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PINE PLAINS — Walking down Church Street around lunchtime, residents can satisfy their craving for a lunch hot off the grill at Spud Shack. 

Since their move to Pine Plains 12 years ago, Spud Shack owners Rod Quijada and his longtime girlfriend, Tami Plassmann, have set out to give the restaurant business a try, starting with the opening of the deli, Hard Roll Express. Originally located across the street from Stewart’s Shop in Pine Plains, the couple gathered a following with Hard Roll Express for 10 years, five of which were spent on Route 44 in Amenia. ...

Pine Plains

It’s story time

PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Free Library hosted a holiday-themed story hour on Thursday, Dec. 22. The books, which included an interactive e-book, introduced the children to stories about several winter holidays, and were followed by a holiday sing-along, snacks and art project.

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Concerns over coaching

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PINE PLAINS — During the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 21, a vote to appoint the head varsity softball coach and the assistant basketball coach failed to pass after two board members abstained from voting.

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Faculty Follies

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PINE PLAINS — Forty or so teachers, staff and faculty at the Stissing Mountain Middle/High School pooled their talents to put on the third annual Faculty Follies show for the students on Friday, Dec. 23. The performance included rock’n’roll ensembles, opera singing, parody plays and video shorts.

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Teachers and deputies court rivalry

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PINE PLAINS — Stissing Mountain High School hosted a charity basketball game on Wednesday, Dec. 14, to collect food for the Pine Plains Community Food Locker.
The stands along the basketball court were full of excited basketball fans, all of whom donated nonperishable food items to gain entrance into the game.
High School Principal Tara Horst, who organized the event, said “a ton” of food was donated by the spectators, for which she was grateful.

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Town Board wraps up the year

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PINE PLAINS — Town Supervisor Gregg Pulver led his final board meeting as supervisor Thursday, Dec. 15. The meeting was packed with people from the community who came out to say farewell to Pulver, who has held the seat for the past 12 years. In January, Brian Coons will take the position as the newly elected supervisor.

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Winter concert at Seymour Smith

Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center hosted its annual Winter Concert on Thursday, Dec. 8. In the morning, the fifth-grade band and the third-through-fifth-grade chorus performed for their fellow classmates and for the students of the Cold Spring Elementary School, who visited Seymour Smith for the occasion. The students put on an encore performance later that evening for parents and family friends.

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Winter concert at Seymour Smith

Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center hosted its annual Winter Concert on Thursday, Dec. 8. In the morning, the fifth-grade band and the third-through-fifth-grade chorus performed for their fellow classmates and for the students of the Cold Spring Elementary School, who visited Seymour Smith for the occasion. The students put on an encore performance later that evening for parents and family friends.

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No recording for Special Ed students

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PINE PLAINS — Colleen Lutz, the mother of a student in the Pine Plains School District, spoke at the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16, to make two requests: that her child, who has been diagnosed with dyslexia and dysgraphia, receive the textbooks on tape that he was promised and that he be given permission to record his lessons to use as a supplementary studying tool.

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Hats off to the holidays

The Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center’s chorus performed during the annual winter concert on Thursday, Dec. 8.

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Stissing Mountain target of second bomb threat hoax

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PINE PLAINS — Classes at Stissing Mountain Middle/High School were disrupted on Tuesday, Nov. 29, due to a bomb threat, the second in less than a month.
The first bomb threat hoax occurred on Monday, Nov. 7, and was investigated by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy T.J. Hanlon said the investigation into that incident is still ongoing.
It is unknown whether this second bomb threat hoax was perpetrated by the same person or persons as the first incident, or whether it is a copycat job.

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