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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

Catching up with Cupid

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The Stissing Mountain Student Council sponsored a special dance for Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center students looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Thursday, Feb. 14. Students came dressed to impress and dance the night away. Snacks and beverages were provided by Seymour Smith parents while Student Council members set up face painting and cup pong tables. 
— Kaitlin Lyle

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Pine Plains BOE OKs vote results for renovations

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) has made great strides in getting the auditorium capital project off the ground, starting with the official approval of the special referendum results on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
Last month, the Pine Plains Central School District held a special referendum vote to ask district voters to OK the use of $1.3 million from its capital reserve fund for the renovation of the Stissing Mountain High School auditorium. The money was already available, so using it made no impact on the budget or to taxpayers. 

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School Board gets update from Transportation Department

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PINE PLAINS — As an annual update, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) heard a presentation from the Pine Plains Transportation Department at its January meeting.
Supervisor of Transportation Drew Weaver reflected on how well the department fared during the 2017-18 school year. He explained that students were transported from three in-district schools and 11 out-of-district schools last year, with 16 drivers and seven monitors responsible for the in-district students and nine drivers and four monitors in charge of the out-of-district students.

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Shall we dance?

The Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School Student Council began February by inviting high school students to  the annual Winter Ball on Friday, Feb. 1. Students welcomed students to the junior high school gym, providing snacks and beverages while also helping with set up and clean up. From left, Student Council Vice President Jacob Henderson, President Morgan Schuyler and Secretary Dariann Watson celebrated February at the Winter Ball.

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The Pine Plains Platter offers community space and home cooking

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PINE PLAINS — When the Pine Plains Platter first opened for business about six years ago, owners Jack and Irene Banning were hoping to appeal to their friends in town as well as weekend visitors. With help from their staff and support from the community, the Platter has since shifted into a familiar hub where community and home cooking are always guaranteed.

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Pine Plains fire tax jumps 72.5 percent

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PINE PLAINS — Taxpayers in the town of Pine Plains are not pleased with their tax bills — no surprise since the town’s tax levy from the Pine Plains Fire District has risen 72.5 percent. The town has no say on those taxes, which are a separate function under the authority of the fire district.
The money raised through taxes for Pine Plains Hose Co. No. 1 goes to operations and maintenance, primarily. 

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Stissing Mountain auditorium renovation approved by voters

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Central School District got support for its auditorium renovation project at a special referendum vote on Monday, Jan. 28.
Going back to May of 2017, voters previously approved a $2.9 million project that included the complete renovation of the Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School auditorium and the replacement of the floors in the Stissing Mountain Junior High School gymnasium. 

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Police officer rescues one very lucky dog

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PINE PLAINS — There was a feel-good moment at the Town Board meeting held earlier this month, on Thursday, Jan. 17. It came when Pine Plains Police Officer-in-Charge John Hughes recounted an incident in which one of his officers saved a dog’s life.
Hughes stood at the back of the room and read a statement from police officer Gary Hoysradt. It told a story of an old, 14-year-old yellow Labrador-type dog, deaf and going blind, who wandered onto the ice on Stissing Lake on Sunday, Jan. 13, at around 2:30 p.m.

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Proposed nuisance ordinance evokes fiery response

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PINE PLAINS — A discussion about a recently proposed nuisance ordinance got somewhat rowdy at a Town Board meeting held on Thursday, Jan. 17.
It all began during public comments when former town Councilman and police officer Bob Couse called out the board for pandering to a single resident.

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Honorable mentions

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