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PINE PLAINS — With the 2018-19 school year still a few weeks away, local students got a head start on their academics at Camp Invention, held at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School during the last week of July and first week of August.

Returning to the school district for its fifth year, Camp Invention is a nonprofit summer enrichment program designed to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning through hands-on activities. The program also encourages resourcefulness, collaboration, invention and entrepreneurship while motivating...

Pine Plains

Town Board adopts 2012 budget

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board unanimously adopted the 2012 municipal budget at its monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17, after a swift and concise discussion that entailed a couple of minor changes to the document.
The total budget figure tallies at $1,613,5000, which has the town spending about $40,000 more than last year’s budget.
“A lot of that is just trying to keep up with things,” said town Supervisor Gregg Pulver during an interview the following day. He then went through a litany of services the town must provide, and therefore finance.

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Food Locker serves the community

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PINE PLAINS — Patricia Nannetti and her loyal group of volunteers have been working hard to get the Pine Plains Community Food Locker ready for the start of the holiday season.
It hasn’t been easy during these times when the cost of food continues to rise, as does the number of people who visit the Food Locker — the number of people using the Food Locker has doubled in the last four months alone.
“It’s tough times, tough times all around,” said Nannetti.

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Burglar poses as religious devotee

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PINE PLAINS — “Do you want to talk about Jesus?”
That was how a Pine Plains couple was approached by the man who allegedly just burgled their rural home.
The pair, who requested to remain unnamed, said they knew something was amiss when they approached their driveway on Tuesday, Nov. 15. They could view their driveway from afar, and saw a white sedan parked there.
“We were already concerned about who was on the property,” said the wife, adding the car had a North Carolina license plate.

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Pine Plains vets host a ceremony, then clean cemetery

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PINE PLAINS — A ceremony to honor American veterans was held in Pine Plains on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11.
During the ceremony, members of the Pine Plains Veterans of Foreign Wars post and American Legion post commemorated the 50th anniversary of the first battlefield fatality in the Vietnam War.
Wreaths were placed on four monuments: the World War I and World War II memorial, the Korean conflict and Vietnam War memorial, the temporary monument for the global war of terror and the James Lynch III memorial.

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Restaurant will reopen 16 months after fire

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PINE PLAINS — The grand reopening of Lia’s Mountain View Restaurant, slated for Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m., has been a long time coming — 495 days to be exact.
The restaurant was severely damaged in an electrical fire that ravaged the building on July 13, 2010.
“That was the beginning of our nightmares,” said Maria Wright, one of the four Mirto siblings that own and operate the restaurant. “Not only do you lose part of your life, but you have to deal with insurance and the contractors and everything else.”

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History class seizes Graham-Brush House for re-enactment

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PINE PLAINS — The Stissing Mountain High School military history class participated in a military re-enactment at the Graham-Brush House on Thursday, Nov. 3.
“It’s really just a blast,” said Stissing Mountain senior David Leach, who also participates in Civil War re-enactments outside of class. Leach acted as the first sergeant of the company.

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Audit gives school district high marks

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PINE PLAINS — Auditor Alec Sobin gave a presentation during the Pine Plains Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 2, regarding the school district’s annual audit, which revealed a clean bill of health.
“We’re very pleased that once again we received a good year-end audit,” said Michael Goldbeck, the assistant superintendent for banking and finance for the district.
“We didn’t have any concerns at all,” said Sobin. “The business office does a wonderful job. ... The district continues to do a good internal job.”

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Pine Plains high school evacuated due to bomb hoax

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PINE PLAINS — A note stating “bomb in school” prompted an evacuation of the Stissing Mountain Middle/High School roughly an hour after classes started on Monday, Nov. 7.
The note was found in a bathroom.
Once the students were safely evacuated, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and K-9 units thoroughly searched the school, then cleared the building for re-entry at approximately 10:16 a.m.

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Pachin Mills Bridge decorated for 18th consecutive Halloween

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As tradition dictated, the Pachin Mills bridge in Pine Plains was decorated on Halloween night with dozens of glowinghand-carved pumpkins.
The pumpkins on the bridge are lit with candles for two nights following Halloween.
The tradition started 18 years ago, when John Bradley decided to decorate the bridge with 40 pumpkins for his mother’s birthday, Oct. 24. It was such a hit that Bradley has decorated the bridge ever since.

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A spooky sight

Despite the unseasonable snow storm, dozens of students filled the auditorium at the Cold Spring Elementary School for the Halloween Party and Costume Contest on Thursday, Oct. 27. The students dressed up in their best costumes and paraded around the gym to show off their outfits for the costume contest.

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