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PINE PLAINS — Walking down Church Street around lunchtime, residents can satisfy their craving for a lunch hot off the grill at Spud Shack. 

Since their move to Pine Plains 12 years ago, Spud Shack owners Rod Quijada and his longtime girlfriend, Tami Plassmann, have set out to give the restaurant business a try, starting with the opening of the deli, Hard Roll Express. Originally located across the street from Stewart’s Shop in Pine Plains, the couple gathered a following with Hard Roll Express for 10 years, five of which were spent on Route 44 in Amenia. ...

Pine Plains

‘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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Salerno, Guzman vie for town justice, Ball runs for assessor

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PINE PLAINS — Come Monday, Nov. 6, Pine Plains residents will have the opportunity to choose between two candidates for town justice and one candidate for town assessor in this year’s general election.
All positions carry a four-year term. The polls will be open at Pine Plains Town Hall, located at 3284 Route 199, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Town Assessor
After almost five years of working as the assessor’s clerk, Lynda (Ball) Wisdo is running uncontested for Pine Plains town assessor.

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History’s helper

Pine Plains resident George McGhee, left, was honored by the Town Board on Thursday, Oct. 18, for his volunteerism. McGhee used his own initiative — and his own time, energy and money — to repaint 13 historical markers in town. Town Supervisor Darrah Cloud called it a “huge act of generosity” and presented McGhee with a check for $200 to help cover expenses.

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BOE considers Milan landfill solar project

PINE PLAINS— The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) discussed the district’s upcoming energy performance project as well as the town of Milan’s capped landfill solar project during its meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 17.
Held in the Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School library, all BOE members were in attendance.
Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler brought the landfill solar project up for discussion. While he didn’t need an immediate decision, he said he wanted to keep the BOE informed of what the town of Milan has in mind.

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Library celebrates 220th anniversary with cemetery lantern tours

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PINE PLAINS — Along with celebrating its 220th anniversary, the Pine Plains Free Library shared town history with its lantern tours of Evergreen Cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Throughout the evening, residents and history buffs could join five nighttime tours. 

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A ghostly Halloween

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Making the rounds

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Chaseholm Farm protected for future generations in Pine Plains

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PINE PLAINS — Standing as a reliable 284-acre operation in Pine Plains since 1935, Chaseholm Farm’s survival in the local agricultural community was secured in September, thanks to the labors of the Columbia Land Conservancy and Scenic Hudson with funding from Scenic Hudson, Dutchess County and the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets’ Farmland Protection Implementation Grant (FPIG) program.

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