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PINE PLAINS — Following the lantern tours around Evergreen Cemetery the previous weekend, the Pine Plains Free Library received the support of community members ready to bid on a menagerie of fantastic prizes at its second Silent Auction and Birthday Bash on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Starting at 5 p.m., the Stissing House opened its doors to an eager mass of bidders, with around 130 people in attendance overall. Along with supplying the venue free of charge, the Stissing House donated bread and crackers, which were perfectly paired with the cheese donated by Chaseholm Farm and the...

Pine Plains

New ways to teach in agriculture

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PINE PLAINS — Earlier this summer, Christine Mac Neil, the Pine Plains agriculture teacher, attended the Region VI in the STICKS (Successful Teachers Inspire Character and Knowledge in Students) professional development conference for agricultural educators at the Oswegatchie Educational Center in Croghan, N.Y.
“I love going to this conference,” said Mac Neil. “We also get hundreds of dollars worth of curriculum materials that we can actually use in the classroom.”

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Get set, go

The Second Annual Erin Shanley Memorial 5K Run was began the Lions Pavilion in Pine Plains on Saturday, Aug. 20. More than 90 people of all ages participated in the event. Sixteen-year-old LeeAnn Reynolds and Nick, her pet goat, walked the 1-mile route. LeeAnn said that she participated because she was supporting her brother, who organized the event, and she wanted to pay tribute to Erin and help raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Click here for full story.

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Church holds first community pig roast

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Episcopal Church of the Regeneration held its first community pig roast on Saturday, Aug. 13.
Parishioner Amy Baden said that the purpose of the cookout is “to let the community know we’re here and that our doors are always open.”
“Every charitable organization should have a day to say hello to the community,” said the Rev. Mike Shafer, priest at the church. He went on to say that he hoped the event helps people feel included in the community and lets everyone know there is a group that cares about them.

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School prepares for new evaluation system

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PINE PLAINS — During the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 3, Pine Plains Central School District Superintendent of Schools Linda Kaumeyer explained the new Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) regulations and standards that New York state will be using to evaluate principals and teachers.

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Eastern NY Holstein Club show awards

HARLEM VALLEY — The Eastern New York Holstein Club held its Black & White Show on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31, at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. There were a total of 154 cows that entered the show ring, 91 of them shown by 66 junior members. The show was judged by Adam Liddle of Liddleholm Holsteins in Argyle, N.Y.
Results of the Junior Show are as follows:
Junior Master Clipper: Hunter Finley, Amenia.
Senior Master Clipper: Keith Hoffman, Ancramdale.
Master Showman: Colleen Smith, Pine Plains.

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Pine Plains remembers prominent local figure

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PINE PLAINS — Pine Plains said goodbye to one of its prominent residents during a service held on Saturday, Aug. 13.
Clyde Ralston Chase died on Saturday, Aug. 6, after a decade-long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Friends, family and community members spoke about Chase’s life, emphasizing his love of and dedication to Pine Plains.
Chase served on several boards and held government positions at both town and county levels.

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Taconic State Park dedicates gatehouse visitors’ center

COPAKE FALLS, N.Y. — Taconic State Park has its first true visitors’ center since the property was acquired by the state in 1927. The campground check in and ranger station were at the superintendent’s house (formerly the Copake Iron Works’ ironmaster’s house) until 10 years ago, when they shifted to a small trailer.

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Lions barbecue is a roaring success

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The Pine Plains Lions Club held its 40th Annual Beef Barbecue at the Lions Pavilion on Saturday, Aug. 6, to raise money for the many local groups and projects the Lions support.
Every year, between 500 and 600 community members come out for the event, making the barbecue one of the biggest in the area.  The event raises a few thousand dollars, which the Lions Club uses to support several important community causes.

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School board makes fiscal decisions

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PINE PLAINS — Michael Goldbeck, the assistant superintendent of business and finance for the Pine Plains Central School District, gave a presentation during the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 3, regarding the school district’s financial standings and plans for the future.

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Affordable housing remains high on Pine Plains’ list

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PINE PLAINS — The Affordable Housing Task Force has been hard at work since it formed nearly a year ago, trying to decide what the town’s needs are and how exactly to meet those needs. Currently it’s reviewing the results from the recent U.S. census, along with numbers from a survey the task force sent out following a Feb. 17 Town Board meeting.
Fifteen hundred questionnaires were sent out townwide; town Supervisor Gregg Pulver initially said he was hoping for a 20 percent return rate, but only about 8 percent of survey recipients sent them back, which amounts to just 136.

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