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A flagger was employed to direct traffic around paving work being done in Pine Plains last week. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Drive with care, expect delays

PINE PLAINS — Motorists were advised to exercise a little extra caution when driving through the town of Pine Plains last week to make way for paving work being done on a number of local roads. 

Photo by Megan Brenner

Life on a farm, of sorts

Little Sophia Brenner, 2, loves to wake up in the morning and play with her barred rock chicken, named Biggie Smalls, at her family home in Pine Plains. Her mom, Megan, said Sophia “adores our chickens and does this every morning.” 

From the comfort of his car, Jim Mara, one of the assessors for the town of Pine Plains, received a bag lunch from Pine Plains town Supervisor Darrah Cloud and Dutchess County Office for the Aging Director Todd Tancredi as part of the drive-thru Senior Picnic on Tuesday, Aug. 11. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Seniors enjoy their picnics on the go

PINE PLAINS — After being cooped up in their homes for the entire spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, local seniors were thrilled to participate in one of their favorite summertime traditions as the Dutchess County Office for the Aging (OFA) organized a socially distant, drive-thru Senior Picnic in lieu of a traditional sit-down picnic on Tu

Training his concentration on the ball, Carter Knickerbocker, 8, practiced juggling the soccer ball in the last 5 minutes of the summer camp program held in Pine Plains on Thursday, Aug. 6. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Staying safe, playing soccer

PINE PLAINS — Rising soccer players from the local area seized the opportunity to perfect their skills on the field by registering for the summer camp program hosted by Fox Soccer Academy in Pine Plains. From Monday, Aug. 3, through Friday, Aug. 7, the program was held at the Pine Plains Recreational Park, located on Beach Road, from 9 a.m.

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.


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