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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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‘Screenagers’ points to need for creating balance in the digital age

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PINE PLAINS — On Wednesday, Nov. 8, families in the Pine Plains Central School District  considered boundaries and awareness in the digital age, thanks to a screening of the documentary, “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age.”
The screening was held in the Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School auditorium.

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Thinking of veterans, on Veterans Day and beyond

PINE PLAINS — Residents from the town of Pine Plains and of neighboring communities came out on a cold, crisp Saturday morning, Nov. 11, to commemorate Veterans Day. 
The annual event is often somber, but interwoven with moments of gratitude and true appreciation as community  members thank local veterans for their years of service in the Armed Forces. 

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BOE makes appointments, accepts resignations for 2017-18

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) routinely makes appointments and accepts resignations as part of its regular business. 
Following the annual tour of the Cold Spring Early Learning Center, the school board made its latest round of appointments at its meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

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The haunted Halloween house at 19 Main Street

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PINE PLAINS — With crisp autumn leaves under foot, trick-or-treaters needed to look no further for a haunted Halloween this year than to walk down Main Street toward the Post family home.
For the past four years, the Post family has pulled out all the stops. Taking a tour around the front yard of 19 Main Street, this year’s Ghost Town theme represented the family’s desire to “pay it back” to the community.

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Pine Plains school district educates parents on social media

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PINE PLAINS — Given the rise of the social media’s impact, the Pine Plains Central School District will be hosting an event for parents to provide them with the proper tools and information for handling their children’s social media.
The subject of organizing an evening of educating parents and guardians was discussed at the school board meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 18. As a mother of four children in the Pine Plains school district, Karen Ettari expressed concern regarding the social media’s influence and whether families were aware of this impact.

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New welcome mat

The town of Hillsdale recently installed new signs to welcome visitors. The hamlet is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The signs replace ones that were more than 25 years old. The typeface is based on the nameplate of a Hillsdale newspaper from the early 1900s. Donations from residents paid for the signs, which were crafted by two Columbia County businesses.

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Brenner, Cloud run for Pine Plains Town Supervisor

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PINE PLAINS — Pine Plains voters will have an opportunity to select from two qualified candidates for their town supervisor in the Nov. 7 local elections.
Richard Brenner
Having gained leadership experience from serving in community organizations, candidate Richard Brenner (R) has decided to put his abilities to the test by running for town supervisor.

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Town Board candidates advocate for community growth

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PINE PLAINS — Voters on Nov. 7 will have the opportunity to choose two candidates for the Pine Plains Town Board. All four who are seeking office have demonstrated an interest in advocating for town residents. 
Terms are for four years. 
Gary Cooper
Born and raised in Pine Plains, incumbent Republican candidate Gary Cooper believes he has a deep understanding of the community.

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Celebrating the fall season at Harvest Fest

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Lions Club Pavilion was aglow with the fall spirit last Saturday, Oct. 14, as residents of all ages came out to enjoy the first Harvest Fest.

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Children’s author Kate DiCamillo presents her new book

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PINE PLAINS — The auditorium of Stissing Mountain High School was brimming with excitement last Friday, Oct. 13, in anticipation of the night’s featured author, Kate DiCamillo.
Hosted by Oblong Books & Music, the interactive family event marked one of only six national stops for the author on tour for her stirring new book, “La La La: A Story of Hope.”
The front half of the Stissing Mountain High School auditorium was filled with an enthusiastic blend of students, budding writers, families and teachers.

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