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PINE PLAINS — Every December, the story of Joseph and Mary seeking sanctuary in an inn is remembered. Starting Tuesday, May 8, another story about an inn, and the Christmas spirit was set into motion as the Inn at Pine Plains opened its doors for filming the romantic comedy, “Christmas Camp.”

Directed by Jeff Fisher and starring actors Lily Anne Harrison, Bobby Campo, Ben Gavin, John James and Alexandra Mazzucchelli, the story revolves around a young woman who decides to go to a Christmas camp in an attempt to find inspiration and rekindle the Christmas spirit....

Pine Plains

Community center provides for the needs of the town

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PINE PLAINS — With the launch of a new website last week and new programs being added to its schedule this month, the Heart of Pine Plains Community Center (HoPP) has certainly enjoyed a substantial amount of growth since it opened in August 2009.
Jennifer Mosher attended the Pine Plains Town Board meeting on Jan. 19 to give the new administration an update on the HoPP, which is located in the Pine Plains Library building.
“We opened with three programs. In 2011, we had more than 18 programs,” Mosher told the board.

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Continuing the square dancing tradition in Pine Plains

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PINE PLAINS — Most people have tried square dancing at least once in their lives, usually during their elementary school years. However, square dancing is not just an activity for children.

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Town recognizes Gary Pezze

At its Jan. 19 meeting, the Pine Plains Town Board presented Deputy Highway Superintendent Gary Pezze (center) with an award to commemorate his 15 years of service to the town. The Town Board consists of, from left, Councilman George Keeler, Councilwoman Sandra David, Councilman James Jackson, Supervisor Brian Coons and Councilwoman Rosemary Lyons-Chase.

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BOE talks goals

PINE PLAINS — The bulk of the Pine Plains Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 18, featured a presentation that covered the mid-year progress of district-wide goals, ranging from improving student performance to implementing new programs.

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Brush pickup update

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PINE PLAINS — Highway Superintendent Barry Hay told the Town Board at its Jan. 19 meeting that the highway department is done picking up brush piles off the side of the road.
Hay said residents are still welcome to bring their brush to the highway garage, which is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. He also told the board that he has received two bids to rent a tub grinder, which would be used to turn the brush into mulch. This mulch could then be picked up by residents for personal use.

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Special meeting Jan. 26

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board will host a special meeting on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 4 p.m. to discuss a draft law regarding the town’s participation in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program.
Attorney to the Town Warren Replansky told the board at its Jan. 19 meeting that it must submit a draft law to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) by Thursday, Feb. 2, for review in order to maintain eligibility for the insurance program.
“All municipalities received short notice to comply,” Replansky said.

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Carvel project rekindles environmental review process

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PINE PLAINS — Attorney Jennifer Van Tuyl attended the Pine Plains Town Board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19, on behalf of the Durst Organization to ask for an informational meeting regarding the proposed Carvel Property Development, a recreation-oriented second-home community that would add 645 residential units on 2,376 acres between Pine Plains and Milan.

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Pine Plains welcomes Chinese exchange students

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PINE PLAINS — For the 13th year, a delegation of students and faculty members from High School 29 in Nanjing, China, has traveled to Stissing Mountain High School as part of the China Exchange Program, which has created a strong bond of friendship between these two schools on opposite ends of the world.
The district officially welcomed the delegation during a dinner in the cafeteria on Tuesday, Jan. 17, which was filled with warm remarks and performances from members of the school’s community.

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New cafe finds a home in Pine Plains

PINE PLAINS — Years ago, two 13-year-olds met at a corner bus stop. Today, after 25 years of marriage, those “kids” are realizing their long-time dream of opening a family cafe.
On Saturday, Jan. 14, Joe and Joann Herald, who have resided in Amenia for the past 16 years, opened The Country Kettle Café in Pine Plains. The Heralds hope to become an integral part of the community and offer its members a place to go and have a good wholesome meal, in an atmosphere that feels more like a dining room in their home than a restaurant.

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Supervisor Coons handles annual business

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board held its annual organizational meeting on Thursday, Jan. 5, which brought a crowd to the Town Hall.
Newly-elected town Supervisor Brian Coons, who replaced longtime former Supervisor Gregg Pulver, led the board through annual business and appointments.

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