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PINE PLAINS — At its first meeting of the new year on Wednesday, Jan. 3, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) took the time to evaluate a report on school facilities.

Director of School Facilities Richard McKibben presented the board with the report. Looking over all the buildings in the Pine Plains Central School District, he gave an overview of future improvements to be made in various buildings, the funds it would take to carry out the changes and the source of funding. 

Overall, the yearly totals for facilities during the 2017-18 school year come to $384,...

Pine Plains

Celebrating autumn and agriculture at FFA Ag Fair

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PINE PLAINS— From Friday, Oct. 6, through Saturday, Oct. 7, the Pine Plains FFA celebrated a rousing success after hosting its annual Ag Fair at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School.
Known by residents and county visitors as the “Best Little Agricultural Fair in Dutchess County,” the Ag Fair is the Pine Plains FFA’s largest fundraising event. Beyond its support for the district’s agricultural programs, the fair encourages local families and businesses to come out for a fun weekend in the community.

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Moo-ving into fall

From left, Grace Wolfmann, 7, and Anna Essery, 7, watched over the barn as Michelle Blackburn, 9, cozied up to a couple of cows at the Pine Plains FFA Ag Fair on Saturday, Oct. 7. Visit Celebrating autumn and agriculture at FFA Ag Fair for full story.

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The code of ‘Hobos and Hoovervilles’

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PINE PLAINS — Local residents received an education on the daily life and struggles of migrant workers and the homeless during the Great Depression during a lecture on “Hobos and Hoovervilles: Depression Era Migration, Upheaval and the Roosevelt Response” at the Pine Plains Community Center, over the library, on Thursday, Sept. 28.

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An open invitation …

Families came to the Cold Spring Early Learning Center’s open house last Thursday, Sept. 28, to see what lies ahead for their children. Following opening remarks by Principal James Glynn and a Spanish translation of his remarks, attending parents and their children headed off in the direction of the classrooms, so that the parents could get an idea of what their children are learning. From left, Ashton Clas, 4, took his sister, Adalind, 2, on a tour around his classroom.

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Pine Plains VFW celebrates 50th anniversary

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PINE PLAINS — In spite of the damp weather outside, the Pine Plains Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and their supporters came together on Saturday, Sept. 30, to commemorate 50 years as an active organization.

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Board of Ed approves goals for 2017-18 school year

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PINE PLAINS — Following a special board meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 13, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) was set to approve its goals for the 2017–18 school year at the start of the meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 20.
“We’ve given you what we think are wanted in terms of the board goals,” Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler said. “We may still modify them during the meeting, but we would like to pass them tonight.”

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Lurid lures

A warning for people leaving their fishing lures in Long Pond in Ancramdale — this dog was injured when he got one caught in his paw. Local residents are asking those fishing at the pond to be careful, and thoughtful, of others following in their wake.

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Traces of Ice Age found in Hudson Valley

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PINE PLAINS — Hudson Valley residents traveled back in time last Thursday, Sept. 21, to the last movements of the Ice Age — uncovering traces of the era’s passage in this part of the world.

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Church Street sidewalk undergoes restoration

PINE PLAINS — Beginning Monday, Sept. 11, the sidewalk area from 2977 to 2987 Church Street will be worked on as part of a two-week restoration project.
Totaling 198 feet, the sidewalk area on Church Street has been in need of repair for some time; bricks have shifted and grass is growing in between the gaps. Through the efforts of Stanfordville contractor Dave Douglass, the restoration project will include removing the old sidewalk, constructing new 9’ sidewalks, stamping the concrete and sealing it.

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Remembering Robert H. Mizgier and his impact

PINE PLAINS — Almost everyone who lives in this town knew Robert H. Mizgier. And almost everyone who knew him loved him.
Mizgier died of cancer on Friday, Sept. 1, at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck. He was 74.
His son, Robert M. Mizgier, or Rob, said his dad will be sorely missed. He said growing up with his father, who spent 20 years with Pine Plains Hose Company No. 1 and another 15 before that with the Ulster Hose Company in Kingston, meant a lot of time at the firehouse.

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