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PINE PLAINS — When captured under the insightful eye of artist Mary Bridgman, local residents were given a chance to have their stories retold on canvas,  in the Portraits of Pine Plains art installation at Gallery & Goods.

After becoming acquainted with Bridgman during the early days of the gallery, Brett McCormack, one of the owners of Gallery & Goods, recognized her passion for portraiture. Together with his partner and fellow Gallery & Goods owner Josh Nathanson, he said he wanted to showcase Bridgman at their gallery. They even helped seek subjects for...

Pine Plains

Pine Plains BOE OKs vote results for renovations

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) has made great strides in getting the auditorium capital project off the ground, starting with the official approval of the special referendum results on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
Last month, the Pine Plains Central School District held a special referendum vote to ask district voters to OK the use of $1.3 million from its capital reserve fund for the renovation of the Stissing Mountain High School auditorium. The money was already available, so using it made no impact on the budget or to taxpayers. 

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School Board gets update from Transportation Department

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PINE PLAINS — As an annual update, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) heard a presentation from the Pine Plains Transportation Department at its January meeting.
Supervisor of Transportation Drew Weaver reflected on how well the department fared during the 2017-18 school year. He explained that students were transported from three in-district schools and 11 out-of-district schools last year, with 16 drivers and seven monitors responsible for the in-district students and nine drivers and four monitors in charge of the out-of-district students.

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Shall we dance?

The Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School Student Council began February by inviting high school students to  the annual Winter Ball on Friday, Feb. 1. Students welcomed students to the junior high school gym, providing snacks and beverages while also helping with set up and clean up. From left, Student Council Vice President Jacob Henderson, President Morgan Schuyler and Secretary Dariann Watson celebrated February at the Winter Ball.

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The Pine Plains Platter offers community space and home cooking

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PINE PLAINS — When the Pine Plains Platter first opened for business about six years ago, owners Jack and Irene Banning were hoping to appeal to their friends in town as well as weekend visitors. With help from their staff and support from the community, the Platter has since shifted into a familiar hub where community and home cooking are always guaranteed.

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Pine Plains fire tax jumps 72.5 percent

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PINE PLAINS — Taxpayers in the town of Pine Plains are not pleased with their tax bills — no surprise since the town’s tax levy from the Pine Plains Fire District has risen 72.5 percent. The town has no say on those taxes, which are a separate function under the authority of the fire district.
The money raised through taxes for Pine Plains Hose Co. No. 1 goes to operations and maintenance, primarily. 

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Stissing Mountain auditorium renovation approved by voters

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Central School District got support for its auditorium renovation project at a special referendum vote on Monday, Jan. 28.
Going back to May of 2017, voters previously approved a $2.9 million project that included the complete renovation of the Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School auditorium and the replacement of the floors in the Stissing Mountain Junior High School gymnasium. 

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Police officer rescues one very lucky dog

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PINE PLAINS — There was a feel-good moment at the Town Board meeting held earlier this month, on Thursday, Jan. 17. It came when Pine Plains Police Officer-in-Charge John Hughes recounted an incident in which one of his officers saved a dog’s life.
Hughes stood at the back of the room and read a statement from police officer Gary Hoysradt. It told a story of an old, 14-year-old yellow Labrador-type dog, deaf and going blind, who wandered onto the ice on Stissing Lake on Sunday, Jan. 13, at around 2:30 p.m.

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Proposed nuisance ordinance evokes fiery response

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PINE PLAINS — A discussion about a recently proposed nuisance ordinance got somewhat rowdy at a Town Board meeting held on Thursday, Jan. 17.
It all began during public comments when former town Councilman and police officer Bob Couse called out the board for pandering to a single resident.

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Congressman Antonio Delgado holds public forum

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PINE PLAINS — U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (D NY-19) came to Pine Plains to address Dutchess County residents eager to share their priorities and concerns at a town hall meeting on Friday, Jan. 25.
The forum marked Delgado’s second town hall, having hosted one in Rensselaer County the week before. It was held at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School, with residents from Pine Plains, Stanfordville, North East, Millerton and beyond in attendance.

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