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PINE PLAINS — In the wake of a devastating structure fire that destroyed two dairy barns and killed 46 cows at Ancramdale’s Millerhurst Farm in October, the Miller family was surrounded by love and support at a benefit held at The Stissing House on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Tickets were sold out. There was a silent auction, with many donations from area businesses, including a tour and tasting at Millbrook Winery, a two-night stay at The Inn at Pine Plains, two botanical watercolors by artist Mita Consini Bland, dinner for four at Mashomack Preserve and more. 

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Huichica East Music Festival offers music and more in pastoral landscape

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PINE PLAINS — The hills were alive with the sounds of homegrown music and community camaraderie last weekend as Chaseholm Farm hosted its third annual Huichica East Music Festival from Friday, Aug. 24, to Sunday, Aug. 26.
Hailed on its website as “a pioneer in a new breed of micro-festival,” Huichica East was designed to replicate the popular Huichica West festival in Sonoma, Calif., in an East Coast setting. From local residents to Sonoma aficionados and more, this year’s festival attracted a broad range of visitors to the farm in Pine Plains.

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Town Board considers possible noise ordinance

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PINE PLAINS— The issue of whether the town needs a noise ordinance was raised at the August Town Board meeting, just as it was in July. According to town Councilwoman Sarah Jones, the board received a letter suggesting it consider such a law.
The letter, shared  by the board following a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request, was peppered with accusations against the town. It’s from Adrienne Haynes and Bea Licata, a mother and daughter who moved to Pine Plains in April.

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Camp Invention inspires creativity and innovation

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PINE PLAINS — With the 2018-19 school year still a few weeks away, local students got a head start on their academics at Camp Invention, held at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School during the last week of July and first week of August.

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Leave it to beavers: Mystery solved at Pine Plains Beach

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PINE PLAINS — Though the beach was open for the summer, Pine Plains residents were confounded by the news that the swimming lane ropes were being cut every few nights.
Earlier in the summer, Pine Plains Recreation Director Catherine Prentice reported to the Pine Plains Town Board that somebody was cutting the ropes at the beach. While distraught by the news, both town and beach personnel decided to wait the issue out to see if it was a prank.

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A walk on the wild side

The Pine Plains Free Library introduced local children to some ambassadors from the animal kingdom with Animal Embassy at the Lions Club Pavilion on Wednesday, Aug. 8. Led by Animal Embassy Education Specialist Kevin Rockwell, the program offered everything from a duck named Shamu to a uromastyx lizard named Nigel. Rockwell taught the children about animal behaviors, diets and defense mechanisms, often calling volunteers to help him with his demonstrations. Above, Rockwell showed children how Nigel defends himself from predators.

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El Guacamole brings homemade Mexican dishes to Pine Plains

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PINE PLAINS— Local residents have been eager to welcome a new dining experience to the region, and El Guacamole is it.
With another location in Hyde Park, an opportunity to bring El Guacamole to Pine Plains arose for owner Leslie Garcia after her current landlord, Celia Bartolomeo, and former Pine Plains town Supervisor, Brian Coons, ate in Hyde Park. They told her about vacant space in Pine Plains.

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Swamp tromp

Though the skies outside were turning gray and rain was on the way, the ambiance underneath the Pine Plains Lions Club Pavilion was cheerful as the Pine Plains Free Library hosted singer Tom Sieling and his show, “Take a Tromp through the Swamp,” on Wednesday, Aug. 1. Starting at 10 a.m., Sieling performed upbeat songs for the children, switching between his guitar and banjo. Sieling allowed local youngsters Gemma Osofsky and Maddox Eiffert to hold his guitar and banjo after the show on Wednesday.

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Soccer players had a ball at camp

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PINE PLAINS— Just before registration for fall sports, local players were invited to perfect their soccer skills through a Pine Plains summer camp program this July.
Organized by Pine Plains Coach Dave Owens, the idea for hosting the soccer skills summer camp was motivated by the upcoming renewal of the town’s fall recreational soccer league, a program that’s “been pushed underground for the past few years,” according to Owens. 

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Schliff shares her story of brain injury and aftermath

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PINE PLAINS— As a former special education teacher in the Pine Plains Central School District, Janet Johnson Schliff understands the gravity of storytelling and taking the time to remember the small joys in life. When those abilities began to fade without medical explanation, Schliff found herself in a struggle: She suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder behaviors that wreaked havoc on her professional and personal life. 

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