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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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Stissing Mountain High School graduates honor the past, welcome the future

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PINE PLAINS — The Stissing Mountain High School Class of 2018 took the time to reflect on its journey in the Pine Plains Central School District during graduation, on Saturday, June 23.
Beginning at 10 a.m., this year’s graduation was held in the Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School auditorium. Savoring their final moments as students in the Pine Plains school district, the graduating class entered the auditorium in two lines to the proud melody of “Ceremonial March.”

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Ronnybrook Farm recognized by NY State Grown & Certified program

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PINE PLAINS — As part of the state’s latest initiative to promote New York’s dairy industry and increase awareness and consumption of local dairy products during Dairy Month, New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball paid a visit to Pine Plains last week. He took a tour of Ronnybrook Farm Dairy and examined its daily operations on Wednesday, June 13.

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County celebrates area senior citizens

PINE PLAINS — As an early summer shower began sprinkling down outside, the Pine Plains Lions Club Pavilion was packed with local seniors who came out to enjoy a fun afternoon on Wednesday, June 13, as part of the Dutchess County Office for the Aging Senior Picnic Program. Beginning at noon, the senior picnic was open to residents from the towns of Pine Plains, North East, Washington and Stanford and the villages of Millbrook and Millerton. 

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Senior Awards Dinner honors students

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PINE PLAINS — With a week left until graduation day, seniors at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School were invited to the third annual Senior Awards Dinner on Thursday, June 14, where they were presented with countless scholarships and awards recognizing their accomplishments.

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Kilmer, Krasinski lead Class of 2018

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PINE PLAINS — Come Saturday, June 23, Stissing Mountain Junior/High School seniors Tessa Kilmer and Emma Krasinski will be leading this year’s graduating class as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.
In recognizing the unique experiences offered to students in the Pine Plains Central School District, both students made  their time in the district worthwhile. Over the last few years, they’ve learned to challenge themselves by stepping out of their comfort zones and getting involved with the programs their school district has to offer. 

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Local pharmacies join mail-order network: Good news for Pine Plains Pharmacy and McCarthy’s

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Pine Plains — The communities of Pine Plains and Stanfordville are breathing a sigh of relief, after their two hometown pharmacies brokered a deal with Express Scripts Incorporated (ESI) to join its mail-order network. The move will allow members of the Dutchess Educational Health Insurance Consortium (DEHIC) to obtain their maintenance medications from both the Pine Plains Pharmacy and McCarthy’s Pharmacy.

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Cleanups discussed at board meeting

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PINE PLAINS— Town Supervisor Darrah Cloud presented her monthly report at the Town Board meeting on Thursday, May 17. It lasted nearly an hour, rather than the 10 minutes it usually takes.
Cloud reported on the town’s disability and investment policies and on possible grants to fund local projects, which were covered last week. She also spoke about planned future cleanups to take place in town.
Cleanup day

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Writers’ Group reads

The Pine Plains Writers’ Group shared new creative work in the Community Room above the library on Wednesday, June 6, including fiction, nonfiction and poetry.  The group leader/coordinator is town Supervisor Darrah Cloud. Pictured from left are Rich Diaz, Bill Abrams, Jennifer Anderson, Mary Plover-Smith, Diana Rush, Bob Rabin, John Perella, Jay Cody  and Cloud. George Koch, who attended the reading and whose work was read by Cloud, is not pictured.

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Families learn how to help students deal with stress at Stissing Mountain lecture

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PINE PLAINS — In light of the number of threats made toward schools and other public venues this year, the Pine Plains Central School District decided to reach out to local families and provide them with information on how to help their children deal with stressful situations. A lecture was held on the subject on Tuesday, June 5, in the Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School library.

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Grant dollars needed for sewer study and more

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board met in May to discuss municipal matters, including the pursuit of important grant dollars. 
Greenway Grant
Town Supervisor Darrah Cloud said she’s applied for a Greenway Compact Communities Grant for the town’s comprehensive plan update.

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