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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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Local talent for cell phone photography on display at Town Grange gallery

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PINE PLAINS — In an attempt to engage the community and encourage its relationship with the natural world, the Pine Plains Free Library recently teamed up with the Town Grange gallery to host Backyard, a cell phone art show.

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Board of Ed appoints staff for coming school year

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) discussed staff appointments for the 2017-18 school year at its meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 23.
Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler proposed scheduling a date for the board to discuss its goals for the 2017-18 school year; Wednesday, Sept. 13, was set. 

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Chaseholm Farm brings back Huichica East for a second year

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PINE PLAINS — Warm memories were made at Chaseholm Farm last weekend with the second annual Huichica East Festival on Friday, Aug. 25, and Saturday, Aug. 26.
The idea of hosting a small food, wine and music festival at Chaseholm Farm was born at Gundlach Bundschu Winery, the oldest continuously family-owned winery in Sonoma, Calif. According to Chaseholm Farm owner Sarah Chase, the winery was trying to create an event on the East Coast that would showcase their product on the West Coast. 

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On the horns of a dilemma in Pine Plains: Antlers Club’s zoning request

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PINE PLAINS — The private, member-owned recreational residential community on Stissing Lake known as the Antlers Club wants the town to circumvent its zoning, and in doing so approve the construction of three new homes.
A little history

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Jean Stapf appointed to vacant BOE seat

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PINE PLAINS — Jean Stapf has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE).
Even when her work schedule kept her from attending the meetings, Stapf has kept up with the latest news from the board through the meeting agendas and minutes posted on the Pine Plains Central School District website. A resident of the area for nine years, she praised the district’s diverse educational opportunities and its qualified teachers and staff members. 

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A sandy farewell

Families from the town of Pine Plains and beyond found an inviting place to cool off this summer at the Pine Plains beach. Located on Beach Road, near the recreation fields, the beach opened for the summer on Monday, June 19, and bid farewell to another season of swimmers on Saturday, Aug. 19. 

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Camp Invention sparks excitement

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PINE PLAINS — Celebrating its fourth summer in the Pine Plains Central School District, the program Camp Invention was a rousing success again this year, as students were encouraged to think outside the box and get excited about their education.

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Camp fun for all

The Pine Plains Summer Day camp started a new program this year for children who are too old for the program yet are not old enough the become counselors. The program was made possible through the support of Hammertown Barn and the Pine Plains Central School District, which helped provide funding for transportation. Between 12 to 25 children went on weekly field trips each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. They went to places like the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, Bash Bish Falls, Wooden Wheels and more. Here, the group posed for a photo on Monday, July 31.

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Ice cream and conversation

Just before an afternoon thunderstorm rolled in, Pine Plains seniors enjoyed a cold treat at the Senior Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, Aug. 2,  in the Community Room of the Pine Plains Free Library. The ice cream and toppings were provided by the Pine Plains Adult Recreation program. From left, Celia Bartolomeo, Secretary for the Town Supervisor Kathy Rigano, and Gladys Mazzei took part.

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Body of Bash Bish Falls hiker recovered

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MOUNT WASHINGTON, Mass. — The body of a Ghent, N.Y., man who slipped off a rock and fell to his death while hiking at Bash Bish Falls on Friday, July 28, has been recovered. The accident occurred at the waterfall on the Massachusetts side of the park, which borders the two states.
Aiden Campion-Pratt, 21, was found on Sunday, July 30, by an underwater camera, but because of the treacherous terrain his body could not be recovered. 

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