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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) assessed recent updates both in the Pine Plains Central School District and in the state of New York at its meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Pine Plains Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler announced that the seats have been installed in the Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School auditorium and that work on the auditorium stage is now well underway. With multiple contractors working simultaneously on renovating the auditorium, the project is expected to be completed by Thursday, Dec. 12.

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Seniors bond with seniors over early morning meal

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PINE PLAINS — In the Pine Plains Central School District, there are some traditions that get better with time. Whether they’re seniors in the school district or seniors in the local community, the annual Senior-to-Senior Breakfast has remained a steadfast tradition for students and residents alike, allowing academic seniors a chance to give back to their community and offer local senior citizens a delicious breakfast among friendly company.

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Remembering the history of D-Day

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PINE PLAINS — Just days before the commemoration of veterans and their sacrifices, Pine Plains residents brushed up on their knowledge of the largest seaborne invasion in history, otherwise known as D-Day, at a lecture held on Thursday, Nov. 7.

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Honoring veterans throughout history

Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School students from Neil Murray’s history class participated in this year’s Veterans Day ceremony in Pine Plains. For full story and another photo, see Veterans find support in Pine Plains.

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Silent auction raises important funds for library

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PINE PLAINS — Following the lantern tours around Evergreen Cemetery the previous weekend, the Pine Plains Free Library received the support of community members ready to bid on a menagerie of fantastic prizes at its second Silent Auction and Birthday Bash on Saturday, Oct. 26.

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BOE adopts 2019-20 goals, assesses student testing

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PINE PLAINS — Despite the storm heading in its direction, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) kept itself preoccupied with plans for the future of the district at its recent meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
As its first order of business, the BOE approved Pine Plains reading specialist Janine Babcock’s appointment as the director of pupil personnel.
“This is very, very well-deserved,” Pine Plains Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler remarked.

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Pine Plains Pharmacy urges Gov. Cuomo to pass PBM bill

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Pharmacy drew local pharmacists, taxpayers, patients and personnel from both New York state and Dutchess County to a rally on Wednesday, Oct. 23, to thank the New York State Assembly and Senate for passing Bill A2836/S6531, which will regulate pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) in the state.

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2020 budget stays within 2% tax cap

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board discussed the 2020 Proposed Preliminary Budget at its most recent board meeting, held on Thursday, Oct. 17. 
There is a 2% tax increase from this year’s budget over last year’s, right in line with the state’s mandated tax increase cap.

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Cemetery Lantern Tours shed light on local lore

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PINE PLAINS — In the center of a darkened cemetery, the Pine Plains Free Library joined together with the Little Nine Partners Historical Society and the Stissing Theatre Guild to present the history of Pine Plains as part of the 2019 Evergreen Cemetery Lantern Tours on Saturday, Oct. 19, and Sunday, Oct. 20.

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Pine Plains schools to enhance security services

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PINE PLAINS — In keeping proactive about the safety and security of both faculty and students, the Pine Plains Central School District administration recently contracted with Social Sentinel, a security service based in Burlington, Vt., to stay alert about potential threats in the district and maintain security.

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Much ado at the Pine Plains library

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PINE PLAINS — To continue supporting its programming for the local community, the Pine Plains Free Library has been brainstorming ideas for events that appeal to the community and will raise awareness of the library. Because the library currently has one of the smallest budgets in Dutchess County, Pine Plains Free Library Board President Diana Woolis said, “We really want people to understand how much they get for what the library is funded for.” 

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