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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

School prepares for new evaluation system

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PINE PLAINS — During the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 3, Pine Plains Central School District Superintendent of Schools Linda Kaumeyer explained the new Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) regulations and standards that New York state will be using to evaluate principals and teachers.

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Eastern NY Holstein Club show awards

HARLEM VALLEY — The Eastern New York Holstein Club held its Black & White Show on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31, at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. There were a total of 154 cows that entered the show ring, 91 of them shown by 66 junior members. The show was judged by Adam Liddle of Liddleholm Holsteins in Argyle, N.Y.
Results of the Junior Show are as follows:
Junior Master Clipper: Hunter Finley, Amenia.
Senior Master Clipper: Keith Hoffman, Ancramdale.
Master Showman: Colleen Smith, Pine Plains.

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Pine Plains remembers prominent local figure

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PINE PLAINS — Pine Plains said goodbye to one of its prominent residents during a service held on Saturday, Aug. 13.
Clyde Ralston Chase died on Saturday, Aug. 6, after a decade-long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Friends, family and community members spoke about Chase’s life, emphasizing his love of and dedication to Pine Plains.
Chase served on several boards and held government positions at both town and county levels.

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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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