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PINE PLAINS — It was a groundbreaking like no other. There were the expected balloons and buttons, stickers and signs. But there were also crafts, vendors, food, games, a flea market, walking tours and lots and lots of dogs. There was even a dunking booth, atop which sat town Supervisor Brian Coons, wet from previous  dunkings.

The groundbreaking at Pine Plains Memorial Hall (PPMH) had an absolute festive feel on Saturday, May 20, and those who attended were practically glowing with excitement and good cheer.

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Business Association offers digital marketing panel

PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Business Association (PPBA) will present a digital marketing panel on How to Grow Your Business and Keep Your Customers.
This seminar, for the benefit of current and prospective Pine Plains business owners, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Stissing House (second floor). There will be socializing after the panel is over.  
The event is free to current PPBA members and a guest. All others will be charged $15 at the door. To RSVP, email stissinghouse@gmail.com.

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Community falls in love with ‘Charm of Chinese Culture’

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PINE PLAINS — The China University of Geoscience’s (CUG) arts group gave a performance at Stissing Mountain Middle/High School auditorium on Tuesday, Sept. 27.
“The Charm of Chinese Culture” was sponsored by Alfred University, a partner to the Pine Plains Central School District (PPCSD) for its Mandarin Chinese language program. As a partner to the school district, the university is responsible for providing cultural activities. This was the first.

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A cultural connection

Performers from the China University of Geoscience art group interpreted a traditional spring dance at Stissing Mountain Middle/High School on Tuesday, Sept. 27. For story and another photo, visit Community falls in love with ‘Charm of Chinese Culture’.

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Town unity celebrated at Stanford Community Day

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STANFORD  — The Stanford Grange No. 808 sponsored the 58th Stanford Community Day on Saturday, Sept. 17. It was a beautiful day, with plenty of sun but not too much heat. 
The day began with three soccer games on the recreation field, at 9, 10 and 11 a.m., while at 9 a.m. the Grange flea market and civic booths opened. 
Dave Tetor, former Stanford town supervisor, was the emcee for the day — a duty he’s enjoyed for the more than 30 years. 

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Timber harvest applications increase in Pine Plains

PINE PLAINS — Pine Plains residents Carl Popp and Louisa Grassi have submitted applications to harvest timber at their respective properties. Their applications call for special-use permits to proceed with their woodland management plans, as they’re both enrolled under the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) 480-a Forest Tax Law.
The tax law is designed to encourage owners of large properties to manage their woodlands in exchange for a tax exemption. 

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BOE talks bus facility and solar project

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PINE PLAINS— A variety of updates and discussions took place at a Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

New bus facility

The evening began with the BOE taking a tour of the new bus facility before the meeting.

The facility is being built on the Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center campus.

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Galloping toward victory, Hawk Hill wins Tracey Mactaggart Tournament

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PINE PLAINS — Family, friends, polo enthusiasts and first-time spectators lined the polo fields at Mashomack Polo Club on Sunday, Sept. 11, to watch the final match of the Tracey Mactaggart Polo Tournament.

The tournament opened on Friday, Aug. 26.

Hawk Hill took first place, edging out Tres 4s in the final match 10 to 7.

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Hillrock Farm Distillery to release new whiskey

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ANCRAM— The public is invited to learn about the history of Hillrock Farm Distillery, its “field-to-glass” facilities and the process of making whiskey at an open house on Saturday, Sept. 10, from noon to 5 p.m.

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Make a lunch date with Johanna’s ‘Easy, Fun, Raw’ food workshop Sept. 17

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PINE PLAINS — Foodies or not, everyone is invited to stop by the Pine Plains Free Library on Saturday, Sept. 17, at noon to learn about the health benefits of raw foods.
The Pine Plains Seed Library will sponsor “Easy, Fun, Raw,” a free workshop led by Johanna Sophie, chief executive officer and founder of Johanna’s Raw Foods.

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$6,000 grant goes to Rebuilding Together Dutchess County

DUTCHESS COUNTY  — Rebuilding Together Dutchess County (RTDC) has received a $6,000 grant from the Northeast Dutchess Fund, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, to support its Rebuilding Day Program, which for 24 years has provided cost-free home repairs to hundreds of low-income homeowners throughout Dutchess County.

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