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PINE PLAINS — While it may be too early to start dreaming of a white Christmas or a Thanksgiving turkey, it’s never too early to start thinking about how to reach out and help someone in need. Between its monthly distributions and preparing grocery orders for the coming holiday season, the Pine Plains Food Locker always welcomes volunteers to its team, to lend a helping hand.

Volunteers are still operating the monthly distribution in the basement of the Pine Plains United Methodist Church on the second Saturday of every month. Running from 10 to 11:30 a.m., the Food...

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Winter concert at Seymour Smith

Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center hosted its annual Winter Concert on Thursday, Dec. 8. In the morning, the fifth-grade band and the third-through-fifth-grade chorus performed for their fellow classmates and for the students of the Cold Spring Elementary School, who visited Seymour Smith for the occasion. The students put on an encore performance later that evening for parents and family friends.

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No recording for Special Ed students

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PINE PLAINS — Colleen Lutz, the mother of a student in the Pine Plains School District, spoke at the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16, to make two requests: that her child, who has been diagnosed with dyslexia and dysgraphia, receive the textbooks on tape that he was promised and that he be given permission to record his lessons to use as a supplementary studying tool.

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Hats off to the holidays

The Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center’s chorus performed during the annual winter concert on Thursday, Dec. 8.

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Stissing Mountain target of second bomb threat hoax

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PINE PLAINS — Classes at Stissing Mountain Middle/High School were disrupted on Tuesday, Nov. 29, due to a bomb threat, the second in less than a month.
The first bomb threat hoax occurred on Monday, Nov. 7, and was investigated by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy T.J. Hanlon said the investigation into that incident is still ongoing.
It is unknown whether this second bomb threat hoax was perpetrated by the same person or persons as the first incident, or whether it is a copycat job.

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Crafts for a cause

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ANCRAMDALE — On Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11, John and Jean Roccanova, both teachers in the North East (Webutuck) Central School District, will host the second annual Crafts for Kenya open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 153 Over Mountain Road in Ancramdale.
The Roccanovas will exhibit and sell their crafts to raise money for community projects in the village of Igero, Kenya.

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Lighting up the streets of Pine Plains

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PINE PLAINS — The 26th annual Pine Plains Parade of Lights was celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 26, by hundreds of people who watched a parade of more than 60 floats.
Earlier in the day, a large group of volunteers decked the evergreen trees along Main Street and Church Street with red bows, silver pine cones and strings of lights. Some people added extra decorative ornaments to their trees.
Classic holiday tunes trumpeted from the balcony of the Stissing House. Many of the decorators — some of whom were dressed in Santa hats ­— sang along while they spruced up the trees.

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Explaining the tax cap

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PINE PLAINS — To help the public better understand the new regulations put on the education system’s finances, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) presented an overview of the new rules.
Michael Goldbeck, assistant superintendent of business and finance, gave the presentation during the BOE meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

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Public questions ADA compliance of school handrails

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PINE PLAINS — During the Pine Plains Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16, local resident Jerry Couse said during the public comment segment that the new exit from the gym at the Seymour Smith Elementary School building does not meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Town Board adopts 2012 budget

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board unanimously adopted the 2012 municipal budget at its monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17, after a swift and concise discussion that entailed a couple of minor changes to the document.
The total budget figure tallies at $1,613,5000, which has the town spending about $40,000 more than last year’s budget.
“A lot of that is just trying to keep up with things,” said town Supervisor Gregg Pulver during an interview the following day. He then went through a litany of services the town must provide, and therefore finance.

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Food Locker serves the community

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PINE PLAINS — Patricia Nannetti and her loyal group of volunteers have been working hard to get the Pine Plains Community Food Locker ready for the start of the holiday season.
It hasn’t been easy during these times when the cost of food continues to rise, as does the number of people who visit the Food Locker — the number of people using the Food Locker has doubled in the last four months alone.
“It’s tough times, tough times all around,” said Nannetti.

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