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PINE PLAINS — With school already a couple of weeks in session, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) has been researching methods for improving students’ academic success by changing the start times for the school day.

After its research, the BOE has determined that by having younger students come into school at an earlier time and older students arrive at a later time, they’ll be more on task with their school activities, resulting in a dramatic improvement in their academic performance. 

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Pine Plains School District budget defeated

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains School District budget vote held on Tuesday, June 21, resulted in a second defeat of the budget.
The first proposed budget was defeated during the original vote on Tuesday, May 17. The district then decided to hold a second vote on a revised, lower budget instead of going straight to the contingency budget.
Contingency budgets do not afford the Board of Education (BOE) as much flexibility in determining where to make cuts as they would have under normal, noncontingency circumstances.

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Stissing Mountain students learn the meaning of community service

PINE PLAINS — Every high school student in New York state must complete a course called Participation in Government to satisfy their graduation requirements. The class has had a community service component for many years. John Schoonmaker, the teacher of this course at Stissing Mountain High School, makes community service an important part of the students’ list of responsibilities, and it’s something they must complete during the academic year.

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School district achieves many of its goals

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PINE PLAINS — During its last meeting of the school year, the Pine Plains Central School District’s Board of Education outlined its accomplishments during 2010-2011.
The goals outlined by the BOE at the beginning of the school year included:
­• Keep pace with technology, taking into account the needs of the district
• Increase students’ engagement with their school lives
• Promote parent/guardian engagement in students’ education
• Encourage professional development

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New hours at Roe Jan Library

COPAKE — In response to requests from patrons, the Roeliff Jansen Community Library is now open on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.
“Sunday hours are helpful for students and anyone who works weekdays,” said library Director Carol Briggs, “plus since we started construction we’ve had many requests from weekenders for Sunday hours so they can more easily can take advantage of our great new facility.”

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Expansion of Pine Plains environmental area challenged

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PINE PLAINS — The public hearing regarding the “creation of the expanded Stissing Mountain Critical Environmental Area [CEA],” which impacts Stissing Lake, Twin Island Lake and Thompson Pond, drew a full house at Town Hall on Thursday, June 16. The cars of those attending the meeting even lined the shoulders of Route 199 for lack of parking in the Town Hall lot.
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Town Board adopts ethics law, reorganizes CAC

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board addressed a handful of issues at its meeting on Thursday, May 19.
One of the actions it took as a board was that it voted on a new ethics law; the motion passed unanimously. Town Supervisor Gregg Pulver said although he supported the passage of the law, he had some reservations.
“It is very similar to the Ancram ethics law, and they’ve already seen since they passed theirs about three years ago some challenges that are very political,” he said. “I don’t know how much is common knowledge, but I warned our board [of my concerns].

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Lions Club officers sworn in

Past District Governor Ed Blodgett of Hyde Park Lions Club installed the following slate of officers for Pine Plains Lions Club: Lion Jack Pulver, treasurer; Lion Don Bartles, Lion tamer; Lions Gregg Pulver and Jan Stoutenburgh, directors; Lion Bruce Kimball, president; Lion Linda Cordella, recording secretary; Lion Jerry Hotte, first vice president; Lion Wesley Chase, second vice president.

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Parks luncheon

HILLSDALE — The annual benefit luncheon for Hillsdale’s parks, including the Roeliff Jansen Park and the Hillsdale Hamlet Park, will be held Sunday, June 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hillsdale firehouse on Route 22.
Proceeds from the luncheon will help promote fitness and fun in Hillsdale’s parks through the purchase of fitness equipment for the Roe Jan Park and new equipment for the playground in the Hamlet Park.

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Amenia man dies while doing ‘most dangerous job’

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PINE PLAINS — Amenia resident Robert A. Jasmin Jr. was killed during an on-the-job accident on Monday, June 6.
Jasmin, who owned Jasmin Tree Service, had been cutting tree limbs on a property on Route 199 in Pine Plains.
According to the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, Jasmin had climbed the tree using ropes. When a cut limb fell toward him, he tried to move out of the way and the rope knot slipped, causing him to fall approximately 40 feet to the ground.

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FFA celebrates its year

PINE PLAINS — Members of the Pine Plains FFA chapter at the annual banquet on Friday, June 3, told the community about its activities during the past year, and about its plans for the future. Chapter members want to raise funds to continue the program and they thanked businesses and community members who have supported them in countless ways.
During the banquet, FFA members were awarded scholarships, degrees and certificates, and FFA officers passed on their torches to the next generation of leaders.

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