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PINE PLAINS — Students involved with the Key Club at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School recently partnered with the New York Blood Center to hold a blood drive on Monday, May 13. Running from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the blood drive was organized in the high school gymnasium. Recognized as a community service group at Stissing Mountain, the Key Club strives to host a local blood drive on an annual basis.

“It’s important because there’s a shortage a blood,” said Stissing Mountain junior and Key Club member Angelina Mannino, “and quarts save...

Pine Plains

School board adopts 2019-20 budget, gets district updates and OK’s BOCES budget

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PINE PLAINS — In what turned out to be a short meeting, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) adopted its budget, reviewed the progress of current district programs and kept informed of upcoming projects at its meeting on Tuesday, April 23.

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Fuel card talk rubs highway crew the wrong way

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PINE PLAINS — Town Highway Superintendent Heather Emerich said she wanted to “clear the air” at the Thursday, April 18, Town Board meeting regarding a discussion from the prior month’s meeting. 

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Pine Day sheds a light on the trees of Pine Plains

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PINE PLAINS — Just in time for Earth Day, the Pine Plains community set aside a day to celebrate all of its trees with its first-ever Pine Day on Saturday, April 20.

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Pine Plains library building sales contract under way

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PINE PLAINS— After an exhaustive search for qualified buyers, the town happily announced that the old library building has been sold. New Pine Plains resident Matthew Brimer purchased the South Main Street (Route 82) site for an agreed upon price of $140,000. 

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How a Group of Strangers can help pave a path to recovery

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PINE PLAINS — Coming on the heels of the public health epidemic related to opioid addiction, the Council on Addiction Prevention and Education (CAPE) of Dutchess County has developed prevention, education and recovery services to help address the problem from the ground up. Among the services now available to individuals and families looking to find their own path to recovery, A Group of Strangers, which meets in Pine Plains, seeks to engage people in a conversation about addiction and demonstrate that recovery is possible.

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STEM Fair transforms Pine Plains students into prospective scientists

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STANFORDVILLE — The entire Cold Spring Early Learning Center cafeteria was packed table to table with creative young minds at the Pine Plains Elementary PTA’s annual STEM Fair on Tuesday, April 9.
The fair invited Pine Plains students in pre-k through sixth grade to bring in their own original projects, all for the fun of learning. 

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Busy as ever, beavers do damage

PINE PLAINS — It’s been a problem for years: beavers at Stissing Lake and Twin Islands Lake (Mud Pond) building dams, plugging important culverts  and causing flooding that seeps onto nearby roadways.
“We have a couple of areas in town inundated with beaver activity. This is the most active time of year,” said Highway Superintendent Heather Emerich. 

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Budget and district details discussed: Tax levy of 2.51% expected with $33 million budget

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PINE PLAINS — Following a tour of the progress being made on the Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School auditorium renovation, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) reviewed a final presentation on the proposed 2019-20 budget on Wednesday, April 3.

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LEED exemptions spark discussion

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PINE PLAINS— During the attorney’s report at the Thursday, March 21, Town Board meeting, Attorney to the Town Warren Replansky spoke about real property tax law, and its allowance for tax exemptions for LEED-certified buildings. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and refers to properties that are being improved or renovated.

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Molinaro talks at Town Hall Forum

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PINE PLAINS — Residents learned where Dutchess County is headed in 2019 at a Town Hall Forum held in the Pine Plains Community Room on Wednesday, April 3.
The audience included residents from Pine Plains, North East, Stanfordville and beyond as well as representatives from the county. 

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