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Discover Pine Plains, A Small Town With A Lot To Offer
By Darryl Gangloff

Pine Plains is the epitome of


a small, beautiful, rural town
filled with friendly residents.

I have loved Pine Plains ever


since I started my journalism
career in 2005 as a reporter (and
ultimately editor) of The Register
Herald, a defunct newspaper that
covered the Dutchess County town.
My first article assignment was
to talk with Marguerite Hill, the PHOTO BY DARRYL GANGLOFF
library director at the time, about The view of Stissing Mountain from the beach on Stissing Lake is worth
the librarys plans to move into a a trip to Pine Plains. While youre there, enjoy the restaurants and
new building. Its 12 years later, and businesses, or root for the home team during a game at the high school.
the library has a new home and
a new director. But it still has the groundbreaking of Memorial Hall, organizations and more in our first
same mission: provide resources, its comforting that some things issue of Discover Pine Plains. Make
programs and services to the havent changed. The Bombers still sure to turn to our advertiser index
community. excel at sports. The Hose Company on page 23 and shop at all of the
While Pine Plains is looking is still there when you need it. local businesses in town.
toward the future with the Youll read about these Have fun exploring Pine Plains!

Contents June 2017


Make Way For Memorial Hall ............................. page 4 Lias Mountain View Restaurant
School Programs Ensure Excellence.................. page 7
Casual Family Dining since 1983
Uncover Pine Plains By Living Local ................ page 11
Organizations Help Those In Need................... page 14 Italian American Cuisine
Find The Perfect Meal........................................ page 16
Athletics Program Continues To Soar .............. page 17
Library Is A Community Center ........................ page 20 Tues, Weds, Thurs
Pine Plains Resources/Advertiser Index ......... page 23 11:30am-9:00pm
Fri & Sat
The Millerton News 11:30am-9:30pm
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Email: editor@millertonnews.com Sun
Phone: 518-789-4401 Fax: 518-789-9247
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Janet Manko, Publisher Closed Monday
Darryl Gangloff, Editor
Mary Wilbur, Advertising Representative
James Clark, Production Coordinator
Caitlin Hanlon and Amanda Maya Winans, Composing
Cover photos by T.C. Morton, Darryl Gangloff
7685 Route 82, Pine Plains, NY 12567
and courtesy Veronica Brenner-Walsh 518-398-7311
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Pine Plains Prepares To Make Way For Memorial Hall
By Whitney Joseph

Theres no doubt that Memorial


Hall will be a jewel of a
building.

The 1915 Second Empire-style


architectural masterpiece is in
the midst of a multi-million dollar
renovation. Once finished, its
to become one of the premier
performing arts destinations in the
Tri-state region.
I think its fantastic, said Pine
Plains resident Mary Douglass
recently about the project.
We love the building and were
so glad there are plans for it,
agreed resident Ken Noskin, and
his wife, Ruth.
Memorial Hall was bought in PHOTO BY GABRIEL NAPOLEON

March 2014 by SEB Holdings Pine Plains Memorial Hall Executive Director Brian Keeler took residents
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SEB included investors Jack Banning, Ariel Schlein and
the late Christian Eisenbeiss. It has since dismantled.
Shortly thereafter, the three men christened the new
Pine Plains Laundromat, which was the first business
to return to Memorial Hall.
The historic building has served in many capacities
throughout the years. Its the site of former vaudeville
and minstrel shows. It housed a coffee house, a beauty
parlor, a dance studio and retail shops. It was even a
mini-mall at one point. And, yes, it was home to the
towns original laundromat.
Thats why, when the new laundromat opened in
May 2015, dozens of excited residents turned up to
celebrate. It was the first step in the journey to the Pine
Plains Memorial Hall envisioned for the future.
Groundbreaking and community day
Residents returned to celebrate Memorial Hall
and its plans for the future at a groundbreaking and
community day held on Saturday, May 20.
Im excited for a great groundbreaking for
something thats so wonderful for the community, said PHOTO BY WHITNEY JOSEPH
resident Joan Dunham. This is really important for Two-year-old Liam Lupoli was excited as he led mom
Pine Plains. Alysha Hedges around the grounds of Memorial Hall
Plans for Memorial Hall continue to evolve, but during the Community Day celebration on May 20.
heres what is sketched out so far:
The main purpose of the building will be to serve as
a performing arts center for concerts, plays and other
performances.
There will be a community center on the lower floor,
with a kitchen and bathroom.
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for performers. 2965 Church St, Pine Plains, NY 12567
And, as stated already, the building is home to a Corner of Church & Main (Routes 199 & 82)
laundromat, stationed on the bottom floor in the rear of
the building. Phone
The $5 million project is in the midst of a fundraising 518-398-5588
campaign. Once finished, the hall is to be the home
of community-based civic and social programs, Hours
agricultural and arts education, a venue for concerts, Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 7pm
films and cultural performances and an incubator for Sat: 9am - 2pm
local charitable organizations and entrepreneurs,
according to its literature. Dr. Rehan Mahmood, PharmD
Of that $5 million, most of the money will be Nasir Mahmood, RPHl, MBA, CCP
fundraised. As of the start of this year, Pine Plains
Memorial Hall had raised $2.4 million from private NYS DMV Vision Screening Diabetic Footwear &
donors, plus a $125,000 grant secured by New York Surgical Supplies (DME) Gifts Toys Vitamins
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Make Way For Memorial Hall

PHOTOS BY WHITNEY JOSEPH

Community Day attendees lined up in front of Memorial Hall for a groundbreaking photo, shovels in hand.

Continued from page 5

State Assemblywoman Didi Barrett (D-106). Another


$300,000 was donated by the Millbrook Tribute
Gardens. Another $10,000 matching grant also
helped out with the project. Taking into account
the pro-bono work done by community members
on behalf of Memorial Hall, the projects cost was
lessened to $4.75 million.
All of those efforts were celebrated on May 20 at
the groundbreaking ceremony and community day.
There was plenty to do, with vendors, food, music, a
flea market, games and walking tours. Children got
to decorate their own shovels, and then everyone,
shovel in hand, was invited to pose for a community
photograph.
The day was a great kick-off to the summer
season and celebration of the town of Pine Plains. It
was also an impressive way to begin construction.
This is the vision of the community, Memorial
Hall Executive Director Brian Keeler said. All we
can do is give them the building, and theyll figure
out how to use it.
Hopes are for Memorial Hall to host its first
performance next summer in 2018.
By 2019, developers hope to have the entire
renovation project completed.
For more information on Pine Plains Memorial Pine Plains resident Joan Dunham inspected
Hall, go to www.ppmemorialhall.org, call 518-738- handcrafted bird houses before making a purchase
3409 or email info@ppmemorialhall.org. at Community Day on Saturday, May 20.

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School Programs Ensure Excellence Beyond Classroom
By Kaitlin Lyle

By Graduation Day, students in


the Pine Plains Central School
District will have been presented
with countless opportunities to
gain knowledge they can use
outside of the classroom.

FFA
Since its early days in the Pine
Plains Central School District, the
mission of the FFA program has
been to promote leadership, personal
growth and agricultural education PHOTO COURTESY OF STEPHANIE RHOADES

within its students. Some of the students in the Pine Plains FFA program gathered for a
Its essentially preparing them group photo. Advisor Stephanie Rhoades said there are 31 members.
for whatever field they may go into
that piggybacks on that mission Fair last fall, as well as a productive of her students have advanced to
statement, FFA Advisor Stephanie Farm and Toy Show in March. The law school after participating on the
Rhoades said. students triumphed in the state team.
The FFA program is open to convention, where they took part Led by teacher John
students in grades six through 12. in leadership and career-based Schoonmaker, the team formed 10
Rhoades said there are currently competitions and placed high in this years ago and has flourished over
31 members. years FFA Quiz Bowl. the years. The team is open to all
To join the FFA, students have Rhoades also took pride in how high school students, and Jones said
to serve as an active member and this years program recruited a that they are always interested in
participate in all major events, handful of sixth-grade members and recruiting new members.
including community programs initiated a new plant science class. As There are 25 students on this
and all events sponsored by the Ag a result of a collaboration between years team, and they meet for a few
Board. They should be enrolled in an the new class and the existing hours each week during the school
agriculture class and take advantage landscaping class, vegetables are year (though the hours increase
of any opportunity presented to now being produced for the school, if the team reaches finals). Within
them. with the FFA members harvesting those few hours, the students are
FFA members are also invited to lettuce and cabbage. encouraged to think critically as they
run for the eight officer positions, Next year, Rhoades said she prepare for both sides of a case.
including president, vice president, hopes to partner with technology We created a wonderful team that
treasurer, historian, reporter, teacher James Benincasa to expand was very supportive of each other,
sentinel and student advisor. the technological aspect of the FFA. Jones said. I loved how the more
Rhoades said that she currently has She also hopes that the group will experienced students assisted the
10 students running for next years continue to expand upon the plant new students in learning what the
officer positions. side of the program. program requires.
It has been a longstanding Mock Trial Reflecting on the challenges of
tradition for FFA students to run the Sarah Jones, attorney coach of the program, Jones affirmed that its
annual Pine Plains Ag Fair in the fall the Pine Plains mock trial team, all about the students will to learn.
and operate events from the tractor emphasizes the importance of Each year there is a new case to be
pull to the animal showcase. Rhoades exposing students at Stissing studied and a new set of materials to
described it as an incredible feat. Mountain High School to future be used in mock court.
Rhoades recounted how the careers outside of their small
students had held a successful Ag communities. She said a number Continued on page 9

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School Programs
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It helps them to understand how


they can have an impact in any kind
of public forum and how to deal with
a situation in a business or a social
context, Jones said.
Looking into the future of the
team, Jones added that she would
like to make adjustments to the
amount of time used for practicing
as her students advance to the final
competitions.
The Stissing Mountain mock trial
team has won the annual Dutchess
County competition on numerous PHOTO COURTESY OF KAREN POGODA
occasions; it was recognized as the From left, Stissing Mountain High School teacher Mark McGuire and
county champion last year. China Exchange Program Advisor Karen Pogoda stood by students Molly
STEM Lacourse, Aidan Reilly, Samantha Lossee and Tessa Kilmer. The group
Representing the fields of science, traveled to China in March.
technology, engineering and
mathematics, the STEM program electronics. United States or Pine Plains students
has thrived steadily in the school This past April, the STEM taking a trip to China.
district as the students develop new program was featured in a short For the March trip, Principal
skills for adjusting to their worlds video documentary that was Hua Minyou of Nanjing Middle
changing technology. posted by Stan Hirson at www. School #29 invited the Pine Plains
According to Stissing Mountain pineplainsviews.com. The students students to attend the International
High School Principal Tara Grieb, are shown working with robots, Symposium on Water Resources and
the district contains seven math building toys using a 3D computer visit the middle school in Nanjing,
teachers, seven science teachers, program and setting up a video game China.
one agricultural education teacher cabinet in the cafeteria. Its very exciting to see each
and two technology-education Because it is not your student have an aha moment and
teachers for grades six through grandfathers world anymore, realize that as much as we are
12. She added that Seymour Smith Hirson wrote. Its theirs! different, were very much the
Intermediate Learning Center is China Exchange same, Pogoda said.
currently working on launching a Four Stissing Mountain High I had a great time on the trip and
STEM block of education. School students Samantha Lossee, I would absolutely do it again in a
When the districts previous Aidan Reilly, Molly Lacourse and heartbeat, especially since it was so
tech-ed teacher retired at the end Tessa Kilmer traveled to China in line with what I want to do in the
of the 2014-15 school year, Stissing from March 20 to 26 as part of the future, Kilmer said.
Mountain High School teacher schools revitalized China Exchange Reilly said that during an evening
James Benincasa stepped forward program. They were accompanied tea ceremony, he found he could
to help expand the high school by Karen Pogoda, the programs communicate with the family based
class offerings. After two years advisor, and high school teacher on language skills he picked up at
of involvement with the STEM Mark McGuire. Stissing Mountain High School.
program, Benincasa has been The program was initiated during Because of the experience, Reilly
responsible for offering several the 1998-99 school year by Pogoda, said that he plans to pursue Chinese
technology courses for his students who ran it for 14 years. During in college as a minor.
education, including video game that time, she worked hard to offer Pogoda is in the process of
design and robotics; engineering students a greater sense of the recruiting students for the China
by design; design and drawing for country they were visiting, whether Exchange program that has been set
production; and basic electricity and it was Chinese students visiting the for spring 2018.
Discover Pine Plains - 2017 Page 9
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to Pine Plains with a wide variety of businesses
and services to suit your every need.

A New Leaf Used Books Lias Mountain View


Ancram Opera House MJA Plumbing and Heating
Anthony Silvia Signs Pass It On Resale Shop
Bank of Millbrook Pine Plains Auto Body
Berlinghoff Electrical Contractors Pine Plains Central School District
Black Sheep Hill Farm Pine Plains Emporium
Brighter View Landscape and Nursery Pine Plains Pharmacy
Casazza Construction Pine Plains Platter
Chaseholm Farm Pine Plains Tractor & Equipment
Clifford Thorpe Printing and Office Supplies Pine Plains Truck & Auto
DeNardis Plumbing & Heating Pine Plains Veterinary Associates P.C.
Dutchs Spirits at Harvest Homestead Farm Remedy Method: Nutrition & Wellness
Emerald Green Landscape Services RGA, LLC Business Consulting
Fraleigh & Rakow Insurance: Stissing Division Ronnybrook Farm Dairy
Full Circus Farm Stissing House Restaurant
Futsal United Taylor Oil
Ginocchio Electric The Hudson Company
Hair by Jen Hetherington The Inn at Pine Plains
Hammertown Barn The Pines Inn
Hardwood Realty LLC Tower Pizza/ Back Bar Beer Garden/ The Cabin
Hollis Gonerka Bart LLP Town Grange Gallery & Goods
Hugs & Kisses Flower Shop Web Travis Bus & Trucks
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How I Uncovered Pine Plains By Living Local
By Stan Hirson

Stan Hirson and Sarah Jones have been full-time residents of bluegrass group which had been
Pine Plains since moving from New York City in 2000. Hirson going on for 40 years with people
moving in and out it and that
publishes documentaries about Pine Plains and videos of the became Wednesday Night Jam.
towns board meetings at www.PinePlainsViews.com. Thats how I met Patty Hall, on
the guitar, and filmed her later
Pine Plains is a beautiful place. video vignette: The Tree Couple. when she supervised the 4-H Club
Since it is only 100 miles from New Farming, music and at the Dutchess County Fair in
York City, we like many others the Dutchess County Fair Farming the Future.
weekended here to chill out from When we needed to dig a hole Pete and his wife, Cindy, have
stressful urban careers. We visited for a swimming pool, we turned to since moved from Pine Plains to be
to enjoy the quiet and fresh air of a local excavator, Pete Howe, who closer to their beloved bluegrass
the country. turned out to be an accomplished in Virginia, but his partner, Matt
As weekenders, we had moved bluegrass guitar player. His father Blackburn, became a dear friend
to a community, but when we was a dairy farmer in nearby Falls and remains our digger of choice.
became full-timers we moved into it. Village, Conn. After his folks got Cars and a connected
The Tree Couple married in 1939, his mother started small town
Finding people who had the taking shots of life on the dairy Pretty soon, exploring nature
skills needed to repair and mend a farm in the 1940s with the 16mm took second place to exploring Pine
house that is more than 100 years movie camera she was given as Plains and making friends.
old was a challenge. Word of mouth a wedding present. Work horses A rollover required major
was our Google. and then early tractors were her repairs to our car, which brought
A huge old tree was leaning subjects. us through the doors and into the
precariously over our house, Pete and his brother, Jim, found a universe of Wheels of Time. There
defying my Eagle Scout skills and shoebox of her films and projected is no way the written word can
confidence. There was no way I them against a wall so they could convey the antics of restoring old
could cut it down myself without videotape them with a home cars in that shop. That is why I had
destroying whatever it would land camcorder. I edited the videos and to film it as a series of videos that
on. Around the Stewarts Shops set them to music in Howe They became Wheels of Time: Where
in Pine Plains, where they were Farmed. Every Car Has a Story.
known as the Tree Couple, Todd Pete invited me over to his And of course making friends
and Kim Richards regularly dealt kitchen in Pine Plains one
Continued on page 12
with such issues. Wednesday night to hear a
Todd would first climb and limb
the tree while his wife, Kim, a
nursing student, handled the ropes
from the ground. Dangling 80 feet
Stan Hirsons Preface to Pine Plains Views
in the air with a chainsaw in one I came to Pine Plains by choice, not by chance of birth.
hand, Todd would cut the trunk But the small-town rural community I chose is changing. The
into fireplace lengths from the farmers have, for the most part, sold to people from the city and
top down. Yes, from the top down. fields are becoming lawns.
When I heard that was the plan, I And, like the land, people, too, are becoming subdivided as
ran inside and grabbed my video difference breeds distance rather than discourse.
camera. I have been making these videos to preserve and reconstitute
Chatting with them over lunch, what I can of a changing way of life and to share it with the
I met fascinating people who had community.
skills I never knew existed. And On a more personal level, I am making this website as a way of
because I am a documentary holding on to the reasons why I came here.
filmmaker, it became an edited

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Living Local
Continued from page 11

with Wheels of Times Bill


Bartolomeo led to another car
expert, John Corson, one of the
towns hidden talents. I filmed
the Hudson Valley Region of
the Porsche Club of Americas
pilgrimage to Corsons shop on a
back road in Pine Plains for The
Porsches Have Landed!
In a small town, you see how
people are interconnected. The
person who waits on you at the
hardware store turns out to be
married to the bass player in
Wednesday Night Jam. And PHOTOS BY STAN HIRSON

Stan Hirson moved to Pine Plains for the quiet and fresh countr y air.
several times a week I eat at the
Pine Plains Platter, where Amy
Benack-Baden is the chef and goes on. And on. the crumbling old water-powered
manager. Her husband, Carl, mows Some serendipity fed my grist mill on the edge of town. What
our lawn, and I filmed their children curiosity. One day as I was driving were they doing? Only one way to
in the school play in It Takes A a familiar road I noticed some guys find out: hop out of the car and ask!
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Pretty soon, exploring
nature took second place
to exploring Pine Plains
and making friends.

I came up with That Old Mill and


I satisfied my own curiosity as
well as that of many others about
what was actually inside.
I could go on and on about
these stories and videos. In fact, Hirson filmed a Porsche Clubs trip to Pine Plains for his video,
I did: Pine Plains Views now The Porsches Have Landed!
has an archive of more than 50
video stories, and more are in the
pipeline.
But what to do with all those
videos?
Launching Pine Plains Views
I started this in 2000 as the
internet was just coming alive. It
was before YouTube. Google had
just been launched. Posting video
was very difficult and awkward,
lying right along the bleeding edge
of technology through really slow
dial-up connections. I cobbled my
stories, photographs and videos
into a vlog, a video blog using
the primitive software of that time Patty Hall was featured in Hirsons video, Farming the Future,
while she worked with the 4-H Club at the Dutchess County Fair.
to show the world what I had
uncovered about my small town. Bit
by byte, the world came to see Pine
Plains Views, and it now has had
over 100,000 visits.
One blaring gap remained:
political life. Could I portray it
without fragmenting the community Hirsons visit
with a bluegrass
more than it already was? With the
group in Pine
New York state open meetings law Plains led to
at my back, I found my courage many new
and started showing up at public friends.
meetings of town government with
my video camera. The archive
of meetings now covers over with a website, and a popular that I uncovered. But even better,
five years, accessible anywhere, collection of more than 80 still go out and uncover your own
anytime, on Pine Plains Views for photographs of Pine Plains and its community! All it takes is curiosity
free. surroundings. and a dash of serendipity. Camera
I added a section of links, free to Drop by www.PinePlainsViews. optional.
any local business or organization com and youll find the Pine Plains Live where you are living.

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Community Organizations Help Those In Need
By Kaitlin Lyle

There is an abundance of
community resources available
for Pine Plains residents in need
of assistance, including the Pine
Plains Hose Company and the
Pine Plains Community Food
Locker.

Pine Plains Hose Company


Located on 7 Lake Road, the
Pine Plains Hose Company was
first established in 1895. Its PHOTO COURTESY OF VERONICA BRENNER-WALSH
current membership consists of From left, Pine Plains Rescue Squad members Martin Handler, Lisa
approximately 25 active members, Ambrose, Captain Veronica Brenner-Walsh, Todd Vanbuskik, Jeannie
an estimated 40 volunteers and Long and First Lieutenant Maura Camburn posed for a group photo.
10 active emergency medical
technicians on the Hose Companys Recreation Department. Looking into the future, Walsh
Rescue Squad. To celebrate the winter holidays, said that he would like to see more
From pesticide classes to hazmat the Hose Company hosts a breakfast people coming out to volunteer their
training, the Hose Company has with Santa and drives its fire trucks time and efforts.
made use of the various courses and ambulances in the annual Its a hard job and theres a lot
offered as its members strive to Parade of Lights. Come springtime, of training to go through, Brenner-
prepare for all possible situations. a breakfast is arranged for children Walsh said, but I would like to see
In addition to taking state classes to visit with the Easter Bunny. people continue volunteering.
and certifications, the company The Hose Company has also been For information on how to
frequently evaluates its inventory known to utilize its firehouse to volunteer, call 518-398-1311.
and practices equipment training. serve the needs of the communitys Community members are also
Were pretty well prepared for residents. According to Hose invited to attend the companys
most emergencies, Fire Chief Brian Company President Veronica meetings every Monday night from
Walsh said. Every situation comes Brenner-Walsh, the largest audience 7 to 9 p.m. where they can complete
up with different obstacles, and comes from chartering the Boy an application.
theres not one situation thats alike. Scouts of Pine Plains. Every year, Pine Plains Community
The Hose Company also plays the Scouts host a car wash at the Food Locker
an active role in supporting the firehouse, and fire prevention talks For years, the Pine Plains
residents in community events. have been organized to educate the Community Food Locker has
Whether its a football game at the towns Boy and Girl Scout troops. supplied food to countless families in
high school or the annual triathlon Tours of the firehouse can be the community.
in July, the company organizes arranged, and a monthly pancake Led by Chairperson Pat Nannetti
standbys to be on guard in the event breakfast is held from September to and Treasurer Ted Mallozzi, the
of an injury or emergency. May. food locker operates through the
When a loved one dies in the Were here with anything thats efforts of a small group of dedicated
community, members are there needed and asked for, and we try to volunteers out of the basement of
to lend a helping hand to families help out as much as possible, Walsh the United Methodist Church at
in need. From time to time, the said. 3023 Church St.
company visits schools to talk If anybody requests anything Food is purchased from the
about fire prevention, and it special, we do it for them, Brenner- Regional Food Bank of Northeastern
usually sponsors one of the towns Walsh added. We try to do as much New York each month. From
youth baseball teams through the as we can with the community. the basic staples to personal

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care products, the Pine Plains
Community Food Locker has to I cant stress enough that the community helps
follow state guidelines for what can
be offered from each food group,
the Pine Plains Community Food Locker stay alive.
though purchases frequently depend
on what the food bank has to offer. in the Pine Plains Central School locker is short on supplies. The
Once a month, Nannetti said, a District, and newcomers are asked towns Highway Department picks
food bank guide is sent out to show to register their names. On average, up the groceries for monthly refills.
what products are available, and the Nannetti said that the food locker The town of Pine Plains has
food locker makes its choices from services between 30 to 35 families been very generous in allowing its
there. a month in total, approximately Highway Department to go out and
You have to budget your money 50 to 60 adults and 60 to 70 families pick up the food, Mallozzi said.
and see what we can afford, but we utilizes the service. Without them, I dont know how
have been very lucky, she said. In addition to the hard work of the we would function, Nannetti added.
On average, a grocery fill for the volunteers, the food locker relies on The food locker also relies on
food locker costs $1,500 to $1,700 a help provided by the community. contributions from local farms and
month. The food is then distributed Since the food locker operates farmers through the North East
from the United Methodist Church on community donations, Nannetti Community Center in Millerton.
on the second Saturday of each sends out an appeal once a year I cant stress enough that the
month (with the exception of to residents of Pine Plains and community helps the Pine Plains
October, when it operates on the Stanfordville. She credited both Community Food Locker stay alive,
third Saturday of the month). Stewarts Shops and ShopRite Nannetti said.
Open to all individuals, the for their monetary donations and For more information on the Pine
only requirement is that visitors praised Donnie Peck of Pecks Plains Community Food Locker, call
demonstrate proof of their residency Market for helping when the food Pat Nannetti at 518-398-7692.

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Find The Perfect Meal In Pine Plains
By Darryl Gangloff

There are plenty of food options available in Pine Plains, whether rustic cuisine as well as cocktails
youre looking for a quick breakfast, a tasty lunch or a full dinner. at the bar in a historic building
Here are some of the restaurants, diners and cafes in the town. that was built in the 1700s. The
restaurant is open Thursday
Isabels Kitchen, located at Call 518-398-7311 or go to www. through Sunday evenings. Call
7795 South Main St., offers gourmet liasmountainviewrest.com. 518-398-8800 or go to www.
vegan breakfast items, wraps, Moose on the Loose, located at stissinghouse.com.
salads, soups, juices, tonics and 7711 South Main St., offers a variety Tops Diner, located at 2938
treats. Its holistic lifestyle store sells of sandwiches, burgers, salads Church St., focuses on homemade
kitchen tools, candles and more. It and more. It is closed on Sundays. food for breakfast and lunch and
is open Friday through Sunday. Call Call 518-398-5040 or go to www. offers a variety of daily specials,
518-398-5020 or go to www.isabels- mooseonthelooseny.com. such as omelets, pancakes,
kitchen.com. Pine Plains Platter, located sandwiches and wraps. Call 518-771-
Lias Mountain View, located at 2987 Church St., features fresh, 3222 or go to www.facebook.com/
at 7685 Route 82, was established local and homemade breakfast Topsdiner.
in 1983 and is the restaurant and lunch options, such as Tower Pizza, located at 2947
home of three generations of the soups, salads, sandwiches, baked Church St., serves pizza, calzones,
Mirto family. It serves homemade goods and more. It is closed on wings, subs, salads and more
Italian cooking for lunch and Wednesdays. Call 518-398-0500 or for lunch and dinner. It is closed
dinner and hosts catered events, go to www.pineplainsplatter.com. on Sundays. Call 518-398-7800
from weddings to parties. The Stissing House, located at 7801 or go to www.facebook.com/
restaurant is closed on Mondays. South Main St., serves traditional towerpizzapineplains.

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Bombers Athletics Program Continues To Soar
By Darryl Gangloff

Pine Plains has always been a sports town,


varsity baseball coach Brendan LoBrutto said
with a smile as he watched his team practice at
Stissing Mountain High School.

LoBrutto speaks from experience. He played on the


Bombers baseball team as a student. He coached boys
varsity basketball for three years, and he just wrapped
up his third season with the baseball team, thanks to
the help of assistant coach Dan Funk.
For such a small town, we have some great athletes
across the board, LoBrutto said while watching a
batter smash a ball far into left field.
The hard work and dedication of these student
athletes is highlighted by the endless titles, awards
and championships that Stissing Mountain teams have
earned over the years.
For example, the baseball team won a state Class C
championship title in 2002, and the girls varsity
PHOTOS BY T.C. MORTON
basketball team enjoyed a historic 2015 post-season
Former Stissing Mountain High School basketball
run that included sectional and regional championship star Tyler Lydon played for Syracuse University and is
victories before ending in a state semifinal loss. entering the NBA draft, which will be held June 22.
The Bombers influence reaches past Pine Plains,
thanks to Tyler Lydon. The former Stissing Mountain
basketball star played as a forward for Syracuse
University, and he recently announced his decision to
enter the 2017 NBA draft, which will be held on June 22.
Tyler is a wonderful role model for our athletes to
see what a Pine Plains graduate can achieve with a lot
Dutchs Spirits at Harvest Homestead Farm is a historic
of hard work and dedication, Athletic Director Rich
Silverstein said. He has set the bar nice and high.
prohibition complex created by mobster Dutch Schultz. You can
Silverstein is in his second year as the athletic tour 400 acre sprawling complex of prohibition era bunkers and
director at Stissing Mountain, and he is already proud tunnels. Only 100 miles from NYC. Indoor farmers market, too.
of all of the schools many sports offerings, including
baseball, basketball, cheer, field hockey, football, track,
soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.
In fact, Silverstein said two new teams have started
this year: JV boys lacrosse with our neighbors in
Rhinebeck, and a Unified Basketball League team
that allows students with special needs to play in a
competitive setting.
Our coaches and athletes are impressive, he
said. We have an active Booster Club. We have an
extremely strong athlete participation base. Part of my
hope is to be able to help elevate all of our programs.
Spring championships
All of Stissing Mountains spring teams played well
in 2017.
Continued on page 18

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Bombers Athletics
Continued from page 17

After a successful season, the


varsity softball team climbed the
ladder to the state championship
finals, falling to Bishop Kearney
on June 10. The team also won the
Section 9 Class C championship for
the second year in a row.
The athletics program at Pine
Plains is amazing, said Erin Doyle,
who is the JV softball coach and
assistant varsity softball coach.
The kids here really have a lot of
drive in their work ethic, and they
have such a strong bond. Coach Les
Funk has created an environment
where these girls show up every
day and work as hard as they
possibly can for him. The girls
thrive under his leadership.
From football to baseball to The varsity baseball team also
soccer (far right), the Pine Plains won its second consecutive Section
Bombers give it their all. 9 Class C championship this year

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and made it as far as the regional her official time for the 1,500-meter
semifinals. was 5:05.
From top to bottom, everyone In addition, the girls were
contributes in their own way, undefeated for dual meets and took
whether its in the field or at the second in sectionals this season.
plate, LoBrutto said. These The boys only had one loss in a dual
championships are something meet and took third in sectionals.
theyll remember forever. Theyll Our athletics program is
always be teammates. Theyll extremely competitive. Weve
always have this bond. produced a lot of fine athletes,
For track and field, senior Dylan varsity track coach Mark McGuire
Lawless and freshman Olivia said. Our team is really young, so
Trevena competed in the state Im excited to see how they develop
championships. Lawless had placed over the next couple of years. Our
first in the pentathlon at the Mid- overall goal is to raise the level of
Hudson Athletic League (MHAL) performance for each student as
competition, while Trevena placed well as the team itself.
second in the mile and third in the Whichever team you root for,
100-meter race at MHAL. both home and away games are
At states, Lawless tied his best sure to be filled with fans chanting
high jump record of the year at for the Bombers.
6-feet 2-inches. He also won a Our community is extremely
sportsmanship award. Trevena supportive, Silverstein said.
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Pine Plains Free Library: New Director, Same Mission
By Darryl Gangloff

The story behind the Pine


Plains Free Librarys current
home is long and complicated,
but dont worry it has a
happy ending.

The library used to be located in a


small building on South Main Street.
In 2001, a nonprofit foundation
was formed to raise funds for the
construction of a larger building
located down the road at 7775 South
PHOTO BY VERONICA STORK
Main St., complete with room on the The playgroup at the Pine Plains Free Librar y is for children from birth
second floor for a community center. to age 5 and their caregivers. Contact the librar y for upcoming events.
The library moved into its new
home in 2009. The subsequent saga land on which the new library was who spent 41 years at the library,
included the foundation defaulting on built; and the town ultimately buying retired in December.
its loan and the building going into the new building in late 2015. New Library Director Veronica
foreclosure; the library being evicted The library permanently moved Stork started her position in
and moving back to its original back into the new building in early January, and her overall goal is to
location in 2014; a legal battle with 2016, and it is under new leadership.
the organization that donated the Former director Marguerite Hill, Continued on page 22

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Pine Plains Free Library
Continued from page 20
movies, CDs, video games, comics,
make the library a center of the magazines, newspapers, e-books,
community, a place to go and learn audiobooks, museum passes,
any number of things. internet access and more.
To achieve that mission, Stork Stork said none of this would
is always thinking of new events to be possible without the librarys
host at the library for all age groups. volunteers. She praised the board of
She knows many residents are trustees (including new President
interested in local history, so she Diana Woolis) and the FRIENDS of
invited author and historian Anthony the Pine Plains Library organization.
Musso to discuss the hidden history Its just a cool place to hang out,
of Pine Plains and the Hudson Valley Stork said. Its great when theres a
on Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. family in the kids room, somebody
Stork is excited to host a using the computer and a person is
Minecraftathon building competition reading the paper. Its so cozy. Dont
for ages 8 to 15 that features the be shy. Come hang out!
Minecraft video game. It will be held
on July 8 from noon to 1:30 p.m. The Pine Plains Free Library
And there are plenty of summer is located at 7775 South Main St.
reading events in July and August, Its new hours are Monday through
PHOTO BY DARRYL GANGLOFF
many of which are held at the Lions Friday, 2 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, New Librar y Director Veronica
Club pavilion on Beach Road. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For details, call Stork is always happy to assist
Of course, the library also offers 518-398-1927 or go to its redesigned visitors at the Pine Plains Free
all of the standard fare: books, website at www.pineplainslibrary.org. Librar y at 7775 South Main St.

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Pine Plains Town Resources
www.pineplains-ny.gov

KEY TOWN SERVICES Seymour Smith Intermeditate Learning Stewart National Airport, Newburgh
Assessors Office (Tues. 9-1) Center .......................................................................... 845-838-8200

.......................................................................... 518-398-3000 Red Hook Taxi Service .............. 845-758-1478


........................................................... 518-398-7193 ext. 7

Building Inspector (Sat. and Wed., 10-noon) Stissing Mountain Middle/High School Taxi Man.................................................. 845-758-1242
.......................................................................... 518-398-7181 NECC Dial-A-Ride/Care Car
.......................................................................... 518-398-7110

Dog Warden.......................................... 518-398-7121 Marist College ..................................... 845-575-3000 Medical and other needs ..... 518-592-1399 ext. 5
Highway Superintendent
(Mon.-Fri. 7:30 - 3:30)...................... 518-398-6662 RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS ELECTED OFFICIALS
Planning Board (Wed. 9-12) Church of the Regeneration (Episcopal) County Legislator
.................................................... 518-398-7155 ext. 204 .......................................................................... 518-398-5628 A. Gregg Pulver (19th District) .... 914-474-0908
Supervisor Brian Coons ........... 518-398-8600 Pine Plains Presbyterian Church Representative in U.S. Congress
Tax Collector (Call for hours) ... 518-398-7155 .......................................................................... 518-398-7117 John Faso (19th District)................. 202-225-5614
Town Attorney ................................... 845-876-7979 Church of Immaculate Conception, State Assemblywoman
Town Clerk (Mon.- Fri., 10-1:15) St. Anthony ........................................... 518-398-7115 Didi Barrett (106th District) ........ 845-454-1703
.......................................................................... 518-398-7155 United Methodist Church........ 518-398-5521 State Senator
Town Justices (court held Wed. at 4) Sue Serino (41st District) ................ 845-229-0106
.......................................................................... 518-398-7194
TRANSPORTATION United States Senators
Water Improvement Co. ............ 518-398-1411 Metro-North commuter railroad Kirsten Gillibrand ................................ 845-875-4585
runs several trains a day from Charles Schumer.................................... 914-734-1532
PUBLIC SAFETY New York City north to the Wassaic Governor Andrew Cuomo ............. 518-474-8390
AND EMERGENCY SERVICES terminus of the Harlem line on Route 22.
Dutchess County Sheriffs Office For information ................................... www.mta.info
emergencies ........................................................................... 911
non-emergency......................................... 518-398-5234
Fire and Ambulance
countywide for emergencies......................................... 911
State Police
Advertiser Index
emergencies ........................................................................... 911 Anthony Silvia Signs.......................................... 22 Pine Plains
Pine Plains Police ............................. 518-398-8601 Veterinary Hospital...............................................15
Associated Lightning
Rod Company ...................................................................12 The Pines .................................................................................. 24
OTHER KEY SERVICES
Department of Motor Vehicles Bank of Millbrook .......................................................2 Stissing House ...............................................................20
Millbrook (Mon., Wed., Fri., 9-4:45) Black Rain Computer Tops Diner.................................................................................. 4
.......................................................................... 845-677-4080 Services LLC .......................................................................... 18
Pawling (Tues., Thurs., 9-4:45) .. 845-855-4400
Town Grange Gallery & Goods ....... 22
Health Alliance Hospital, Kingston Dutchs Spirits ................................................................. 17 Welsh Sanitation ...................................................... 16
.......................................................................... 845-334-4248 Futsal United....................................................................20 Wheels of Time ........................................................... 24
Little Nine Partners Historical Society
Hammertown ................................................................. 19
.......................................................................... 518-398-7683
Hollis Gonerka Bart LLP ................................12
Northern Dutchess Hospital, Rhinebeck Buy Locally, Live Locally
.......................................................................... 845-876-3001 Hugs & Kisses Florist ............................................. 4 Locally owned businesses such
Pine Plains Free Library............. 518-398-1927 as those seen in the pages of this
Lias Mountain View
Sharon Hospital, Sharon, Conn. ................................. directory give character to our
860-364-4000 Restaurant .................................................................................3
region and offer an alternative to
Moose On The Loose the chain stores that now seem to
SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES Sandwich Shop ............................................................. 16 control so much of the American
Pine Plains Central School District Pass It On 2 ........................................................................... 18 landscape. Please support these
.......................................................................... 518-398-7181 businesses, and the people who
Pine Plains work at them. They drive the area
Cold Spring Early Learning Center
Stanfordville............................................. 845-868-7451 Business Association ......................................... 10 economy and improve the quality
Columbia-Greene Community College Pine Plains Emporium ....................................21 of life for all in the Tri-state region.
Hudson ........................................................ 518-828-4181
Pine Plains Pharmacy.......................................... 5
Dutchess Community College Support your area businesses!
Poughkeepsie ............................................. 845-431-8000 The Pine Plains Platter ...................................... 8
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