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PINE PLAINS — Now that summer vacation has come to an end and children are back in the classroom, the Pine Plains Free Library is organizing programs and events for the community during the fall season.

“It’s a little bit harder to get kids here when school starts,” said Pine Plains Free Library Director Veronica Stork, “so we try to send flyers to the school to make sure their parents know what’s going on.”

As a way of appealing to students during the school year, the library partnered with the Pine Plains Central School District...

Pine Plains

Second meeting further explores Carvel Property Development project

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PINE PLAINS— The second meeting in a series about the Carvel Property Development took place on Saturday, March 17, in the Community Room over the library. There were upwards of 80 people present, possibly more, there to hear about the project with plans to build 645 residential units between the towns of Pine Plains and Milan.
At an earlier public meeting held on Feb. 24, Alexander Durst, chief development officer at the Durst Organization — the developer behind the project — spoke of its nearly 15-year history, plan details and hoped-for results. 

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District works to improve Regents test results

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PINE PLAINS— Stissing Mountain Middle/High School Principal Tara Grieb brought the 2017 Regents exams results to the Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education’s attention on Wednesday, Feb. 14, and proposed a few initiatives to improve results.
Grieb spoke of students’ strengths and weaknesses and what the school district is doing to address the challenges.
She said students enrolled in a New York state high school are required to pass five core exams in order to graduate.

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Local vocals

The Stissing Theatre Guild’s “Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Review” ran on  March 9 through March 11 at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School. Angelina Mannino delivered a heartfelt rendition of “My Unknown Someone” as she took on the role of Will Rogers’ wife, Betty Blake. 
 

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The fabulous follies

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Timber…

A large tree fell on a parked car and power lines on Smith Street in Pine Plains following the Friday, March 2, Nor’easter that blew through the region. Pine Plains was without power for days. A warming and charging center, and distribution point for dry ice and bottled water, was set up at the Town Hall through Tuesday, March 6. Dutchess County estimated power would be restored by Wednesday, noontime, after this paper went to press.

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Students get hands on at Math & Science Night

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PINE PLAINS — The younger students in the Pine Plains Central School District were encouraged to open their eyes to the world of math and science through a night of interactive, hands-on activities, thanks to the Pine Plains Elementary PTA’s Math & Science Night on Thursday, March 1.
Due to inclement weather, the Math & Science Night was rescheduled from its original date on Thursday, Feb. 22, to the following Thursday in the Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center  gymnasium.

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Pine Plains BOE approves 12 faculty resignations

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PINE PLAINS — On Wednesday, Feb. 14, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) bid farewell to several teachers and administrators who will be retiring from the school district later this year.
The BOE approved a motion to accept, with regret and appreciation, Maryann Stoorvogel’s resignation as director of Special Education effective Sunday, July 1.
“Thank you for your years of service,” BOE President Chip Couse said.
“It’s been an honor,” Stoorvogel said from the audience, and everyone rose to applaud her.

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Carvel developers reappear in Pine Plains

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PINE PLAINS — The buzz in the Community Center above the library was audible on Saturday, Feb. 24, just before the first community-wide presentation on the Carvel Property Development in years got underway. The project, the brainchild of real estate tycoon Douglas Durst and the Durst Organization, seeks to build 645 luxury second-home properties at the former Carvel Country Club, which straddles the border of Pine Plains and Milan.
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Speed limit reduction requested for North Main Street

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board has requested that the Department of Transportation (DOT) post a speed limit reduction on a portion of North Main Street (County Route 83A). The issue came under discussion at the board’s January meeting.

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Faso secures $84,000 IRS refund for PPCSD

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PINE PLAINS — Through the efforts of Congressman John Faso (R-19), the Pine Plains Central School District received word earlier this month that it will be receiving a refund from the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) totaling approximately $84,000.
Toward the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, the district received an email from its former district treasurer, Ann Sandford, that indicated her failure to submit payroll taxes in a timely fashion. 

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