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Dear Pine Plains 3.26.21

March 26, 2021Dear Pine Plains,

As of today, the Broadband Committee has delivered its Final Report to County Executive Marcus Molinaro, County Legislative Chair Gregg Pulver, Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, Senator Sue Serino and Congressman Antonio DelGado, as well as our Town Board. It is the result of 9 months of weekly meetings to study our lack of high-speed internet in Pine Plains. As you know, we have now teamed up with the rest of the towns in Northern Dutchess to ask for help in getting complete coverage. This was not only a brilliant committee that did brilliant work, but a wonderful group to be a part of. Once again, our profound thanks for all the hard work.

The Sewer Feasibility Study Committee met with our engineers and the new plan is very exciting. The district has been re-drawn, and the system proposed is quite innovative. There is a lot of work ahead.

Work continues on the Zoning Review Committee. Again, if you have any problems with zoning we might not have heard about, please contact the Committee via Town Supervisor at

Many people are asking about Town Cleanup Day. It is always the weekend after Labor Day. Start getting ready now! We will be mulching the brush pile earlier than usual this year due to sheer volume. Make sure you get those branches over to the highway department. And remember, there is a lot of wood chip mulch down there for the taking.

We are beginning to get serious about forming the Pine Plains Bicentennial Committee. The town celebrates its 200th birthday in April of 2023. It will take a lot of planning. For your excitement, we have begun gathering ideas with the historical society and they are listed at the end of this letter. We welcome your ideas but most of all your participation in this momentous event. Contact me or Alice at the above email address,

Trivia Night is tonight at the high school! Play from anywhere! All donations go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Check it out at Info:…/virtual-trivia-night-nhs/home


And if you love forms, you love vaccinations this year. I got my 2nd vaccination and again I want to thank all the volunteers who made the experience personal and professional. I hope everyone knows that everyone at the site was a volunteer. They were all amazing. I had n00 side e**6ects except x%!nnn(**bl5ah…

Stay x%!nnn(**bl5ah…, Pine Plains!

Darrah Cloud



Ideas for Pine Plains Bicentennial 2023 

(April 1 is actual anniversary date) 

(Suggestion – have a week-long celebration in October to coincide with AG Day) 

  • Invitations to state and county officials (Town) 
  • • Certificate (Town)
  • • Logo? (Town)
  • Challenge coin (Town) 
  • Press and Publicity (Town) 
  • Create a photo or video montage wishing town a happy birthday. Celebrate how it’s changed. Share it on website and social media. (Town and LNPHS) 
  • Give an award to the oldest (and newest) businesses. (Business Assoc.) 
  • Free dinner with entertainment and door prizes. Bring everyone together for a community-wide picnic or BBQ. (Town, Participating Restaurants) 
  • Create a passport program that participants get stamped as they visit businesses in town. It’s a fun way to reward people for shopping in the community. Complete and get ____________ (Business Assoc.) 
  • Scavenger Hunt. Paint and hide 200 rocks throughout the community. (Scouts) 
  • Kids’ Art Show with Theme. (Elementary school) 
  • Guided Nature Hike to Tower. (FOSL) 
  • Bury a time capsule. Celebrate retro style with this idea. The way things change so quickly now you could probably dig it up in a decade and still be surprised by its contents. (JR/SR High School) 
  • LNPHS 2023 Scholarship award would have bicentennial theme (LNPHS) 
  • • FFA Fair with Bicentennial Theme
  • • Invite people to help identify old photos (LNPHS) 
  • • Historical Cemetery Tour (Library and LNPHS) 
  • • Revolutionary War encampment at GB House (Neil Murray and LNPHS) 
  • • GB House Open House with historic displays (LNPHS) 
  • Pine Plains Police Department Event
  • Pine Plains Fire Department Event
  • Car Show
  • Walking Hamlet History Tours—Eno Law Office, Deuels Weigh Station, Cemetery, Patchins Mill…


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