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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...

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Pine Plains school monitor saves student from choking

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PINE PLAINS — Both the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) and Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior Principal Tara Grieb took great pride in recognizing Anne Krasinski for her actions in preventing a Pine Plains student from choking last month.

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Highway super updates board on department news

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PINE PLAINS— Highway Superintendent Heather Emerich appeared before the Town Board on Thursday, April 18, to present her monthly report.
Among the items discussed, Emerich said she received the first check from the auction of surplus equipment. The amount was for $10,000.
She then updated the board about funding from the state, in the form of Consolidated Highway Improvements Projects (CHIPs) funding, PaveNY funding and extreme conditions  funding.

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A time for thanks

Janet Fitzgerald, FRIENDS president, presented senior Library Clerk Mary Bowen thank you cards and gift certificates for the Pine Plains library staff in recognition of National Library Workers Week.

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School board adopts 2019-20 budget, gets district updates and OK’s BOCES budget

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PINE PLAINS — In what turned out to be a short meeting, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) adopted its budget, reviewed the progress of current district programs and kept informed of upcoming projects at its meeting on Tuesday, April 23.

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Fuel card talk rubs highway crew the wrong way

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PINE PLAINS — Town Highway Superintendent Heather Emerich said she wanted to “clear the air” at the Thursday, April 18, Town Board meeting regarding a discussion from the prior month’s meeting. 

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Pine Day sheds a light on the trees of Pine Plains

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PINE PLAINS — Just in time for Earth Day, the Pine Plains community set aside a day to celebrate all of its trees with its first-ever Pine Day on Saturday, April 20.

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Pine Plains library building sales contract under way

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PINE PLAINS— After an exhaustive search for qualified buyers, the town happily announced that the old library building has been sold. New Pine Plains resident Matthew Brimer purchased the South Main Street (Route 82) site for an agreed upon price of $140,000. 

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How a Group of Strangers can help pave a path to recovery

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PINE PLAINS — Coming on the heels of the public health epidemic related to opioid addiction, the Council on Addiction Prevention and Education (CAPE) of Dutchess County has developed prevention, education and recovery services to help address the problem from the ground up. Among the services now available to individuals and families looking to find their own path to recovery, A Group of Strangers, which meets in Pine Plains, seeks to engage people in a conversation about addiction and demonstrate that recovery is possible.

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STEM Fair transforms Pine Plains students into prospective scientists

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STANFORDVILLE — The entire Cold Spring Early Learning Center cafeteria was packed table to table with creative young minds at the Pine Plains Elementary PTA’s annual STEM Fair on Tuesday, April 9.
The fair invited Pine Plains students in pre-k through sixth grade to bring in their own original projects, all for the fun of learning. 

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Busy as ever, beavers do damage

PINE PLAINS — It’s been a problem for years: beavers at Stissing Lake and Twin Islands Lake (Mud Pond) building dams, plugging important culverts  and causing flooding that seeps onto nearby roadways.
“We have a couple of areas in town inundated with beaver activity. This is the most active time of year,” said Highway Superintendent Heather Emerich. 

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