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Indoor Dining to Resume at 50% Capacity

Beginning Tuesday, June 23rd, restaurants will be able to serve indoors at 50% of their capacity.  See the guidelines below:

Mandatory Recommended Best Practices Physical Distancing Limit indoor capacity to no more than 50% of maximum occupancy, exclusive of employees. Limit outdoor capacity to the number of tables that can be safely and appropriately arranged, such that each table is a minimum of 6 ft. away from another. All indoor and outdoor tables with seating for customers must be separated by a minimum of 6 ft. in all directions. Wherever distancing is not feasible between tables, physical barriers must be enacted between such tables. Barriers must be at least 5 ft. in height and not block emergency and/or fire exits. Regardless of physical distance, employees must wear an acceptable face covering at all times. Patrons must wear face coverings at all times, except while seated; provided that the patron is over the age of 2 and able to medically tolerate such covering. Individuals seated at the same table must be members of the same party (but may be from different households), with a maximum of 10 people per table. Seating in bar areas and communal tables are only permitted if at least 6 ft. can be maintained between parties. Clearly signal 6 ft. spacing in any lines for customers waiting to order, pick-up food, be seated, or use the restroom, as well as in any pick-up or payment location. New York STAY HOME. STOP THE SPREAD. SAVE LIVES

July 4th Fireworks hosted by Dutchess County

Dutchess County will be hosting three July 4th fireworks celebrations :

  1. Rhinebeck Fairgrounds
  2. Amenia – adjacent to Silo Ridge
  3. Dutchess Stadium

These events will be car-based and will be on a first come, first served basis.  More details will follow as the time draws closer.

2021 School Budget Vote Postponed

Dear Members of the Pine Plains Central School District Community:

The very important school budget vote and election that was to take place tomorrow, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, will been postponed.  This postponement is by Executive Order of Governor Cuomo.  There are important aspects of this order that you should be aware of, especially if you have not yet sent in your ballot.

Ballots may be accepted in person or in our drop box at the Stissing Mountain Jr/Sr High School, but only until 5:00 pm tomorrow, June 9th.  After 5 pm tomorrow, the only ballots that may be accepted will be those received by mail.  Mailed ballots will be accepted until Tuesday, June 16thAll ballots will be counted on Tuesday, June 16th beginning at 5:00pm.

Once again, if you did not receive a ballot and feel that you are a qualified voter of the Pine Plains Central School District please contact the District Clerk, Julia W. Tomaine at (518) 398-7181 ext. 1408.

If you have any questions on the budget please contact me directly at (518) 398-7181 ext. 1401.

One final reminder, the completed ballot should be placed in the enclosed oath envelope. The affidavit on the back of the oath envelope needs to be signed, dated and sealed.  The completed oath envelope is returned in the postage paid envelope provided.

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Martin D. Handler

Superintendent

PHASE II BEGINS TODAY !!! Tuesday June 9th

Phase II of the Re-Starting Dutchess begins today.  

[Photograph courtesy of Bowen Barn]

Here is a recap of what that entails:

  1. All instore retail activities can resume, operating within 50% capacity, and taking protective measures such as 6′ distancing between customers, the wearing of masks and the availability of hand sanitizer.  Our stores have suffered greatly, and if ever there was a time to SHOP LOCAL, it is now!  Bowen’s Barn, Bulls Head Treasures, Roosters 82, McCarthy’s, Big Rock Market, and all other retail shops will be open for business.
  2. Out-door dining is now allowed at our restaurants, and they are working to comply with the guidelines that State has set for table distancing and social distancing.  For example, there can be outdoor bars but customers cannot congregate at the bars.  You will need to take your drinks back to your tables. Uncle Sonny’s, Coyote Flaco and D’Sarno Pizza are all participating
  3. Offices are reopening, again with 50% capacity, 6′ distancing and masks if closer than 6′  Offices are encouraged to post social distancing markers
  4. Real Estate offices are open
  5. Vehicle sales are open
  6. Hair salons and barber shops are open which is a great thing since we all are looking like Woolly Mammoths
  7. Drive in movie theaters are still the only movie theaters that are open

Phase 2 OPEN AIR DINING TO BEGIN JUNE 9TH

Beginning this coming Tuesday, June 9th, open air dining will be available at Stanford restaurants.  The NY State protocols call for six feet between tables, and if an open-air bar is actually provided, people will not be permitted to congregate in the ‘”bar area” but can take drinks back to their seats.  Our Town Code Enforcer will meet with all restaurants to go over kitchen and other protocols, but as long as we maintain social distancing to keep down the potential for the virus to spread, this is another step in our entry process.

Military Heroes Banner Program

You may have noticed that before Memorial Day weekend, the first of Stanford’s Military Heroes Banner was displayed outside of Town Hall, where it will remain until Veteran’s Day.  The Military Heroes  Banner Program, sponsored by the Stanford Historical Society, has been created through the joint efforts of the Stanford American Legion, the Historical Society, The Stanford Business Association as well as several community members in order honor our fallen heroes.  The Society will be circulating a brochure which will also be posted on their FB page and the Town website, to explain the process of applying for a banner to honor your loved one.

The first of our Town Heroes to be honored is Peter Miller, a young man who was born on February 18, 1947 and grew up in Stanfordville.  His sister Sandy described him in this way: 

“Growing up here, Pete was always busy working on various farms doing chores ranging from pitching hay to shoveling manure. During the winter he loved a heavy snow. He would be out before dawn until after dark, plowing driveways with Dad’s John Deere.In High School, Pete played all of the sports: football, basketball, baseball, tennis, and track. In the summer he played in local softball leagues. He was also active in the Stanfordville United Church of Christ Youth groups. Pete was an Eagle Scout, He loved his dog, Laddie.

Pete graduated from Pine Plains Central School in 1965. He attended SUNY Cortland for 1 year and was drafted into the Army in 1966. He trained as a helicopter pilot graduating as a Warrant Officer from Fort Rucker Alabama Army Aviation School in 1967. He shipped out to Viet Nam in January, 1968, being stationed in Soc Trang.  He was killed by enemy ground fire on September 23rd, 1968. He was 21 years old.”