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PINE PLAINS— The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) expressed gratitude recently to Kim Russell, a bus driver for the Pine Plains Central School District, for her response to a school bus collision on Route 199.

Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler kicked off a meeting in February by recognizing Russell’s exemplary work. 

Around 7 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, he said the district received “the call that every superintendent fears.” A collision had taken place on Route 199 involving one of the district’s school buses.

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Snow parking rules in effect

PINE PLAINS — No vehicle shall be parked, left standing or otherwise permitted to remain on any street, road, highway or town owned or maintained parking area in the town of Pine Plains between the hours midnight and 8 a.m. during any period of snowfall or other precipitation (except rain) and for a period of six hours following the said snowfall or other precipitation during the months of November through April of the following year. 

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Pine Plains’ Pulver now chair of Dutchess County Legislature

PINE PLAINS— Legislator Gregg Pulver (R-19) was chosen by his colleagues in county government as the new chairman for the Dutchess County Legislature at its organizational meeting held on Tuesday, Jan. 2. His election found bipartisan support.
“I love it so far,” said Pulver last week, giving an update on his new position. “It’s a great challenge for me … I serve as chairman on all the committees, on six standing committees, and then technically any legislator can go to any subcommittee.”

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After weather delay, board holds reorg meeting for 2018

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PINE PLAINS — Newly elected town Supervisor Darrah Cloud led the Town Board in its first meeting of the new year on Thursday, Jan. 18. The board held its annual organizational meeting at that time, mirroring the process done by all municipalities as near to Jan. 1 as possible.
Originally, the reorg meeting was scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 4, but due to a snowstorm it had to be rescheduled for the 18th, to coincide with the board’s regular monthly meeting.

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Helping feed the hungry: Food locker receives donation from Millbrook Horse Trials

PINE PLAINS — The Millbrook Horse Trials (MHT), a nonprofit organization that runs the largest equestrian event of its kind in the Northeast, and Coole Park Farm have donated $2,500 to the Pine Plains Community Food Locker (PPCFL) to support area families in need.
The donation was made possible with proceeds from MHT, a four-day equestrian event held every summer, which has come to attract more than 500 horses, top-level competitors from around the nation and thousands of spectators. MHT made its first annual donation to the food locker in 2014 with a gift of $2,500.

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BOE extends superintendent’s contract for 2019-20

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PINE PLAINS— The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) announced its success last week in securing Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler’s services for an additional year by extending his contract.
“Let me just say I love it here,” Handler said. “This is a great community to live in, be in and work in.”
He described his time in Pine Pines as “a very pleasurable experience both personally and professionally.”

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Dutchess Land Conservancy seeks to protect farm

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PINE PLAINS — “A bit wild. Open. An absolutely beautiful stretch of roadway between Pine Plains and Stanfordville.”
That’s how Pine Plains town Supervisor Darrah Cloud described Jordan Lane Farm, also known as the Speeter property, which is hoping the Dutchess Land Conservancy (DLC) will be able to purchase its development rights. DLC Land Projects Manager Erin Hoagland appeared  before the Town Board to request a letter of support at its December meeting. The board agreed.

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Bad Art Night inspires free-spirited artwork from area residents

PINE PLAINS— While the rain and fog outside probably encouraged some residents to stay indoors, the Community Room above the Pine Plains Free Library thrived with free-spirited thinking and creativity with the library’s first Bad Art Night at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12.

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Board of Education reviews school facilities report for 2017-18

PINE PLAINS — At its first meeting of the new year on Wednesday, Jan. 3, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) took the time to evaluate a report on school facilities.
Director of School Facilities Richard McKibben presented the board with the report. Looking over all the buildings in the Pine Plains Central School District, he gave an overview of future improvements to be made in various buildings, the funds it would take to carry out the changes and the source of funding. 

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Jane Waters now serving on FCH Board

PINE PLAINS — The Foundation for Community Health (FCH) is pleased to announce that Jane Waters has recently joined the Board of Directors.  Her background and interests are valuable assets that will assist the Foundation to carry out its mission to increase access to quality, affordable and timely healthcare for the residents living in the greater Harlem Valley and in the northwest hills of Connecticut.     

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Ancram eagles

John Hoffman III said he saw this bald eagle on Hall Hill south of the bridge near where the culvert was placed this summer. “Ancram’s creeks, which are flowing despite the cold, and pines make great habitat, hunting and nesting areas for Haliaeetus leucocephalus, and mid-winter is one of the best times to view them,” he said.

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