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PINE PLAINS — Members of the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) were preoccupied with district business at what turned out to be a productive meeting on Wednesday, June 19.

Pine Plains Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler informed the board that New York State Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-106) was able to secure $50,000 in “bullet aid” for the Pine Plains Central School District. BOE President Chip Couse explained on a later date that each year, the Assembly allocates funds outside of the state budget for discretionary spending by individuals or...

Pine Plains

STEM Fair transforms Pine Plains students into prospective scientists

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STANFORDVILLE — The entire Cold Spring Early Learning Center cafeteria was packed table to table with creative young minds at the Pine Plains Elementary PTA’s annual STEM Fair on Tuesday, April 9.
The fair invited Pine Plains students in pre-k through sixth grade to bring in their own original projects, all for the fun of learning. 

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Busy as ever, beavers do damage

PINE PLAINS — It’s been a problem for years: beavers at Stissing Lake and Twin Islands Lake (Mud Pond) building dams, plugging important culverts  and causing flooding that seeps onto nearby roadways.
“We have a couple of areas in town inundated with beaver activity. This is the most active time of year,” said Highway Superintendent Heather Emerich. 

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Budget and district details discussed: Tax levy of 2.51% expected with $33 million budget

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PINE PLAINS — Following a tour of the progress being made on the Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School auditorium renovation, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) reviewed a final presentation on the proposed 2019-20 budget on Wednesday, April 3.

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LEED exemptions spark discussion

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PINE PLAINS— During the attorney’s report at the Thursday, March 21, Town Board meeting, Attorney to the Town Warren Replansky spoke about real property tax law, and its allowance for tax exemptions for LEED-certified buildings. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and refers to properties that are being improved or renovated.

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Molinaro talks at Town Hall Forum

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PINE PLAINS — Residents learned where Dutchess County is headed in 2019 at a Town Hall Forum held in the Pine Plains Community Room on Wednesday, April 3.
The audience included residents from Pine Plains, North East, Stanfordville and beyond as well as representatives from the county. 

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A class act

In recognition of her academic success at the Career & Technical Institute at Dutchess Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), Stissing Mountain High School senior Maegan Mitchell was honored with the Dutchess BOCES Student of Distinction award at the Pine Plains Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, March 20. Left, Mitchell was congratulated by Michael White, her English teacher at the Career & Technical Institute.

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Community rallies in support of 9-year-old Aubree Killmer

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PINE PLAINS — No matter if a resident of Pine Plains or a visitor with ties to the town, many can attest to the community’s unfailing dedication to support those in need. This was especially the case last Thursday, April 4, when the Pine Plains Central School District pitched in to show its support for 9-year-old Aubree Killmer, who has been living with a rare case of genetic muscular deficiency since last fall.

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Board of Education discusses auditorium, security and gymnasium work

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PINE PLAINS — Along with preparing for next year’s budget, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) dedicated part of its meeting on Wednesday, March 20, to discussing its progress regarding upcoming projects and contracts.
As an update on the energy performance contract, Pine Plains Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler said the solar panels and conduit have been delivered to the district and will be set up along the Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School roof and along the side of the school building. 

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Juvenile crime in Pine Plains a cause for concern

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Pine Plains — Though the segue into a talk at Town Hall on Thursday, March 21, might have caused a chuckle, when town Supervisor Darrah Cloud said she wanted to discuss “juvenile shenanigans,” she was dead serious.
Pine Plains Police Officer-in-Charge John Hughes led the conversation.

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Solar permit law moves toward adoption

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PINE PLAINS— The Town Board unanimously approved an amended resolution for the unified solar permit process for accessory solar installations following a public hearing last week. In other words, the law amends the code to provide for small-scale facilities mounted to rooftops or other accessories.
“I’m excited we got something together and happy we resolved it to put it on the books,” said Councilman Rory Chase at the Town Board meeting on Thursday, March 21.

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