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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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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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School board makes fiscal decisions

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PINE PLAINS — Michael Goldbeck, the assistant superintendent of business and finance for the Pine Plains Central School District, gave a presentation during the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 3, regarding the school district’s financial standings and plans for the future.

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Affordable housing remains high on Pine Plains’ list

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PINE PLAINS — The Affordable Housing Task Force has been hard at work since it formed nearly a year ago, trying to decide what the town’s needs are and how exactly to meet those needs. Currently it’s reviewing the results from the recent U.S. census, along with numbers from a survey the task force sent out following a Feb. 17 Town Board meeting.
Fifteen hundred questionnaires were sent out townwide; town Supervisor Gregg Pulver initially said he was hoping for a 20 percent return rate, but only about 8 percent of survey recipients sent them back, which amounts to just 136.

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Bank employee arrested for embezzlement

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PINE PLAINS — A teller at the Bank of Millbrook discovered a discrepency after counting the vault Monday, July 25, at 9 a.m.
Christa Hieronymi, 45, of Red Hook was arrested by Rhinebeck New York State Police for grand larceny in the second degree and falsifying business records in the first degree, said Investigator Robert Torre.
Hieronymi had been working at the Bank of Millbrook for five years as head teller. Torre said over the past two years, Hieronymi had falsified bank documents to cover up her embezzlement of $460,000.

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Sports Wall of Fame fundraiser draws a crowd

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PINE PLAINS — On Sunday, July 31, the Backyard Garden restaurant hosted a fundraiser barbecue to benefit the Pine Plains Sports Wall of Fame.
The wall, which is located in the halls of Stissing Mountain High School, was first started in 2004 and honors great athletes in the community. Honorees must have graduated from Stissing Mountain High School a minimum of five years before to be eligible.

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Town talks trails and bikeways

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PINE PLAINS — The Trails and Bikeway Committee’s (TBC) goal is to come up with a plan for implementing a network of hiking and biking trails throughout the town to invite residents and visitors alike to spend their time and their dollars in Pine Plains. To meet that end, it has been getting together monthly to develop ideas, research available resources and see what other committees have done to support its efforts.

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Pine Plains Preschool closes

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Preschool will not reopen its doors this fall. The school’s board has decided to dissolve the nearly 40-year-old institution.
Jean Osofsky, who is on the board, said that one of the reasons for the closure was financial difficulties, but she declined to make further comments on the record. Osofsky said she plans to release more information to the public at a later date.
The Pine Plains Preschool has been in operation as a New York charter school since the early 1970s.

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Pine Plains starts data collection process

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PINE PLAINS — It may typically be considered the precursor to a property assessment project, but Pine Plains Board of Assessors Chairman Jim Mara assured the Town Board the data collection process that began this week is nothing more than what it claims.
“We have to be careful to not say we’re starting a revaluation process — we’re not,” Mara said. “We’re starting a data collection process.”

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Bus routes, standards set

PINE PLAINS — Edmund Tannini began working as the transportation supervisor for the Pine Plains Central School District bus garage eight months ago. He went before the Board of Education on Wednesday, July 20, to give the board an update on his progress.
Since Tannini began working in the middle of the year, he did not want to start imposing changes right away.

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