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PINE PLAINS — Adventure is out there for the young and the young at heart — and the town of Pine Plains is promoting activities for residents ages 55 and above with its Adventurers’ Club.

Every Wednesday, the club gathers at noon in the Community Room above the Pine Plains Free Library to make new friends and catch up with familiar faces over games, discussions, movies and more. Whether they decide to play a round of pinochle or listen in on a discussion about independent living, there’s always something to do. Sharing in potluck meals is a favorite pastime...

Pine Plains

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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BOE adopts new fee schedule for facility use

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) voted to adopt a modified fee schedule during its meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 19.
The new fee schedule only affects those who fall under Schedule 2, which is defined as “community groups, certified not-for-profit groups, driver’s ed, PTA events other than meetings [and] faculty/staff events other than meetings.”
The new fee schedule halves the costs of the previous schedule.

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The fruits of the festival

The A. Neighbors Network Fall Festival in Ancramdale, held on Sunday, Oct. 9, promoted local businesses. “Be a Localvore,” as it was called, aimed to raise funds for the Pine Plains Pantry and other local charities.

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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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