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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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Jane Waters now serving on FCH Board

PINE PLAINS — The Foundation for Community Health (FCH) is pleased to announce that Jane Waters has recently joined the Board of Directors.  Her background and interests are valuable assets that will assist the Foundation to carry out its mission to increase access to quality, affordable and timely healthcare for the residents living in the greater Harlem Valley and in the northwest hills of Connecticut.     

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Ancram eagles

John Hoffman III said he saw this bald eagle on Hall Hill south of the bridge near where the culvert was placed this summer. “Ancram’s creeks, which are flowing despite the cold, and pines make great habitat, hunting and nesting areas for Haliaeetus leucocephalus, and mid-winter is one of the best times to view them,” he said.

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Student creativity fostered at Stissing Mountain

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PINE PLAINS— The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) was treated to a heartfelt student presentation at its meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 6, where the board was given a glimpse of how Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School has grown into a premiere school district over the years.
The presentation was introduced by Stissing Mountain Principal Tara Grieb and Assistant Principal Ryan Carney.

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Pine Plains Free Library celebrates a Shekomeko Christmas

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PINE PLAINS— Local residents were invited to take part in a Shekomeko-style Christmas at the Pine Plains Free Library, thanks to a lecture by award-winning Native American historian and Celtic author Evan Pritchard.
Starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, the Community Room  above the library welcomed a full house of community members young and old to the lecture. To the side of the room, several books related to the area’s rich history were placed on display, a few of which were compiled by the Little Nine Partners Historical Society.

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Holiday house

Known around town for their over-the-top Halloween display, local residents Ken and Denise Post have once again gone above and beyond in celebrating the holiday season, this time transforming their house at 19 Main Street, Pine Plains, into Santa’s workshop. 

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Celebrating seniors

The Pine Plains Adult Recreation program provided a festive meal for local seniors in celebration of the Pine Plains Senior End of the Year Lunch on Wednesday, Dec. 6. From noon to 2 p.m., the Pine Plains Community Room above the library hosted a lively crowd of seniors who enjoyed lunch, music and a few holiday games. Toward the end of the afternoon, everyone gathered around in a circle to take part in a holiday gift swap. Judy Pindt showed the gift she received during the holiday gift swap to friends Maria and Bernie Heaney.

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Cloud wins by one

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PINE PLAINS — As of Friday afternoon, Dec. 8., Democrat Darrah Cloud was named the official winner of the race for town supervisor in the town of Pine Plains, 390-389. Cloud was originally declared the loser in a race against Republican Councilman Rich Brenner.
The two faced off in November. After Election Day, Brenner was deemed the victor, with 370 votes to Cloud’s 348. 

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Arrest for assault, burglary and robbery

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PINE PLAINS — The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office recently reported the arrest of Poughkeepsie resident Gerald J. Moore, 31, in connection to a violent burglary and robbery at a Pine Plains residence.
At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, the sheriff’s patrol deputies and detectives responded to a report of a disturbance taking place at a residence on Woodward Hill Road in Pine Plains. 

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Author Carol Ascher brings ‘A Chance for Land and Fresh Air’ to library

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PINE PLAINS — Many a fascinating history has passed through the doors of the Pine Plains Free Library throughout the years. Saturday, Dec. 2, was no exception as author Carol Ascher opened the local community’s eyes to the history of Russian Jewish immigrant families that resided in Amenia and Sharon, Conn., years ago.

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Tallying the final votes Pine Plains town supervisor election results change

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PINE PLAINS — Election results sometimes take time. This year’s race for the town supervisor position in Pine Plains is no exception. When the Dutchess County Board of Elections (BOE) announced the unofficial winner after polls closed on Nov. 7, Republican Councilman Richard Brenner held the lead, with 370 votes to Democratic candidate Darrah Cloud’s 348.
Those results have since changed, after the affidavit and absentee ballots were tallied by the BOE on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Cloud was there for the vote count.

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