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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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Wait a minute, where are the public comments?

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PINE PLAINS — During the public comments segment of the Pine Plains Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 24, Craig Yerger, a local resident, questioned the board about the contents of the board minutes.
Yerger, who has spoken during the public comments segment of previous board meetings, held up a copy of the board’s minutes and said the document did not thoroughly or accurately describe the “thoughtful comments” he presented to the board during the Wednesday, July 6, meeting.

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Pine Plains school board passes tax levy and funds reserves

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PINE PLAINS — The Board of Education took action during its Wednesday, Aug. 24, meeting to officially adopt the school tax levy and the transfer of money into reserve funds.
The total of the 2011-12 tax levy is $20,591,654, which is $1,018,272 higher than the 2010-11 tax levy.
The tax levy is distributed among the people living in the school district, which covers parts of Ancram, Clermont, Gallatin, Livingston, Clinton, Milan, North East, Pine Plains and Stanford.
Several reserve funds were also increased.

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School project finishes under budget

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PINE PLAINS — When the students return to Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center on Wednesday, Sept. 7, they will be greeted with several new improvements to the building.
During the summer, the school underwent the second phase of a construction project that began during the summer of 2010.
Chris Gent, owner of the Palombo Group, gave the Pine Plains Board of Education an update on the status of the construction project at its meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 24.
The main focus of the project was to fix the exterior masonry of the Seymour Smith building.

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Raging waters

Although it’s usually a peaceful scene, the water at Patchins Mill in Pine Plains was flowing fast and furious on Monday, Aug. 29, following the heavy rains of Hurricane Irene. Much of the town felt the effects of the storm, including Stissing Lake, where there was some flooding reported.

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Town hopes to bargain with school district

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PINE PLAINS — Recreation Director Catherine Prentice appeared before the Town Board at its Thursday, Aug. 18, meeting to discuss her department and its activities. The main issue she addressed was the town’s use of the Pine Plains Central School District’s football field and basketball courts — and what it’s being charged for the privilege.

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New ways to teach in agriculture

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PINE PLAINS — Earlier this summer, Christine Mac Neil, the Pine Plains agriculture teacher, attended the Region VI in the STICKS (Successful Teachers Inspire Character and Knowledge in Students) professional development conference for agricultural educators at the Oswegatchie Educational Center in Croghan, N.Y.
“I love going to this conference,” said Mac Neil. “We also get hundreds of dollars worth of curriculum materials that we can actually use in the classroom.”

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Get set, go

The Second Annual Erin Shanley Memorial 5K Run was began the Lions Pavilion in Pine Plains on Saturday, Aug. 20. More than 90 people of all ages participated in the event. Sixteen-year-old LeeAnn Reynolds and Nick, her pet goat, walked the 1-mile route. LeeAnn said that she participated because she was supporting her brother, who organized the event, and she wanted to pay tribute to Erin and help raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Click here for full story.

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Church holds first community pig roast

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Episcopal Church of the Regeneration held its first community pig roast on Saturday, Aug. 13.
Parishioner Amy Baden said that the purpose of the cookout is “to let the community know we’re here and that our doors are always open.”
“Every charitable organization should have a day to say hello to the community,” said the Rev. Mike Shafer, priest at the church. He went on to say that he hoped the event helps people feel included in the community and lets everyone know there is a group that cares about them.

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School prepares for new evaluation system

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PINE PLAINS — During the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 3, Pine Plains Central School District Superintendent of Schools Linda Kaumeyer explained the new Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) regulations and standards that New York state will be using to evaluate principals and teachers.

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Eastern NY Holstein Club show awards

HARLEM VALLEY — The Eastern New York Holstein Club held its Black & White Show on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31, at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. There were a total of 154 cows that entered the show ring, 91 of them shown by 66 junior members. The show was judged by Adam Liddle of Liddleholm Holsteins in Argyle, N.Y.
Results of the Junior Show are as follows:
Junior Master Clipper: Hunter Finley, Amenia.
Senior Master Clipper: Keith Hoffman, Ancramdale.
Master Showman: Colleen Smith, Pine Plains.

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