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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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Crossing the cultural divide, one block at a time

Children gathered around the Lego dragon they helped build at the Pine Plains Free Library to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The program encouraged local children to be creative while learning about other cultures.

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Patrons love their library

Donor Jill Swinton left a heart-felt message for the Pine Plains Free Library in support of its fundraising efforts. The library is accepting donations for its Libri Grant, which will match the funds two-to-one, up to $350. The library hopes to reach its goal and earn the full $1,050, which would go toward the purchase of new children’s books.

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Pine Plains school board begins budget talks

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) has started its annual grapple with the budget.
Preliminary budget presentations dominated the meeting Wednesday, Feb. 15.
Each facility in the district presented overall budget assumptions, building budgets and other non-personel items.
Superintendent Linda Kaumeyer thanked everyone for their hard work.
“We’re trying to begin this process as early as possible and look at every piece individually. This can be lengthy, and I do appreciate all the time and effort,” she said.

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Murder mystery dinner brings in killer donations

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PINE PLAINS — The Friends of the Pine Plains Library held a Murder Mystery dinner fundraiser on Sunday, Feb. 12, at Lia’s Mountain View restaurant.
Approximately 50 guests showed up for the Karaoke Killer contest in which one of the highly competitive contestants was “murdered.”
The night was filled with costumes, singing and, of course, mystery.
“It was a great success,” said Jean Osofsky, treasurer for the Friends group.
The night was intended to provide some fun while also raising money for a good purpose.

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HoPP’s Valentine dance a success

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PINE PLAINS — The Heart of Pine Plains (HoPP) Community Center and The Stissing House hosted a Valentine’s fundraiser to benefit the HoPP on Saturday, Feb 11.
“We had a really great turnout,” said Samantha Cole, marketing chair for the HoPP.
A total of 67 tickets were sold and attendees were treated to a night of food and dancing, and for some, perhaps, romance.
“We’re very appreciative for all the attendees. There were several philanthropic events to choose from that weekend,” she said.

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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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