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PINE PLAINS — After contemplating the future of some district programs, the Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) turned its attention to the status of a couple of projects at a meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Held in the Cold Spring Early Learning Center cafeteria, all BOE members were present for the meeting.

Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler reported that the district’s energy performance contract is ready to go. Work began during the beginning of December. Not all of the work will be completed at once; some of the project will be...

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Pine Plains explores cell tower lease options

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PINE PLAINS — The town of Pine Plains is in the midst of examining the terms of its cell tower lease with American Tower, as was discussed by town Supervisor Darrah Cloud at a Thursday, May 17, Town Board meeting. 
Cloud raised the issue of the American Tower lease agreement after saying she received communications from the company about revamping its contract. American Tower sent a letter to the town asking if it would agree to a lump sum payment.

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Pine Plains Free Library offers museum passes to patrons

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PINE PLAINS — Along with its wide selection of books and community programs, the Pine Plains Free Library currently carries museum passes for its patrons to check out, thanks to the FRIENDS of the Pine Plains Free Library.
Once a year, the FRIENDS takes a look at which museum passes the library might want for its patrons and purchases them to be used throughout the year. At this point in time, the library currently offers passes to The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass., and to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.

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Pine Plains honors soldiers now gone, on Memorial Day

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PINE PLAINS — The town of Pine Plains honored the veterans who fought and died to defend their country with a Memorial Day parade and ceremony on Monday, May 28.
Beginning at 10:30 a.m., the parade lined up at the Pine Plains firehouse before making its way toward the town clock tower for opening remarks by American Legion Post 426 member Marie Stewart.
The Rev. Carol Miller delivered a heartfelt invocation, and guest speaker Neil Murray referenced several soldier names to emphasize the personal side of the battles fought and the lives lost.

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Pine Plains students honor veterans before Memorial Day

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PINE PLAINS — Just in time for Memorial Day, students at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School  honored veterans who fought for their country at a Veterans Recognition Evening on Wednesday, May 23.
A long line of Pine Plains students wore traditional garb to reflect different periods of war.

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‘Christmas Camp’ filming continues at the Inn at Pine Plains

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PINE PLAINS — Every December, the story of Joseph and Mary seeking sanctuary in an inn is remembered. Starting Tuesday, May 8, another story about an inn, and the Christmas spirit was set into motion as the Inn at Pine Plains opened its doors for filming the romantic comedy, “Christmas Camp.”

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Students stop, drop and roll at Fire Prevention Day

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PINE PLAINS — The students at Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center took their lessons in fire safety to the next level at the school’s Fire Prevention Day on Tuesday, May 17.
From the first to the final bell, the students rotated in groups through four stations. Parked along one side of the school building was a line of fire engines from the Pine Plains, Milan, Stanfordville and Rhinebeck fire companies; an ambulance from the Pine Plains Fire District was also present at the school.

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Dutchess County residents learn to prepare for the worst

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PINE PLAINS — Aimed at keeping the community informed and prepared for all types of emergencies, the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response gave a citizens preparedness training presentation on Tuesday, May 8.

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BOE gives budget recap before vote

PINE PLAINS — In preparation for the upcoming public vote on Tuesday, May 15, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) organized a public hearing for the 2018-19 budget at the start of the meeting on Wednesday, May 2.
Beginning at 7 p.m., Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Michael Goldbeck gave a brief recap of the 2018-19 budget. Totaling $32,500,660, the budget reflects a 2.82 percent increase of $891,381 from last year’s budget. Next year’s allowable tax cap limit is 2.15-percent. 

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Incumbents vie for open BOE seats

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PINE PLAINS — With the annual public vote just around the corner, local voters will have an opportunity to elect candidates to fill in the four available seats on the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE).
The candidates that receive the top three votes will each be appointed to a three-year term on the BOE, starting Sunday, July 1 through June 30, 2021; the remaining candidate will be appointed to an unexpired term starting Tuesday, May 15 through June 30, 2020. This year all candidates are incumbents.
Anne Arent

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Calling all seniors…

The Pine Plains Adult Recreation group invited local senior citizens to the Community Room over the library for Bingo and pizza on Wednesday, May 2. A crowd of 10 attended. With Bingo chips in hand and a card placed in front of him, David McGill got ready for a final round.

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