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Volunteers from the Pine Plains Free Library and The Little Nine Partners Historical Society rehearsed their roles on Monday morning, Oct. 19, in front of the historic Duxbury house in preparation for this year’s Evergreen Cemetery Lantern Tours planned for Friday, Oct. 30..  Photo submitted

Cemetery Lantern Tours hosted in person and virtually for Halloween

PINE PLAINS — While some fall traditions have changed this year due to COVID-19, the Pine Plains Free Library and The Little Nine Partners Historical Society have devised a safe way to still host the annual Evergreen Cemetery Lantern Tours, sharing ghoulish history while making sure tourists social distance.

From left, pianist Ryan McCullough joined violinist Miranda Cuckson on stage at The Stissing Center to perform Ross Lee Finney’s masterpiece, “Fiddle-Doodle-Ad,” during a concert held on Saturday, Sept. 26. Photo credit by J Henry Fair

Saturday at The Stissing Center

PINE PLAINS — The Stissing Center invited music enthusiasts from all around the region to get swept away by a captivating concert featuring violinist Miranda Cuckson, accompanied by pianist Ryan McCullough, on Saturday, Sept. 26. 

Hudson Valley photographer Julian Diamond took this photo of the Pine Plains Fire Tower in the glow of a full moon in 2018. It’s on the town’s official website. On Saturday, Sept. 5, members of the Friends of Stissing Landmarks climbed the Stissing Mountain Fire Tower, lit it and hung an American flag in honor of 9/11. Photo by Julian Diamond

Fire Tower lights up the Stissing sky

PINE PLAINS — Residents gathered at the Stissing Mountain Fire Tower in September to pay tribute to their state’s history and to their country’s fallen heroes, from the volunteers who kept alert for forest fires to those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. 

12 North Main St. property purchase finalized Future Town Hall in hamlet center more likely than ever

PINE PLAINS — Taking a major step in its plans to revitalize its downtown area, the town of Pine Plains officially closed on the sale of the property at 12 North Main St. this summer, bringing it another step closer to fulfilling a long-standing goal in its Comprehensive Plan.

Pine Plains native Sarah Chase and some of her environmentally friendly grazers at Chaseholm Farm were recognized by The Columbia County Environmental Management Council (EMC) as the recipients of the 2020 Good Earthkeeping (GEK) Award.  Photo by Faye Benson​

Chaseholm Farm bestowed with 2020 Good Earthkeeping Award

PINE PLAINS — Excellence can be its own reward, but a little recognition that you’re doing the right thing never hurts.


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