Learning History By Living It!

Students enrolled in Mr. Murray’s Military History course are bringing their research and studies of the American Revolution to life. Through historic interpretation and documented analysis, students set out to recreate the life of the common soldier of the American Revolution. In Mr. Murray’s words: Research has shown that such simulated, experiential learning of living […]

It’s Not Your Grandfather’s Shop Class!

Because it is not your grandfather’s world anymore. It’s theirs! To thrive in their world, they need new skills to cope with changing technology.   The challenge is not only learning new technology — anything they learn now  will be different in a few short years — it is learning how to change.  A challenge for students […]

It Takes a Play to Make a Community: Backstage at The Music Man

Pine Plains has a lively history of live theatre — a story in itself. And now, every year, like high schools all over the country, it puts on an annual musical. I could say many things about the value of participating in theatre for kids, parents, and the community at large. But that would take […]

Sergeant, Make It Happen!

There was a touch of Revolutionary War and black powder smoke right in the middle of Pine Plains the other day as Neil Murray was giving his students of military history some experience of what it was like to be Continental Soldiers. I grabbed a scene with my cell phone and then, so impressed with the […]

Spinning Squash

It’s a yearly tradition that I’ve been going to for years: the 2015 Ag Fair hosted by the Future Farmers of America at the high school in Pine Plains.   This year I was hoping to find something a little different to film.  But the parade started out as it does every year, with the school band, tractors, politicians, tractors, kids […]

Bombers Away!

A video of an historic occasion: The Stissing Mountain High School girls basketball team made it to the regional finals! I am waiting for the results of tonight’s game — which I will post here — and wish them the best of luck. Coverage of the game as well as an explanation of where the […]

A Touch of Country: The Fall Fair

Every year the Stissing Mountain High School chapter of the Future Farmers of America runs an ag fair.  I’ve filmed different parts of it before, but this year I’ve pretty much stuck to the tractor pulls and the barn where kids show cows.   Related stories are at a previous Fall Festival Fair coverage and a […]

Farming the Future

The 4- H Club dairy cow competition was a proud event for Pine Plains at the Dutchess County Fair. Gina Brooks and her brother, Patrick, showed two of her cows, a Brown Swiss and a Holstein, which she has been keeping in Barry Chase’s barn.

Nanjing on the Hudson

Once the world was flat then it became round. Now it is flat again… The high school cafeteria was filled with the sounds and sights of Chinese in a welcome to the delegation from High School #29 in Nanjing (China).