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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. ...

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Pine Plains to hold trail and bikeway forum

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Trails and Bikeways Committee will hold a forum on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Pine Plains Library and Community Center to give residents the opportunity to voice opinions about the comprehensive trail and bikeway plan the committee is developing.
“Our goal is to have the town focus on the need and opportunities for trails and bikeways,” said Scott Chase, chair of the committee.

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BOE: Submit technical questions in advance

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) begin its meeting at the Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center on Oct. 12 with the annual tour of the Seymour Smith building, which included a review of the masonry project that was conducted during the summer to repair and improve the drainage and septic systems, sidewalks and leaking roofs. The project was completed under budget.

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Local horse-lover adds flair to national equestrian magazine

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MILLBROOK — Jeanne Chisholm, who first gained local recognition when she opened an art gallery in Pine Plains, has recently joined on as a contributing editor for a new glossy magazine called Equine Flair.
The magazine, which will be launched in January 2012, is a monthly publication that will focus on the lifestyle of equestrians.
“Luxury is an art, not a trend,” declares the magazine’s tag line.
The magazine content will include items from all areas of life that will appeal to the equestrian, from home decorating and fashion to travel destinations and real estate.

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School board talks tests

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PINE PLAINS — On Wednesday, Sept. 21, Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center Principal Richard Azoff and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Catherine Parsons gave a presentation to the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) and the meeting attendants about the tests used to evaluate student progress.

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FFA celebrates agriculture with community

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PINE PLAINS — The annual FFA Fall Festival was held on Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8, to celebrate local agriculture and to give FFA members a chance to demonstrate their showman skills with their livestock.
Saturday’s festivities were kicked off with an early morning parade through the middle of town from the Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center to the Stissing Mountain Middle/High School, where booths buzzed with activities throughout the day.
Tractors putted along the parade route, gearing up for the antique tractor pull.

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Politicians head to the food source

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PINE PLAINS — New York State Sen. Greg Ball and Assemblyman Marcus Molinaro toured four local farms on Friday, Sept. 30, to speak with farmers about issues facing their businesses and to learn how the government can help expand the opportunities for sustainable agriculture in the Hudson Valley.
The senator and the assemblyman visited Migliorelli Farms in Red Hook, Coach Dairy Farm in Pine Plains, McEnroe Farm in Millerton and McCarthy’s Farm in Pawling.

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Animalkind seeks support

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PINE PLAINS — Animalkind is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to stopping the stray and feral cat overpopulation humanely in Dutchess, Columbia and Greene counties. It does so through trap/neuter/return (TNR) low-cost neutering options for low-income pet owners and emergency rescue and adoption programs; now the rescue organization needs some help of its own.

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Stissing Mountain makes quick staff changes

District remains mum on reasons
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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Central School District released a letter on Tuesday, Sept. 27, addressed to administrators, faculty, staff and parents that briefly addressed immediate changes to the school staff.
The letter said Dennis Malloy had resigned as dean of students for Stissing Mountain Middle/High School and that the middle school principal, Robert Hess, has been granted an administrative leave.
Hess has been temporarily replaced by interim principal Anthony Celenza as of Tuesday, Oct. 4. Celenza has acted as principal at several schools in the region during his long career.

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Block grant application to focus on water main replacement

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PINE PLAINS — It’s water works all the way for the Town Board in Pine Plains. After much discussion and a public hearing, the board decided to take the route that’s proven most successful in the past, and apply for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the county in the maximum amount of $150,000. The subject of the application is a water line improvement on East Church Street.

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Cold Spring holds open house

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STANFORDVILLE — Cold Spring Early Learning Center hosted an open house on Thursday, Sept. 22.
Principal James Glynn estimated that 80 percent of parents of Cold Spring students attended the event, which he called “impressive.”
“It’s a positive start to the school year to set the stage and open communication,” said Glynn.
The evening began with a brief and humorous introduction of the faculty before the parents were given the opportunity to meet with educators.

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