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Checking out the supermarket proposals

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It seems like the supermarket debate in the town of North East has gotten a little out of hand. The town’s Planning Board has been working diligently for more than a year now, quietly going about its business while reviewing an application from Southern Realty Development LLC (SRD) and all that it requires.

Intramural sports may be the best way to go

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It’s not whether one wins, but how the game is played. That, basically, is the gist of good sportsmanship. And so it should remain, regardless of what level or type of sport — from T-ball to varsity baseball, from roller-skating to Olympic speed-skating. Genuine effort, team camaraderie, execution and grace are, and should remain, paramount.

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Contraception mandates offer women some control

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Regardless of one’s religion, providing women with safe, free birth control through their health insurance is a no-brainer. That doing so requires a mandate from the Obama administration is just the reality of today’s political climate and the sway the religious right has over how much of this nation does its business.

However, it is not, by any means, an “attack by the federal government on religious freedom,” as House Speaker John Boehner pontificated last week.

HoPP is hopping, thanks to volunteers

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There’s no doubt that the Heart of Pine Plains Community Center is aptly named. Since first created in August 2009, it has been central to the town’s creative, social and volunteer base. It is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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Flipping over firehouse fundraisers

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There’s no escaping it — volunteer organizations typically need to fundraise in order to operate. Case in point, the many fire and rescue squads throughout the Harlem Valley. Part of the solution? Monthly pancake breakfasts that not only raise funds but also allow the volunteers to brush elbows with those they serve and protect.

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School program offers an exchange of ideas

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It’s so important not to live in a bubble. As citizens of the world — one which became so much smaller back when the Internet sprang to life — we must learn to recognize, respect and, ideally, embrace those from places different than our own. And that’s exactly the kind of message that’s being taught to students in the Pine Plains Central School District thanks to the efforts of guidance counselor Karen Pogoda.

Martin Luther King’s dream worth dreaming

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”
It’s a question worth asking, for the idea of helping others is so much a part of what life is all about. And there’s no better time to ponder the question than now, while we’re celebrating the beloved civil rights leader. Monday, Jan. 16, was Martin Luther King Jr. Day — a federal holiday to celebrate his birthday that provides the ideal opportunity for us to look at ourselves and our world.

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Learning the lingo

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There’s a lot involved in keeping up with local politics. Learning the ropes takes effort and time, for there are many questions to answer: Who holds what position? Who creates local laws and how are they adopted? Who enforces those laws? What is an executive session? What is a quorum? How does one do a municipal search? Where does one go to file specific documents? What’s it like to attend a town or a village meeting? How does one follow along — and where, oh where, is the legend to all of those darn acronyms bandied about the board table?

It’s all about resolve

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After all of the celebrations and fanfare end, reality sets in — 2012 has actually arrived. It’s the dawn of a new day. A fresh start. A clean slate. A jumping off point from which the next 12 months will follow. It’s well advised to get a plan in place to help set the course for the year ahead. Perhaps it’s time to (yes, the well-worn phrase is about to hit the page) consider making New Year’s resolutions for 2012.

The big picture, as we begin the year 2012

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The New Year is nearly here — the ideal time to reflect on the year that is drawing to a close. Looking back on 2011, it is the state of the economy that looms large in retrospect, and how the financial system has affected the lifestyle of Americans on a daily basis. To compute the figures, and to really understand what our dollars have gained us in recent years, we turn to a money chart from www.xkcd.com, which was published online in November of this year and can be fact checked through sources including scholarly works or government publications (at http://xkcd.com/980/sources/).