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PINE PLAINS — With clear skies overhead and warm weather to boot, Pine Plains hosted its second annual Bob Couse Town Clean Up Day at the town’s Highway Department on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Open to Pine Plains residents only, this past Saturday there was a steady stream of cars dropping off items at the Highway Department. Along with nominal fees charged for certain items, mattresses, sofas, appliances with freon, tires, car batteries, sleeper sofas and even a piano were deposited. Electronics, full paint cans and flammable items were prohibited.

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Restaurant will reopen 16 months after fire

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PINE PLAINS — The grand reopening of Lia’s Mountain View Restaurant, slated for Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m., has been a long time coming — 495 days to be exact.
The restaurant was severely damaged in an electrical fire that ravaged the building on July 13, 2010.
“That was the beginning of our nightmares,” said Maria Wright, one of the four Mirto siblings that own and operate the restaurant. “Not only do you lose part of your life, but you have to deal with insurance and the contractors and everything else.”

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History class seizes Graham-Brush House for re-enactment

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PINE PLAINS — The Stissing Mountain High School military history class participated in a military re-enactment at the Graham-Brush House on Thursday, Nov. 3.
“It’s really just a blast,” said Stissing Mountain senior David Leach, who also participates in Civil War re-enactments outside of class. Leach acted as the first sergeant of the company.

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Audit gives school district high marks

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PINE PLAINS — Auditor Alec Sobin gave a presentation during the Pine Plains Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 2, regarding the school district’s annual audit, which revealed a clean bill of health.
“We’re very pleased that once again we received a good year-end audit,” said Michael Goldbeck, the assistant superintendent for banking and finance for the district.
“We didn’t have any concerns at all,” said Sobin. “The business office does a wonderful job. ... The district continues to do a good internal job.”

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Pine Plains high school evacuated due to bomb hoax

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PINE PLAINS — A note stating “bomb in school” prompted an evacuation of the Stissing Mountain Middle/High School roughly an hour after classes started on Monday, Nov. 7.
The note was found in a bathroom.
Once the students were safely evacuated, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and K-9 units thoroughly searched the school, then cleared the building for re-entry at approximately 10:16 a.m.

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Pachin Mills Bridge decorated for 18th consecutive Halloween

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As tradition dictated, the Pachin Mills bridge in Pine Plains was decorated on Halloween night with dozens of glowinghand-carved pumpkins.
The pumpkins on the bridge are lit with candles for two nights following Halloween.
The tradition started 18 years ago, when John Bradley decided to decorate the bridge with 40 pumpkins for his mother’s birthday, Oct. 24. It was such a hit that Bradley has decorated the bridge ever since.

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A spooky sight

Despite the unseasonable snow storm, dozens of students filled the auditorium at the Cold Spring Elementary School for the Halloween Party and Costume Contest on Thursday, Oct. 27. The students dressed up in their best costumes and paraded around the gym to show off their outfits for the costume contest.

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Candidate Profiles — Pine Plains 2011

Name: Gregg Pulver
Age: 48
Town: Pine Plains
Years lived in town: 48
Occupation/background: Owner of A. Pulver Trucking and Farm
Marital status, children: Married with one 20-year-old daughter
Position running for, term length: Town supervisor, two-year term
Political party: Republican
Running on what lines: Republican

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Pine Plains Candidates 2011

Name: Barry L. Hay
Age: 46
Town: Pine Plains
Years lived in town: 33
Occupation/background: Highway Superintendent.
Marital status, children: Married, one daughter.
Position running for, term length: Highway superintendent, four-year term.
Political party: Democrat
Running on what lines: Republican

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Pine Plains welcomes interim principal

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PINE PLAINS — Earlier this month, the Pine Plains Central School District welcomed Anthony Celenza as the new interim principal at Stissing Mountain Middle School. He is temporarily replacing Robert Hess, who is currently on administrative leave.
Celenza grew up in New York City, but has enjoyed life in the Hudson Valley for 35 years.

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Committee hosts forum regarding trails and bikeways planning

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PINE PLAINS — Early on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 22, Pine Plains residents gathered at the Heart of Pine Plains Community Center to listen to lectures about the creation of trails and bikeways in the local region and to voice ideas, thoughts and concerns about the creation of similar trails and bikeways in Pine Plains.
The Trails and Bikeways Committee, headed by Scott Chase, was formed to create a trail map that will be added to the Pine Plains comprehensive plan to detail the development of trails and bikeways over the next 10 to 20 years.

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