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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

Police request new police vehicle

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Police Department needs a new set of wheels, Officer in Charge Mike Lawson told the Town Board at its meeting on Thursday, April 19. He repeated his plea at the meeting on May 17.
He wants to replace a 1999 Crown Victoria.
“It’s at the end of its life,” Lawson said.
The Crown Vic has 95,000 miles on its odometer, but according to Lawson, that number should be doubled because of the number of hours the car has sat idling.
“It’s constantly running,” he said. “And the miles on it are hard miles.”

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Memorial Day schedule

PINE PLAINS — The Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 28. The parade will form at the Pine Plains Hose Company firehouse on South Main Street (Route 82), with a 10:30 a.m. starting time.

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Garden planned for Town Hall

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PINE PLAINS — It was with great enthusiasm that Samantha Sloane Cole presented her plans for an organic community garden and farmers market to the Town Board at its April meeting. Sloane has big plans for the garden, which she’s proposed for a 30-by-50-foot space next to Town Hall, located off Route 199, at the outskirts of the hamlet of Pine Plains.

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Fisher gives patriotic talk

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PINE PLAINS — Stissing Mountain High School was honored to host Arnold Fisher on Friday, May 11, to give an inspirational speech to the juniors and seniors and be presented with a plaque for his generosity toward the school.
Guidance counselor Karen Pogoda introduced Fisher and his wife, Audrey, who have a home in the area, by remarking on their contributions to both the school and the community.
“Arnold Fisher is a builder, philanthropist and patriot,” she said.

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Singing in the Spring

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains High School band and chorus held its annual spring concert on Tuesday, May 8, at Stissing Mountain High School.
The auditorium was packed with proud family members, classmates and community members who were treated to an evening of diverse music.
Deanna Dallmann and Tim Beam sang a duet during the song, “Accidentally In Love,” by Counting Crows and made famous in the “Shrek” films.
Also stepping out was multitalented soprano sax soloist Brendan Long, who sang, played his solo and joined the chorus to finish out the song.

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Memorial Day book sale

Jean Osofsky of the FRIENDS of the Pine Plains Free Library prepared for one of the library’s big events. As FRIENDS treasurer and book sale coordinator, Osofsky helped sort some of the many books that will be for sale at the Pine Plains Free Library Saturday, May 26, and Monday, May 28.

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Town board talks property care, bills and a new hire

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board took care of numerous municipal matters during its monthly meeting on Thursday, April 19. It had a full agenda that night, and made quick work going through the listed items in a methodical manner.
Building department

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Buses, coaches’ resignation discussed

BOE public hearing
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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) met on Wednesday, May 2, for the public hearing on the adopted 2012-13 budget.
Along with the budget, Pine Plains voters will be voting on a proposition to purchase six new buses for the district.
Former board member and current incumbent for the BOE Todd Bowen spoke up regarding the bus situation.
At previous meetings Bowen expressed a need for the board to show that the Department of Transportation should render a bus “decommissioned,” not the district employees.

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Pine Plains students return from China

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PINE PLAINS — A group of 10 students from Stissing Mountain High School recently returned from a two-week excursion in China as part of Stissing Mountain High School’s 13th annual China Exchange program.
Under the supervision of co-coordinators Karen Pogoda and Jean Osofsky, as well as retired foreign language teacher Ritajean Schmidt, the students headed across the world on March 27 to reunite with the Chinese students they hosted in Pine Plains in January.

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Remembering Robert Jacovino

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PINE PLAINS — The life of Robert Jacovino was celebrated during a memorial at Stissing Mountain High School on Friday, April 20.
Jacovino passed away on Feb. 13, just one day before his 55th birthday.
A group of bagpipers welcomed guests into the halls of the school where Jacovino began his teaching career.
He later went on to teach and coach at Arlington High School in Poughkeepsie, where many of the attendees were from.
Arlington Athletic Director Dave Goddar was the first to speak at the memorial.

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