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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) has made great strides in getting the auditorium capital project off the ground, starting with the official approval of the special referendum results on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Last month, the Pine Plains Central School District held a special referendum vote to ask district voters to OK the use of $1.3 million from its capital reserve fund for the renovation of the Stissing Mountain High School auditorium. The money was already available, so using it made no impact on the budget or to taxpayers. 

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Pine Plains

Congressman Antonio Delgado holds public forum

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PINE PLAINS — U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (D NY-19) came to Pine Plains to address Dutchess County residents eager to share their priorities and concerns at a town hall meeting on Friday, Jan. 25.
The forum marked Delgado’s second town hall, having hosted one in Rensselaer County the week before. It was held at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School, with residents from Pine Plains, Stanfordville, North East, Millerton and beyond in attendance.

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Town Board organizes for 2019

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Pine Plains — The Town Board held its annual organizational meeting later in the month than neighboring towns, which tend to meet as  soon after the new year as possible. The reorg was at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, an hour before the board’s regular monthly meeting.
It began with a moment of silence for Shannon (Smith) Kent, a Navy cryptologist from Pine Plains who was killed in last week’s bombing in Syria.

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Pine Plains Memorial Hall takes flight with ‘Wings and Music’

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PINE PLAINS — As a part of efforts to raise awareness about the historic Pine Plains Memorial Hall (PPMH), the community was treated to a free movie matinée of the silent World War I film, “Wings,” accompanied with live music  at “Wings and Music” on Saturday, Jan. 19.

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Young scholars shaped at Math & Science Night

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PINE PLAINS — Students at Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center got a taste of future math and science lessons at the Pine Plains Elementary PTA’s annual Hands-On Math & Science Night on Thursday, Jan. 17.

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Pine Plains native killed in Syria suicide bombing

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PINE PLAINS — Shannon (Smith) Kent, 35, a Pine Plains native, was killed Wednesday, Jan. 16, in a suicide bombing in the Syrian city of Manbig. The Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility.
Kent and three other Americans were eating at a cafe popular with American forces when the bomb went off. The other three were a military service member, a civilian Defense Department employee and a Pentagon contractor. 
Nineteen people were killed in the Jan. 16 explosion and three Americans were wounded.

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The bridge is back

The Dutchess County Department of Public Works’ work on bridge PP-12 on Amenia-Pine Plains Road (CR 83) in the town of Pine Plains is complete and the road has reopened to traffic. The project began in September and involved replacing the existing bridge with a pre-cast structure and the addition of 4-foot shoulders. Final paving and minor landscape work will be completed in the spring. Amenia-Pine Plains Road averages approximately 430 vehicles per day.

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Roe Jan Library website 2.0

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HILLSDALE — The Roeliff Jansen Community Library is continuing to receive positive feedback from patrons who can now access resources and online materials, as well as learn about the library’s collection, services and community events — all thanks to a newly-redesigned website.

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Signs, lights and more discussed by Town Board

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PINE PLAINS— The Town Board discussed numerous issues at its December board meeting, many in preparation for its January meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17. 
In December, it noted that it would like to thank artisan Anthony Silvia for making the new signs welcoming motorists to Pine Plains. Signs are placed on Route 199, past Sunny Meadows Farm on the right, and then on Route 199, past the Highway Department and the high school on the left. 
Town Supervisor Darrah Cloud praised Silvia, who has a sign painting business on Route 82 in town.

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Academic Achievements

Honor Rolls
Pine Plains  — The following students of Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School of the Pine Plains Central School District earned a place on the honor rolls.
 
Senior High School
A honor roll
Ninth grade

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