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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.

According to Kathy Rigano, assistant to the town supervisor,...

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Community mourns the loss of philanthropist Christian Eisenbeiss

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PINE PLAINS — Christian Eisenbeiss was a private man with a generous spirit. A known philanthropist, Eisenbeiss passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 30, at the age of 61. He was the cofounder, board treasurer and major benefactor behind Pine Plains Memorial Hall (PPMH), soon to become a major performing arts center for the Tri-state region.

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Children’s programs in Taconic State Park

COPAKE FALLS — Friends of Taconic State Park invited elementary and middle school aged children and their parents to get their hands on some “Skins and Skulls” in February, at park headquarters, 253 State Route 344, Copake Falls. The event was the first of four children’s nature and history programs offered by the group this year, thanks to a legislative grant secured for the Friends by Assembly member Didi Barrett (D-106).

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Lecture reveals dark chapter in US history

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PINE PLAINS — Last Friday, April 7, the Pine Plains Free Library hosted a lecture on a dark chapter in American history — when internment camps of Japanese-Americans dotted the country during World War II.  “Images of Internment,” a photo exhibit, was also on site. 
Pine Plains Library Director Veronica Stork introduced Education Specialist Jeffrey Urbin from the F.D.R. Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park.

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Remembering when immigrants were treated as the enemy in WWII

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PINE PLAINS — With the 75th anniversary of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II approaching, the Pine Plains Free Library hosted a lecture on Friday, April 7, on that dark chapter in American history.  
 Jeffrey Urbin spoke about an exhibit on Japanese-Americans at the F.D.R. Presidential Library in Hyde Park, where he is an education specialist.

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The Pines, a film site for ‘Furlough’

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PINE PLAINS— The hamlet of Pine Plains will soon be featured on the big screen, as Furlough Productions recently chose to film a scene from the comedy ““Furlough” at The Pines.
Starring Melissa Leo, the independent film “Furlough” tells the story of an inmate who is granted one weekend out of prison to visit her dying mother. Comedy ensues when a rookie correction officer struggles to keep Leo’s character under control during the weekend.

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Pine Plains Town Board: Approval granted for new CAC member and refund of Garden Club money

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board meeting on Thursday, March 16, was swift. During the roughly 40 minutes of regular business, a number of issues were addressed.
The meeting began with a ceremony honoring the Highway Department’s Motor Equipment Operator (MEO) Gary Peeze, for his 20-plus years working for the town.
There was a moment of silence for the late Water Company Superintendent Gary Keeler, who passed away on March 5. 

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Residents swap seeds and stories

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PINE PLAINS — Residents of Pine Plains got a head start on their gardening plans for the coming spring as they visited the Pine Plains Free Library’s fifth annual Seed Swap.
Attendees learned about sustainable agriculture and the importance of saving seeds at the March 26 event. Child-friendly activities included flower pot painting. 
Arranged to the side of the room was a long table with a variety of seeds. Seeds could not be older than last season and had to be open-pollinated or heirloom seeds. 

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Students take a trip to Kuana Read Beach for Family Literacy Night

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PINE PLAINS — As a unique way to foster a love of reading between students and their families, the Pine Plains Elementary PTA invited students to Kuana Read Beach for the second annual Family Literacy Night on Thursday, March 23.
Open to students in pre-k through sixth grade and their parents, the event ran from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Cold Spring Early Learning Center. As families began to arrive, they were greeted by members of the school faculty and were given festive leis to wear. 

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Culvert projects top Town Board’s list

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WASHINGTON — The monthly meeting of the Town Board was held on Thursday, March 9. Town Supervisor Gary Ciferri opened the meeting at 7:05 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance, and then invited George Cronk, of the engineering firm Chazen Companies, to speak about the two town projects that have been on the table since early last year: the Stanford Road culvert and the Oak Summit Road culvert projects.

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