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PINE PLAINS — The FFA Fall Agricultural Festival will take place on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12, at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School. Parking and admission are free. Below is a schedule of events:

Friday, Oct. 11

9 a.m. — All exhibits, booths, livestock in assigned places. Section judging of rabbits, poultry, etc. Judging of all inside exhibits.

11 a.m. — Livestock conformation class(es).

11:30 a.m. — Dairy Show.                       FFA Dairy...

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Chaseholm Farm protected for future generations in Pine Plains

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PINE PLAINS — Standing as a reliable 284-acre operation in Pine Plains since 1935, Chaseholm Farm’s survival in the local agricultural community was secured in September, thanks to the labors of the Columbia Land Conservancy and Scenic Hudson with funding from Scenic Hudson, Dutchess County and the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets’ Farmland Protection Implementation Grant (FPIG) program.

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New buyers wanted for old Pine Plains library

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PINE PLAINS— The town is trying to find a suitable buyer for its former library building, located at 7806 South Main Street (Route 82), across the street from where the new library is located. The move to the new building took place in 2016 (after being delayed for years due to a legal back-and-forth) as the library needed more space — a lot more space — than the former building could offer.
Library history

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New instructional tools at SSILC

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PINE PLAINS — Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center (SSILC) Principal Julie Roberts shared how new instructional initiatives and tools have helped promote academic progress, at the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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FFA celebrates autumn and ag

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PINE PLAINS— Not even a cloudy forecast could stop the Pine Plains community from celebrating the FFA at the annual Ag Fair on Friday, Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 6, at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School.
On Friday, FFA students and faculty made sure all the booths, exhibits and livestock were in their assigned places for judging before moving on to the livestock conformation classes. Students took part in the morning’s dairy show and FFA Dairy Showmanship.

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FFA, all the way!

From left, Joshua Hieter, Blake Stabile and Victor Stabile searched for their classmates’ booth at the annual Pine Plains FFA Ag Fair on Saturday, Oct. 6. For full story and more photos, see FFA celebrates autumn and ag.

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Pine Plains residents swap and save seeds at library workshop

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PINE PLAINS — With cooler weather setting in and landscapes bursting with fall colors, Pine Plains residents heard a handful of seed-saving tips at a workshop held on Saturday, Sept. 29.

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Construction underway at Pine Plains Memorial Hall

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PINE PLAINS — Members of the Pine Plains Memorial Hall team reported that the first phase of construction is underway with several installations and additions on the horizon.
The team has been occupied with putting up a new front lobby to the building. Before establishing the new front, the entire front of the building was excavated down to the foundation before a new footing was poured. Next, a steel structure was installed and the new foundation was poured for the lobby.

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BOE reviews pending capital project from Dutchess BOCES

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) opened the floor for a presentation by Dutchess County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) regarding its upcoming capital project at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

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Durst team addresses public comments

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PINE PLAINS— After taking the public’s comments regarding its Carvel Property Development project to heart, representatives from the Durst Organization presented their latest findings at a public meeting held on the morning of Monday, Sept. 17.

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BOE organizes Start Time Committee

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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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