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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...

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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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Seymour Smith rededication brings community together

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Central School District hosted a rededication ceremony for Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center on Tuesday, May 15.
A classroom was set up for community members and alumni to view historical objects donated by the school and individuals chronicling the journey of the Seymour Smith building.
A ceremony was held in the auditorium led by Superintendent Linda Kaumeyer, who introduced the speakers.
The Rev. Michael Shafer of the Church of Regeneration gave an invocation during the ceremony.

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Police request new police vehicle

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Police Department needs a new set of wheels, Officer in Charge Mike Lawson told the Town Board at its meeting on Thursday, April 19. He repeated his plea at the meeting on May 17.
He wants to replace a 1999 Crown Victoria.
“It’s at the end of its life,” Lawson said.
The Crown Vic has 95,000 miles on its odometer, but according to Lawson, that number should be doubled because of the number of hours the car has sat idling.
“It’s constantly running,” he said. “And the miles on it are hard miles.”

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Memorial Day schedule

PINE PLAINS — The Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 28. The parade will form at the Pine Plains Hose Company firehouse on South Main Street (Route 82), with a 10:30 a.m. starting time.

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Garden planned for Town Hall

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PINE PLAINS — It was with great enthusiasm that Samantha Sloane Cole presented her plans for an organic community garden and farmers market to the Town Board at its April meeting. Sloane has big plans for the garden, which she’s proposed for a 30-by-50-foot space next to Town Hall, located off Route 199, at the outskirts of the hamlet of Pine Plains.

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