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PINE PLAINS — Following the festivities of Memorial Day weekend, local residents welcomed the arrival of Town Grange Gallery & Goods and embraced partners Josh Nathanson and Brett McCormack as new business owners. Ever since, it’s been the gallery that has welcomed visitors through its door.

While Nathanson and McCormack are both familiar with the art world, the venture marks their first time operating a full-time gallery.

Nathanson works in ceramics, producing items for the home such as vases, bowls and plates. He enjoys working with irregularly shaped...

Pine Plains

Town mourns loss of Gary Keeler

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PINE PLAINS — The community of Pine Plains is mourning the loss of Gary Keeler, the water company superintendent, who passed away at home at the age of 66 on Sunday, March 5.
“I was very surprised,” said Town Clerk Judy Harpp, who had known Keeler since high school. “He was behind me in school, but I always knew who he was, being from a Pine Plains family.”
Years later, the two worked together as bus drivers for the Pine Plains Central School District. 

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Town Board clarifies police shift requirements in update to manual

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PINE PLAINS— Unlike some towns in the region, the town of Pine Plains has its own police force. The village of Millerton, to the east, and the village of Millbrook, to the south, also have their own departments.

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‘The Music Man’ at Stissing Mountain

PINE PLAINS  — The Stissing Theatre Guild at Stissing Mountain Middle/High School in Pine Plains will perform Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 12, at 2 p.m. at the high school auditorium.
The show will reveal how trouble in River City is resolved when a fast-talking salesman gets his heart stolen by the town librarian.
To order tickets, call the Stissing Theatre Guild Box Office at 518-398-1272 or go online to  stgboxoffice.seatyourself.biz.

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A whole new world of fun for senior hikers

Jennifer Anderson, a Pine Plains resident, and her sister, Lisa Schoonmaker, out of Maine, launched Senior Hiker magazine last June. 
The magazine is filled with gorgeous photos, engaging and sometimes humorous articles and a wealth of information (and inspiration) for a niche community. Contributors to the magazine are all 50 or older, adding to the community feeling; Anderson is 72 and Schoonmaker is 68. 
The magazine comes out three times a year; the second issue was due out at the end of January. 

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Kindness is contagious

On Thursday, Feb. 16, third-graders at Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center met with author Courtney Scheinel, who wrote The “Kindness Club” children’s book series. Students learned what it means to be a writer and took part in a kindness writing activity. They practiced writing a thank-you letter to someone who performed an act of kindness, describing how it affected them. The next step involves either returning the kindness or passing it on to someone else. The program was sponsored by the FRIENDS of the Pine Plains Free Library. 

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Safety concerns on Bethel Cross Road: Speed limit reduction requested

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PINE PLAINS— There’s no question that many drivers in Pine Plains enjoy the scenic, rural and often winding roads that take them from Point A to Point B. Bethel Cross Road is but one example.
But there are others, just as surely, who drive so fast along those roads that there’s little question they’re placing themselves and others in danger. 

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Lydon of Pine Plains makes a name in Syracuse basketball

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PINE PLAINS — At 6 feet 9 inches tall, Tyler Lydon cuts an impressive figure on the Syracuse basketball court, where he spends most of his days, practicing and playing for the NCAA team. A sophomore, Lydon started out as a Bomber, playing forward for Stissing Mountain High School. Now he’s a stretch 4 forward, often playing center, for the Orange. His dream is to play in the NBA.

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Pine Plains Central School District Handler’s contract extended one year

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PINE PLAINS — The Board of Education (BOE) of the Pine Plains Central School District has extended its contract with Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler by one year, through the 2018-19 school year. 
While members of the BOE were aware that Handler was beginning to think about retirement, they hoped to convince him to prolong his position as superintendent. As noted by school board President Fred “Chip” Couse, what began as an informal conversation with Handler soon led to the discussion of extending Handler’s contract.

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Pine Plains celebrates National FFA Week

PINE PLAINS— The FFA has deep roots in Pine Plains. It’s been a part of the fabric of the community for as many decades as most people can remember. Students enrolled in the Pine Plains Central School District have the opportunity to learn about agriculture, its many fields, public speaking and other leadership qualities. It’s invaluable experience that’s being celebrated nationally through FFA Week, Feb. 18 through Feb. 25.

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