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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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School Board gets update from Transportation Department

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PINE PLAINS — As an annual update, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) heard a presentation from the Pine Plains Transportation Department at its January meeting.
Supervisor of Transportation Drew Weaver reflected on how well the department fared during the 2017-18 school year. He explained that students were transported from three in-district schools and 11 out-of-district schools last year, with 16 drivers and seven monitors responsible for the in-district students and nine drivers and four monitors in charge of the out-of-district students.

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Shall we dance?

The Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School Student Council began February by inviting high school students to  the annual Winter Ball on Friday, Feb. 1. Students welcomed students to the junior high school gym, providing snacks and beverages while also helping with set up and clean up. From left, Student Council Vice President Jacob Henderson, President Morgan Schuyler and Secretary Dariann Watson celebrated February at the Winter Ball.

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The Pine Plains Platter offers community space and home cooking

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PINE PLAINS — When the Pine Plains Platter first opened for business about six years ago, owners Jack and Irene Banning were hoping to appeal to their friends in town as well as weekend visitors. With help from their staff and support from the community, the Platter has since shifted into a familiar hub where community and home cooking are always guaranteed.

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Pine Plains fire tax jumps 72.5 percent

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PINE PLAINS — Taxpayers in the town of Pine Plains are not pleased with their tax bills — no surprise since the town’s tax levy from the Pine Plains Fire District has risen 72.5 percent. The town has no say on those taxes, which are a separate function under the authority of the fire district.
The money raised through taxes for Pine Plains Hose Co. No. 1 goes to operations and maintenance, primarily. 

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Stissing Mountain auditorium renovation approved by voters

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Central School District got support for its auditorium renovation project at a special referendum vote on Monday, Jan. 28.
Going back to May of 2017, voters previously approved a $2.9 million project that included the complete renovation of the Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School auditorium and the replacement of the floors in the Stissing Mountain Junior High School gymnasium. 

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Police officer rescues one very lucky dog

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PINE PLAINS — There was a feel-good moment at the Town Board meeting held earlier this month, on Thursday, Jan. 17. It came when Pine Plains Police Officer-in-Charge John Hughes recounted an incident in which one of his officers saved a dog’s life.
Hughes stood at the back of the room and read a statement from police officer Gary Hoysradt. It told a story of an old, 14-year-old yellow Labrador-type dog, deaf and going blind, who wandered onto the ice on Stissing Lake on Sunday, Jan. 13, at around 2:30 p.m.

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Proposed nuisance ordinance evokes fiery response

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PINE PLAINS — A discussion about a recently proposed nuisance ordinance got somewhat rowdy at a Town Board meeting held on Thursday, Jan. 17.
It all began during public comments when former town Councilman and police officer Bob Couse called out the board for pandering to a single resident.

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Honorable mentions

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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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