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Planning Board hosts preliminary discussion for Durst project’s pre-sketch review

PINE PLAINS — After receiving correspondence from The Durst Organization signifying its interest in beginning the pre-sketch review of its resort development application earlier this month, the Pine Plains Planning Board assembled on Wednesday, May 13, to engage in a preliminary discussion of the developer’s pre-sketch submission.

Photo by Dick Hermans

Dems get out to clean up

In an effort to keep their community clean and help protect Mother Earth, members of the Pine Plains Democratic Club gathered on Saturday, April 26, and again on Saturday, May 9, to take part in a couple of roadside clean ups.

BOE assesses end-of-the-year school activities, reviews remote learning

PINE PLAINS — Now that the Pine Plains Central School District has learned schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) assessed ideas for end-of-the-year activities and reviewed updates from administrators during its BOE meeting on Wednesday, May 6, held via video conference b

BOE adopts district and BOCES budgets, considers its future

PINE PLAINS — Recognizing that some of their questions about the Pine Plains Central School District’s future will go unanswered until more information becomes available, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) got to business on Tuesday, April 28, adopting both the school district budget and Dutchess County Board of Cooperative Educational Ser

Pine Plains student Hannah Wuenst enjoyed an Egyptian-themed treat with her younger brother from the comfort of her home as part of Virtual Family Literacy Week. Photo submitted

Students ‘Read like an Egyptian’ for Family Literacy Week

PINE PLAINS — Not even the school district’s closure could stop Pine Plains teachers from celebrating a much-loved tradition like Family Literacy Week with the students at Cold Spring Early Learning Center.

From left, Sarah Zick and her mother, Amanda, waited in front of their Pine Plains home in anticipation of a firetruck parade to celebrate her sister, Elizabeth’s, first birthday. As Elizabeth’s birthday fell on Tuesday, April 28, this year, the Pine Plains Hose Company scheduled a special visit to her house on Saturday, April 25, as part of its new joint birthday celebration program with the Stanford Fire Company. Photo submitted

Local fire companies team up to help celebrate children’s birthdays

PINE PLAINS — If the COVID-19 crisis has shown society anything, it’s that acts of kindness go a long way. As plans for celebrating birthdays, graduations, weddings and more have changed due to the coronavirus pandemic, people have done their best to adapt to the new normal.

Pine Plains Board of Ed checks on how schools are dealing with remote learning during crisis

PINE PLAINS — Along with checking in to see how the Pine Plains Central School District’s building principals and personnel have been faring during its closure, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) got up-to-date on the latest district news and the district’s future at a workshop meeting on Wednesday, April 22.

Comforted by his faith and the springtime scenery, Pastor Ryan Larkin from the First United Presbyterian Church of Pine Plains reached out to his congregation on Zoom. Photo submitted

Religious leaders observe Holy Week, Easter during COVID-19 crisis

PINE PLAINS — Keeping their faith strong during a time of crisis and confusion, local religious leaders reached out to worshipers virtually to celebrate Holy Week and Easter, when the coronavirus is keeping everyone shuttered indoors.


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