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PINE PLAINS — It was a groundbreaking like no other. There were the expected balloons and buttons, stickers and signs. But there were also crafts, vendors, food, games, a flea market, walking tours and lots and lots of dogs. There was even a dunking booth, atop which sat town Supervisor Brian Coons, wet from previous  dunkings.

The groundbreaking at Pine Plains Memorial Hall (PPMH) had an absolute festive feel on Saturday, May 20, and those who attended were practically glowing with excitement and good cheer.

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Year in Review 2016 : Memorial Hall renovation project to gather steam in 2017

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PINE PLAINS— The folks behind the Pine Plains Memorial Hall (PPMH) project are getting more and more excited as time marches on. That’s because efforts to renovate the old 1915 Second Empire-style architectural masterpiece — in dire need of repair due to years of neglect — are in full swing. 

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Patchin’s Mill Bridge construction finished after two-year closure

PINE PLAINS — The Dutchess County Department of Public Works (DPW) announced that work to replace bridges PP-2 and PP-11, or the Patchin’s Mill Bridge, on Hoffman Road in the town of Pine Plains is complete. 

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High school sees progress in academics

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PINE PLAINS — With the Pine Plains Central School District’s recent recognition of its middle school improving English Language Arts (ELA) performance during the past few years, news from high school Principal Tara Grieb that her students are also improving is like icing on the cake.
Grieb told the Board of Education the good news at its most recent meeting, on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler said the video shown by the principal, along with the most recent stats, made for a very good meeting indeed.

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Angelic voices

The First United Presbyterian Church of Pine Plains held a holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 11. The concert featured performances by Strings Attached, Patrons of Harmony, Jim Petrie and Dorothy Whitaker. The concert was “a total success,” according to Pastor Carol Miller. “The idea of the concert was to enjoy the beautiful music and to bring the community together to celebrate Christmas,” she said.

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VFW digs in and cleans up at historic Vedder Cemetery

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GALLATIN — Vedder Cemetery looks a lot better these days, after being cleaned up by members of the VFW Memorial Post 5519 on Saturday, Nov. 26.
The hard work of eight VFW volunteers entailed chopping trees, cutting felled trees, cutting back encroaching forest, cleaning around headstones and righting sinking headstones.  
“We lifted them up and, believe it or not, slid some out of the way to reveal the earth below and reset them,” said VFW member Brian Coons, a retired master sergeant who served in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Library director to retire

PINE PLAINS — Marguerite Hill has been a staple in her community for 41 years, ever since she took on a job at the Pine Plains Free Library in 1975. After 21 years as director, she now plans to retire.
A member of the Library Club in high school, Hill was somewhat familiar with the role of librarian. But little did she know that she would end up in a career at the Pine Plains Free Library.

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The FRIENDS do Christmas

The FRIENDS of the Pine Plains Free Library installed an illuminated window display at the former library building on Saturday, Nov. 26, for Decoration Day. The display was designed by Brenda Bertin, the group’s secretary.

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The results are in for students’ mock election

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PINE PLAINS— Stissing Mountain High School social studies teacher John Schoonmaker held mock elections on Tuesday, Nov. 8, during school hours. Students had the opportunity to learn and participate in the electoral process, and to predict who would take office.
Ballots cast by the students  revealed a close race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.
Clinton earned 112 votes,  Trump 138 votes.
Schoonmaker said he was not surprised at the results.

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Town Board swiftly adopts 2017 municipal budget

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PINE PLAINS  — With little fanfare and no public comment, the Town Board adopted the 2017 budget at its monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17.
The $1,169,625 budget lists expected revenue as $1,127,655, with an appropriated fund balance of $40,855 — which depends on the town raising $747,755 in taxes.

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Pine Plains welcomes the holiday season

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PINE PLAINS — Ringing in the holiday season is a community affair in Pine Plains each year. Hundreds of revelers gathered in front of the Bank of Millbrook, at the intersection of routes 199 and 82, to help decorate the town before the Parade of Lights took place on Saturday, Nov. 26.

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