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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.

A soup lunch was provided along with a few plates of assorted...

Pine Plains

Board of Education discusses future budget planning

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PINE PLAINS — With the second half of the 2016-17 school year already in session, the Pine Plains Board of Education utilized its meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 18, to discuss future budget planning for 2017-18.
The meeting began at 7 p.m. in the Stissing Mountain Middle/High School Library. All members of the Board of Education (BOE) were present for the meeting.

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Proceeds from Millbrook Horse Trials benefit Food Locker

PINE PLAINS  — The Millbrook Horse Trials, 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.

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The end of an era …

 The retirement of Pine Plains Free Library Director Marguerite Hill, right, was celebrated at a party in her honor on Sunday, Jan. 15, at Lia’s Mountain View. Presenting Hill with a plaque for her 41 years of service was Diana Woolis, left, the new president of the Pine Plains Free Library Board of Directors. Woolis gave a speech in Hill’s honor. “Everyone that I know values Marguerite,” said Woolis, “and I am very excited to go forward and build on Marguerite’s legacy.” 

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Student group works to fight prejudice

PINE PLAINS  — Stissing Mountain High School held its annual winter concert in the week leading up to Christmas, but the music wasn’t the only source of attraction. Outside the theater, a student and teacher group known as STOP, which stands for “Students and Teachers Opposed to Prejudice,” had set up a table with the theme New Year New Beginnings. 

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Local students get hearts singing in the ER

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Reorganizing and preparing for the upcoming year

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PINE PLAINS — Like its surrounding municipal neighbors, officials in Pine Plains held an organizational meeting for 2017 last week — the first week of the year — as is standard protocol. The Town Board met on Tuesday, Jan. 3, to hash out appointments, policies and salaries.
Robert Cordella and Rich Diaz were both named as assessors, with a salary of $7,300 each. James Mara was named chairman of the assessors, with a salary of $11,000.

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Pine Plains Free Library gets new director and board president

PINE PLAINS— Jim Mara stepped down as president of the Pine Plains Free Library Board of Trustees at the end of 2016, which he called a “year of transition” for the small community library. 
“[Last] year has been about settling in and bringing in more patrons — it has definitely been a year of recovery and stabilization for the library,” he said. 

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Pine Plains building burns

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PINE PLAINS — Firefighters contained a two-alarm structure fire in a vacant building at 2994 Church St. (Route 199) on Friday, Jan. 6. The building is opposite Peck’s Market and The Platter coffee shop. 
The fire left the structure intact but with cosmetic damage. It could be seen with plywood covering the exterior walls the next day.
According to Pine Plains Fire Chief Brian Walsh, the department was dispatched to the blaze at 7:30 p.m.

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Year in Review 2016 : Patchin’s Mill Bridge up and running

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PINE PLAINS — As was just announced in a recent issue of The Millerton News, the renovation work at Patchin’s Mill Bridge is finally complete, after a two-year closure and construction project.
Patchin’s Mill Bridge runs along South Main Street (Route 82), crosses over the Shekomeko Creek and leads to both Hoffman Road and Silvernail Road on the other side of the creek. 

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Year in Review 2016 : Memorial Hall renovation project to gather steam in 2017

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PINE PLAINS— The folks behind the Pine Plains Memorial Hall (PPMH) project are getting more and more excited as time marches on. That’s because efforts to renovate the old 1915 Second Empire-style architectural masterpiece — in dire need of repair due to years of neglect — are in full swing. 

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