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PINE PLAINS — Adventure is out there for the young and the young at heart — and the town of Pine Plains is promoting activities for residents ages 55 and above with its Adventurers’ Club.

Every Wednesday, the club gathers at noon in the Community Room above the Pine Plains Free Library to make new friends and catch up with familiar faces over games, discussions, movies and more. Whether they decide to play a round of pinochle or listen in on a discussion about independent living, there’s always something to do. Sharing in potluck meals is a favorite pastime...

Pine Plains

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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BOE reviews numbers for 2019-20 budget

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PINE PLAINS — With a month left until the adoption of next year’s budget, Pine Plains Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Michael Goldbeck took the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) through a summary of the expenditures and revenues included in the proposed 2019-20 budget at a meeting on Wednesday, March 20.
To date, Goldbeck reported that the current draft of next year’s total expenditure budget is $32,998,180, indicating an increase of $497,520 or 1.53 percent from the 2018-19 budget. 

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Cold Spring students storm Sir Read-a-Lot’s Castle at Family Literacy Night

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STANFORDVILLE — By day, the Cold Spring Early Learning Center (ELC) stands as a place where Pine Plains students can start their journey as lifelong learners. On Thursday, March 20, students and their families were invited to embrace the joys of reading by taking a tour of Sir Read-a-Lot’s Castle, at the school’s fourth annual Family Literacy Night.

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Revved up

STANFORDVILLE —The Cub Scouts Pack 45 of Pine Plains put their creativity and racing skills to the test as they designed their own wooden cars to race in the annual Pinewood Derby on Sunday, March 24. 
Typically organized every March, each Scout was given a wooden block car kit and invited to carve, sand or design their own cars to race in the derby. Held at the Stanford Grange, this year’s derby had 17 participants from all three dens in Pack 45, including the Tigers, the Bears and the Webelos. 

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Paddocks and pantriesm

The Millbrook Horse Trial made a $1,500 donation to the Pine Plains Community Food Locker (PPCFL) recently, which provides critical assistance to local families. This is the sixth year the Millbrook Horse Trials, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has made a contribution to the community food pantry. At the presentation of the check were, from left, PPCFL Chairperson Pat Nannetti, Chairman of the Millbrook Horse Trials Organizing Committee Louise Meryman and PPCFL Treasurer Ted Mallozzi.
 

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Farm Toy Show and Auction supports FFA and agriculture

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PINE PLAINS — Regardless of their ties to the school district or the agricultural community, the Pine Plains FFA received tons of support from residents from around the region at its 28th Annual FFA Farm Toy Show and Auction on Saturday, March 16.
That morning, the Stissing Mountain High School gymnasium opened its doors to spectators. According to Pine Plains Ag Advisory Board member Bruce Percocella, more than 200 people paid to attend the show, many of whom were accompanied by young children. 

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Stissing Mountain Honor Rolls

Pine Plains — The following students earned a place on the second semester honor rolls of  Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School in the Pine Plains School District.
Junior High School
A honor roll
Sixth grade 

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Tractor terrific

Residents from near and far admired the countless model tractors on display at this year’s FFA Farm Toy Show and Auction in Pine Plains. For full story and more photos, see Farm Toy Show and Auction supports FFA and agriculture.

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