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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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BOE appoints Fred Couse Jr. as member

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) at its meeting on June 20, interviewed candidates to fill the position left vacant by JoAnn Wolfe’s recent resignation, and settled on Fred “Chip” Couse Jr. over candidates Charles Hanlon and previous board member Karen Orton.
The interviews were held at 6 p.m., and the board went into executive session before the start of the regular meeting at 7 p.m.
After returning from executive session the board opened the floor to public comment.

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Court clerk judged to be invaluable

Court Clerk Maryanne Lennon was presented with a plaque at the Pine Plains Town Board meeting on Thursday, June 21, for her 42 years of service. Town Supervisor Brian Coons recognized her “long and distinguished career” with the town and thanked her for her dedication and her commitment. From the left are Councilwoman Sandra David, Councilman George Keeler, Lennon, Councilman Jim Jackson, Councilwoman Rosemary Lyons-Chase and Coons.

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Board decides against purchase of new police car

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board finally acted on Police Officer in Charge Mike Lawson’s request for a new cruiser at its monthly meeting on Thursday, June 21. It had tabled the issue at its previous two board meetings. Lawson made the initial request on April 19.
Lawson asked to replace a 1999 Crown Victoria which he said was “at the end of its life.”
The car has 95,000 miles on its odometer, but according to Lawson that number should be doubled because of the hours the car has sat idling.

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Seymour Smith fifth-graders celebrate moving up

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PINE PLAINS — The fifth-graders of Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center celebrated their moving up ceremony on the lawn on Friday, June 22.
Despite the heat, friends and family members filled the risers on the lawn and set up their own chairs to fill the lawn with love and support for the class of 2019.
Alex Bouche, a graduate of Pine Plains High School, spoke to the students to give them some advice.

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Affordable housing talks revisited

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PINE PLAINS — Affordable Housing Task Force Chairman Jack McQuade and Town Planner Bonnie Franson appeared at the Town Board’s meeting on Thursday, June 21, to give an update on the group’s work thus far.
The task force, formed in October 2010, has conducted a town-wide housing survey and written an affordable housing report, which it submitted to the Town Board last week.
McQuade said the group is ready to “take it to the next phase,” if the board so desires. He then gave the floor to Franson.

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FRIENDS concert

PINE PLAINS — The FRIENDS of the Pine Plains Free Library held its first of four free concerts on Sunday, June 10, featuring the Saints of Swing with Rene Bailey. Town Supervisor Brian Coons kicked off the event at the Lions Club Pavilion, where more than 90 people enjoyed the swinging sounds of the band with a little bit of rock ’n’ roll and the voice of Miss Bailey.

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Seymour Smith Musical

Ryan Marino as Mr. Big B. Wolf sang “Have Mercy” while surrounded by his supporters (from left) Isabella Torre, Leah Brody, Jackie Povall, Emma Hall, Kathryn Starzyk and Emma Cunliffe on Thursday, June 7, during “The Big Bad Musical” at Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center.

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Nolan never missed a day

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PINE PLAINS — Nolan Talbot is a very impressive and very punctual 11-year-old who attends Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center.
Not only does he attend school, but he has never missed a day since he started kindergarten six years ago.
Nolan will receive an award for his perfect attendance during the fifth-grade moving up ceremony on Friday, June 22, assuming his record remains unbroken.
His secret to success?
“I don’t really get sick that much and I always set my alarm,” he said.

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Students take to the field

During Cold Spring’s annual Field Day on Thursday, June 14, students showed off their hula-hooping skills before rushing off to the next event.

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Cable issues brought out of the box

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PINE PLAINS — Cablevision’s Roger Connor attended the Town Board’s meeting Thursday, May 17, to describe the company’s transition to digital and to answer questions from the community. He started his presentation by asking the audience how many have purchased a new television in the past three years. The answer was slightly more than 50 percent. Of that 50 percent, far fewer of those televisions were analog.

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