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After joining the Pine Plains Free Library as a library assistant this past October, Alexis Tackett, 23, was offered the position of library director earlier this spring, replacing Veronica Stork, who served the library as its director for five years. Photo submitted

Pine Plains: Free Library has new leadership From assistant to director, Alexis Tackett takes charge

PINE PLAINS — Just seven months after she first joined the Pine Plains Free Library as a library assistant, Alexis Tackett, 23, happily accepted the position of library director last month, replacing Veronica Stork. Stork had served the library as director for the past five years.


From left, Gary Cooper, Thayer Durrel, Little Nine Partners Historical Society President Dyan Wapnick, Chairman of the Dutchess County Legislature Gregg Pulver (R-19), Dutchess County Historian William Tatum and Pine Plains town Supervisor Darrah Cloud celebrated the town’s first William G. Pomeroy Foundation historic marker commemorating the town’s Opera House on Saturday morning, May 1. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Pine Plains Opera House celebrated with unveiling of historic marker

PINE PLAINS — Falling in line with their work in honoring the past and preserving its future, members of the Little Nine Partners Historical Society (LNPHS) invited the Pine Plains community to join them in the unveiling and dedication of the William G.


Pine Plains Central School District Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler plans to retire after eight years by next July. Photo submitted

Pine Plains superintendent to retire, new leadership lined up

PINE PLAINS — Having dedicated the better part of eight years to strengthening the Pine Plains Central School District’s (PPCSD) academic and financial standing, Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler will surely be leaving on a triumphant note when he retires next July.


Taking direct quotes from the Human Rights Watch and Bring Back Our Girls, artist Angela Fremont-Appel took to acrylic paint as another medium to represent the girls who had been kidnapped in Chibok, Nigeria. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Chibok Project focuses on resilience in the face of trauma

PINE PLAINS — When the news broke in the summer of 2014 that 276 schoolgirls had kidnapped by the Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria, artist Angela Fremont-Appel had been working as a NYC public school art teacher. 


From left, Pine Plains residents Keary Hanan and Jake Marcum picked up garbage bags at the pavilion in the center of town before scouring local roads for fallen debris as part of the Pine Plains Democrats’ roadside cleanup on Saturday, April 17. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Democrats dig in to clean up roadways

PINE PLAINS — Working under April showers, local residents joined the Pine Plains Democrats in picking up litter and other refuse along town roads as part of the group’s roadside clean up on Saturday, April 17.

Starting at 10:30 a.m., the local political group welcomed a total of 25 volunteers throughout the day. 

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