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Dear Pine Plains 7/16/21

7.16.2021

Dear Pine Plains,

Demolition on 8 and 12 N Main is scheduled to begin on Monday the 19th. Notices are going to be hand-delivered to neighbors so they understand what’s going on.

We received the money for a grant of $5,000 which I applied for from NYSERDA for our work in becoming a Clean Energy Community. This money can be designated to help with environmental projects around town.
My application for the American Rescue Plan money was confirmed and we will be receiving $245,765. Because we did not incur much loss from the pandemic, probably all of this money will have to be used for infrastructure projects as per the requirements.

Camp is up and running and already hugely successful thanks to Camp Director Jen Chase. We welcomed 15 kids from Ancram this year as their camp did not open.

The Scoping Meetings begin next week with the first on Wednesday the 21st at 7:30pm at the high school. The next one will be at 10am on Saturday the 31st. These are informational meetings only on the impact of the development proposal on the area.

The Town Board passed a proclamation last night declaring the week of August 1-7 International Clown Week! Bee Bee, Pine Plains’ own official Town Clown, will be going all over Dutchess County and beyond, distributing red noses and making people laugh, because… clowns!

The town park renovation is moving quickly now–and what a change. Plan on getting take-out and going there to sit amongst the beautiful plantings soon.

As I hope you all know by now, the Rec’s 10&Under Girls softball team won their division championship and presented the Town with a dilemma as to how to come up with the money to send them to Rochester, where the State games will be held, in a very short amount of time–less than a week. The money will be used for hotel expenses only, as parents and coaches are paying for food and travel. And of course, the better they do the more expensive it will get. The Rec Committee reached out to the Stissing Center, a not-for-profit, for handling the funds. They jumped on board and in turn sent out a link for folks to be able to easily donate to the effort. Local businesses put in cash jars and we were up and running–and in 2 days we raised the entire amount for the team!!! It was the cash jar at The Platter that put us over the mark. 100% of the money collected will go to the effort, no fees will be charged. Any money left over will be given to the Rec Department hopefully for the dugouts we sorely need. Thank you Pine Plains, thank you. You continue to be the small town where people take care of each other.

Play ball, Pine Plains!
Darrah Cloud