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PINE PLAINS — The First United Presbyterian Church of Pine Plains reached the end of an era last month as its beloved Rev. Carol Miller bid farewell to the community after serving its spiritual needs for 11 years.

From her early childhood to her return to the area in 2007, Miller’s ties to the Pine Plains community and her home church, The First United Presbyterian Church of Pine Plains, have only grown stronger with time and experience. 

“She grew up in the community, so she’s quite familiar with it and it’s been a real asset for her to...

Pine Plains

Animalkind seeks support

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PINE PLAINS — Animalkind is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to stopping the stray and feral cat overpopulation humanely in Dutchess, Columbia and Greene counties. It does so through trap/neuter/return (TNR) low-cost neutering options for low-income pet owners and emergency rescue and adoption programs; now the rescue organization needs some help of its own.

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Stissing Mountain makes quick staff changes

District remains mum on reasons
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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Central School District released a letter on Tuesday, Sept. 27, addressed to administrators, faculty, staff and parents that briefly addressed immediate changes to the school staff.
The letter said Dennis Malloy had resigned as dean of students for Stissing Mountain Middle/High School and that the middle school principal, Robert Hess, has been granted an administrative leave.
Hess has been temporarily replaced by interim principal Anthony Celenza as of Tuesday, Oct. 4. Celenza has acted as principal at several schools in the region during his long career.

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Block grant application to focus on water main replacement

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PINE PLAINS — It’s water works all the way for the Town Board in Pine Plains. After much discussion and a public hearing, the board decided to take the route that’s proven most successful in the past, and apply for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the county in the maximum amount of $150,000. The subject of the application is a water line improvement on East Church Street.

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Cold Spring holds open house

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STANFORDVILLE — Cold Spring Early Learning Center hosted an open house on Thursday, Sept. 22.
Principal James Glynn estimated that 80 percent of parents of Cold Spring students attended the event, which he called “impressive.”
“It’s a positive start to the school year to set the stage and open communication,” said Glynn.
The evening began with a brief and humorous introduction of the faculty before the parents were given the opportunity to meet with educators.

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BOE examines facility usage fees for town recreation programs

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PINE PLAINS — During the Wednesday, Sept. 21, meeting, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) discussed the price structure for the use of school facilities by outside groups.
Since the school district is currently operating under a contingency budget, the district is legally prevented from allowing outside groups or organizations to use the school facilities free of charge if the use will cost the district money due to basic operating costs, such as electricity.

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BOE president responds to ‘outrageous’ comments

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PINE PLAINS — During the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 7, board president Bruce Kimball started the meeting by addressing three points that were raised during the public comments segment of the previous BOE meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 24.
The first comment that Kimball addressed was about the length of the new bus routes. The speaker said that his child spends 40 minutes on the bus even though he lives only a few blocks from the school.

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Board addresses business at hand

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board discussed a number of miscellaneous items at its monthly meeting on Thursday, Aug. 18. The majority of those issues, albeit smaller matters, are important, as they deal with municipal matters that need to be addressed in a timely fashion.
Insurance issues
One of the first topics that was raised had to do with the town’s renewal of its health insurance policy and the Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) that was supposed to be passed in its favor.

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Pine Plains parade honors Sept. 11 anniversary

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PINE PLAINS — At 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, the bell rang outside Pine Plains Hose Company No.1 to signify the start of the parade that honored the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the hijacking of Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania.
Roughly 200 people, including local firefighters, war veterans, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and members of the public, marched solemnly through town from the Pine Plains firehouse to Seymour Smith Elementary School.

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Home of the free

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The Pine Plains Hose Company organized a parade and memorial ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 11, to honor the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Four-year-old Cat Dillinger proudly carried an American flag before lining up to march in the parade. Click here for the full story and more pictures.

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Sept. 11 memorial parade

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Hose Company will hold a parade in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The parade will remember the civilians and service people who lost their lives due to the attacks.
The hose company is inviting members of the public to join in the march from the fire department headquarters at 7 Lake Road to the Seymour Smith Elementary School.
The parade’s route will be roughly a half-mile in length.

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