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PINE PLAINS — Adventure is out there for the young and the young at heart — and the town of Pine Plains is promoting activities for residents ages 55 and above with its Adventurers’ Club.

Every Wednesday, the club gathers at noon in the Community Room above the Pine Plains Free Library to make new friends and catch up with familiar faces over games, discussions, movies and more. Whether they decide to play a round of pinochle or listen in on a discussion about independent living, there’s always something to do. Sharing in potluck meals is a favorite pastime...

Pine Plains

Bargain hunting on South Main

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Residencies host artists of all mediums: ChaNorth artist events in Pine Plains now a regular occurrence

PINE PLAINS — Always on the lookout for the hidden histories and uncovered gems lying dormant in the local community, the Pine Plains Free Library has partnered with the upstate artist residency Chashama North, or ChaNorth, to host monthly presentations at the library. The events are shedding a light on artists residing in Pine Plains and their individual experiences in the art world.

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Twin Island Lake needs attention, and it needs it fast

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PINE PLAINS — Twin Island Lake, or Mudd Pond as it’s known to some locals, has issues. For one, the water quality is excellent, according to Twin Island Lake Association (TWILA) President Hollie Bart, but it’s marred by the aquatic overgrowth of vegetation. That problem has  been exacerbated because the water level is dropping.

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Solar panels to save school district money

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PINE PLAINS — Two years after solar panels were first proposed, the Pine Plains Central School District is now saving 80 percent of its cost for powering Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School.

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BOE distributes funds for district needs, sets appointments

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PINE PLAINS — Members of the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) were preoccupied with district business at what turned out to be a productive meeting on Wednesday, June 19.

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Author Anthony Musso reveals local treasures at library lecture

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PINE PLAINS — Given the acclaim the first two books in his “Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley” series received from Pine Plains residents, Hudson Valley author Anthony Musso returned to the Community Room above the Pine Plains Free Library to present another collection of obscure attractions in the Hudson Valley on Thursday, June 27.
Out of the 23 people who attended  the talk, there were a few who had attended his previous lectures.

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Clowning around

PINE PLAINS — Children of all ages had fun at the Pine Plains Lions Club pavilion during a show by Bee Bee the Clown on Wednesday, July 3. Sponsored by the Pine Plains Free Library, Bee Bee had plenty of jokes and magic tricks up her sleeve. After handing each child a long balloon, she engaged them in a game of “Simon Says” to teach them how to make their very own balloon animals. In between the sounds of balloons twisting and popping, Bee Bee lent the children a helping hand as they worked on their projects.
— Kaitlin Lyle

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Dutchess County Right-to-Farm law proposed: One more way to make the Harlem Valley farmer-friendly

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PINE PLAINS — The Harlem Valley is known for its rich agricultural history — and for its promising agricultural future. That’s part and parcel of why the Dutchess County Legislature is considering a Right-to-Farm Law introduced by Dutchess County Legislator Gregg A. Pulver (R-19) in recent weeks.
“The state has a Right-to-Farm Law, and this complements it,” said Pulver. 
A full time farmer, Pulver explained that counties can “opt in,” and further support the state law.

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Something to write home about…

PINE PLAINS —The Friends of the Pine Plains Free Library applauded the creativity and authorship of the 75 students who submitted their work to this year’s annual Young Writers Contest. Open to students in grades six through twelve, the participating students were honored during a ceremony held in the Pine Plains Community Room above the library this May
A full list of contest winners and honorable mentions can be viewed online at the Pine Plains Central School District website at www.ppcsd.org. 

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Comprehensive Plan Review Committee holds inaugural public hearing, discusses survey

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PINE PLAINS — To get a better idea of the community’s hopes for the future of Pine Plains, the Comprehensive Plan Review Committee talked to the public about its work and answered questions about the new plan at the first public hearing on Monday, June 17.
Originally written in 2004, Pine Plains town Supervisor Darrah Cloud reported days later that the comprehensive plan is ready for another update, having received its last update around 2009.

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