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PINE PLAINS — Walking down Church Street around lunchtime, residents can satisfy their craving for a lunch hot off the grill at Spud Shack. 

Since their move to Pine Plains 12 years ago, Spud Shack owners Rod Quijada and his longtime girlfriend, Tami Plassmann, have set out to give the restaurant business a try, starting with the opening of the deli, Hard Roll Express. Originally located across the street from Stewart’s Shop in Pine Plains, the couple gathered a following with Hard Roll Express for 10 years, five of which were spent on Route 44 in Amenia. ...

Pine Plains

Fisher gives patriotic talk

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PINE PLAINS — Stissing Mountain High School was honored to host Arnold Fisher on Friday, May 11, to give an inspirational speech to the juniors and seniors and be presented with a plaque for his generosity toward the school.
Guidance counselor Karen Pogoda introduced Fisher and his wife, Audrey, who have a home in the area, by remarking on their contributions to both the school and the community.
“Arnold Fisher is a builder, philanthropist and patriot,” she said.

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Singing in the Spring

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains High School band and chorus held its annual spring concert on Tuesday, May 8, at Stissing Mountain High School.
The auditorium was packed with proud family members, classmates and community members who were treated to an evening of diverse music.
Deanna Dallmann and Tim Beam sang a duet during the song, “Accidentally In Love,” by Counting Crows and made famous in the “Shrek” films.
Also stepping out was multitalented soprano sax soloist Brendan Long, who sang, played his solo and joined the chorus to finish out the song.

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Memorial Day book sale

Jean Osofsky of the FRIENDS of the Pine Plains Free Library prepared for one of the library’s big events. As FRIENDS treasurer and book sale coordinator, Osofsky helped sort some of the many books that will be for sale at the Pine Plains Free Library Saturday, May 26, and Monday, May 28.

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Town board talks property care, bills and a new hire

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board took care of numerous municipal matters during its monthly meeting on Thursday, April 19. It had a full agenda that night, and made quick work going through the listed items in a methodical manner.
Building department

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Buses, coaches’ resignation discussed

BOE public hearing
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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) met on Wednesday, May 2, for the public hearing on the adopted 2012-13 budget.
Along with the budget, Pine Plains voters will be voting on a proposition to purchase six new buses for the district.
Former board member and current incumbent for the BOE Todd Bowen spoke up regarding the bus situation.
At previous meetings Bowen expressed a need for the board to show that the Department of Transportation should render a bus “decommissioned,” not the district employees.

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Pine Plains students return from China

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PINE PLAINS — A group of 10 students from Stissing Mountain High School recently returned from a two-week excursion in China as part of Stissing Mountain High School’s 13th annual China Exchange program.
Under the supervision of co-coordinators Karen Pogoda and Jean Osofsky, as well as retired foreign language teacher Ritajean Schmidt, the students headed across the world on March 27 to reunite with the Chinese students they hosted in Pine Plains in January.

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Remembering Robert Jacovino

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PINE PLAINS — The life of Robert Jacovino was celebrated during a memorial at Stissing Mountain High School on Friday, April 20.
Jacovino passed away on Feb. 13, just one day before his 55th birthday.
A group of bagpipers welcomed guests into the halls of the school where Jacovino began his teaching career.
He later went on to teach and coach at Arlington High School in Poughkeepsie, where many of the attendees were from.
Arlington Athletic Director Dave Goddar was the first to speak at the memorial.

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Main Street Cafe serves up same quality in new location

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PINE PLAINS — The Main Street Cafe, owned by Laurann Beliveau, has moved to a new location in Pine Plains.
Formerly across the street, the new location at 2953 Church St. provides hungry patrons with indoor and outdoor dining options with a full menu of homemade delights.
“We try to do as much with local foods as we can. All our ground beef and sausage is from Meillers right here in Pine Plains,” said Beliveau.
The cafe is a family-owned and run with the help of Beliveau’s two daughters, Jaylen, 10, and Alyssia, 8, pitching in as much as possible.

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Friends of library give flowers

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Young stars shine

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PINE PLAINS — Students from Cold Spring Early Learning Center and Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center demonstrated a wide variety of impressive skills during the annual talent show on Friday, April 13.
The Seymour Smith gymnasium was filled with proud parents and enthusiastic peers who cheered for the young performers.
Seymour Smith Principal Richard Azoff emphasized that this was a joint effort between both schools and noted that students from Stissing Mountain Middle/High School volunteered to work behind the scenes.

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