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Busy summer at Stissing beach

PINE PLAINS — It’s been quite a summer at the Pine Plains town beach on Stissing Lake.

The beach staff there has ensured that local children and summer campers have had plenty to do over the last few months, with a steady stream of activities every weekday from noon to 3 p.m.

“Most days the beach is filled,” said Beach Director Katey Kalanges. “There are a lot of regulars, and people we’ve come to know really well. A lot of families are willing to take part in what we do down here and they always have a blast.”

The activities are supervised by the beach workers and are free for families with children who have a beach pass — that is anyone who is a Pine Plains resident or has paid the out-of-town fee.

There are three activities each day at noon, 1 and 2 p.m., ranging from Wiffle ball games to sand castle building contests to tie-dye projects like the T-shirts that parents and their children were decorating on Aug. 5.

And most Fridays offer special field trips, with the group having already traveled to Howe Caverns and the Six Flags Great Escape theme park in Lake George.

The beach staff consists of Kalanges, three lifeguards and two recreation assistants.

“The lifeguards have been great this summer,” Kalanges said. “We’ve had several saves, which is very unusual, but everybody was well-trained and knew exactly what to do.”

Aug. 22 is the last day for the beach staff, which means that swimming with a lifeguard on duty officially ends the last Saturday in August. But there’s still two weeks left and Kalanges is hoping  to have a petting zoo visit on Aug. 13.

“We do a lot of cool stuff,” she acknowledged with a smile.

Call the Stissing Lake beach at 518-398-7430 for more information or just stop by the lake between noon and 3 p.m. on weekdays to see what the crew is up to. There are also free swimming lessons on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon for all different skill levels and age groups.

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