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PINE PLAINS — When captured under the insightful eye of artist Mary Bridgman, local residents were given a chance to have their stories retold on canvas,  in the Portraits of Pine Plains art installation at Gallery & Goods.

After becoming acquainted with Bridgman during the early days of the gallery, Brett McCormack, one of the owners of Gallery & Goods, recognized her passion for portraiture. Together with his partner and fellow Gallery & Goods owner Josh Nathanson, he said he wanted to showcase Bridgman at their gallery. They even helped seek subjects for...

Pine Plains

Springtime seedlings

At the Pine Plains Free Library, librarian Marguerite Hill holds weekly story hours in the children’s room. Keeping in line with the spring weather, Hill recently read to the children from a number of stories about planting in the garden. She then sent the children home with a better understanding of the flowers that bloom in their parents’ gardens. To get the children in the spirit of digging in the dirt, and familiar with everything that one can find in the garden, Hill sang “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider” with her young readers.

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Soldier deployed

PINE PLAINS — Lt. Liz Cohn, U.S. Army, was recently deployed to Afghanistan, where she is a medical liaison for the 10th Mountain Division at the Role 3 Hospital at Kandahar Air Field. Cohn is the daughter of Ruth and Roger Cohn of Pine Plains.

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May events at the Roeliff Jansen Library

COPAKE — Imagine. Think. Connect. That’s the motto of the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, and during the month of May, there are plenty of opportunities to do all of that and more.
Join the new Classic Mysteries Book Club; select great titles at the sale of books from the library of presidential biographer Herb Parmet; catch the documentary film, “Moms,” followed by a question-and-answer period with producer Peter Odabashian; bring the kids to Wii night; meet award-winning author/illustrator Emily McCully; or get hands-on instruction in a radio broadcasting workshop (ages 8 to 12).

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Town Board meeting covers plethora of issues

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board meeting of Thursday, April 21, was relatively brief and without much controversy. That was all well and good, according to town Supervisor Gregg Pulver.
“It was a very quiet night,” he said. “It’s very nice to go through the motions once in a while.”
A visit from
the assemblyman

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Easter egg hunt 2011

PINE PLAINS — The Seymour Smith Elementary School’s PTA sponsored this year’s Easter egg hunt for local children on Saturday, April 16. As in the past, dozens of excited children showed up to meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs filled with candy. The hunt was done within a few moments, as the children grabbed the plastic eggs as quickly as they could, leaving no trace of the day’s event shortly after the 10 a.m. start time.

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Bedazzled by the bunny

Time stood still for 2-year-old Jennifer Barrone in Pine Plains on Saturday, April 16, at the Easter egg hunt held at Seymour Smith Elementary School, which was sponsored by the PTA. Jennifer was surely in awe of all of the brightly-colored candy-filled eggs that littered the grounds, but even more so of the larger-than-life Easter Bunny that headed her way as the hunt began. The dozens of children at the event had the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny and be photographed with the holiday star as well.

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School budget adopted with no cuts to administration

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PINE PLAINS — After a lengthy discussion regarding the need for both a middle school and high school principal, as well as a dean of students, the Pine Plains Central School District’s Board of Education voted to keep its current administrative layout and unanimously adopted a 2011-12 budget for voter approval next month.

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BOE trustee proposes major staff cuts

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PINE PLAINS — Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) trustees were caught off-guard by a proposal late into the 2011-12 budget process from Trustee Todd Bowen, who asked the board to consider eliminating one of two Stissing Mountain Middle/High School principals and the building’s dean of students.

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Current budget outlines 4 percent increase

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PINE PLAINS — Despite some ongoing discussion over possible last-minute reductions, the Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) is currently looking at passing a budget with about a $1 million increase from the year before and an estimated tax levy percent increase of about 4.5 percent.

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Local authors series kicks off at Stissing House

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PINE PLAINS — Stissing House restaurant, in Pine Plains, has resumed a literary series this season with a number of discussions featuring local authors.
Restaurant owner Patricia Jean explained that a few similar events had been held in the past and it was a great opportunity to take advantage of the wealth of authors with homes in the area.
“The trick is finding a topic that will appeal to a broad base,” she said, adding that the talks, for now, will focus more on nonfiction works.

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