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PINE PLAINS — Walking down Church Street around lunchtime, residents can satisfy their craving for a lunch hot off the grill at Spud Shack. 

Since their move to Pine Plains 12 years ago, Spud Shack owners Rod Quijada and his longtime girlfriend, Tami Plassmann, have set out to give the restaurant business a try, starting with the opening of the deli, Hard Roll Express. Originally located across the street from Stewart’s Shop in Pine Plains, the couple gathered a following with Hard Roll Express for 10 years, five of which were spent on Route 44 in Amenia. ...

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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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Celebrating GALentine’s Day with the gals

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Platter celebrated Valentine’s Day while helping the organization, Hope on a Mission, Inc. (HOAM), by hosting a GALentine’s Day celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

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Catching up with Cupid

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The Stissing Mountain Student Council sponsored a special dance for Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center students looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Thursday, Feb. 14. Students came dressed to impress and dance the night away. Snacks and beverages were provided by Seymour Smith parents while Student Council members set up face painting and cup pong tables. 
— Kaitlin Lyle

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Pine Plains BOE OKs vote results for renovations

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) has made great strides in getting the auditorium capital project off the ground, starting with the official approval of the special referendum results on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
Last month, the Pine Plains Central School District held a special referendum vote to ask district voters to OK the use of $1.3 million from its capital reserve fund for the renovation of the Stissing Mountain High School auditorium. The money was already available, so using it made no impact on the budget or to taxpayers. 

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School Board gets update from Transportation Department

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PINE PLAINS — As an annual update, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) heard a presentation from the Pine Plains Transportation Department at its January meeting.
Supervisor of Transportation Drew Weaver reflected on how well the department fared during the 2017-18 school year. He explained that students were transported from three in-district schools and 11 out-of-district schools last year, with 16 drivers and seven monitors responsible for the in-district students and nine drivers and four monitors in charge of the out-of-district students.

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Shall we dance?

The Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School Student Council began February by inviting high school students to  the annual Winter Ball on Friday, Feb. 1. Students welcomed students to the junior high school gym, providing snacks and beverages while also helping with set up and clean up. From left, Student Council Vice President Jacob Henderson, President Morgan Schuyler and Secretary Dariann Watson celebrated February at the Winter Ball.

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The Pine Plains Platter offers community space and home cooking

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PINE PLAINS — When the Pine Plains Platter first opened for business about six years ago, owners Jack and Irene Banning were hoping to appeal to their friends in town as well as weekend visitors. With help from their staff and support from the community, the Platter has since shifted into a familiar hub where community and home cooking are always guaranteed.

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Pine Plains fire tax jumps 72.5 percent

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PINE PLAINS — Taxpayers in the town of Pine Plains are not pleased with their tax bills — no surprise since the town’s tax levy from the Pine Plains Fire District has risen 72.5 percent. The town has no say on those taxes, which are a separate function under the authority of the fire district.
The money raised through taxes for Pine Plains Hose Co. No. 1 goes to operations and maintenance, primarily. 

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