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PINE PLAINS — When captured under the insightful eye of artist Mary Bridgman, local residents were given a chance to have their stories retold on canvas,  in the Portraits of Pine Plains art installation at Gallery & Goods.

After becoming acquainted with Bridgman during the early days of the gallery, Brett McCormack, one of the owners of Gallery & Goods, recognized her passion for portraiture. Together with his partner and fellow Gallery & Goods owner Josh Nathanson, he said he wanted to showcase Bridgman at their gallery. They even helped seek subjects for...

Pine Plains

What to do with storm debris

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PINE PLAINS — The town is still dealing with the aftermath of early March storms, namely the downed trees and brush that have littered yards and roadways. Town Supervisor Gregg Pulver raised the issue at the Thursday, March 17, Town Board meeting.
“We received a letter regarding the continued efforts of leaf and brush disposal,” he said, adding there was an increased demand following the rain and ice storms that hit the region. “We are taking in both, and because of the storm [Highway Superintendent] Barry Hay mentioned he would collect [more].”

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Toy Show a long-standing tradition

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains FFA Annual Farm Toy Show and Auction has throughout the years highlighted the longevity of the school district’s FFA program; it celebrated its 20th year on Saturday, March 19, in the Stissing Mountain High School gymnasium.
The typical toy show event covers a lot of territory, from the large number of vendor tables (filling most of the gym and even spilling out into the hallways) selling everything from antique toy tractors to bumper stickers, to the children’s toy tractor pull and several auctions.

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Questions raised about Pine Plains’ affordable housing survey

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board had questions of its own after concerns were raised regarding the recent Affordable Housing Survey that was sent out to all Pine Plains residents.
The subject was raised at the Thursday, March 17, Town Board meeting by Carvel Project Development attorney Jennifer Van Tuyl of Cuddy & Feder, LLP. She said her client, Carvel developer Alexander Durst, had expressed doubts the survey was conducted and distributed in an even-handed manner.

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Week of town and village meetings

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MILLBROOK — The week of March 7 started with an ice storm and ended with floods, but municipal meetings took place as scheduled even though 32 Millbrook village and 659 town of Washington residents still did not have power Tuesday evening and were bracing themselves for rain at the end of the week.
Comprehensive Plan Committee

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Library focuses on former first lady

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PINE PLAINS — Friends of the Pine Plains Free Library hosted a free speaking engagement on the life of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt as part of its 2011 programming schedule.
The talk was given by Charlotte Scholl, a National Park ranger who works at Val-Kill Cottage, Roosevelt’s former home in Hyde Park. The speaker was chosen as part of Women’s History Month. It is the second themed speaking event the local organization has sponsored; last year attendees learned about Rosie the Riveter, the cultural icon representing American women working in factories during World War II.

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Stissing Mountain receives high marks from state police

PINE PLAINS — State Police Captain Scott Brown gave high marks to the Pine Plains Central School District in a report summarizing a safety and security audit of the Stissing Mountain Middle/High School.
The safety audit followed a highly publicized incident in November 2009 in which a man entered the school building with a shotgun and held the middle school principal at gunpoint for several hours. Members from both the New York State Police as well as the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office conducted a security assessment of the building at the school district’s request.

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Singing the tunes of ‘Brigadoon’

Some of the female Brigadoon leads: from left, Claire Zeyher, Emily Thompson and Olivia Stewart.

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Holstein Club takes honors at state competition

The Eastern New York (ENY) Junior Holstein Club recently attended the New York State Holstein Convention in Utica. Nineteen members of the club attended, many competing in various competitions. Below is a list of those who were awarded for their efforts:
Gina Brooks: Distinguished Junior Member (DJM) finalist.
Laura Davenport: Elected Recording Secretary to Junior Executive Committee.
Kristen Davenport: First place in Extemporaneous Speech Contest, senior division; scholarship winner.
Ethan Arsenault: Third place in Extemporaneous Speech contest, intermediate division.

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Board begins deliberations on education budget

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PINE PLAINS — Department head preliminary budget presentations concluded at the March 2 Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education meeting, wrapping up most preliminary budget discussions and marking the point at which the board will begin to take a hard look at the district administration’s draft budget.

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Magical ‘Brigadoon’ headed to Pine Plains

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PINE PLAINS — Briga-what? Those well-versed in Broadway plays might be familiar with the Stissing Theatre Guild’s upcoming production, but everyone else might be seeing “Brigadoon” for the first time when it is performed March 11 through 13.
“Brigadoon” is the story of a magical Scottish village that only appears for one day every 100 years, and what happens when two American tourists get caught up in the mysterious time warp.

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