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PINE PLAINS — Speeding cars on country roads is basically a given in the Harlem Valley. But that doesn’t mean town leaders are going to take the matter sitting down. In fact, in the town of Pine Plains, the Town Board is doing its best to reduce the speed limit on certain roads. It discussed the issue at its May board meeting.

According to town Supervisor Darrah Cloud, the board had an “extensive” workshop with the Highway Department, at which it discussed the speed limits outside of the hamlet. It’s not a new topic. In 1994 the issue was raised, then...

Pine Plains

Soccer players had a ball at camp

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PINE PLAINS— Just before registration for fall sports, local players were invited to perfect their soccer skills through a Pine Plains summer camp program this July.
Organized by Pine Plains Coach Dave Owens, the idea for hosting the soccer skills summer camp was motivated by the upcoming renewal of the town’s fall recreational soccer league, a program that’s “been pushed underground for the past few years,” according to Owens. 

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Schliff shares her story of brain injury and aftermath

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PINE PLAINS— As a former special education teacher in the Pine Plains Central School District, Janet Johnson Schliff understands the gravity of storytelling and taking the time to remember the small joys in life. When those abilities began to fade without medical explanation, Schliff found herself in a struggle: She suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder behaviors that wreaked havoc on her professional and personal life. 

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Science and stories

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Sound Explorers make some noise at Lions Club Pavilion

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PINE PLAINS— Organized by the Pine Plains Free Library,  local children tuned their ears for the Sound Explorers experience at the Pine Plains Lions Club Pavilion on Wednesday, July 18.
Open to the public, the free event welcomed a full house of Pine Plains youngsters. Led by Sound Explorers creator Matthew Cantello, the children spent the morning learning about the science behind sound, listening, vibration and music through fun experiments and interactive activities. 

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Pine Plains Free Library kicks off summer with Bee Bee the Clown

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Free Library kicked off its summer activities with a touch of magic, hosting Bee Bee the Clown and her “Best and Brightest Magic and Puppet Show” on Wednesday, July 11.
At 10 a.m., at the Pine Plains Lions Club Pavilion, children from the Pine Plains Recreation Summer Camp program arrived dressed in bright summer clothing. While mostly campers attended, the event was free and open to all.

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Residents look forward to road repairs

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PINE PLAINS — Motorists driving through the sleepy town of Pine Plains are well aware that the country roads that get one to and fro are in dire need of repair. From State Route 199 to local roads like Johnny Cake Hollow Road and Willow Street, roads have been slowly eroding — leaving large potholes and worn shoulders for drivers to contend with.

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Pine Plains Board of Ed holds annual reorg meeting

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PINE PLAINS — Starting at 7 p.m. sharp, the Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) set to work in reviewing the numerous appointments listed on the agenda at the annual organizational meeting on Wednesday, July 11.
All BOE members were present at the meeting, except Joseph Kiernan.

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Designs wanted for Library logo contest

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PINE PLAINS — In its search to find a logo to be used for all materials related to it, the Pine Plains Free Library has invited the community to put its creativity to the test by submitting original logo designs for a logo contest.
The library doesn’t have an official logo. The Pine Plains Free Library Board of Directors originally considered hiring someone to design a logo before deciding to hold a contest and see what the community comes up with.

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Pop-up library heads to The Platter

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PINE PLAINS — Thanks to a grant from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation, the Pine Plains Free Library hit the road to spread the word about its programs through a series of pop-up libraries, starting with The Pine Plains Platter on Saturday, July 7.
With support from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Sustaining Education Enrichment and Development (SEED) Fund, the library will host six pop-up libraries at different venues this summer that will have books available to check and activities for families to enjoy. 

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Library promotes its programming at Pop-Up Artisan Market

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PINE PLAINS — In celebration of its 220th anniversary, the Pine Plains Free Library has organized a series of fundraising events for the community, starting with the Pop-Up Artisan Market on Saturday, June 30.
“We’d like to raise $15,000 over this year to increase our programming,” said Diana Woolis, president of the Pine Plains Free Library Board of Directors.

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