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PINE PLAINS — Fifteen students from the Pine Plains Central School District and one from the Career and Technical Institute (CTI) of the Dutchess County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) were acknowledged for their musical and academic achievements at the Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, April 5.

BOCES has implemented a new initiative called the BOCES Distinguished Student Award. To qualify for this honor, a student must demonstrate the BOCES GO PRO standard, which incorporates the values of guidance, optimism, professionalism, responsibility and...

Pine Plains

Writers share first drafts of their work

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PINE PLAINS—  The Pine Plains Writers’ Group held its first public reading on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Pine Plains Community Room. Nearly 50 people listened to the works of 10 authors.

The  public listened to excerpts from memoirs and novels. Some poetry was read as well.

“The quality of all the work and topics of the stories tonight were fantastic,” said Daniele Cassels, who was there to support friend Lisa Morris. “The stories had very vivid language, making it easy to visualize them as the authors read.”

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Time to be holly jolly

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PINE PLAINS — Few events are as highly anticipated in this community as Decorating Day. Not only does it provide the chance for young and old to get into the holiday spirit as they drape lights and pine cones on every Christmas tree in sight, it offers an opportunity for friends and families to catch up and reminisce. Then, the day wraps up with the famed Parade of Lights.

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Election Day takes over Stissing Mountain High School

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PINE PLAINS — Stissing Mountain High School students stood in line across the vestibule outside the auditorium on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to participate in a mock election held by government teacher John Schoonmaker.
The purpose of the activity was to help youngsters familiarize themselves with the electoral system and encourage them to vote when they’re of age.

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Elementary students celebrate veterans with breakfast

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PINE PLAINS — At Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center’s second annual Veterans Day breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 10, students were encouraged to invite a veteran and dedicate a few words honoring their service and commitment to the country. 
Many youngsters turned up at school in the company of their grandparents and other family members who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Town honors local military might

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PINE PLAINS  — There was a strong showing of support at the town’s annual Veterans Day ceremony, held on Friday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. Town Supervisor Brian Coons, himself a retired Master Sgt. who served 24 years in the Army, said the community’s support has always been unwavering.
“It was a nice ceremony, and there was a good turnout, with a good turnout of veterans, too,” he said. 

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Former Pine Plains library building to hit the market

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PINE PLAINS  — The town of Pine Plains has a beautiful, custom-built library that it now calls home at 7775 South Main St. That might not sound overly impressive, but when one thinks of the multi-year battle that went on between that building’s former tenant — the International Order of the Odd Fellows, which had a rent-free lease in perpetuity because the Odd Fellows donated the land on which the library was built — and the library board, one realizes it was no small feat. 

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Halloween costume winners announced

PINE PLAINS  — The following are winners of the costume contest held by the Ladies Auxiliary at the Pine Plains Hose Company firehouse  on Monday, Oct. 31, at the annual Halloween party.

Newborn to 2 years old

Most original: Braydon Rose as a kissing booth.

Prettiest: Gabriella Deanda as a princess.

Most original: Maxton Wilber as Dr. Seuss.

Funniest: Arianna Williams as a Cabbage Patch Kid.

Unique: Mia Moore as a peacock.

Storybook: Xavier Ulfik as a wolf.

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Seymour Smith celebrates new playground

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PINE PLAINS — Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center recently replaced its old, outdated playground with a newer, more modern one — just in time before it gets too cold for children to play outdoors.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in the early hours of Thursday, Nov. 3, to christen the new play set. The event took place at 8:30 a.m., just before school went into session.

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Dutch’s Spirits gets into Halloween groove

In celebration of Halloween, area residents gathered at Dutch’s Spirits, in the historic Dutch Schulz prohibition bunker in Pine Plains, for a talk about bootlegging in the Hudson Valley. There was dancing, drinking and general conviviality. The staff at Dutch’s Spirits welcomed those in costumes to the event. From left are Anthony Gallazzo, Samantha Currier, Will Rivera, Corene Conception-Rivera, Lydia Higginson, CEO, Dutch’s Spirits; Ariel Schlein, founder, Dutch’s Spirits; Teri Wamsley.

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Chills and thrills at the library

The Pine Plains Free Library held an open house on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. There was a Halloween theme for the children to enjoy, with a storyteller, crafts and cupcakes. It was also an opportunity for the Library Strategic Planning Committee to roll out its long-term strategic plan. Everyone enjoyed local apple cider, doughnuts and seeing the children have some Halloween fun.  Ren Babcock, above, enjoyed some holiday cupcakes.

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