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From left, Dutchess County Office for the Aging (OFA) Director Todd Tancredi, a young picnic volunteer and New York State Senator Sue Serino (R-41) greeted local seniors at the Drive-Thru Senior Picnic on Wednesday, July 7. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

OFA senior tradition continues

PINE PLAINS — Between the clear blue skies and the summer sunshine, Wednesday, July 7, was the perfect day for the Dutchess County Office for the Aging (OFA) to host a free Drive-Thru Senior Picnic in the Stissing Mountain High School parking lot for area seniors ages 60 and up.

Madeleine Henry’s ‘The Love Proof’ crafts connections among readers

PINE PLAINS — Having crafted the perfect love story about pursuing lasting connections in a time when such connections are vital for navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, author Madeleine Henry joined the Pine Plains Free Library’s March Book Club meeting on Thursday, March 4, to discuss her new book, “The Love Proof.” 


Her body in tune with her instrument, Bulgarian violinist virtuoso Bella Hristova poured her heart into her performance for The Stissing Center’s first in-person concert of 2021 on Sunday, June 26. Photo submitted

Music, live, and in person

PINE PLAINS — It was with great joy that The Stissing Center (TSC) welcomed the community back into its halls at 2950 Church St. in Pine Plains on Sunday, June 26, for its first in-person concert since the COVID-19  lock-down last March. 


Liaison for the town’s baseball program Rich Tamburrino said he hopes the town can use the softball program blueprint and apply it to the baseball program next year. Photo submitted

Pine Plains fine tunes ball program, hopes for Little League charter

PINE PLAINS — Even if they weren’t raised on America’s favorite pastime, there are a number of Pine Plains residents who remember the days when baseball was a constant in their community. 


An upstanding member of the Pine Plains community, Robert Couse Sr. passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, June 3, at the age of 88. Photo submitted

A true part of Pine Plains, Robert Couse will be missed

PINE PLAINS — Having spent the lion’s share of his life in service to his country and community, former Pine Plains Police Officer-in-Charge Robert Couse Sr. passed away peacefully at his Pine Plains home at the age of 88 on Thursday, June 3. 


Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

A day for diplomas

A member of the Stissing Mountain High School Class of 2021, Britney Mercado toasted her graduation from the Pine Plains Central School District with her parents, Juana and Raymond, on the football field behind the high school.


As Stissing Mountain High School Principal Tara Grieb called their name, each graduate walked over to Pine Plains Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler, where they received their diploma and a fist bump from Handler and posed for a photo. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Resilience recurring theme at Stissing Mountain High School’s Class of 2021 graduation

PINE PLAINS — Having weathered the challenges of the past year-and-a-half with patience, strength and resilience, the Stissing Mountain Class of 2021 was able to step confidently into the future as it celebrated its graduation on Friday, June 25.

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