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PINE PLAINS — With school already a couple of weeks in session, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) has been researching methods for improving students’ academic success by changing the start times for the school day.

After its research, the BOE has determined that by having younger students come into school at an earlier time and older students arrive at a later time, they’ll be more on task with their school activities, resulting in a dramatic improvement in their academic performance. 

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Library promotes its programming at Pop-Up Artisan Market

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PINE PLAINS — In celebration of its 220th anniversary, the Pine Plains Free Library has organized a series of fundraising events for the community, starting with the Pop-Up Artisan Market on Saturday, June 30.
“We’d like to raise $15,000 over this year to increase our programming,” said Diana Woolis, president of the Pine Plains Free Library Board of Directors.

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Board considers new P.A. system and pickleball court

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board met on Thursday, June 21, to discuss municipal matters. 
The meeting started off with the supervisor’s report. Town Supervisor Darrah Cloud announced that the board will meet one Saturday each month in addition to meeting on the third Thursday of the month, to deal with town business. 

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Access to an author

Following his success last year with his literary debut, “Brass Buttons, Blue Coat,” local author George Koch was at a book signing at the Pine Plains Free Library for his second book, “Visits and Observations,” on Saturday, June 23. A continuation of his first book, Koch’s latest work features 25 short stories that stem from his career with the New York City Police Department. In addition to signing copies of his new book, Koch was available to sign copies of “Brass Buttons, Blue Coat.”

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Memorial Hall hires development director

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PINE PLAINS — Pine Plains Memorial Hall (PPMH) has hired an enthusiastic new development director, Michelle Donner, who began her work with the nonprofit this spring.

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Stissing Mountain High School graduates honor the past, welcome the future

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PINE PLAINS — The Stissing Mountain High School Class of 2018 took the time to reflect on its journey in the Pine Plains Central School District during graduation, on Saturday, June 23.
Beginning at 10 a.m., this year’s graduation was held in the Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School auditorium. Savoring their final moments as students in the Pine Plains school district, the graduating class entered the auditorium in two lines to the proud melody of “Ceremonial March.”

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Ronnybrook Farm recognized by NY State Grown & Certified program

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PINE PLAINS — As part of the state’s latest initiative to promote New York’s dairy industry and increase awareness and consumption of local dairy products during Dairy Month, New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball paid a visit to Pine Plains last week. He took a tour of Ronnybrook Farm Dairy and examined its daily operations on Wednesday, June 13.

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County celebrates area senior citizens

PINE PLAINS — As an early summer shower began sprinkling down outside, the Pine Plains Lions Club Pavilion was packed with local seniors who came out to enjoy a fun afternoon on Wednesday, June 13, as part of the Dutchess County Office for the Aging Senior Picnic Program. Beginning at noon, the senior picnic was open to residents from the towns of Pine Plains, North East, Washington and Stanford and the villages of Millbrook and Millerton. 

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Senior Awards Dinner honors students

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PINE PLAINS — With a week left until graduation day, seniors at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School were invited to the third annual Senior Awards Dinner on Thursday, June 14, where they were presented with countless scholarships and awards recognizing their accomplishments.

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Kilmer, Krasinski lead Class of 2018

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PINE PLAINS — Come Saturday, June 23, Stissing Mountain Junior/High School seniors Tessa Kilmer and Emma Krasinski will be leading this year’s graduating class as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.
In recognizing the unique experiences offered to students in the Pine Plains Central School District, both students made  their time in the district worthwhile. Over the last few years, they’ve learned to challenge themselves by stepping out of their comfort zones and getting involved with the programs their school district has to offer. 

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Local pharmacies join mail-order network: Good news for Pine Plains Pharmacy and McCarthy’s

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Pine Plains — The communities of Pine Plains and Stanfordville are breathing a sigh of relief, after their two hometown pharmacies brokered a deal with Express Scripts Incorporated (ESI) to join its mail-order network. The move will allow members of the Dutchess Educational Health Insurance Consortium (DEHIC) to obtain their maintenance medications from both the Pine Plains Pharmacy and McCarthy’s Pharmacy.

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