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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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Parents: BOE does not take issues seriously

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, April 11, opened with a heated public comment session.
Personal safety issues
Two parents spoke out about specific issues regarding their children.
Paul Brandt of Pine Plains was the first to speak. He was angry about an alleged threat made to his son.

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BOE budget presentation at the Stanford Grange

Part 2
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PINE PLAINS — The Stanford Grange No. 808 hosted the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) on Wednesday, March 27, for a special budget presentation for the community and members of the grange.
The first part of this article ran in the April 5 issue of The Millerton News.
Public comment
After Superintendent Linda Kaumeyer’s budget presentation came to a close, the members of the Board of Education relocated to the front of the room to face the audience.
Each member took a moment to introduce themselves and elaborate on their ties to the community.

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Fantasy comes to life in Cold Spring play

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PINE PLAINS — Second-graders at Cold Spring Early Learning Center brought fantasy to life during their play, “Character Matters,” on Thursday, March 29.
Second-grade teacher Mary Curcio has been working with parents and students since January to put together an evening of fantasy characters and storybook visuals.
“Everyone pulled together so much to make the night special. Students have been staying after school, we’ve painted scenery and parents helped out with so much,” she said.
The materials for the play were mainly purchased by Curcio herself.

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BOE holds honest talk at Stanford Grange

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PINE PLAINS — The Stanford Grange No. 808 hosted the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) on Wednesday, March 27, for a special budget presentation for the community and members of the grange.
Superintendent of Schools Linda Kaumeyer, along with school board President Bruce Kimball and members Brian Croghan, Helene McQuade and Gary Griffen were in attendance.
The meeting began with an introduction by Grange Secretary Ryan Orton.

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Ten students head to China

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PINE PLAINS — Ten students from Stissing Mountain High School left for China on Tuesday, March 27, as part of the 13th annual China Exchange Program.
The students, who are in grades 10 through 12, were joined by three adults: guidance counselor Karen Pogoda, who has coordinated the exchange program since its inception; co-coordinator Jean Osofsky; and retired foreign language teacher Ritajean Schmidt.

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Celebrating women in print

Peter Bergman, (at right) executive director of The Millay Society, read poetry by Edna St. Vincent Millay and gave a presentation at the Pine Plains Free Library on Sunday, March 4. The event was held in honor of Women’s History Month and was sponsored by the FRIENDS of the Pine Plains Free Library. Approximately 24 community members were in attendance.

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Assessor explains property record cards process to the Town Board and public

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PINE PLAINS — Assessor Jim Mara was at the monthly Town Board meeting on Thursday, March 15, to report on property record cards, which have been reconciled with data observed in the field for a future property revaluation project.
The Town Board authorized the record cards project in July 2011. It was estimated the work would take about two years to complete. Now, eight months later, Mara is nearly done.
“I am happy to say we are ahead of schedule and under budget,” he announced, adding the work is nearing completion.

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BOE revisits gap-closing info, crowd wants more details

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) met on Wednesday, March 21, at Cold Spring Early Learning Center to further discuss gap - closing strategies for the 2012-13 budget.
Superintendent Linda Kaumeyer presented a revised version of her gap-closing strategies PowerPoint presentation as new information had been made available since the original presentation in February.
Six teachers will be retiring and only three of those positions will be filled.

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Twenty-first annual FFA Toy Show and Auction a success

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PINE PLAINS — Hundreds of people filtered through the doors of Stissing Mountain Middle/High School Saturday, March 17, for the 21st annual Pine Plains FFA Farm Toy Show and Auction. For more than two decades the event has been a draw to fans from around the region, and last weekend was no exception.
“I’ve been coming for more than 15 years,” said Don Hobson of Rhinebeck, who donned a two-foot tall green leprechaun hat in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

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Carvel NND Criteria

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PINE PLAINS — The Durst Corporation believes the Carvel Property development meets the New Neighborhood Development (NND) provision of the town’s zoning law.
Alexander Durst, co-vice president of the Durst Organization, outlined why he feels the proposed plan fits all 18 NND criteria at a joint meeting of the town and planning boards on Wednesday, March 14 (click here for story).

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