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PINE PLAINS— The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) couldn’t have asked for a better evening to host a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the district’s new bus garage on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

In the moments leading up to the ceremony, the transportation staff recounted stories of past drivers as well as their own experiences in driving for the Pine Plains Central School District.

After 21 years of driving Pine Plains students, senior driver Denise Milano praised the garage as a reflection of the transportation staff’s hard work.

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Pine Plains

Church Street sidewalk undergoes restoration

PINE PLAINS — Beginning Monday, Sept. 11, the sidewalk area from 2977 to 2987 Church Street will be worked on as part of a two-week restoration project.
Totaling 198 feet, the sidewalk area on Church Street has been in need of repair for some time; bricks have shifted and grass is growing in between the gaps. Through the efforts of Stanfordville contractor Dave Douglass, the restoration project will include removing the old sidewalk, constructing new 9’ sidewalks, stamping the concrete and sealing it.

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Remembering Robert H. Mizgier and his impact

PINE PLAINS — Almost everyone who lives in this town knew Robert H. Mizgier. And almost everyone who knew him loved him.
Mizgier died of cancer on Friday, Sept. 1, at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck. He was 74.
His son, Robert M. Mizgier, or Rob, said his dad will be sorely missed. He said growing up with his father, who spent 20 years with Pine Plains Hose Company No. 1 and another 15 before that with the Ulster Hose Company in Kingston, meant a lot of time at the firehouse.

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Republican Committee nominates five at caucus

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PINE PLAINS — The Town of Pine Plains Republican Committee nominated five candidates at its caucus last week, held on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
An estimated 22 enrolled voters and registered GOP members met at the Pine Plains Lions Club Pavilion on Beach Road. Positions up for election include town supervisor, two Town Board seats, a town justice seat and town assessor. With the exception of a two-year term for town supervisor, all of the positions are for four-year terms.

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Discussion unlocks possibilities behind Kennedy assassination

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PINE PLAINS — After 54 years of ongoing speculation, the passage of time has done little to reduce the public’s curiosity regarding the cause of President John F. Kennedy’s tragic assassination on Nov. 22, 1963. 

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Board of Ed: Making plans for new school year

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PINE PLAINS — Following the first day of the 2017–18 school year, the Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) met on Wednesday, Sept. 6, to make plans and schedule dates to show its progress to the community.
BOE President Chip Couse reported that the high school organized a graduation ceremony for two students who were due to graduate this past spring but were unable to. A third graduation is pending. 

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Formation of historical district discussed at board meeting after letter from CAC chairman

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PINE PLAINS— The Town Board at its meeting Thursday, Aug. 17, discussed establishment of a formal historic district. 
The suggestion was made last month by Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) Chairman John Hoffman III. Hoffman wrote to the Town Board in July that during the CAC’s recent survey, when asked to identify ways the CAC could address critical environmental concerns in town, the second most frequent response was for it to focus on historic preservation.

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Local talent for cell phone photography on display at Town Grange gallery

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PINE PLAINS — In an attempt to engage the community and encourage its relationship with the natural world, the Pine Plains Free Library recently teamed up with the Town Grange gallery to host Backyard, a cell phone art show.

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Board of Ed appoints staff for coming school year

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) discussed staff appointments for the 2017-18 school year at its meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 23.
Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler proposed scheduling a date for the board to discuss its goals for the 2017-18 school year; Wednesday, Sept. 13, was set. 

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Chaseholm Farm brings back Huichica East for a second year

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PINE PLAINS — Warm memories were made at Chaseholm Farm last weekend with the second annual Huichica East Festival on Friday, Aug. 25, and Saturday, Aug. 26.
The idea of hosting a small food, wine and music festival at Chaseholm Farm was born at Gundlach Bundschu Winery, the oldest continuously family-owned winery in Sonoma, Calif. According to Chaseholm Farm owner Sarah Chase, the winery was trying to create an event on the East Coast that would showcase their product on the West Coast. 

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On the horns of a dilemma in Pine Plains: Antlers Club’s zoning request

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PINE PLAINS — The private, member-owned recreational residential community on Stissing Lake known as the Antlers Club wants the town to circumvent its zoning, and in doing so approve the construction of three new homes.
A little history

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