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PINE PLAINS — Students involved with the Key Club at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School recently partnered with the New York Blood Center to hold a blood drive on Monday, May 13. Running from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the blood drive was organized in the high school gymnasium. Recognized as a community service group at Stissing Mountain, the Key Club strives to host a local blood drive on an annual basis.

“It’s important because there’s a shortage a blood,” said Stissing Mountain junior and Key Club member Angelina Mannino, “and quarts save...

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Stissing Mountain Honor Rolls

Pine Plains — The following students earned a place on the second semester honor rolls of  Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School in the Pine Plains School District.
Junior High School
A honor roll
Sixth grade 

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Tractor terrific

Residents from near and far admired the countless model tractors on display at this year’s FFA Farm Toy Show and Auction in Pine Plains. For full story and more photos, see Farm Toy Show and Auction supports FFA and agriculture.

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Library lecture reveals ‘The Not-So-Golden Life of the Gilded Age Wife’ to Pine Plains community

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PINE PLAINS — Pine Plains residents received a taste of the challenges, confusion and misconceptions that women of the Gilded Age endured during a presentation of “The Not-So-Golden Life of the Gilded Age Wife” on Thursday, March 7.

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‘Annie’ hits the theater March 8

PINE PLAINS — When Daddy Warbucks and his Little Orphan Annie take the stage at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School, from March 8 to the 10th, it will be the result of a massive, cross-generational, community effort. 
Director Lisa Baldwin described “Annie” as “a story of hope and courage, full of well-known tunes like ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘Hard Knock Life.’”

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Pine Plains supports Bill ‘Homer’ Hall with spaghetti dinner

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Hose Company banded together with the local community to show its support for longtime resident Bill “Homer” Hall with a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Saturday, March 2.
A former firefighter with the Pine Plains fire department, Hall is a well-respected member of the community, going out of his way to help those in need. Pine Plains Hose Company Fire Chief Brian Walsh spoke of Hall’s caring personality and how he’s “always looking out for others.” 

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Swapping seeds and trading tips

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PINE PLAINS — With spring still another month away, Pine Plains residents decided to get a head start on the planting season by attending the seventh annual Pine Plains Seed Library Seed Swap on Saturday, Feb. 23.
The First United Presbyterian Church doors opened to 15 attendees that day. In a room adjacent of the nave, incoming residents were invited to browse seed samples provided by the Pine Plains Seed Library and the Pine Plains Community Garden. 

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Highway Department is reimbursed by the state

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Pine Plains — The town’s Highway Department has “rolled forward” a couple of years worth of state-funded money — not grants — allocated in the state budget. It’s helped the town pay for important road work.
The money, which was allocated based on a formula of how many lane miles the town has — 38.52 to be exact — is in the neighborhood of $120,000. 
“I would say it’s almost three years of funding,” said Pine Plains Highway Superintendent Heather Wilson. 

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Save the date for the stage

The cast of “Annie” took the stage at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School during dress rehearsals last week. Hard Knock Life orphans, from left, Bella Watz, Brianna Blackburn, Leandra Costa, Estrella Ruano and Tessa Blackburn rehearsed for the show, to be performed next weekend. “Annie” performances are scheduled for Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 9, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 10, at 2 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 518-398-1272 or online, at www.seatyourself.biz/stgboxoffice.

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Pine Plains FFA nurtures student leadership through community outreach

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PINE PLAINS — Driven by the national FFA motto, “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve,” members of the Pine Plains FFA have made every effort to show their support for the local community while building essential leadership skills.
There are currently 35 active student members involved in the Pine Plains chapter of the FFA. The fall is one of the best seasons to witness students in action at the annual Ag Fair, though students consistently work to raise awareness of the organization throughout the year. 

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Community Dine Out tempts diners and readers

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COPAKE — “Eat well. Do good.” Those four simple words are the catch phrase for the Roeliff Jansen Community Library’s Community Dine Out — a fundraiser that partners the library with local restaurants. Anyone who dines at the participating restaurants on specific dates will see 10 percent of their bill go to the library.
This is the fundraiser’s sixth year — and it’s been growing steadily in popularity.

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