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The Millbrook Horse Trial made a $1,500 donation to the Pine Plains Community Food Locker (PPCFL) recently, which provides critical assistance to local families. This is the sixth year the Millbrook Horse Trials, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has made a contribution to the community food pantry. At the presentation of the check were, from left, PPCFL Chairperson Pat Nannetti, Chairman of the Millbrook Horse Trials Organizing Committee Louise Meryman and PPCFL Treasurer Ted Mallozzi.

 

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Library offers fall programs to patrons of all ages

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PINE PLAINS — Now that summer vacation has come to an end and children are back in the classroom, the Pine Plains Free Library is organizing programs and events for the community during the fall season.
“It’s a little bit harder to get kids here when school starts,” said Pine Plains Free Library Director Veronica Stork, “so we try to send flyers to the school to make sure their parents know what’s going on.”

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Residents dispose of unwanted waste at clean-up day

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PINE PLAINS — Residents were offered a chance to rid their yards of debris at the town’s first Bob Couse Town Clean-up Day on Saturday, Sept. 8.
The inspiration came as a suggestion from Bob Couse, a former Town Board member and police chief in Pine Plains. Earlier in the spring, at a Town Board meeting, Couse recommended it host a cleanup. The board agreed and set to work. From that meeting on, the town spread the word through its website and Facebook page as well as through a mass email, this newspaper, posters and word of mouth.

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Bridge to be replaced

PINE PLAINS — The Dutchess County Department of Public Works (DPW) has announced work on bridge PP-12 on Amenia-Pine Plains Road (CR 83) in the town of Pine Plains is expected to begin on or about Tuesday, Sept. 4. 
The bridge, located near the intersection of Righters Corners Road (CR 70), will be replaced due to structural deficiencies that have led to weight and width restrictions over time. 
Project work will involve replacing the existing bridge with a pre-cast structure and the addition of 4-foot shoulders. 

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Huichica East Music Festival offers music and more in pastoral landscape

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PINE PLAINS — The hills were alive with the sounds of homegrown music and community camaraderie last weekend as Chaseholm Farm hosted its third annual Huichica East Music Festival from Friday, Aug. 24, to Sunday, Aug. 26.
Hailed on its website as “a pioneer in a new breed of micro-festival,” Huichica East was designed to replicate the popular Huichica West festival in Sonoma, Calif., in an East Coast setting. From local residents to Sonoma aficionados and more, this year’s festival attracted a broad range of visitors to the farm in Pine Plains.

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Town Board considers possible noise ordinance

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PINE PLAINS— The issue of whether the town needs a noise ordinance was raised at the August Town Board meeting, just as it was in July. According to town Councilwoman Sarah Jones, the board received a letter suggesting it consider such a law.
The letter, shared  by the board following a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request, was peppered with accusations against the town. It’s from Adrienne Haynes and Bea Licata, a mother and daughter who moved to Pine Plains in April.

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Camp Invention inspires creativity and innovation

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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.

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Leave it to beavers: Mystery solved at Pine Plains Beach

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PINE PLAINS — Though the beach was open for the summer, Pine Plains residents were confounded by the news that the swimming lane ropes were being cut every few nights.
Earlier in the summer, Pine Plains Recreation Director Catherine Prentice reported to the Pine Plains Town Board that somebody was cutting the ropes at the beach. While distraught by the news, both town and beach personnel decided to wait the issue out to see if it was a prank.

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A walk on the wild side

The Pine Plains Free Library introduced local children to some ambassadors from the animal kingdom with Animal Embassy at the Lions Club Pavilion on Wednesday, Aug. 8. Led by Animal Embassy Education Specialist Kevin Rockwell, the program offered everything from a duck named Shamu to a uromastyx lizard named Nigel. Rockwell taught the children about animal behaviors, diets and defense mechanisms, often calling volunteers to help him with his demonstrations. Above, Rockwell showed children how Nigel defends himself from predators.

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El Guacamole brings homemade Mexican dishes to Pine Plains

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PINE PLAINS— Local residents have been eager to welcome a new dining experience to the region, and El Guacamole is it.
With another location in Hyde Park, an opportunity to bring El Guacamole to Pine Plains arose for owner Leslie Garcia after her current landlord, Celia Bartolomeo, and former Pine Plains town Supervisor, Brian Coons, ate in Hyde Park. They told her about vacant space in Pine Plains.

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Swamp tromp

Though the skies outside were turning gray and rain was on the way, the ambiance underneath the Pine Plains Lions Club Pavilion was cheerful as the Pine Plains Free Library hosted singer Tom Sieling and his show, “Take a Tromp through the Swamp,” on Wednesday, Aug. 1. Starting at 10 a.m., Sieling performed upbeat songs for the children, switching between his guitar and banjo. Sieling allowed local youngsters Gemma Osofsky and Maddox Eiffert to hold his guitar and banjo after the show on Wednesday.

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