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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

History’s helper

Pine Plains resident George McGhee, left, was honored by the Town Board on Thursday, Oct. 18, for his volunteerism. McGhee used his own initiative — and his own time, energy and money — to repaint 13 historical markers in town. Town Supervisor Darrah Cloud called it a “huge act of generosity” and presented McGhee with a check for $200 to help cover expenses.

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BOE considers Milan landfill solar project

PINE PLAINS— The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) discussed the district’s upcoming energy performance project as well as the town of Milan’s capped landfill solar project during its meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 17.
Held in the Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School library, all BOE members were in attendance.
Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler brought the landfill solar project up for discussion. While he didn’t need an immediate decision, he said he wanted to keep the BOE informed of what the town of Milan has in mind.

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Library celebrates 220th anniversary with cemetery lantern tours

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PINE PLAINS — Along with celebrating its 220th anniversary, the Pine Plains Free Library shared town history with its lantern tours of Evergreen Cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Throughout the evening, residents and history buffs could join five nighttime tours. 

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A ghostly Halloween

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Making the rounds

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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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