritual needs for 11 years.

From her early childhood to her return to the area in 2007, Miller’s ties to the Pine Plains community and her home church, The First United Presbyterian Church of Pine Plains, have only grown stronger with time and experience. 

“She grew up in the community, so she’s quite familiar with it and it’s been a real asset for her to...

Pine Plains

Pine Plains man admits to felony assault

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PINE PLAINS — Pine Plains resident Jacob Wagoner Jr. admitted in court that he broke a woman’s jaw by punching her several times in the face and head during an argument on Friday, March 11.
Wagoner entered a guilty plea in Dutchess County Court to second-degree assault, which is a felony.

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Fire prevention taught to students

PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains middle school held their annual Fire Prevention Day on Friday, May 20. Firefighters from Pine Plains and Milan brought interactive props to teach the students about fire hazards and to show them how to operate a fire extinguisher, how to navigate through a smoke-filled house and what firemen look and sound like when they wear all of their gear. The day was capped off with a school fire drill in the building.

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Good energy flowing from local holistic practice

PINE PLAINS — Although it’s a practice that’s already caught on in other parts of the country, reiki, the Japenese-based holistic practice of channeling positive energy, is still relatively unknown in the Harlem Valley. That might just change with the addition of Suzanne O’Brien’s new Pine Plains practice.

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2011-12 Pine Plains distric budgets rejected

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains school budget failed to pass during the Tuesday, May 17, districtwide vote.
Two additional propositions — one to purchase five school buses and one to create a reserve fund that would finance capital improvements throughout the district — were also voted down.
Two seats on the Board of Education (BOE) were also on the vote. Brian Croghan kept his seat with 438 votes and Gary W. Griffen won the second seat with 356 votes. Todd Bowen lost his seat with 329 votes and Mary Bowen received 302 votes.

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Volunteers recognized

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Victorian Tea Party raises $3,000 for Pine Plains Free Library

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PINE PLAINS — The Friends of the Pine Plains Free Library hosted a Victorian Tea Party fundraiser at the Mashomack Fish and Game Reserve on Sunday, May 15. Despite the British weather, Mashomack hosted a full house, raising more than $3,000 that will be used to buy items for the library that aren’t covered by its official budget.
Party attendees were served afternoon tea, followed by finger sandwiches and desserts. Harney & Sons Fine Tea donated two flavors of tea for the event and more than 600 cups of tea were served throughout the afternoon.

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Signs get crossed regarding traffic signal

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PINE PLAINS — The question of whether a walk/don’t walk sign should be installed at the intersection of routes 82 and 199 has become a hot button issue in the town of Pine Plains, with the Town Board and many residents against the idea, and the state Department of Transportation (DOT) eager to follow through on the project.
“I was just struck by how little traffic there seems to be at that intersection and why someone could not cross with just the traffic signal without an issue,” resident Bill Abrams said. (Abrams writes the weekly “The Country Curmudgeon” column for The Millerton News.)

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Church sale in Pine Plains

PINE PLAINS — The First United Presbyterian Church of Pine Plains held its annual church Rummage and Bake Sale on Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30. The proceeds will go to help “church expenses,” as “the budget is always a challenge,” said Pastor Carol Miller.
The Presbyterian Women’s Association is responsible for the rummage sale as well as the autumn bazaar. Both events are run by volunteers. The events have been held at the church for more years than anyone can remember.

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Victorian Tea fundraiser May 15

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PINE PLAINS — The Friends of the Pine Plains Library will hold a Victorian Tea at the Mashomack Fish and Game Preserve on Sunday, May 15, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Mashomack is at 7435 Route 82, 1.7 miles south of the intersection of routes 82 and 199.
Tickets are $32 and can be purchased at four locations in town: the library, the pharmacy, Deuel’s Hardware and Hammertown Barn. Mashomack is donating not only its facilities, but also items for the event. Harney and Sons Fine Teas is donating the tea and Ronnybrook Dairy is donating the clotted cream.

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4-H serves up community spirit at BBQ

PINE PLAINS — The 4-H Club of Pine Plains held its fouth annual chicken barbecue fundraiser at the Lions Club Pavilion on Saturday, April 30. The successful event welcomed local families, 4-H supporters and barbecue-lovers alike for an evening of tempting, fresh-cooked food, door prizes, a 50-50 raffle and a silent auction. All together, more than 200 meals were served and 100 items auctioned off and more than $2,000 was raised for the 4-H Club.

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