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PINE PLAINS — In the wake of a devastating structure fire that destroyed two dairy barns and killed 46 cows at Ancramdale’s Millerhurst Farm in October, the Miller family was surrounded by love and support at a benefit held at The Stissing House on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Tickets were sold out. There was a silent auction, with many donations from area businesses, including a tour and tasting at Millbrook Winery, a two-night stay at The Inn at Pine Plains, two botanical watercolors by artist Mita Consini Bland, dinner for four at Mashomack Preserve and more. 

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Expansion of Pine Plains environmental area challenged

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PINE PLAINS — The public hearing regarding the “creation of the expanded Stissing Mountain Critical Environmental Area [CEA],” which impacts Stissing Lake, Twin Island Lake and Thompson Pond, drew a full house at Town Hall on Thursday, June 16. The cars of those attending the meeting even lined the shoulders of Route 199 for lack of parking in the Town Hall lot.
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Town Board adopts ethics law, reorganizes CAC

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board addressed a handful of issues at its meeting on Thursday, May 19.
One of the actions it took as a board was that it voted on a new ethics law; the motion passed unanimously. Town Supervisor Gregg Pulver said although he supported the passage of the law, he had some reservations.
“It is very similar to the Ancram ethics law, and they’ve already seen since they passed theirs about three years ago some challenges that are very political,” he said. “I don’t know how much is common knowledge, but I warned our board [of my concerns].

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Lions Club officers sworn in

Past District Governor Ed Blodgett of Hyde Park Lions Club installed the following slate of officers for Pine Plains Lions Club: Lion Jack Pulver, treasurer; Lion Don Bartles, Lion tamer; Lions Gregg Pulver and Jan Stoutenburgh, directors; Lion Bruce Kimball, president; Lion Linda Cordella, recording secretary; Lion Jerry Hotte, first vice president; Lion Wesley Chase, second vice president.

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Parks luncheon

HILLSDALE — The annual benefit luncheon for Hillsdale’s parks, including the Roeliff Jansen Park and the Hillsdale Hamlet Park, will be held Sunday, June 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hillsdale firehouse on Route 22.
Proceeds from the luncheon will help promote fitness and fun in Hillsdale’s parks through the purchase of fitness equipment for the Roe Jan Park and new equipment for the playground in the Hamlet Park.

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Amenia man dies while doing ‘most dangerous job’

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PINE PLAINS — Amenia resident Robert A. Jasmin Jr. was killed during an on-the-job accident on Monday, June 6.
Jasmin, who owned Jasmin Tree Service, had been cutting tree limbs on a property on Route 199 in Pine Plains.
According to the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, Jasmin had climbed the tree using ropes. When a cut limb fell toward him, he tried to move out of the way and the rope knot slipped, causing him to fall approximately 40 feet to the ground.

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FFA celebrates its year

PINE PLAINS — Members of the Pine Plains FFA chapter at the annual banquet on Friday, June 3, told the community about its activities during the past year, and about its plans for the future. Chapter members want to raise funds to continue the program and they thanked businesses and community members who have supported them in countless ways.
During the banquet, FFA members were awarded scholarships, degrees and certificates, and FFA officers passed on their torches to the next generation of leaders.

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State FFA convention challenges local students

PINE PLAINS — Nearly 1,200 students throughout New York descended upon SUNY Cobleskill to participate in the New York State FFA Convention from May 5 to 7. The Schoharie County destination was filled with teenagers participating in leadership and agricultural competitions, receiving awards and running for state level leadership positions.

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Pine Plains school board proposes new budget

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains School District revisited the 2011-12 school budget, which was rejected by voters the first time around, during the Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, June 1.
The BOE decided to revisit the budget instead of going straight to the contingency budget so that it would have more freedom to select where to make necessary cuts. Contingency budgets have more state mandates than normal budgets.
The new proposed budget is for $27,701,705, with an estimated tax levy of 3.38 percent. That is a reduction of $241,440 from the failed budget.

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Rail trail extension gets support

HARLEM VALLEY — Copake and Hillsdale residents have come together to form the Copake Hillsdale Rail Trail Alliance, with the goal of extending the Harlem Valley Rail Trail from its current terminus in Copake Falls north through the hamlet of Hillsdale.
Bart Ziegler, a Hillsdale resident, and Nancy Schultz of Copake are heading up the new organization.

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Walk/don’t walk sign stopped in its tracks

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PINE PLAINS — The proposed walk/don’t walk sign for the intersection of routes 82 and 199 the state Department of Transportation (DOT) said was moving forward in May looks like it’s come to a halt, according to town Supervisor Gregg Pulver.
“We’ve got a deal working out with the DOT regarding the pedestrian indicating sign,” Pulver said, after the issue was raised at the Thursday, May 19, Town Board meeting. “They’re not going to put it in.”

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