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PINE PLAINS— The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) expressed gratitude recently to Kim Russell, a bus driver for the Pine Plains Central School District, for her response to a school bus collision on Route 199.

Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler kicked off a meeting in February by recognizing Russell’s exemplary work. 

Around 7 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, he said the district received “the call that every superintendent fears.” A collision had taken place on Route 199 involving one of the district’s school buses.

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Decorating Day and parade light up town

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PINE PLAINS — Bells were ringing and people were smiling Saturday, Nov. 25, as residents of Pine Plains joined together to usher in the holiday season with the town’s 32nd annual Decorating Day and Parade of Lights.
Along Church Street to the Pine Plains Platter and beyond, local businesses were garnished for the occasion with strings of lights and holiday ornaments. Not only did the celebration capture the attention of town residents, it also drew visitors from around the region.

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Long-awaited Halloween contest winners

PINE PLAINS — The results of the Halloween Party costume judging sponsored by Ladies Auxiliary are as follows:
Ages birth to 2 years
Most original: Spaghetti bowl, Santino Scivolette and mouse trap, Aiden Paraszti.
Prettiest: Unicorn, Silver Stoner.
Funniest: Frog, Kalista Watson.
Unique: Fisherman, Maxton Wilber.
Storybook: Belle, Harriet Carson.
Cutest: Flamingo, Norah Smith.
Ages 3 to 4 years
Most Original: Robot, Mason Trocki.

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Make way for Decorating Day and Parade of Lights Nov. 25

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PINE PLAINS— Grab some mittens and a scarf, and make way for the town’s 32nd annual Decorating Day and Parade of Lights on Saturday, Nov. 25, starting at 3 p.m.
The day kicks off with town-wide decorating. Evergreen trees throughout town left bare for just that eventuality are prime for primping. According to Decorating Day Chairman Ibis Guzman, whose committee is under the Pine Plains Business Association’s purview, the trees were prepped ahead of time, hooked up so the lights can be lit after all the work is done.

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Pine Plains explores ‘Hudson Valley Curiosities’

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PINE PLAINS — On Saturday, Nov. 19, members of the Pine Plains community were invited to explore a myriad of strange legends from the Hudson Valley with a reading and discussion by author Allison Guertin Marchese. 

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‘Screenagers’ points to need for creating balance in the digital age

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PINE PLAINS — On Wednesday, Nov. 8, families in the Pine Plains Central School District  considered boundaries and awareness in the digital age, thanks to a screening of the documentary, “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age.”
The screening was held in the Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School auditorium.

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Thinking of veterans, on Veterans Day and beyond

PINE PLAINS — Residents from the town of Pine Plains and of neighboring communities came out on a cold, crisp Saturday morning, Nov. 11, to commemorate Veterans Day. 
The annual event is often somber, but interwoven with moments of gratitude and true appreciation as community  members thank local veterans for their years of service in the Armed Forces. 

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BOE makes appointments, accepts resignations for 2017-18

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) routinely makes appointments and accepts resignations as part of its regular business. 
Following the annual tour of the Cold Spring Early Learning Center, the school board made its latest round of appointments at its meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

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The haunted Halloween house at 19 Main Street

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PINE PLAINS — With crisp autumn leaves under foot, trick-or-treaters needed to look no further for a haunted Halloween this year than to walk down Main Street toward the Post family home.
For the past four years, the Post family has pulled out all the stops. Taking a tour around the front yard of 19 Main Street, this year’s Ghost Town theme represented the family’s desire to “pay it back” to the community.

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Pine Plains school district educates parents on social media

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PINE PLAINS — Given the rise of the social media’s impact, the Pine Plains Central School District will be hosting an event for parents to provide them with the proper tools and information for handling their children’s social media.
The subject of organizing an evening of educating parents and guardians was discussed at the school board meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 18. As a mother of four children in the Pine Plains school district, Karen Ettari expressed concern regarding the social media’s influence and whether families were aware of this impact.

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New welcome mat

The town of Hillsdale recently installed new signs to welcome visitors. The hamlet is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The signs replace ones that were more than 25 years old. The typeface is based on the nameplate of a Hillsdale newspaper from the early 1900s. Donations from residents paid for the signs, which were crafted by two Columbia County businesses.

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