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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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Affordable housing talks revisited

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PINE PLAINS — Affordable Housing Task Force Chairman Jack McQuade and Town Planner Bonnie Franson appeared at the Town Board’s meeting on Thursday, June 21, to give an update on the group’s work thus far.
The task force, formed in October 2010, has conducted a town-wide housing survey and written an affordable housing report, which it submitted to the Town Board last week.
McQuade said the group is ready to “take it to the next phase,” if the board so desires. He then gave the floor to Franson.

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FRIENDS concert

PINE PLAINS — The FRIENDS of the Pine Plains Free Library held its first of four free concerts on Sunday, June 10, featuring the Saints of Swing with Rene Bailey. Town Supervisor Brian Coons kicked off the event at the Lions Club Pavilion, where more than 90 people enjoyed the swinging sounds of the band with a little bit of rock ’n’ roll and the voice of Miss Bailey.

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Seymour Smith Musical

Ryan Marino as Mr. Big B. Wolf sang “Have Mercy” while surrounded by his supporters (from left) Isabella Torre, Leah Brody, Jackie Povall, Emma Hall, Kathryn Starzyk and Emma Cunliffe on Thursday, June 7, during “The Big Bad Musical” at Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center.

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Nolan never missed a day

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PINE PLAINS — Nolan Talbot is a very impressive and very punctual 11-year-old who attends Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center.
Not only does he attend school, but he has never missed a day since he started kindergarten six years ago.
Nolan will receive an award for his perfect attendance during the fifth-grade moving up ceremony on Friday, June 22, assuming his record remains unbroken.
His secret to success?
“I don’t really get sick that much and I always set my alarm,” he said.

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Students take to the field

During Cold Spring’s annual Field Day on Thursday, June 14, students showed off their hula-hooping skills before rushing off to the next event.

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Cable issues brought out of the box

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PINE PLAINS — Cablevision’s Roger Connor attended the Town Board’s meeting Thursday, May 17, to describe the company’s transition to digital and to answer questions from the community. He started his presentation by asking the audience how many have purchased a new television in the past three years. The answer was slightly more than 50 percent. Of that 50 percent, far fewer of those televisions were analog.

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Naval graduate

COPAKE FALLS — John H. Lapoint IV, son of John and JoAnn Lapoint of Kennebunkport, Maine, recently graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, R.I. He will enter the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., on Monday, June 25. He is the grandson of David and Irene Silvernail of Copake Falls.

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Carvel reps update Board of Education

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) hosted a presentation on the proposed Carvel Property Development project during its regular board meeting on Wednesday, June 6.
Matthew Rudikoff of Rudikoff Associates and Dan Stone of Chazen Companies were there to speak on behalf of the Durst Organization, which wants to build a 645-unit second-home community on 2,376 acres between Pine Plains and Milan — land previously owned by ice-cream magnate Thomas Carvel.

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FFA holds annual banquet

PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains FFA chapter held its annual banquet on Friday, June 1, at Stissing Mountain Middle School.
Families, friends and supporters gathered for an evening of celebration and awards.
The evening kicked off with the national anthem as sung by FFA member Samantha Seipp.
After the formal opening ceremony and officer presentations, the students outlined 10 words that embodied the Pine Plains FFA.

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Mock trial team wins championship

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PINE PLAINS — The Stissing Mountain High School mock trial team took home the 2012 Dutchess County Championship on Friday, April 20, beating Red Hook for the win. This is the school’s fifth championship since 2006.
Team advisor John Schoonmaker, a social studies teacher at Stissing Mountain, was proud of the students’ dedication.

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