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Renowned for his talents as a pianist and a conductor, Benjamin Hochman delivered an enthralling performance for the Pine Plains community with a solo piano recital held in The Stissing Center on Friday evening, Aug. 13. Photo submitted

Hochman sells out Stissing Center

PINE PLAINS — The Stissing Center (TSC) saw its second performance in its “LIVE! from The Stissing Center” series sell out as community members sought tickets for musician Benjamin Hochman’s solo piano recital on Friday evening, Aug. 13.


Former Pine Plains Town Clerk Judy Harpp celebrated her retirement at the Backyard Garden on Church Street on Thursday, Aug. 19, with her longtime co-workers after being on the job for 33 years. Photo by Stan Hirson

Longtime Pine Plains Town Clerk Judy Harpp retires after 33 years of service

PINE PLAINS — Described as the “face of Pine Plains,” by her one-time boss and longtime friend, current Chair of the Dutchess County Legislature Gregg Pulver (R-19), who for 12 years also served as Pine Plains town supervisor, Judy Harpp officially served the last of her 33 years as Pine Plains town clerk on Aug. 15. 

Pine Plains opts out: Marijuana can’t be sold or smoked publicly, for now

PINE PLAINS — Like the neighboring town of North East did at its board meeting on Aug. 12, the Pine Plains Town Board decided to refrain from permitting marijuana dispensaries and/or lounges to operate anywhere within its 31.2-square mile town when it met to discuss the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) on Thursday, Aug. 19.


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Raingutter Regatta

Pine Plains Cub Scout Pack 3045 invited the local community to help them set sail on a brand new tradition with their first-ever Raingutter Regatta on Friday, Aug. 13. Running from 6 to 8 p.m., the regatta was held at the Pine Plains Lions Club Pavilion on Beach Road.


Captured in the evening hours, Stissing Lake in Pine Plains is a popular spot during the summer months. However, the increased goose population at the lake in recent years has left so many droppings that increased bacteria levels in the water often causes problems. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Town culls geese to deal with bacteria at Stissing Lake

PINE PLAINS — Taking action as part of the town’s ongoing battle with nature, Pine Plains officials were given crucial advice from Ken Preusser, a lake expert from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), on how to reduce the goose population at Stissing Lake to ensure the beach can stay open this summer.

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