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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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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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Politicians head to the food source

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PINE PLAINS — New York State Sen. Greg Ball and Assemblyman Marcus Molinaro toured four local farms on Friday, Sept. 30, to speak with farmers about issues facing their businesses and to learn how the government can help expand the opportunities for sustainable agriculture in the Hudson Valley.
The senator and the assemblyman visited Migliorelli Farms in Red Hook, Coach Dairy Farm in Pine Plains, McEnroe Farm in Millerton and McCarthy’s Farm in Pawling.

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Animalkind seeks support

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PINE PLAINS — Animalkind is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to stopping the stray and feral cat overpopulation humanely in Dutchess, Columbia and Greene counties. It does so through trap/neuter/return (TNR) low-cost neutering options for low-income pet owners and emergency rescue and adoption programs; now the rescue organization needs some help of its own.

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Stissing Mountain makes quick staff changes

District remains mum on reasons
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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Central School District released a letter on Tuesday, Sept. 27, addressed to administrators, faculty, staff and parents that briefly addressed immediate changes to the school staff.
The letter said Dennis Malloy had resigned as dean of students for Stissing Mountain Middle/High School and that the middle school principal, Robert Hess, has been granted an administrative leave.
Hess has been temporarily replaced by interim principal Anthony Celenza as of Tuesday, Oct. 4. Celenza has acted as principal at several schools in the region during his long career.

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Block grant application to focus on water main replacement

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PINE PLAINS — It’s water works all the way for the Town Board in Pine Plains. After much discussion and a public hearing, the board decided to take the route that’s proven most successful in the past, and apply for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the county in the maximum amount of $150,000. The subject of the application is a water line improvement on East Church Street.

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Cold Spring holds open house

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STANFORDVILLE — Cold Spring Early Learning Center hosted an open house on Thursday, Sept. 22.
Principal James Glynn estimated that 80 percent of parents of Cold Spring students attended the event, which he called “impressive.”
“It’s a positive start to the school year to set the stage and open communication,” said Glynn.
The evening began with a brief and humorous introduction of the faculty before the parents were given the opportunity to meet with educators.

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BOE examines facility usage fees for town recreation programs

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PINE PLAINS — During the Wednesday, Sept. 21, meeting, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) discussed the price structure for the use of school facilities by outside groups.
Since the school district is currently operating under a contingency budget, the district is legally prevented from allowing outside groups or organizations to use the school facilities free of charge if the use will cost the district money due to basic operating costs, such as electricity.

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BOE president responds to ‘outrageous’ comments

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PINE PLAINS — During the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 7, board president Bruce Kimball started the meeting by addressing three points that were raised during the public comments segment of the previous BOE meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 24.
The first comment that Kimball addressed was about the length of the new bus routes. The speaker said that his child spends 40 minutes on the bus even though he lives only a few blocks from the school.

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Board addresses business at hand

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board discussed a number of miscellaneous items at its monthly meeting on Thursday, Aug. 18. The majority of those issues, albeit smaller matters, are important, as they deal with municipal matters that need to be addressed in a timely fashion.
Insurance issues
One of the first topics that was raised had to do with the town’s renewal of its health insurance policy and the Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) that was supposed to be passed in its favor.

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