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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) has made great strides in getting the auditorium capital project off the ground, starting with the official approval of the special referendum results on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Last month, the Pine Plains Central School District held a special referendum vote to ask district voters to OK the use of $1.3 million from its capital reserve fund for the renovation of the Stissing Mountain High School auditorium. The money was already available, so using it made no impact on the budget or to taxpayers. 

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Pine Plains

Toy Show a long-standing tradition

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains FFA Annual Farm Toy Show and Auction has throughout the years highlighted the longevity of the school district’s FFA program; it celebrated its 20th year on Saturday, March 19, in the Stissing Mountain High School gymnasium.
The typical toy show event covers a lot of territory, from the large number of vendor tables (filling most of the gym and even spilling out into the hallways) selling everything from antique toy tractors to bumper stickers, to the children’s toy tractor pull and several auctions.

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Questions raised about Pine Plains’ affordable housing survey

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board had questions of its own after concerns were raised regarding the recent Affordable Housing Survey that was sent out to all Pine Plains residents.
The subject was raised at the Thursday, March 17, Town Board meeting by Carvel Project Development attorney Jennifer Van Tuyl of Cuddy & Feder, LLP. She said her client, Carvel developer Alexander Durst, had expressed doubts the survey was conducted and distributed in an even-handed manner.

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Week of town and village meetings

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MILLBROOK — The week of March 7 started with an ice storm and ended with floods, but municipal meetings took place as scheduled even though 32 Millbrook village and 659 town of Washington residents still did not have power Tuesday evening and were bracing themselves for rain at the end of the week.
Comprehensive Plan Committee

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Library focuses on former first lady

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PINE PLAINS — Friends of the Pine Plains Free Library hosted a free speaking engagement on the life of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt as part of its 2011 programming schedule.
The talk was given by Charlotte Scholl, a National Park ranger who works at Val-Kill Cottage, Roosevelt’s former home in Hyde Park. The speaker was chosen as part of Women’s History Month. It is the second themed speaking event the local organization has sponsored; last year attendees learned about Rosie the Riveter, the cultural icon representing American women working in factories during World War II.

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Stissing Mountain receives high marks from state police

PINE PLAINS — State Police Captain Scott Brown gave high marks to the Pine Plains Central School District in a report summarizing a safety and security audit of the Stissing Mountain Middle/High School.
The safety audit followed a highly publicized incident in November 2009 in which a man entered the school building with a shotgun and held the middle school principal at gunpoint for several hours. Members from both the New York State Police as well as the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office conducted a security assessment of the building at the school district’s request.

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Singing the tunes of ‘Brigadoon’

Some of the female Brigadoon leads: from left, Claire Zeyher, Emily Thompson and Olivia Stewart.

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Holstein Club takes honors at state competition

The Eastern New York (ENY) Junior Holstein Club recently attended the New York State Holstein Convention in Utica. Nineteen members of the club attended, many competing in various competitions. Below is a list of those who were awarded for their efforts:
Gina Brooks: Distinguished Junior Member (DJM) finalist.
Laura Davenport: Elected Recording Secretary to Junior Executive Committee.
Kristen Davenport: First place in Extemporaneous Speech Contest, senior division; scholarship winner.
Ethan Arsenault: Third place in Extemporaneous Speech contest, intermediate division.

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Board begins deliberations on education budget

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PINE PLAINS — Department head preliminary budget presentations concluded at the March 2 Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education meeting, wrapping up most preliminary budget discussions and marking the point at which the board will begin to take a hard look at the district administration’s draft budget.

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Magical ‘Brigadoon’ headed to Pine Plains

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PINE PLAINS — Briga-what? Those well-versed in Broadway plays might be familiar with the Stissing Theatre Guild’s upcoming production, but everyone else might be seeing “Brigadoon” for the first time when it is performed March 11 through 13.
“Brigadoon” is the story of a magical Scottish village that only appears for one day every 100 years, and what happens when two American tourists get caught up in the mysterious time warp.

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First draft of school budget nearing 4 percent increase

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PINE PLAINS — Every year school districts across New York have had the challenge of budgeting for the upcoming school year, all the while estimating a large part of their revenues and expenses, while waiting for state budget figures from Albany.
This year is certainly no better, and may be worse for the Pine Plains Central School District, which is entering the budget process without official word about state aid, a proposed tax levy cap bill or mandate relief. It’s also beginning the month of March without any collective bargaining agreements in place.

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