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Starting at 6:30 p.m., Pine Plains parents joined together in front of Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School on Wednesday, June 16, to rally for their children’s masking rights. They then brought their concerns to the Pine Plains Board of Education meeting held later that evening. Photo submitted

With one week of school left, Pine Plains parents demand the masks go

PINE PLAINS — With COVID restrictions lifting, businesses reopening and communities gradually returning to pre-pandemic life, Dutchess County families have recently been asking their schools when their children can go mask-less.

Between the lunch catered by Moose on the Loose and the music provided by Strings Attached, Pine Plains seniors relished their time with friends and neighbors at the town of Pine Plains’ first Senior Luncheon in more than a year and a half on Wednesday, June 9. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Senior Luncheons return

PINE PLAINS — Local seniors found a way to keep cool against the heat wave while enjoying a bite to eat among friends at the town of Pine Plains’ first Senior Luncheon since the COVID-19 pandemic hit last March, on Wednesday, June 9.

Dutchess Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) Career & Technical Institute Principal Mitchell Shron presented high school junior Evan Matthews, a student of both Dutchess BOCES and the Pine Plains Central School District, with the BOCES Student of Distinction award at the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, May 19. Photo submitted

High School junior Evan Matthews honored as BOCES Student of Distinction, teachers awarded tenure

PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) celebrated the achievements of the Pine Plains Central School District’s (PPCSD) students and staff on Wednesday, May 19, by congratulating the latest recipient of the Dutchess County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) Student of Distinction Award and awarding tenure to a numb

Pine Plains restaurant planning French cuisine stirs strife

PINE PLAINS — Whether they stood in full support or staunch opposition to a restaurant backed by local businessman and community advocate Jack Banning, owner of The Platter café; President of The Stissing Center Board of Directors; co-owner of Black Sheep Hill Farm (with his wife, Irene); and President of KTB Properties LLC; more than 40 people

Guitarist Anna Witiuk performed “Body Waltz” at The Stissing Center in May as part of its Video of the Week series. The center’s first in-person performance since the COVID-19 pandemic forced a statewide shut-down last March is planned for Sunday, June 27, at 4 p.m. with Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova. Photo submitted

Strumming at The Stissing Center

PINE PLAINS — Traveling from her home in nearby Stanfordville to record a couple of songs for The Stissing Center (TSC), artist Anna Witiuk’s performance of “Body Waltz” captivated local audiences as they tuned in to see what talents had been curated for TSC’s Video of the Week series in May. 

Along with modeling an officer’s fatigue blouse with decorative scrollwork and a belt to hold the issued revolver, history teacher  and military historian Neil Murray demonstrated how to load and unload a revolver used by a soldier in the year 1872. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Military historian outfits talk of material culture of militia with samples

PINE PLAINS — Donning the wardrobes of soldiers past, local military historian and Pine Plains educator Neil Murray guided residents through the history of the nation’s conflicts in a presentation on the material culture of New York Militia and Regimental soldiers hosted by the Little Nine Partners Historical Society (LNPHS) of Pine Plains on Fr


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