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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

Pharmacist awarded for community service

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PINE PLAINS — Nasir Mahmood, pharmacist at the Pine Plains Pharmacy, has long been a staple of the community.
Mahmood’s accomplishments were recognized by the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (PSSNY) during an awards banquet on June 3, where he was presented with the prestigious 2012 Bowl of Hygeia Award for outstanding community service.
“This is the most prestigious award in pharmacology. People are nominated by previous winners. It’s a huge honor for me to be recognized by my peers,” he said.

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Croghan voted BOE president

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) held its annual organizational meeting on Monday, July 9.
This was the first meeting for newly elected board members Todd Bowen, Frank Kirschenheiter and Debra Lewis, and newly appointed member Fred “Chip” Couse.
The four new members joined former members Brian Croghan, Gary Griffen and Heather Boucher, along with Superintendent Linda Kaumeyer to begin handling summer business.
After the new members took their oaths of office, the board then voted for a new president and vice president.

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A contented crowd

Approximately 100 people listened to the sound of the TJs playing at the Pine Plains Lions Pavilion, Sunday, July 8. People sat in a bit of shade and relaxed as they listened to the concert. The Music At The Lake concerts are free and open to the public. These concerts are hosted by the FRIENDS of the Pine Plains Free Library. The next concert will be on Sunday, Aug. 5, at 4 p.m., at the Lions Club Pavilion featuring Denise Jordan Finley.

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Taking the oath

The Pine Plains Lions Club held its annual installation of officers on Monday, July 9, at the Pine Plains Lions Pavilion. Lions District 20-0 Governor Peter Lyons installed a full slate of officers for 2012-13. From left: Lyons, Recording Secretary Linda Cordella, Corresponding Secretary Karen Osterhoudt and Director Patricia Nannetti.

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Stissing Sprint wins high praise in third year

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PINE PLAINS — More than 100 athletes descended upon Stissing Lake in Pine Plains to take part in the third annual Stissing Sprint Triathlon on Saturday, July 7.
The race was comprised of three legs: a half-mile swim in Stissing Lake; a 17-mile bike ride through Pine Plains, Gallatin and Ancram; and a 3.7-mile run around Stissing Lake.
“The triathlon was originally created to show off the beauty of the area while holding an exciting athletic event,” said triathlon director Jen Chase.

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Fun in the sun

PINE PLAINS — The beach at Stissing Lake is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There is no charge for Pine Plains residents. Nonresidents pay $3 for a day pass, $25 for a season pass or $50 for a family season pass. Nonresident senior citizens may pay $15 for a season pass. Beach passes may be purchased at the beach on Beach Road across from the Lions Pavilion.

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BOE appoints Fred Couse Jr. as member

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) at its meeting on June 20, interviewed candidates to fill the position left vacant by JoAnn Wolfe’s recent resignation, and settled on Fred “Chip” Couse Jr. over candidates Charles Hanlon and previous board member Karen Orton.
The interviews were held at 6 p.m., and the board went into executive session before the start of the regular meeting at 7 p.m.
After returning from executive session the board opened the floor to public comment.

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Court clerk judged to be invaluable

Court Clerk Maryanne Lennon was presented with a plaque at the Pine Plains Town Board meeting on Thursday, June 21, for her 42 years of service. Town Supervisor Brian Coons recognized her “long and distinguished career” with the town and thanked her for her dedication and her commitment. From the left are Councilwoman Sandra David, Councilman George Keeler, Lennon, Councilman Jim Jackson, Councilwoman Rosemary Lyons-Chase and Coons.

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Board decides against purchase of new police car

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board finally acted on Police Officer in Charge Mike Lawson’s request for a new cruiser at its monthly meeting on Thursday, June 21. It had tabled the issue at its previous two board meetings. Lawson made the initial request on April 19.
Lawson asked to replace a 1999 Crown Victoria which he said was “at the end of its life.”
The car has 95,000 miles on its odometer, but according to Lawson that number should be doubled because of the hours the car has sat idling.

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Seymour Smith fifth-graders celebrate moving up

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PINE PLAINS — The fifth-graders of Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center celebrated their moving up ceremony on the lawn on Friday, June 22.
Despite the heat, friends and family members filled the risers on the lawn and set up their own chairs to fill the lawn with love and support for the class of 2019.
Alex Bouche, a graduate of Pine Plains High School, spoke to the students to give them some advice.

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