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PINE PLAINS — While it may be too early to start dreaming of a white Christmas or a Thanksgiving turkey, it’s never too early to start thinking about how to reach out and help someone in need. Between its monthly distributions and preparing grocery orders for the coming holiday season, the Pine Plains Food Locker always welcomes volunteers to its team, to lend a helping hand.

Volunteers are still operating the monthly distribution in the basement of the Pine Plains United Methodist Church on the second Saturday of every month. Running from 10 to 11:30 a.m., the Food...

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Pine Plains Memorial Hall takes flight with ‘Wings and Music’

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PINE PLAINS — As a part of efforts to raise awareness about the historic Pine Plains Memorial Hall (PPMH), the community was treated to a free movie matinée of the silent World War I film, “Wings,” accompanied with live music  at “Wings and Music” on Saturday, Jan. 19.

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Young scholars shaped at Math & Science Night

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PINE PLAINS — Students at Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center got a taste of future math and science lessons at the Pine Plains Elementary PTA’s annual Hands-On Math & Science Night on Thursday, Jan. 17.

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Pine Plains native killed in Syria suicide bombing

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PINE PLAINS — Shannon (Smith) Kent, 35, a Pine Plains native, was killed Wednesday, Jan. 16, in a suicide bombing in the Syrian city of Manbig. The Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility.
Kent and three other Americans were eating at a cafe popular with American forces when the bomb went off. The other three were a military service member, a civilian Defense Department employee and a Pentagon contractor. 
Nineteen people were killed in the Jan. 16 explosion and three Americans were wounded.

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The bridge is back

The Dutchess County Department of Public Works’ work on bridge PP-12 on Amenia-Pine Plains Road (CR 83) in the town of Pine Plains is complete and the road has reopened to traffic. The project began in September and involved replacing the existing bridge with a pre-cast structure and the addition of 4-foot shoulders. Final paving and minor landscape work will be completed in the spring. Amenia-Pine Plains Road averages approximately 430 vehicles per day.

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Roe Jan Library website 2.0

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HILLSDALE — The Roeliff Jansen Community Library is continuing to receive positive feedback from patrons who can now access resources and online materials, as well as learn about the library’s collection, services and community events — all thanks to a newly-redesigned website.

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Signs, lights and more discussed by Town Board

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PINE PLAINS— The Town Board discussed numerous issues at its December board meeting, many in preparation for its January meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17. 
In December, it noted that it would like to thank artisan Anthony Silvia for making the new signs welcoming motorists to Pine Plains. Signs are placed on Route 199, past Sunny Meadows Farm on the right, and then on Route 199, past the Highway Department and the high school on the left. 
Town Supervisor Darrah Cloud praised Silvia, who has a sign painting business on Route 82 in town.

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Academic Achievements

Honor Rolls
Pine Plains  — The following students of Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School of the Pine Plains Central School District earned a place on the honor rolls.
 
Senior High School
A honor roll
Ninth grade

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Speeders beware

ANCRAM— The Ancram Highway Department deployed the second of two radar signs last week. The latest one is on Route 82 southbound into Ancram.  The first sign went up in Ancramdale on County Route 8 by Crest Lane in early December. 
According to town Supervisor Art Bassin, it’s all in an effort to slow traffic down in the hamlets of Ancram and Ancramdale. 
Highway Superintendent Jim Miller reported that he has gotten positive feedback on the signs from residents who live near where the signs have been installed. 

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Will charging stations for electric cars drive economic activity?

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PINE PLAINS — This fall, the town of Pine Plains has attracted a new population of motorists passing through, thanks to a charging station for electric cars that’s been installed behind the Bank of Millbrook, at 2971 Church St. (Route 199).
In light of the growing popularity of electric vehicles, town Supervisor Darrah Cloud watched as several towns in the surrounding area, such as Ancram and Hillsdale, installed charging stations to attract visiting motorists. 

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