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PINE PLAINS — Two years after solar panels were first proposed, the Pine Plains Central School District is now saving 80 percent of its cost for powering Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School.

Prior to the solar array’s installation, the cost of providing electrical service to the junior/senior high school building was $85,000 per year. When the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) began assessing the district budget for the 2019-20 school year, Pine Plains Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler proposed the idea of including solar panels in its energy...

Pine Plains

New secretary to the superintendent appointed

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) met on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the cafeteria at Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center after completing a tour of the facility.
The meeting lasted for slightly less than half an hour with the board completing an agenda of minor business issues.
Under the personnel portion of the agenda the board voted on filling part-time fill-in positions as well as approving sick leave for bus driver Thomas Miller.
The board moved on to add Deborah Field, Katie Dierkes and Kristian Komisar to the substitute list for the 2012-13 school year.

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Community honors tradition at annual FFA Fall Festival

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PINE PLAINS — The rain held off and the community gathered at Stissing Mountain High School for the annual FFA Fall Agricultural Festival on Friday, Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 6.
The indoor events opened to the public at noon on Friday and included the children’s Crazy Creatures exhibit featuring animals made from fruits and vegetables, along with the Pine Plains Garden Club Flower Show.

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Sidewalks focus of block grant application

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board held a public hearing Oct. 4 to elicit ideas for the 2012 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application it plans to submit to the county — a prerequisite to gaining the funding. The hearing was poorly attended and no one from the community spoke.

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Multiple traffic lights raise questions

PINE PLAINS — Interested residents and others have been wondering about the traffic signals, all 12 of them, hanging at the intersection of routes 199 and 82 in the center of Pine Plains. The location is in the process of being upgraded to meet current safety guidelines.
According to the Regional Traffic, Safety and Mobility Engineers’ Department (RTSMED) for the state of New York, the pre-existing signals no longer reflected the current standards for signals at that type of intersection, so they have been upgraded accordingly.

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Celebrating 40 years on the job

COPAKE — At a recent celebratory dinner, Carol Briggs was honored on the occasion of her 40th anniversary as librarian at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library.
Attending the event at The Greens in Copake were the members of the board of trustees, the library staff, members of the Friends of the Roe Jan Library and several volunteers who have worked with Briggs over the years.

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Board addresses municipal business

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Town Board met Thursday, Sept. 20, for what town Supervisor Brian Coons later described as a “quiet meeting” with few members of the public in attendance.
Coons said the board discussed its Community Development Block Grant application, which the board wants to use for sidewalk replacement and repair on East Church Street. Pine Plains is applying for the grant because the sidewalk needs repairs and a couple of things need replacement. If awarded, the block grant will also go toward adding some decorative lighting on South Main Street.

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SEED money grows school programs

PINE PLAINS — The Sustaining Education Enrichment and Development (SEED) fund for the Pine Plains Central School District made its first grants, totaling nearly $8,000, for five projects.
SEED, an endowed fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, supports challenging programs that enhance the skills and opportunities for students in the district that go above and beyond programs normally funded by local, state and federal funding.
Grants were awarded for the following projects:

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BOE appoints new principal

Stissing Mountain Middle School
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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) on Wednesday, Sept. 19, appointed James DiDonna to the position of principal of Stissing Mountain Middle School.
DiDonna will fill the position left vacant by the retirement of Robert Hess.
The audience gave DiDonna a round of applause when the board voted unanimously in favor of the appointment.
Superintendent Linda Kaumeyer shared her thoughts on the appointment.

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Into the ‘Lions’ den

The Pine Plains Lions Club held a steak dinner at its monthly meeting, on Monday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. District Governor Lion Joyce Meier was the guest speaker, pictured above with Pine Plains Lions President Jerry Hotte. Club business and community affairs were discussed at the dinner.

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Storm causes power outages, PPCSD forced to close

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Central School District was forced to use an emergency weather day and close the doors on all of the district’s buildings on Wednesday, Sept. 19.
The National Weather Service had issued several high wind and potential storm warnings throughout Dutchess County on Tuesday, Sept. 18. There were also tornado warnings in the region.
Several areas in and around Pine Plains were without power throughout the storm.

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