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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Central School District’s Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, March 1, went into detail discussing upcoming resolutions for a proposed reconstruction project at the school.

To begin the meeting, President Fred “Chip” Couse introduced Michael Fanning from Mosaic Associates to discuss the auditorium project. Fanning explained the two components of the project: the replacement of the gymnasium flooring at Stissing Mountain Middle School, and several necessary renovations for the high school auditorium.  

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Pine Plains Free Library gets new director and board president

PINE PLAINS— Jim Mara stepped down as president of the Pine Plains Free Library Board of Trustees at the end of 2016, which he called a “year of transition” for the small community library. 
“[Last] year has been about settling in and bringing in more patrons — it has definitely been a year of recovery and stabilization for the library,” he said. 

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Pine Plains building burns

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PINE PLAINS — Firefighters contained a two-alarm structure fire in a vacant building at 2994 Church St. (Route 199) on Friday, Jan. 6. The building is opposite Peck’s Market and The Platter coffee shop. 
The fire left the structure intact but with cosmetic damage. It could be seen with plywood covering the exterior walls the next day.
According to Pine Plains Fire Chief Brian Walsh, the department was dispatched to the blaze at 7:30 p.m.

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Year in Review 2016 : Patchin’s Mill Bridge up and running

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PINE PLAINS — As was just announced in a recent issue of The Millerton News, the renovation work at Patchin’s Mill Bridge is finally complete, after a two-year closure and construction project.
Patchin’s Mill Bridge runs along South Main Street (Route 82), crosses over the Shekomeko Creek and leads to both Hoffman Road and Silvernail Road on the other side of the creek. 

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Year in Review 2016 : Memorial Hall renovation project to gather steam in 2017

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PINE PLAINS— The folks behind the Pine Plains Memorial Hall (PPMH) project are getting more and more excited as time marches on. That’s because efforts to renovate the old 1915 Second Empire-style architectural masterpiece — in dire need of repair due to years of neglect — are in full swing. 

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Patchin’s Mill Bridge construction finished after two-year closure

PINE PLAINS — The Dutchess County Department of Public Works (DPW) announced that work to replace bridges PP-2 and PP-11, or the Patchin’s Mill Bridge, on Hoffman Road in the town of Pine Plains is complete. 

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High school sees progress in academics

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PINE PLAINS — With the Pine Plains Central School District’s recent recognition of its middle school improving English Language Arts (ELA) performance during the past few years, news from high school Principal Tara Grieb that her students are also improving is like icing on the cake.
Grieb told the Board of Education the good news at its most recent meeting, on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler said the video shown by the principal, along with the most recent stats, made for a very good meeting indeed.

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Angelic voices

The First United Presbyterian Church of Pine Plains held a holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 11. The concert featured performances by Strings Attached, Patrons of Harmony, Jim Petrie and Dorothy Whitaker. The concert was “a total success,” according to Pastor Carol Miller. “The idea of the concert was to enjoy the beautiful music and to bring the community together to celebrate Christmas,” she said.

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VFW digs in and cleans up at historic Vedder Cemetery

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GALLATIN — Vedder Cemetery looks a lot better these days, after being cleaned up by members of the VFW Memorial Post 5519 on Saturday, Nov. 26.
The hard work of eight VFW volunteers entailed chopping trees, cutting felled trees, cutting back encroaching forest, cleaning around headstones and righting sinking headstones.  
“We lifted them up and, believe it or not, slid some out of the way to reveal the earth below and reset them,” said VFW member Brian Coons, a retired master sergeant who served in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Library director to retire

PINE PLAINS — Marguerite Hill has been a staple in her community for 41 years, ever since she took on a job at the Pine Plains Free Library in 1975. After 21 years as director, she now plans to retire.
A member of the Library Club in high school, Hill was somewhat familiar with the role of librarian. But little did she know that she would end up in a career at the Pine Plains Free Library.

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The FRIENDS do Christmas

The FRIENDS of the Pine Plains Free Library installed an illuminated window display at the former library building on Saturday, Nov. 26, for Decoration Day. The display was designed by Brenda Bertin, the group’s secretary.

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