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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) introduced four Stissing Mountain High School students on Wednesday, May 3, who were in China March 20 through March 26, at the special invitation of Nanjing Middle School #29 Principal Hua Minyou in China.

The China Exchange Program was initiated during the 1998-99 school year by Advisor Karen  Pogoda, who ran the program for 14 years. During that time,  Pogoda worked hard to offer students a greater sense of the country they were visiting, whether it was Chinese students visiting the United States or Pine...

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Durst still interested in Carvel Property Development

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PINE PLAINS — For years, Pine Plains residents have followed the Carvel Property Development proposed by real estate tycoon Douglas Durst to reshape the former Carvel Country Club. Though the original application was submitted nearly 15 years ago, the project hit a wall in recent years amid talk of zoning issues — specifically how it would work into the New Neighborhood Development (NND) zoning.  

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Students recognized for BOCES and musical achievements

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PINE PLAINS — Fifteen students from the Pine Plains Central School District and one from the Career and Technical Institute (CTI) of the Dutchess County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) were acknowledged for their musical and academic achievements at the Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, April 5.

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Hop to it

Dutch’s Spirits hosted a free egg hunt and opportunity to take a picture with the Easter Bunny at Harvest Homestead Farm on Saturday, April 15. More than 75 people attended. Lillian Lin Schlein and Easter Bunny Ariel Schlein, co-founders of Dutch’s Spirits, posed for a photo with their son, Julian. 

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Celebrating Easter

Siblings Samantha Douglass, 7, and Victoria, 14, stayed with the Easter Bunny through to the end on Saturday, April 15, at the Pine Plains firehouse. The Pine Plains Hose Company No. 1 Ladies Auxiliary hosted the event. It’s been doing so for roughly 40 years, according to Martha Imperato. “We just like doing it for the community,” she said. “It’s enjoyable to see the kids having fun, and it is one way that we can do something for them.”

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Community mourns the loss of philanthropist Christian Eisenbeiss

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PINE PLAINS — Christian Eisenbeiss was a private man with a generous spirit. A known philanthropist, Eisenbeiss passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 30, at the age of 61. He was the cofounder, board treasurer and major benefactor behind Pine Plains Memorial Hall (PPMH), soon to become a major performing arts center for the Tri-state region.

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Children’s programs in Taconic State Park

COPAKE FALLS — Friends of Taconic State Park invited elementary and middle school aged children and their parents to get their hands on some “Skins and Skulls” in February, at park headquarters, 253 State Route 344, Copake Falls. The event was the first of four children’s nature and history programs offered by the group this year, thanks to a legislative grant secured for the Friends by Assembly member Didi Barrett (D-106).

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Lecture reveals dark chapter in US history

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PINE PLAINS — Last Friday, April 7, the Pine Plains Free Library hosted a lecture on a dark chapter in American history — when internment camps of Japanese-Americans dotted the country during World War II.  “Images of Internment,” a photo exhibit, was also on site. 
Pine Plains Library Director Veronica Stork introduced Education Specialist Jeffrey Urbin from the F.D.R. Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park.

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Remembering when immigrants were treated as the enemy in WWII

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PINE PLAINS — With the 75th anniversary of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II approaching, the Pine Plains Free Library hosted a lecture on Friday, April 7, on that dark chapter in American history.  
 Jeffrey Urbin spoke about an exhibit on Japanese-Americans at the F.D.R. Presidential Library in Hyde Park, where he is an education specialist.

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The Pines, a film site for ‘Furlough’

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PINE PLAINS— The hamlet of Pine Plains will soon be featured on the big screen, as Furlough Productions recently chose to film a scene from the comedy ““Furlough” at The Pines.
Starring Melissa Leo, the independent film “Furlough” tells the story of an inmate who is granted one weekend out of prison to visit her dying mother. Comedy ensues when a rookie correction officer struggles to keep Leo’s character under control during the weekend.

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Pine Plains Town Board: Approval granted for new CAC member and refund of Garden Club money

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board meeting on Thursday, March 16, was swift. During the roughly 40 minutes of regular business, a number of issues were addressed.
The meeting began with a ceremony honoring the Highway Department’s Motor Equipment Operator (MEO) Gary Peeze, for his 20-plus years working for the town.
There was a moment of silence for the late Water Company Superintendent Gary Keeler, who passed away on March 5. 

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