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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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Teachers and deputies court rivalry

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PINE PLAINS — Stissing Mountain High School hosted a charity basketball game on Wednesday, Dec. 14, to collect food for the Pine Plains Community Food Locker.
The stands along the basketball court were full of excited basketball fans, all of whom donated nonperishable food items to gain entrance into the game.
High School Principal Tara Horst, who organized the event, said “a ton” of food was donated by the spectators, for which she was grateful.

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Town Board wraps up the year

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PINE PLAINS — Town Supervisor Gregg Pulver led his final board meeting as supervisor Thursday, Dec. 15. The meeting was packed with people from the community who came out to say farewell to Pulver, who has held the seat for the past 12 years. In January, Brian Coons will take the position as the newly elected supervisor.

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Winter concert at Seymour Smith

Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center hosted its annual Winter Concert on Thursday, Dec. 8. In the morning, the fifth-grade band and the third-through-fifth-grade chorus performed for their fellow classmates and for the students of the Cold Spring Elementary School, who visited Seymour Smith for the occasion. The students put on an encore performance later that evening for parents and family friends.

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Winter concert at Seymour Smith

Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center hosted its annual Winter Concert on Thursday, Dec. 8. In the morning, the fifth-grade band and the third-through-fifth-grade chorus performed for their fellow classmates and for the students of the Cold Spring Elementary School, who visited Seymour Smith for the occasion. The students put on an encore performance later that evening for parents and family friends.

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No recording for Special Ed students

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PINE PLAINS — Colleen Lutz, the mother of a student in the Pine Plains School District, spoke at the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16, to make two requests: that her child, who has been diagnosed with dyslexia and dysgraphia, receive the textbooks on tape that he was promised and that he be given permission to record his lessons to use as a supplementary studying tool.

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Hats off to the holidays

The Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center’s chorus performed during the annual winter concert on Thursday, Dec. 8.

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Stissing Mountain target of second bomb threat hoax

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PINE PLAINS — Classes at Stissing Mountain Middle/High School were disrupted on Tuesday, Nov. 29, due to a bomb threat, the second in less than a month.
The first bomb threat hoax occurred on Monday, Nov. 7, and was investigated by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy T.J. Hanlon said the investigation into that incident is still ongoing.
It is unknown whether this second bomb threat hoax was perpetrated by the same person or persons as the first incident, or whether it is a copycat job.

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Crafts for a cause

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ANCRAMDALE — On Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11, John and Jean Roccanova, both teachers in the North East (Webutuck) Central School District, will host the second annual Crafts for Kenya open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 153 Over Mountain Road in Ancramdale.
The Roccanovas will exhibit and sell their crafts to raise money for community projects in the village of Igero, Kenya.

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Lighting up the streets of Pine Plains

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PINE PLAINS — The 26th annual Pine Plains Parade of Lights was celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 26, by hundreds of people who watched a parade of more than 60 floats.
Earlier in the day, a large group of volunteers decked the evergreen trees along Main Street and Church Street with red bows, silver pine cones and strings of lights. Some people added extra decorative ornaments to their trees.
Classic holiday tunes trumpeted from the balcony of the Stissing House. Many of the decorators — some of whom were dressed in Santa hats ­— sang along while they spruced up the trees.

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Explaining the tax cap

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PINE PLAINS — To help the public better understand the new regulations put on the education system’s finances, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) presented an overview of the new rules.
Michael Goldbeck, assistant superintendent of business and finance, gave the presentation during the BOE meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

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