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The Pine Plains Adult Recreation program provided a festive meal for local seniors in celebration of the Pine Plains Senior End of the Year Lunch on Wednesday, Dec. 6. From noon to 2 p.m., the Pine Plains Community Room above the library hosted a lively crowd of seniors who enjoyed lunch, music and a few holiday games. Toward the end of the afternoon, everyone gathered around in a circle to take part in a holiday gift swap. Judy Pindt showed the gift she received during the holiday gift swap to friends Maria and Bernie Heaney.

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Raging waters

Although it’s usually a peaceful scene, the water at Patchins Mill in Pine Plains was flowing fast and furious on Monday, Aug. 29, following the heavy rains of Hurricane Irene. Much of the town felt the effects of the storm, including Stissing Lake, where there was some flooding reported.

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Town hopes to bargain with school district

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PINE PLAINS — Recreation Director Catherine Prentice appeared before the Town Board at its Thursday, Aug. 18, meeting to discuss her department and its activities. The main issue she addressed was the town’s use of the Pine Plains Central School District’s football field and basketball courts — and what it’s being charged for the privilege.

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New ways to teach in agriculture

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PINE PLAINS — Earlier this summer, Christine Mac Neil, the Pine Plains agriculture teacher, attended the Region VI in the STICKS (Successful Teachers Inspire Character and Knowledge in Students) professional development conference for agricultural educators at the Oswegatchie Educational Center in Croghan, N.Y.
“I love going to this conference,” said Mac Neil. “We also get hundreds of dollars worth of curriculum materials that we can actually use in the classroom.”

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Get set, go

The Second Annual Erin Shanley Memorial 5K Run was began the Lions Pavilion in Pine Plains on Saturday, Aug. 20. More than 90 people of all ages participated in the event. Sixteen-year-old LeeAnn Reynolds and Nick, her pet goat, walked the 1-mile route. LeeAnn said that she participated because she was supporting her brother, who organized the event, and she wanted to pay tribute to Erin and help raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Click here for full story.

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Church holds first community pig roast

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Episcopal Church of the Regeneration held its first community pig roast on Saturday, Aug. 13.
Parishioner Amy Baden said that the purpose of the cookout is “to let the community know we’re here and that our doors are always open.”
“Every charitable organization should have a day to say hello to the community,” said the Rev. Mike Shafer, priest at the church. He went on to say that he hoped the event helps people feel included in the community and lets everyone know there is a group that cares about them.

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School prepares for new evaluation system

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PINE PLAINS — During the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 3, Pine Plains Central School District Superintendent of Schools Linda Kaumeyer explained the new Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) regulations and standards that New York state will be using to evaluate principals and teachers.

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Eastern NY Holstein Club show awards

HARLEM VALLEY — The Eastern New York Holstein Club held its Black & White Show on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31, at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. There were a total of 154 cows that entered the show ring, 91 of them shown by 66 junior members. The show was judged by Adam Liddle of Liddleholm Holsteins in Argyle, N.Y.
Results of the Junior Show are as follows:
Junior Master Clipper: Hunter Finley, Amenia.
Senior Master Clipper: Keith Hoffman, Ancramdale.
Master Showman: Colleen Smith, Pine Plains.

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Pine Plains remembers prominent local figure

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PINE PLAINS — Pine Plains said goodbye to one of its prominent residents during a service held on Saturday, Aug. 13.
Clyde Ralston Chase died on Saturday, Aug. 6, after a decade-long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Friends, family and community members spoke about Chase’s life, emphasizing his love of and dedication to Pine Plains.
Chase served on several boards and held government positions at both town and county levels.

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Taconic State Park dedicates gatehouse visitors’ center

COPAKE FALLS, N.Y. — Taconic State Park has its first true visitors’ center since the property was acquired by the state in 1927. The campground check in and ranger station were at the superintendent’s house (formerly the Copake Iron Works’ ironmaster’s house) until 10 years ago, when they shifted to a small trailer.

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Lions barbecue is a roaring success

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The Pine Plains Lions Club held its 40th Annual Beef Barbecue at the Lions Pavilion on Saturday, Aug. 6, to raise money for the many local groups and projects the Lions support.
Every year, between 500 and 600 community members come out for the event, making the barbecue one of the biggest in the area.  The event raises a few thousand dollars, which the Lions Club uses to support several important community causes.

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