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WASHINGTON — The monthly meeting of the Town Board was held on Thursday, March 9. Town Supervisor Gary Ciferri opened the meeting at 7:05 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance, and then invited George Cronk, of the engineering firm Chazen Companies, to speak about the two town projects that have been on the table since early last year: the Stanford Road culvert and the Oak Summit Road culvert projects.

The Stanford Road project is moving along. All permits have been obtained, and an onsite meeting will take place on March 28 for Chazen engineers, the Town Board and other...

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A whole new world of fun for senior hikers

Jennifer Anderson, a Pine Plains resident, and her sister, Lisa Schoonmaker, out of Maine, launched Senior Hiker magazine last June. 
The magazine is filled with gorgeous photos, engaging and sometimes humorous articles and a wealth of information (and inspiration) for a niche community. Contributors to the magazine are all 50 or older, adding to the community feeling; Anderson is 72 and Schoonmaker is 68. 
The magazine comes out three times a year; the second issue was due out at the end of January. 

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Kindness is contagious

On Thursday, Feb. 16, third-graders at Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center met with author Courtney Scheinel, who wrote The “Kindness Club” children’s book series. Students learned what it means to be a writer and took part in a kindness writing activity. They practiced writing a thank-you letter to someone who performed an act of kindness, describing how it affected them. The next step involves either returning the kindness or passing it on to someone else. The program was sponsored by the FRIENDS of the Pine Plains Free Library. 

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Safety concerns on Bethel Cross Road: Speed limit reduction requested

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PINE PLAINS— There’s no question that many drivers in Pine Plains enjoy the scenic, rural and often winding roads that take them from Point A to Point B. Bethel Cross Road is but one example.
But there are others, just as surely, who drive so fast along those roads that there’s little question they’re placing themselves and others in danger. 

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Lydon of Pine Plains makes a name in Syracuse basketball

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PINE PLAINS — At 6 feet 9 inches tall, Tyler Lydon cuts an impressive figure on the Syracuse basketball court, where he spends most of his days, practicing and playing for the NCAA team. A sophomore, Lydon started out as a Bomber, playing forward for Stissing Mountain High School. Now he’s a stretch 4 forward, often playing center, for the Orange. His dream is to play in the NBA.

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Pine Plains Central School District Handler’s contract extended one year

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PINE PLAINS — The Board of Education (BOE) of the Pine Plains Central School District has extended its contract with Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler by one year, through the 2018-19 school year. 
While members of the BOE were aware that Handler was beginning to think about retirement, they hoped to convince him to prolong his position as superintendent. As noted by school board President Fred “Chip” Couse, what began as an informal conversation with Handler soon led to the discussion of extending Handler’s contract.

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Pine Plains celebrates National FFA Week

PINE PLAINS— The FFA has deep roots in Pine Plains. It’s been a part of the fabric of the community for as many decades as most people can remember. Students enrolled in the Pine Plains Central School District have the opportunity to learn about agriculture, its many fields, public speaking and other leadership qualities. It’s invaluable experience that’s being celebrated nationally through FFA Week, Feb. 18 through Feb. 25.

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DEC Forest Rangers respond to stranded hikers at fire tower

MILAN — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations, and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured, or distressed people from the backcountry.

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CAC talks water study and tree survey

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PINE PLAINS— Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) Chairman John Hoffman III was at the Town Board meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16. He appealed to the board to pay for half of a water study of Stissing Lake as well as to conduct a tree survey.
According to Hoffman III, the CAC is going to conduct a Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP), which will study water quality. The last CSLAP report was issued in 2011. 

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Energy performance contract approved by BOE

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) announced the approval of the proposed energy performance contract with Siemens during its regular meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Siemens is the largest manufacturing and electronics company in Europe, with branch offices here in the U.S.
The discussion began as Martin Handler, superintendent of schools, invited project coordinators Steve Heaslip and Bill Tangney to speak along with the board’s engineering consultant, Aldo Mazzaferro. 

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