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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

BOE examines facility usage fees for town recreation programs

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PINE PLAINS — During the Wednesday, Sept. 21, meeting, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) discussed the price structure for the use of school facilities by outside groups.
Since the school district is currently operating under a contingency budget, the district is legally prevented from allowing outside groups or organizations to use the school facilities free of charge if the use will cost the district money due to basic operating costs, such as electricity.

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BOE president responds to ‘outrageous’ comments

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PINE PLAINS — During the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 7, board president Bruce Kimball started the meeting by addressing three points that were raised during the public comments segment of the previous BOE meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 24.
The first comment that Kimball addressed was about the length of the new bus routes. The speaker said that his child spends 40 minutes on the bus even though he lives only a few blocks from the school.

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Board addresses business at hand

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board discussed a number of miscellaneous items at its monthly meeting on Thursday, Aug. 18. The majority of those issues, albeit smaller matters, are important, as they deal with municipal matters that need to be addressed in a timely fashion.
Insurance issues
One of the first topics that was raised had to do with the town’s renewal of its health insurance policy and the Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) that was supposed to be passed in its favor.

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Pine Plains parade honors Sept. 11 anniversary

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PINE PLAINS — At 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, the bell rang outside Pine Plains Hose Company No.1 to signify the start of the parade that honored the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the hijacking of Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania.
Roughly 200 people, including local firefighters, war veterans, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and members of the public, marched solemnly through town from the Pine Plains firehouse to Seymour Smith Elementary School.

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Home of the free

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The Pine Plains Hose Company organized a parade and memorial ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 11, to honor the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Four-year-old Cat Dillinger proudly carried an American flag before lining up to march in the parade. Click here for the full story and more pictures.

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Sept. 11 memorial parade

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Hose Company will hold a parade in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The parade will remember the civilians and service people who lost their lives due to the attacks.
The hose company is inviting members of the public to join in the march from the fire department headquarters at 7 Lake Road to the Seymour Smith Elementary School.
The parade’s route will be roughly a half-mile in length.

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Wait a minute, where are the public comments?

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PINE PLAINS — During the public comments segment of the Pine Plains Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 24, Craig Yerger, a local resident, questioned the board about the contents of the board minutes.
Yerger, who has spoken during the public comments segment of previous board meetings, held up a copy of the board’s minutes and said the document did not thoroughly or accurately describe the “thoughtful comments” he presented to the board during the Wednesday, July 6, meeting.

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School project finishes under budget

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PINE PLAINS — When the students return to Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center on Wednesday, Sept. 7, they will be greeted with several new improvements to the building.
During the summer, the school underwent the second phase of a construction project that began during the summer of 2010.
Chris Gent, owner of the Palombo Group, gave the Pine Plains Board of Education an update on the status of the construction project at its meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 24.
The main focus of the project was to fix the exterior masonry of the Seymour Smith building.

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Raging waters

Although it’s usually a peaceful scene, the water at Patchins Mill in Pine Plains was flowing fast and furious on Monday, Aug. 29, following the heavy rains of Hurricane Irene. Much of the town felt the effects of the storm, including Stissing Lake, where there was some flooding reported.

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Pine Plains school board passes tax levy and funds reserves

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PINE PLAINS — The Board of Education took action during its Wednesday, Aug. 24, meeting to officially adopt the school tax levy and the transfer of money into reserve funds.
The total of the 2011-12 tax levy is $20,591,654, which is $1,018,272 higher than the 2010-11 tax levy.
The tax levy is distributed among the people living in the school district, which covers parts of Ancram, Clermont, Gallatin, Livingston, Clinton, Milan, North East, Pine Plains and Stanford.
Several reserve funds were also increased.

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