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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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When Irish eyes are smiling …

From left, Jim Donnelly, Michael Kemp and Laura Dennis performed in a St. Patrick’s Day concert at the First United Presbyterian Church in Pine Plains on Saturday, March 18. Also performing were Lois Wheeler, Marti Tuminaro, Ryan Orton, Jan Brooks and Steven Fabio.

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Tractors and toys at FFA’s 26th Annual Farm Toy Show and Auction

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains FFA was in good spirits as its members hosted a Farm Toy Show and Auction on Saturday, March 18.
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents from Dutchess County and beyond met in the gymnasium of Stissing Mountain Middle/High School to see what the FFA’s 26th Annual Farm Toy Show and Auction had to offer. General admission was priced at $3 per person while children under five were free of charge. Prizes were offered at the door and lunch was made available later on in the day.

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Pine Plains Board of Education: Consolidation targeted for July 1

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PINE PLAINS— In spite of the inclement weather that took the district by storm, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) met on Wednesday, March 15.

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Board reviews reconstruction project proposal for school facilities

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Central School District’s Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, March 1, went into detail discussing upcoming resolutions for a proposed reconstruction project at the school.
To begin the meeting, President Fred “Chip” Couse introduced Michael Fanning from Mosaic Associates to discuss the auditorium project. Fanning explained the two components of the project: the replacement of the gymnasium flooring at Stissing Mountain Middle School, and several necessary renovations for the high school auditorium.  

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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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With love …

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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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