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PINE PLAINS — Speeding cars on country roads is basically a given in the Harlem Valley. But that doesn’t mean town leaders are going to take the matter sitting down. In fact, in the town of Pine Plains, the Town Board is doing its best to reduce the speed limit on certain roads. It discussed the issue at its May board meeting.

According to town Supervisor Darrah Cloud, the board had an “extensive” workshop with the Highway Department, at which it discussed the speed limits outside of the hamlet. It’s not a new topic. In 1994 the issue was raised, then...

Pine Plains

A look at Pine Plains: Do higher property assessments mean higher taxes?

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PINE PLAINS— It’s a murky issue: how a rise in property assessments may or may not impact taxes. After all, one’s tax bill is based on the assessed value of one’s home. And that’s exactly why Pine Plains residents are trying to decode, after receiving letters in the mail from the Assessors’ Office, the result of their assessments being on the rise.

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Spud Shack serves fresh burgers and 1950s vibe

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PINE PLAINS — Walking down Church Street around lunchtime, residents can satisfy their craving for a lunch hot off the grill at Spud Shack. 

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Architect works with Habitat to create affordable housing in Pine Plains

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PINE PLAINS — The need for affordable housing was at the forefront of a presentation at last week’s Town Board meeting in Pine Plains, on Thursday, May 16. Architect Dennis Wedlick, of Barlis Wedlick in Hudson, spoke, along with Columbia County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Brenda Adams and Dutchess County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Maureen Lashlee.

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EPIC leader delivers first-hand report of U.S.-Mexico border conditions

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PINE PLAINS — Following her return from Tijuana, Abby Nathanson, founder and director of Engaging People in Change (EPIC) in Millbrook, spoke to the Pine Plains community about conditions at the border between the United States and Mexico, sharing her insights and experiences in a discussion on Wednesday, May 15, in the Community Room above the Pine Plains Free Library. 

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Help with heart

PINE PLAINS — Students involved with the Key Club at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School recently partnered with the New York Blood Center to hold a blood drive on Monday, May 13. Running from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the blood drive was organized in the high school gymnasium. Recognized as a community service group at Stissing Mountain, the Key Club strives to host a local blood drive on an annual basis.

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BOE presents adopted 2019-20 budget at public hearing

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) fulfilled its obligation to the public by presenting the 2019-20 school budget at a public hearing on Wednesday, May 8.

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Two incumbents, one newcomer campaign for BOE

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PINE PLAINS — Come Tuesday, May 21, eligible voters residing in the Pine Plains Central School District will choose from among three candidates for two open seats on the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE).
The two available seats each have a three-year term from Monday, July 1, through June 30, 2022. Running as incumbent candidates are current BOE President Chip Couse and BOE member Amie Fredericks. Meanwhile, Pine Plains resident Scott Peters will be running as a new candidate for the board.
Chip Couse

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Personal Safety Program empowers students to protect themselves

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PINE PLAINS — Through an annual Personal Safety Program, students at Cold Spring Early Learning Center and Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center were told to trust their instincts, protect themselves and speak up when faced with an uncomfortable situation.

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Test now done with paper and pencil

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PINE PLAINS — Given the amount of stress placed on its students, the Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) announced its decision to switch from computer-based testing to pencil and paper tests for students in third through eighth grade taking the annual English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics assessments this spring.

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Making a difference: Student raises cancer awareness

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PINE PLAINS — Every so often, a student enrolled at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School will exhibit a genuine desire to inspire positive change in the world around her. Driven by her desire to “give children and young adults a fighting chance against leukemia and lymphoma,” Stissing Mountain High School junior Patience Tindall, 17, began her campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Students of the Year program.

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