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PINE PLAINS — The First United Presbyterian Church of Pine Plains reached the end of an era last month as its beloved Rev. Carol Miller bid farewell to the community after serving its spiritual needs for 11 years.

From her early childhood to her return to the area in 2007, Miller’s ties to the Pine Plains community and her home church, The First United Presbyterian Church of Pine Plains, have only grown stronger with time and experience. 

“She grew up in the community, so she’s quite familiar with it and it’s been a real asset for her to...

Pine Plains

Guzman, Wisdo declared winners

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PINE PLAINS— Pine Plains residents fulfilled their civic responsibilities by voting on Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
The polls were open at Pine Plains Town Hall from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. For this year’s election, voters cast their ballots for town justice and town assessor.
Out of a total of 969 votes, Republican candidate Ibis Guzman earned the majority vote for Pine Plains town justice with 514 votes, followed by Democratic incumbent candidate Peter Salerno with 455 votes.

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Veterans honored in outdoor ceremony

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PINE PLAINS — The town of Pine Plains was in luck as this year’s Veterans Day ceremony welcomed a large crowd and flawless weather on Monday, Nov. 12.
Bundled up against the breeze, area residents attended the ceremony at the Pine Plains clock tower on South Main Street. Along the streets, American flags were flown in honor of those who fought to secure freedom here and abroad. 
Beginning at 11 a.m., American Legion Post 426 member Marie Stewart led residents in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Guzman, Ball victors in Pine Plains

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Pine Plains residents fulfilled their civic responsibilities by voting for their town officials on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Voters cast their ballots for Pine Plains town justice and Pine Plains town assessor. Both positions carry a four-year term.

Out of a total of 969 votes, Republican candidate Ibis Guzman won the majority vote for Pine Plains town justice with 514 votes. Democratic incumbent candidate Peter Salerno received 455 votes.

Town Board holds 2019 preliminary budget hearing

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board held a public hearing on the 2019 preliminary budget Monday, Oct. 29.
Total appropriations for the 2019 preliminary budget have been calculated at $2,099,679 and total revenues have been calculated at $523,179. The tax increase from 2018 to 2019 has been calculated at 1.66 percent while the tax levy has increased from $1,389,469 in 2018 to 1,412,495 in 2019.

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Durst hosts Carvel conversations

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PINE PLAINS — With the Carvel Property Development project in the early stages of its conceptual phase, Durst Project Manager Lisa Baker has been getting acquainted with the town of Pine Plains and giving residents a chance to come forward with their thoughts and questions.

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‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ author Jeff Kinney entertains and delights

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PINE PLAINS — Oblong Books & Music brought fans of the best-selling “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” book series face to face with author Jeff Kinney to celebrate the series’ 13th book, “The Meltdown,” at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School on Thursday, Nov. 1. 
Oblong Books & Music owner Dick Hermans said they were fortunate to have Kinney as a guest.

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Halloween party and costume contest

PINE PLAINS-— The Pine Plains Hose Company’s Ladies Auxiliary was joined by the FRIENDS of the Pine Plains Free Library at its annual Halloween party and costume contest, held at the firehouse on Wednesday, Oct. 31.  
The two organizations have been partnering with each other since 2013, handing out new books with library card applications inside to trick-or-treaters. And, of course, everyone got bags of goodies. Contest winners were also awarded money. 

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Lecture reveals Eleanor Roosevelt’s battles and betrayals

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PINE PLAINS — Pine Plains residents were surprised to learn that the life of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was laced with betrayals that ultimately motivated her to become a humanitarian powerhouse, at a lecture held on Thursday, Oct. 25.

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Salerno, Guzman vie for town justice, Ball runs for assessor

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PINE PLAINS — Come Monday, Nov. 6, Pine Plains residents will have the opportunity to choose between two candidates for town justice and one candidate for town assessor in this year’s general election.
All positions carry a four-year term. The polls will be open at Pine Plains Town Hall, located at 3284 Route 199, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Town Assessor
After almost five years of working as the assessor’s clerk, Lynda (Ball) Wisdo is running uncontested for Pine Plains town assessor.

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History’s helper

Pine Plains resident George McGhee, left, was honored by the Town Board on Thursday, Oct. 18, for his volunteerism. McGhee used his own initiative — and his own time, energy and money — to repaint 13 historical markers in town. Town Supervisor Darrah Cloud called it a “huge act of generosity” and presented McGhee with a check for $200 to help cover expenses.

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