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PINE PLAINS — With school already a couple of weeks in session, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) has been researching methods for improving students’ academic success by changing the start times for the school day.

After its research, the BOE has determined that by having younger students come into school at an earlier time and older students arrive at a later time, they’ll be more on task with their school activities, resulting in a dramatic improvement in their academic performance. 

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Cloud wins by one

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PINE PLAINS — As of Friday afternoon, Dec. 8., Democrat Darrah Cloud was named the official winner of the race for town supervisor in the town of Pine Plains, 390-389. Cloud was originally declared the loser in a race against Republican Councilman Rich Brenner.
The two faced off in November. After Election Day, Brenner was deemed the victor, with 370 votes to Cloud’s 348. 

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Arrest for assault, burglary and robbery

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PINE PLAINS — The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office recently reported the arrest of Poughkeepsie resident Gerald J. Moore, 31, in connection to a violent burglary and robbery at a Pine Plains residence.
At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, the sheriff’s patrol deputies and detectives responded to a report of a disturbance taking place at a residence on Woodward Hill Road in Pine Plains. 

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Author Carol Ascher brings ‘A Chance for Land and Fresh Air’ to library

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PINE PLAINS — Many a fascinating history has passed through the doors of the Pine Plains Free Library throughout the years. Saturday, Dec. 2, was no exception as author Carol Ascher opened the local community’s eyes to the history of Russian Jewish immigrant families that resided in Amenia and Sharon, Conn., years ago.

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Tallying the final votes Pine Plains town supervisor election results change

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PINE PLAINS — Election results sometimes take time. This year’s race for the town supervisor position in Pine Plains is no exception. When the Dutchess County Board of Elections (BOE) announced the unofficial winner after polls closed on Nov. 7, Republican Councilman Richard Brenner held the lead, with 370 votes to Democratic candidate Darrah Cloud’s 348.
Those results have since changed, after the affidavit and absentee ballots were tallied by the BOE on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Cloud was there for the vote count.

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Pine Plains recreation initiates parent code of conduct

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PINE PLAINS — In preparation for the upcoming winter sports season, Pine Plains Recreation Director Catherine Prentice has established a code of conduct for parents to follow when signing their children up for town recreation programs.
The idea for enacting a code of conduct began when Prentice observed the behavior of attending parents during the flag football season this past fall. Looking back on the language and actions of some parents and some of the coaches, she saw a need to draft a set of rules and set appropriate boundaries. 

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Town accepts proposal for website

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PINE PLAINS — To get the town website refurbished and redesigned, the Pine Plains Town Board accepted James Thompson’s proposal at a meeting on Thursday, Oct. 26. 
The project was first suggested at a board meeting earlier in the year, by residents who criticized the existing site’s aesthetics and appeal. A better site, said some, could draw more people to the town. And more people, continued those in support of making online improvements, could mean more much-needed revenue to the Pine Plains tax base.

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Decorating Day and parade light up town

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PINE PLAINS — Bells were ringing and people were smiling Saturday, Nov. 25, as residents of Pine Plains joined together to usher in the holiday season with the town’s 32nd annual Decorating Day and Parade of Lights.
Along Church Street to the Pine Plains Platter and beyond, local businesses were garnished for the occasion with strings of lights and holiday ornaments. Not only did the celebration capture the attention of town residents, it also drew visitors from around the region.

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Long-awaited Halloween contest winners

PINE PLAINS — The results of the Halloween Party costume judging sponsored by Ladies Auxiliary are as follows:
Ages birth to 2 years
Most original: Spaghetti bowl, Santino Scivolette and mouse trap, Aiden Paraszti.
Prettiest: Unicorn, Silver Stoner.
Funniest: Frog, Kalista Watson.
Unique: Fisherman, Maxton Wilber.
Storybook: Belle, Harriet Carson.
Cutest: Flamingo, Norah Smith.
Ages 3 to 4 years
Most Original: Robot, Mason Trocki.

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Make way for Decorating Day and Parade of Lights Nov. 25

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PINE PLAINS— Grab some mittens and a scarf, and make way for the town’s 32nd annual Decorating Day and Parade of Lights on Saturday, Nov. 25, starting at 3 p.m.
The day kicks off with town-wide decorating. Evergreen trees throughout town left bare for just that eventuality are prime for primping. According to Decorating Day Chairman Ibis Guzman, whose committee is under the Pine Plains Business Association’s purview, the trees were prepped ahead of time, hooked up so the lights can be lit after all the work is done.

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Pine Plains explores ‘Hudson Valley Curiosities’

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PINE PLAINS — On Saturday, Nov. 19, members of the Pine Plains community were invited to explore a myriad of strange legends from the Hudson Valley with a reading and discussion by author Allison Guertin Marchese. 

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