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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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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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School board discusses summer program, district assessments

PINE PLAINS —  Andrea Clevenger, a teacher at Seymour Smith Early Learning Center and the co-principal of the summer school and enrichment programs, made a presentation at the  Wednesday, Jan. 4, Board of Education meeting held in the Stissing Mountain Middle/High School Library.
Clevenger described the 30-day summer program as offering academic intervention to students in the elementary grades. The program reinforces reading, writing and math skills and works to prevent academic regression over the summer break.

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Elementary gym ramp railings fulfill ADA requirements

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Central School District received a letter on Friday, Dec. 2, from David Seidner stating the handrails on the gym ramp at the Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center fit the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
There had been some uncertainty about whether it was necessary for the ramp to include a secondary set of lower handrails since the building’s primary occupants are small children

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It’s story time

PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Free Library hosted a holiday-themed story hour on Thursday, Dec. 22. The books, which included an interactive e-book, introduced the children to stories about several winter holidays, and were followed by a holiday sing-along, snacks and art project.

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Concerns over coaching

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PINE PLAINS — During the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 21, a vote to appoint the head varsity softball coach and the assistant basketball coach failed to pass after two board members abstained from voting.

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Faculty Follies

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PINE PLAINS — Forty or so teachers, staff and faculty at the Stissing Mountain Middle/High School pooled their talents to put on the third annual Faculty Follies show for the students on Friday, Dec. 23. The performance included rock’n’roll ensembles, opera singing, parody plays and video shorts.

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