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PINE PLAINS — Beginning Monday, Sept. 11, the sidewalk area from 2977 to 2987 Church Street will be worked on as part of a two-week restoration project.

Totaling 198 feet, the sidewalk area on Church Street has been in need of repair for some time; bricks have shifted and grass is growing in between the gaps. Through the efforts of Stanfordville contractor Dave Douglass, the restoration project will include removing the old sidewalk, constructing new 9’ sidewalks, stamping the concrete and sealing it.

According to Kathy Rigano, assistant to the town supervisor,...

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Safety concerns on Bethel Cross Road: Speed limit reduction requested

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PINE PLAINS— There’s no question that many drivers in Pine Plains enjoy the scenic, rural and often winding roads that take them from Point A to Point B. Bethel Cross Road is but one example.
But there are others, just as surely, who drive so fast along those roads that there’s little question they’re placing themselves and others in danger. 

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Lydon of Pine Plains makes a name in Syracuse basketball

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PINE PLAINS — At 6 feet 9 inches tall, Tyler Lydon cuts an impressive figure on the Syracuse basketball court, where he spends most of his days, practicing and playing for the NCAA team. A sophomore, Lydon started out as a Bomber, playing forward for Stissing Mountain High School. Now he’s a stretch 4 forward, often playing center, for the Orange. His dream is to play in the NBA.

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Pine Plains Central School District Handler’s contract extended one year

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PINE PLAINS — The Board of Education (BOE) of the Pine Plains Central School District has extended its contract with Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler by one year, through the 2018-19 school year. 
While members of the BOE were aware that Handler was beginning to think about retirement, they hoped to convince him to prolong his position as superintendent. As noted by school board President Fred “Chip” Couse, what began as an informal conversation with Handler soon led to the discussion of extending Handler’s contract.

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Pine Plains celebrates National FFA Week

PINE PLAINS— The FFA has deep roots in Pine Plains. It’s been a part of the fabric of the community for as many decades as most people can remember. Students enrolled in the Pine Plains Central School District have the opportunity to learn about agriculture, its many fields, public speaking and other leadership qualities. It’s invaluable experience that’s being celebrated nationally through FFA Week, Feb. 18 through Feb. 25.

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DEC Forest Rangers respond to stranded hikers at fire tower

MILAN — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations, and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured, or distressed people from the backcountry.

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CAC talks water study and tree survey

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PINE PLAINS— Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) Chairman John Hoffman III was at the Town Board meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16. He appealed to the board to pay for half of a water study of Stissing Lake as well as to conduct a tree survey.
According to Hoffman III, the CAC is going to conduct a Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP), which will study water quality. The last CSLAP report was issued in 2011. 

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Energy performance contract approved by BOE

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) announced the approval of the proposed energy performance contract with Siemens during its regular meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Siemens is the largest manufacturing and electronics company in Europe, with branch offices here in the U.S.
The discussion began as Martin Handler, superintendent of schools, invited project coordinators Steve Heaslip and Bill Tangney to speak along with the board’s engineering consultant, Aldo Mazzaferro. 

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Pine Plains seniors receive an education in ‘Successful Aging’

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PINE PLAINS — Complemented by the warm afternoon weather, members of the Pine Plains community were treated to a presentation about the positive side of aging on Wednesday, Feb. 8.
Sponsored by Pine Plains Adult Recreation, the Dutchess County Office for the Aging introduced “Successful Aging” at noon in the Community Room of the Pine Plains Community Center above the library.
In addition to the presentation, free hearing tests for veterans and seniors were offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Board reviews special education reports

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) opened the floor to Director of Special Education Maryann Stoorvogel at its meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 1. 
Stoorvogel submitted the Special Education and AIS End of Year 2015-16 and Mid-Year 2016-17 reports.

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Pine Plains Memorial Hall Site plan approved, $10K matching grant offered

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PINE PLAINS — Toward the end of January, Pine Plains Memorial Hall (PPMH) announced two significant developments in efforts to renovate the historic building.

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