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Hay’s Country Feed-n-Need is one more casualty of the coronavirus pandemic. Owner Emily Hay announced in June that she will be shutting its doors for good come the end of August. Photo by Kailin Lyle

Hay’s Country Feed-n-Need to close doors

PINE PLAINS — As one of many local businesses to take a hard hit this year, Hay’s Country Feed-n-Need in Pine Plains was dismayed to lose a substantial amount of business this spring as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

2020 graduates, from left, Kathryn Starzyk, Samantha Spizuoco, Jennifer Martin, Morgan Schuyler, Colleen Spizuoco, Isabella Torre and valedictorian Leah Schmid celebrated their graduation from Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School on the fields behind the high school building on Sunday evening, July 12. Photo submitted

Stissing Mtn. Class of 2020 celebrates graduation

PINE PLAINS — Hailed by many for their patience and perseverance, the Stissing Mountain Class of 2020 was at last rewarded for their hard work with the graduation ceremony they had been waiting for these last few months on Sunday evening, July 12.

A longtime student of the Pine Plains Central School District, Leah Schmid earned the rank of valedictorian of the Stissing Mountain High School’s Class of 2020. Photo submitted

Valedictorian Leah Schmid is head of the Class of 2020

PINE PLAINS — Admiring her graduating class’s ability to persevere in these uncertain times, Leah Schmid took enormous pride in accepting her role as valedictorian for Stissing Mountain Senior High School’s Class of 2020.

Patience Tindall celebrated her graduation from Stissing Mountain High School by participating in a car parade organized for the Class of 2020, which had to alter graduation plans after the coronavirus pandemic forced Governor Andrew Cuomo to shut down schools statewide in mid-March for the remainder of the academic year. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Parade helps seniors celebrate graduation during a pandemic

PINE PLAINS — While it might not have been the celebration they had originally anticipated, the Stissing Mountain Senior High School Class of 2020 embraced its moment in the spotlight as the soon-to-be-graduates participated in a car parade on Saturday morning, June 27. 


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