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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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State FFA convention challenges local students

PINE PLAINS — Nearly 1,200 students throughout New York descended upon SUNY Cobleskill to participate in the New York State FFA Convention from May 5 to 7. The Schoharie County destination was filled with teenagers participating in leadership and agricultural competitions, receiving awards and running for state level leadership positions.

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Pine Plains school board proposes new budget

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains School District revisited the 2011-12 school budget, which was rejected by voters the first time around, during the Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, June 1.
The BOE decided to revisit the budget instead of going straight to the contingency budget so that it would have more freedom to select where to make necessary cuts. Contingency budgets have more state mandates than normal budgets.
The new proposed budget is for $27,701,705, with an estimated tax levy of 3.38 percent. That is a reduction of $241,440 from the failed budget.

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Rail trail extension gets support

HARLEM VALLEY — Copake and Hillsdale residents have come together to form the Copake Hillsdale Rail Trail Alliance, with the goal of extending the Harlem Valley Rail Trail from its current terminus in Copake Falls north through the hamlet of Hillsdale.
Bart Ziegler, a Hillsdale resident, and Nancy Schultz of Copake are heading up the new organization.

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Walk/don’t walk sign stopped in its tracks

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PINE PLAINS — The proposed walk/don’t walk sign for the intersection of routes 82 and 199 the state Department of Transportation (DOT) said was moving forward in May looks like it’s come to a halt, according to town Supervisor Gregg Pulver.
“We’ve got a deal working out with the DOT regarding the pedestrian indicating sign,” Pulver said, after the issue was raised at the Thursday, May 19, Town Board meeting. “They’re not going to put it in.”

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Many attend Memorial Day services

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PINE PLAINS — Early morning rain transformed to humid sunshine just in time for the 10:30 parade and ceremonies on Memorial Day, May 30. Crowds lined the streets in the middle of town three-deep in many places. People of all ages, young and old and even their pets, gathered to honor those who served their country and to see those marching this year. While each year is the same in many ways, there are also differences, with some long-familiar faces missing and some new additions to welcome to the crowd and parade.

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Pine Plains to hold FFA banquet

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PINE PLAINS — The annual Pine Plains FFA Banquet will be held Friday, June 3, at 7 p.m. in the Stissing Mountain Middle School gym. All are welcome to attend.
The banquet will include a meal, an awards ceremony and a silent auction.
Donations for the silent auction are welcome. To donate an item to be auctioned, bring it to the banquet.
All meals cost $15. Children younger than 5 years old and FFA members eat free.
To make a reservation, contact Chris Mac Neil at 518-398-7181, ext. 113; RSVP no later than May 27.

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Pine Plains man admits to felony assault

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PINE PLAINS — Pine Plains resident Jacob Wagoner Jr. admitted in court that he broke a woman’s jaw by punching her several times in the face and head during an argument on Friday, March 11.
Wagoner entered a guilty plea in Dutchess County Court to second-degree assault, which is a felony.

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Fire prevention taught to students

PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains middle school held their annual Fire Prevention Day on Friday, May 20. Firefighters from Pine Plains and Milan brought interactive props to teach the students about fire hazards and to show them how to operate a fire extinguisher, how to navigate through a smoke-filled house and what firemen look and sound like when they wear all of their gear. The day was capped off with a school fire drill in the building.

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Good energy flowing from local holistic practice

PINE PLAINS — Although it’s a practice that’s already caught on in other parts of the country, reiki, the Japenese-based holistic practice of channeling positive energy, is still relatively unknown in the Harlem Valley. That might just change with the addition of Suzanne O’Brien’s new Pine Plains practice.

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2011-12 Pine Plains distric budgets rejected

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains school budget failed to pass during the Tuesday, May 17, districtwide vote.
Two additional propositions — one to purchase five school buses and one to create a reserve fund that would finance capital improvements throughout the district — were also voted down.
Two seats on the Board of Education (BOE) were also on the vote. Brian Croghan kept his seat with 438 votes and Gary W. Griffen won the second seat with 356 votes. Todd Bowen lost his seat with 329 votes and Mary Bowen received 302 votes.

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