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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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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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Congressman Antonio Delgado holds public forum

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PINE PLAINS — U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (D NY-19) came to Pine Plains to address Dutchess County residents eager to share their priorities and concerns at a town hall meeting on Friday, Jan. 25.
The forum marked Delgado’s second town hall, having hosted one in Rensselaer County the week before. It was held at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School, with residents from Pine Plains, Stanfordville, North East, Millerton and beyond in attendance.

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Town Board organizes for 2019

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Pine Plains — The Town Board held its annual organizational meeting later in the month than neighboring towns, which tend to meet as  soon after the new year as possible. The reorg was at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, an hour before the board’s regular monthly meeting.
It began with a moment of silence for Shannon (Smith) Kent, a Navy cryptologist from Pine Plains who was killed in last week’s bombing in Syria.

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Pine Plains Memorial Hall takes flight with ‘Wings and Music’

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PINE PLAINS — As a part of efforts to raise awareness about the historic Pine Plains Memorial Hall (PPMH), the community was treated to a free movie matinée of the silent World War I film, “Wings,” accompanied with live music  at “Wings and Music” on Saturday, Jan. 19.

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Young scholars shaped at Math & Science Night

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PINE PLAINS — Students at Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center got a taste of future math and science lessons at the Pine Plains Elementary PTA’s annual Hands-On Math & Science Night on Thursday, Jan. 17.

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Pine Plains native killed in Syria suicide bombing

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PINE PLAINS — Shannon (Smith) Kent, 35, a Pine Plains native, was killed Wednesday, Jan. 16, in a suicide bombing in the Syrian city of Manbig. The Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility.
Kent and three other Americans were eating at a cafe popular with American forces when the bomb went off. The other three were a military service member, a civilian Defense Department employee and a Pentagon contractor. 
Nineteen people were killed in the Jan. 16 explosion and three Americans were wounded.

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The bridge is back

The Dutchess County Department of Public Works’ work on bridge PP-12 on Amenia-Pine Plains Road (CR 83) in the town of Pine Plains is complete and the road has reopened to traffic. The project began in September and involved replacing the existing bridge with a pre-cast structure and the addition of 4-foot shoulders. Final paving and minor landscape work will be completed in the spring. Amenia-Pine Plains Road averages approximately 430 vehicles per day.

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