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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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Nolan never missed a day

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PINE PLAINS — Nolan Talbot is a very impressive and very punctual 11-year-old who attends Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center.
Not only does he attend school, but he has never missed a day since he started kindergarten six years ago.
Nolan will receive an award for his perfect attendance during the fifth-grade moving up ceremony on Friday, June 22, assuming his record remains unbroken.
His secret to success?
“I don’t really get sick that much and I always set my alarm,” he said.

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Students take to the field

During Cold Spring’s annual Field Day on Thursday, June 14, students showed off their hula-hooping skills before rushing off to the next event.

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Cable issues brought out of the box

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PINE PLAINS — Cablevision’s Roger Connor attended the Town Board’s meeting Thursday, May 17, to describe the company’s transition to digital and to answer questions from the community. He started his presentation by asking the audience how many have purchased a new television in the past three years. The answer was slightly more than 50 percent. Of that 50 percent, far fewer of those televisions were analog.

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Naval graduate

COPAKE FALLS — John H. Lapoint IV, son of John and JoAnn Lapoint of Kennebunkport, Maine, recently graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, R.I. He will enter the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., on Monday, June 25. He is the grandson of David and Irene Silvernail of Copake Falls.

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Carvel reps update Board of Education

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) hosted a presentation on the proposed Carvel Property Development project during its regular board meeting on Wednesday, June 6.
Matthew Rudikoff of Rudikoff Associates and Dan Stone of Chazen Companies were there to speak on behalf of the Durst Organization, which wants to build a 645-unit second-home community on 2,376 acres between Pine Plains and Milan — land previously owned by ice-cream magnate Thomas Carvel.

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FFA holds annual banquet

PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains FFA chapter held its annual banquet on Friday, June 1, at Stissing Mountain Middle School.
Families, friends and supporters gathered for an evening of celebration and awards.
The evening kicked off with the national anthem as sung by FFA member Samantha Seipp.
After the formal opening ceremony and officer presentations, the students outlined 10 words that embodied the Pine Plains FFA.

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Mock trial team wins championship

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PINE PLAINS — The Stissing Mountain High School mock trial team took home the 2012 Dutchess County Championship on Friday, April 20, beating Red Hook for the win. This is the school’s fifth championship since 2006.
Team advisor John Schoonmaker, a social studies teacher at Stissing Mountain, was proud of the students’ dedication.

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Community gathers to honor soldiers

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PINE PLAINS — The subject of Community Development Block Grants arose during the Town Board meeting on Thursday, May 17.
Town Supervisor Brian Coons explained there are roughly eight categories that can be pursued through the grant program, which is awarded by the county with grants of up to $150,000 per municipality. The money comes through the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) department.
Coons described the grant program as a “big pot of money,” adding, “our county planning department does a great job of running that.”

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Pine Plains begins block grant discussion

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PINE PLAINS — The subject of Community Development Block Grants arose during the Town Board meeting on Thursday, May 17.
Town Supervisor Brian Coons explained there are roughly eight categories that can be pursued through the grant program, which is awarded by the county with grants of up to $150,000 per municipality. The money comes through the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) department.
Coons described the grant program as a “big pot of money,” adding, “our county planning department does a great job of running that.”

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Cold Spring celebrates several cultures with school play

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PINE PLAINS — The children of Cold Spring Early Learning Center put on a play entitled, “It’s a Small World” on Thursday, May 17.
Each class represented a different culture which they expanded on with elaborate costumes and festive songs.
Principal James Glynn was proud of the students.
“Even the ones who seem shy stood out so much today. Everyone did an amazing job. I’m very proud,” he said.
Glynn commented that much of the credit was owed to music teacher Wanda Newell and art teacher Erin Essey.

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