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Anyone interested in becoming a candidate for the Board of Education (BOE) of the Pine Plains Central School District may pick up a packet of information including nominating petitions from the district clerk at the district office or at a BOE meeting.

The election is for two members of the Board of Education: Both seats are for three-year terms commencing July 1, 2019 and ending on June 30, 2022.

The board member election will be held on Tuesday, May 21, the same time as the vote on the 2019-20 school district budget. ...

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Nature walk uncovers mushroom species at Harlem Valley Homestead in Wingdale

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WINGDALE — The Oblong Land Conservancy and Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community hosted a nature walk and talk with farm naturalist and mycologist Alanna Burns on Saturday, Sept. 22.
Beginning at 10 a.m., a crowd of nature enthusiasts and interested community members gathered at the Harlem Valley Homestead, located at 147 Old Forge Road in Wingdale. All attendees were dressed for a morning hike, some carrying knapsacks, baskets, guide books and miniature field notebooks to record their findings.

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The renaissance of the Copake Grange

COPAKE— In a time when too many community organizations are withering on the vine for lack of involvement, new life has been breathed into the Copake Grange 935 in the form of a tripling of membership and regular use of the century old building. 
Until last year, membership had fallen to a low of about 20, but even with that, official meetings couldn’t be held because the Grange could rarely reach the necessary quorum of seven members. Therefore, no business could be conducted. 

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Dover Day honors veterans

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DOVER PLAINS — The town of Dover was in high spirits last Saturday, Sept. 22, as local families gathered for this year’s celebration of Dover Day at Boyce Park, located at 6423 Route 55 in Wingdale, N.Y.
The celebration’s festivities kicked off at 12:30 p.m. with a parade in front of the park, though the excitement started long before noon with cars filling up the parking lot. Traffic was directed to make way for for incoming spectators while families stood along the road in anticipation of the vehicles headed their way.

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BTCF 2018 grant deadlines listed for northwestern Litchfield County

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced the final round of deadlines for competitive grants in 2018. The application process for all grants is online at www.berkshiretaconic.org/SearchGrants.
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Untold tales and images of history

You don’t have to be a teacher or a student to explore the state’s new history website for students in grades three, five and eight and high school. In addition to fairly obscure but fascinating history tidbits, there are also historical photos and documents such as the exquisite maps the Dutch used while exploring the region in the 1600s. The Teach It curriculum-enhancing resource is available online at no cost. 

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Bluegrass in Noble’s backyard

Noble Horizons in Salisbury  welcomed the arrival of autumn with the Bash Bush bluegrass band on Saturday, Sept. 22, along with scores of music fans who delighted to the rollicking sounds of the fiddle, mandolin, banjo, dobro, guitar and upright bass.

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Crash closes town for afternoon

A one-vehicle crash on Route 41/44 in Lakeville closed the road and most of Lakeville and Salisbury on the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 19.

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Vast mast lets small animals go nuts

There is an abundance this year of wild turkeys and squirrels, both of which are crossing local roads with frequency. The turkeys seem to have more street savvy than the squirrels; drivers are reminded to be cautious about the wild lives at risk at this time of year. 
Our nature experts agree that the large number of small animals is part of nature’s cycle of abundance. 

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Stanford Grange remains active with 60th Annual Community Day planned

STANFORDVILLE — In an age when the generation gap seems to be stretched across a virtual chasm of the internet’s making, the Stanford Grange No. 808 is proof positive that education, cooperation and shared goals can build a sturdy bridge of respect between the ages.  
Ryan Orton, secretary of the Stanford Grange, proudly explained.

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Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue receives $10K grant for memorial fund

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DOVER PLAINS— With the help of a generous grant from the Marion E. Cantwell Testamentary Trust, Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue announced plans to establish the William R. Updegraff, M.D., Memorial Fund on Tuesday, Aug. 14, to support the medical care of its horses.
A long-time resident of Poughkeepsie, and an avid horseman, Updegraff received numerous honors during his 50-year career as a practicing otolaryngologist. 

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