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PINE PLAINS — The First United Presbyterian Church of Pine Plains reached the end of an era last month as its beloved Rev. Carol Miller bid farewell to the community after serving its spiritual needs for 11 years.

From her early childhood to her return to the area in 2007, Miller’s ties to the Pine Plains community and her home church, The First United Presbyterian Church of Pine Plains, have only grown stronger with time and experience. 

“She grew up in the community, so she’s quite familiar with it and it’s been a real asset for her to...

Pine Plains

Construction underway at Pine Plains Memorial Hall

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PINE PLAINS — Members of the Pine Plains Memorial Hall team reported that the first phase of construction is underway with several installations and additions on the horizon.
The team has been occupied with putting up a new front lobby to the building. Before establishing the new front, the entire front of the building was excavated down to the foundation before a new footing was poured. Next, a steel structure was installed and the new foundation was poured for the lobby.

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BOE reviews pending capital project from Dutchess BOCES

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) opened the floor for a presentation by Dutchess County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) regarding its upcoming capital project at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

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Durst team addresses public comments

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PINE PLAINS— After taking the public’s comments regarding its Carvel Property Development project to heart, representatives from the Durst Organization presented their latest findings at a public meeting held on the morning of Monday, Sept. 17.

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BOE organizes Start Time Committee

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PINE PLAINS — With school already a couple of weeks in session, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) has been researching methods for improving students’ academic success by changing the start times for the school day.
After its research, the BOE has determined that by having younger students come into school at an earlier time and older students arrive at a later time, they’ll be more on task with their school activities, resulting in a dramatic improvement in their academic performance. 

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New Age Diner serves homemade meals with a fresh take

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PINE PLAINS — Anyone looking for a fresh take on the diner experience is in for a treat with the New Age Diner in Pine Plains — where hungry diners can stop for a home-cooked meal.

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Library offers fall programs to patrons of all ages

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PINE PLAINS — Now that summer vacation has come to an end and children are back in the classroom, the Pine Plains Free Library is organizing programs and events for the community during the fall season.
“It’s a little bit harder to get kids here when school starts,” said Pine Plains Free Library Director Veronica Stork, “so we try to send flyers to the school to make sure their parents know what’s going on.”

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Residents dispose of unwanted waste at clean-up day

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PINE PLAINS — Residents were offered a chance to rid their yards of debris at the town’s first Bob Couse Town Clean-up Day on Saturday, Sept. 8.
The inspiration came as a suggestion from Bob Couse, a former Town Board member and police chief in Pine Plains. Earlier in the spring, at a Town Board meeting, Couse recommended it host a cleanup. The board agreed and set to work. From that meeting on, the town spread the word through its website and Facebook page as well as through a mass email, this newspaper, posters and word of mouth.

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Bridge to be replaced

PINE PLAINS — The Dutchess County Department of Public Works (DPW) has announced work on bridge PP-12 on Amenia-Pine Plains Road (CR 83) in the town of Pine Plains is expected to begin on or about Tuesday, Sept. 4. 
The bridge, located near the intersection of Righters Corners Road (CR 70), will be replaced due to structural deficiencies that have led to weight and width restrictions over time. 
Project work will involve replacing the existing bridge with a pre-cast structure and the addition of 4-foot shoulders. 

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Huichica East Music Festival offers music and more in pastoral landscape

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PINE PLAINS — The hills were alive with the sounds of homegrown music and community camaraderie last weekend as Chaseholm Farm hosted its third annual Huichica East Music Festival from Friday, Aug. 24, to Sunday, Aug. 26.
Hailed on its website as “a pioneer in a new breed of micro-festival,” Huichica East was designed to replicate the popular Huichica West festival in Sonoma, Calif., in an East Coast setting. From local residents to Sonoma aficionados and more, this year’s festival attracted a broad range of visitors to the farm in Pine Plains.

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Town Board considers possible noise ordinance

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PINE PLAINS— The issue of whether the town needs a noise ordinance was raised at the August Town Board meeting, just as it was in July. According to town Councilwoman Sarah Jones, the board received a letter suggesting it consider such a law.
The letter, shared  by the board following a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request, was peppered with accusations against the town. It’s from Adrienne Haynes and Bea Licata, a mother and daughter who moved to Pine Plains in April.

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