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PINE PLAINS — With a mission focused on providing additional reading practice and support for children who need it, the nonprofit organization Literacy Connections was pleased with the number of volunteers who read with local students through the Book Buddies program this year.

Just one of several programs created by Literacy Connections, Book Buddies matches adult volunteers to read one-on-one with students who have been identified by their teachers as reading below their grade level.

“It also gives them a connection with a community member,” said...

Pine Plains

The Pine Plains Platter offers community space and home cooking

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PINE PLAINS — When the Pine Plains Platter first opened for business about six years ago, owners Jack and Irene Banning were hoping to appeal to their friends in town as well as weekend visitors. With help from their staff and support from the community, the Platter has since shifted into a familiar hub where community and home cooking are always guaranteed.

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Pine Plains fire tax jumps 72.5 percent

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PINE PLAINS — Taxpayers in the town of Pine Plains are not pleased with their tax bills — no surprise since the town’s tax levy from the Pine Plains Fire District has risen 72.5 percent. The town has no say on those taxes, which are a separate function under the authority of the fire district.
The money raised through taxes for Pine Plains Hose Co. No. 1 goes to operations and maintenance, primarily. 

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Stissing Mountain auditorium renovation approved by voters

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Central School District got support for its auditorium renovation project at a special referendum vote on Monday, Jan. 28.
Going back to May of 2017, voters previously approved a $2.9 million project that included the complete renovation of the Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School auditorium and the replacement of the floors in the Stissing Mountain Junior High School gymnasium. 

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Police officer rescues one very lucky dog

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PINE PLAINS — There was a feel-good moment at the Town Board meeting held earlier this month, on Thursday, Jan. 17. It came when Pine Plains Police Officer-in-Charge John Hughes recounted an incident in which one of his officers saved a dog’s life.
Hughes stood at the back of the room and read a statement from police officer Gary Hoysradt. It told a story of an old, 14-year-old yellow Labrador-type dog, deaf and going blind, who wandered onto the ice on Stissing Lake on Sunday, Jan. 13, at around 2:30 p.m.

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Proposed nuisance ordinance evokes fiery response

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PINE PLAINS — A discussion about a recently proposed nuisance ordinance got somewhat rowdy at a Town Board meeting held on Thursday, Jan. 17.
It all began during public comments when former town Councilman and police officer Bob Couse called out the board for pandering to a single resident.

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Congressman Antonio Delgado holds public forum

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PINE PLAINS — U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (D NY-19) came to Pine Plains to address Dutchess County residents eager to share their priorities and concerns at a town hall meeting on Friday, Jan. 25.
The forum marked Delgado’s second town hall, having hosted one in Rensselaer County the week before. It was held at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School, with residents from Pine Plains, Stanfordville, North East, Millerton and beyond in attendance.

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Town Board organizes for 2019

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Pine Plains — The Town Board held its annual organizational meeting later in the month than neighboring towns, which tend to meet as  soon after the new year as possible. The reorg was at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, an hour before the board’s regular monthly meeting.
It began with a moment of silence for Shannon (Smith) Kent, a Navy cryptologist from Pine Plains who was killed in last week’s bombing in Syria.

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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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