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PINE PLAINS — Students involved with the Key Club at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School recently partnered with the New York Blood Center to hold a blood drive on Monday, May 13. Running from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the blood drive was organized in the high school gymnasium. Recognized as a community service group at Stissing Mountain, the Key Club strives to host a local blood drive on an annual basis.

“It’s important because there’s a shortage a blood,” said Stissing Mountain junior and Key Club member Angelina Mannino, “and quarts save...

Pine Plains

Carvel conversations create open dialogue between Durst and Pine Plains

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PINE PLAINS — The Durst Organization continued its pursuit in understanding the community’s outlook toward the Carvel property’s redesign by hosting additional community conversations on Friday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17.

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Millerhurst Farm finds support following fire

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PINE PLAINS — In the wake of a devastating structure fire that destroyed two dairy barns and killed 46 cows at Ancramdale’s Millerhurst Farm in October, the Miller family was surrounded by love and support at a benefit held at The Stissing House on Sunday, Nov. 11.
Tickets were sold out. There was a silent auction, with many donations from area businesses, including a tour and tasting at Millbrook Winery, a two-night stay at The Inn at Pine Plains, two botanical watercolors by artist Mita Consini Bland, dinner for four at Mashomack Preserve and more. 

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Guzman, Wisdo declared winners

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PINE PLAINS— Pine Plains residents fulfilled their civic responsibilities by voting on Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
The polls were open at Pine Plains Town Hall from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. For this year’s election, voters cast their ballots for town justice and town assessor.
Out of a total of 969 votes, Republican candidate Ibis Guzman earned the majority vote for Pine Plains town justice with 514 votes, followed by Democratic incumbent candidate Peter Salerno with 455 votes.

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Veterans honored in outdoor ceremony

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PINE PLAINS — The town of Pine Plains was in luck as this year’s Veterans Day ceremony welcomed a large crowd and flawless weather on Monday, Nov. 12.
Bundled up against the breeze, area residents attended the ceremony at the Pine Plains clock tower on South Main Street. Along the streets, American flags were flown in honor of those who fought to secure freedom here and abroad. 
Beginning at 11 a.m., American Legion Post 426 member Marie Stewart led residents in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Guzman, Ball victors in Pine Plains

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Pine Plains residents fulfilled their civic responsibilities by voting for their town officials on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Voters cast their ballots for Pine Plains town justice and Pine Plains town assessor. Both positions carry a four-year term.

Out of a total of 969 votes, Republican candidate Ibis Guzman won the majority vote for Pine Plains town justice with 514 votes. Democratic incumbent candidate Peter Salerno received 455 votes.

Town Board holds 2019 preliminary budget hearing

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board held a public hearing on the 2019 preliminary budget Monday, Oct. 29.
Total appropriations for the 2019 preliminary budget have been calculated at $2,099,679 and total revenues have been calculated at $523,179. The tax increase from 2018 to 2019 has been calculated at 1.66 percent while the tax levy has increased from $1,389,469 in 2018 to 1,412,495 in 2019.

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Durst hosts Carvel conversations

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PINE PLAINS — With the Carvel Property Development project in the early stages of its conceptual phase, Durst Project Manager Lisa Baker has been getting acquainted with the town of Pine Plains and giving residents a chance to come forward with their thoughts and questions.

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‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ author Jeff Kinney entertains and delights

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PINE PLAINS — Oblong Books & Music brought fans of the best-selling “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” book series face to face with author Jeff Kinney to celebrate the series’ 13th book, “The Meltdown,” at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School on Thursday, Nov. 1. 
Oblong Books & Music owner Dick Hermans said they were fortunate to have Kinney as a guest.

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Halloween party and costume contest

PINE PLAINS-— The Pine Plains Hose Company’s Ladies Auxiliary was joined by the FRIENDS of the Pine Plains Free Library at its annual Halloween party and costume contest, held at the firehouse on Wednesday, Oct. 31.  
The two organizations have been partnering with each other since 2013, handing out new books with library card applications inside to trick-or-treaters. And, of course, everyone got bags of goodies. Contest winners were also awarded money. 

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Lecture reveals Eleanor Roosevelt’s battles and betrayals

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PINE PLAINS — Pine Plains residents were surprised to learn that the life of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was laced with betrayals that ultimately motivated her to become a humanitarian powerhouse, at a lecture held on Thursday, Oct. 25.

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