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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

BOE approves last of club stipends

kaylas@millertonnews.com

PINE PLAINS — The conversation regarding club stipends continued among the Pine Plains Board of Education members during their regular meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 19.
A resolution was made to approve the stipends for five positions that were not included in previous votes as no one had volunteered to fill the spots.

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Cemetery tours that educated, rather than frightened

PINE PLAINS — The Heart of Pine Plains (HoPP) community center had its premier Historical Lantern-Lit Cemetery Tour on Saturday, Sept. 22. Six tours of about 15 to 20 individuals enjoyed a historical cemetery walk, a month before Halloween.
The tour included a murder-suicide, utilizing two prop gunshots. But the script relied less on dramatic monologues and concentrated on a descriptive soliloquy. The actors mastered their parts and even the buzzards at the Evergreen Cemetery were impromptu extras.

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Special camp for special kids

A Starlight Children’s Foundation child begins the climb to the zip line platform at Camp Pontiac in Copake the weekend of Sept. 15 and 16. The fifth annual Camp Pontiac weekend for Starlight Children’s Foundation NY* NJ* CT provides more than 90 seriously ill children and their families with a fun-filled getaway weekend.

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A concert among FRIENDS

The Chris O’Leary Band performed on Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Lions Club Pavilion. The concert, sponsored by the FRIENDS of the Pine Plains Free Library, drew a large crowd that spilled out from the pavilion to the recreation field grounds. More than 200 people attended and the band played longer than scheduled.

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Tour the historic Evergreen Cemetery

PINE PLAINS — This weekend, the Heart of Pine Plains (HoPP) community center, in partnership with Little Nine Partners Historical Society and The Two of Us Productions, will hold a Guided Lantern Cemetery Tour. The tour will be held at Evergreen Cemetery, 52 North Main St., on Saturday, Sept. 22. Actors will portray some of the well known characters associated with the town’s history.

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Harlem Valley Rail Trail tour and fundraiser Saturday

COPAKE — Area residents may tour a portion of the coming extension of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail and help raise funds for this community development project on Saturday, Sept. 22.
The public is invited to walk from 3 to 4 p.m., on a section of the former railroad bed in Copake that will be part of the 5-mile Rail Trail extension from Copake Falls to Hillsdale. Then from 4 to 6 p.m., supporters are invited to join a fundraising party at The Pond restaurant on Route 3 in Ancram. Tickets are $50 per person and include wine, beer and appetizers.

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The history of the Pine Plains Free Library

PINE PLAINS — The Union Library of Pine Plains, forerunner of the present library, was incorporated on Feb. 17, 1798. It was in 1874 that the status of the library was changed from a membership corporation to a tax-supported public library and it was then that the name was changed to the Pine Plains Free Library.

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Funds awarded to school district

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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HoPP helps save lives with blood drive

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PINE PLAINS — The Heart of Pine Plains (HoPP) community center hosted the American Red Cross for a blood drive on Thursday, Aug. 30.
The Red Cross is constantly in need of donations to keep up with the demand and relies on such drives to help meet local needs.
Red Cross volunteers set up a donation site in the Sweeney Community Room, complete with a confidential area for taking personal information, tables for donors to comfortably make their donations and a snack area to indulge in sweets after having given blood.

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Stissing Sprint bike route planning moves forward

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PINE PLAINS — The Stissing Sprint Triathlon scenic bicycle route came one step closer to reality at the Town Board meeting on Aug. 16 with the approval to place 42 signs throughout Pine Plains.
The request was made during a presentation by Stissing Sprint Triathlon Director Jennifer Chase and Trails Committee member Karena Frenzel.
“One of the goals of the sprint was to make it into a bike route,” Chase said.

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