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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 Board addresses recreation details, and more

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PINE PLAINS— The Town Board addressed a number of municipal matters at its January board meeting, ranging from police coverage to recreation to zoning.
After a swift call to order and recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, the board got down to business.
It tied up loose ends from the reorganization meeting held at the beginning of them month, including confirmation of the board’s meeting schedule. Meetings will continue to be held on the third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at Town Hall.

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Tangled up

The FRIENDS of Pine Plains Free Library held its third successful Zentangle Workshop at the library on Sunday, Jan. 22, with instructor Andrea Porrazzo-Nangle of Creative Meditations. The artistic group showed off their tangles, with instructor Porrazzo-Nangle standing third from the right. 

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Board of Education discusses future budget planning

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PINE PLAINS — With the second half of the 2016-17 school year already in session, the Pine Plains Board of Education utilized its meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 18, to discuss future budget planning for 2017-18.
The meeting began at 7 p.m. in the Stissing Mountain Middle/High School Library. All members of the Board of Education (BOE) were present for the meeting.

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Proceeds from Millbrook Horse Trials benefit Food Locker

PINE PLAINS  — The Millbrook Horse Trials, a nonprofit organization that runs the largest equestrian event of its kind in the Northeast, and Coole Park Farm have donated $2,500 to the Pine Plains Community Food Locker (PPCFL) to support area families in need.

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The end of an era …

 The retirement of Pine Plains Free Library Director Marguerite Hill, right, was celebrated at a party in her honor on Sunday, Jan. 15, at Lia’s Mountain View. Presenting Hill with a plaque for her 41 years of service was Diana Woolis, left, the new president of the Pine Plains Free Library Board of Directors. Woolis gave a speech in Hill’s honor. “Everyone that I know values Marguerite,” said Woolis, “and I am very excited to go forward and build on Marguerite’s legacy.” 

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Student group works to fight prejudice

PINE PLAINS  — Stissing Mountain High School held its annual winter concert in the week leading up to Christmas, but the music wasn’t the only source of attraction. Outside the theater, a student and teacher group known as STOP, which stands for “Students and Teachers Opposed to Prejudice,” had set up a table with the theme New Year New Beginnings. 

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Local students get hearts singing in the ER

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Reorganizing and preparing for the upcoming year

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PINE PLAINS — Like its surrounding municipal neighbors, officials in Pine Plains held an organizational meeting for 2017 last week — the first week of the year — as is standard protocol. The Town Board met on Tuesday, Jan. 3, to hash out appointments, policies and salaries.
Robert Cordella and Rich Diaz were both named as assessors, with a salary of $7,300 each. James Mara was named chairman of the assessors, with a salary of $11,000.

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Pine Plains Free Library gets new director and board president

PINE PLAINS— Jim Mara stepped down as president of the Pine Plains Free Library Board of Trustees at the end of 2016, which he called a “year of transition” for the small community library. 
“[Last] year has been about settling in and bringing in more patrons — it has definitely been a year of recovery and stabilization for the library,” he said. 

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Pine Plains building burns

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PINE PLAINS — Firefighters contained a two-alarm structure fire in a vacant building at 2994 Church St. (Route 199) on Friday, Jan. 6. The building is opposite Peck’s Market and The Platter coffee shop. 
The fire left the structure intact but with cosmetic damage. It could be seen with plywood covering the exterior walls the next day.
According to Pine Plains Fire Chief Brian Walsh, the department was dispatched to the blaze at 7:30 p.m.

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