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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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Pine Plains Superintendent Martin Handler’s contract extended

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Central School District’s Board of Education (BOE) announced its success in securing Superintendent Martin Handler’s services for an additional year by extending his contract to cover the 2020-21 school year.
According to BOE President Chip Couse, the decision to extend the contract came from a casual conversation. While discussing Handler’s salary for the coming year, the board asked if Handler would stay for another year, and Handler agreed.

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Rebuilding Together Dutchess County supports county homeowners

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PINE PLAINS — Volunteers came together to lend their neighbors a helping hand at Rebuilding Together Dutchess County’s (RTDC) annual Fall Rebuilding Month in October to complete necessary repairs for six local homeowners, including one in the town of Pine Plains.
Aimed at repairing homes, revitalizing communities and rebuilding lives, RTDC provides critical home repairs free of charge to low-income homeowners to allow them to live independently in a warm, safe and dry environment.

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Academic Achievements

Honor Rolls
PINE PLAINS — The following students of Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School of the Pine Plains Central School District earned a place on the honor rolls.
Junior High School
A honor roll
Sixth grade

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Thief uses town of Pine Plains’ bank account to write fake checks

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PINE PLAINS — Town Supervisor Darrah Cloud announced at the Thursday, Dec. 20, Town Board meeting that someone “stole either a vendor check or a pay stub, which somehow got in the wrong hands.”
The town checking number was then used to make copies of fake checks at a Staples, or another office supply store, in Poughkeepsie. Since then, the thief wrote checks that falsely stated they were coming from the town of Pine Plains’ coffers.

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Pine Plains loses to Spackenkill and New Paltz

PINE PLAINS — The Stissing Mountain High School varsity girls basketball team lost to Spackenkill High School on Dec. 11, 55–30.
Competing for the Lady Bombers, Lily Brenner scored 10 points while teammate Annette Prezzano scored five points. Haley Strang also scored four points for Pine Plains.
Meanwhile, Isabelle Herrerra scored 13 points for the Spartans while Maddie Maccall scored 10 points and Maya-K Johnson scored nine.

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Gardeners share tips for tucking in their gardens for winter

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PINE PLAINS — With the weather growing cold and the leaves now off the trees, local residents refreshed their knowledge of how to keep their gardens safe from pests and cold weather  at a workshop on how to tuck in a winter garden. 

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School board updates the public on district projects

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PINE PLAINS — After contemplating the future of some district programs, the Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) turned its attention to the status of a couple of projects at a meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Held in the Cold Spring Early Learning Center cafeteria, all BOE members were present for the meeting.

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Start Time Committee advises later schedule for Stissing Mountain students

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PINE PLAINS — Following extensive research on the impact that early academic schedules have on student development, Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center Principal Julie Roberts presented the Start Time Committee’s findings at the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

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Puppy pages

Young readers at the Pine Plains Free Library were delighted to welcome Dutchess County Legislator Gregg Pulver (R-19) and his husky, Ace, as the featured guests of a special story time held on Friday, Dec. 7. Beginning at 5 p.m., eight eager readers and their families gathered in the library to listen to Pulver read aloud from a selection of children’s stories and visit with Ace.

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