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PINE PLAINS — With a mission focused on providing additional reading practice and support for children who need it, the nonprofit organization Literacy Connections was pleased with the number of volunteers who read with local students through the Book Buddies program this year.

Just one of several programs created by Literacy Connections, Book Buddies matches adult volunteers to read one-on-one with students who have been identified by their teachers as reading below their grade level.

“It also gives them a connection with a community member,” said...

Pine Plains

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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Roe Jan Library website 2.0

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HILLSDALE — The Roeliff Jansen Community Library is continuing to receive positive feedback from patrons who can now access resources and online materials, as well as learn about the library’s collection, services and community events — all thanks to a newly-redesigned website.

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Signs, lights and more discussed by Town Board

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PINE PLAINS— The Town Board discussed numerous issues at its December board meeting, many in preparation for its January meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17. 
In December, it noted that it would like to thank artisan Anthony Silvia for making the new signs welcoming motorists to Pine Plains. Signs are placed on Route 199, past Sunny Meadows Farm on the right, and then on Route 199, past the Highway Department and the high school on the left. 
Town Supervisor Darrah Cloud praised Silvia, who has a sign painting business on Route 82 in town.

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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.
 
Senior High School
A honor roll
Ninth grade

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Speeders beware

ANCRAM— The Ancram Highway Department deployed the second of two radar signs last week. The latest one is on Route 82 southbound into Ancram.  The first sign went up in Ancramdale on County Route 8 by Crest Lane in early December. 
According to town Supervisor Art Bassin, it’s all in an effort to slow traffic down in the hamlets of Ancram and Ancramdale. 
Highway Superintendent Jim Miller reported that he has gotten positive feedback on the signs from residents who live near where the signs have been installed. 

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Will charging stations for electric cars drive economic activity?

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PINE PLAINS — This fall, the town of Pine Plains has attracted a new population of motorists passing through, thanks to a charging station for electric cars that’s been installed behind the Bank of Millbrook, at 2971 Church St. (Route 199).
In light of the growing popularity of electric vehicles, town Supervisor Darrah Cloud watched as several towns in the surrounding area, such as Ancram and Hillsdale, installed charging stations to attract visiting motorists. 

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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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