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PINE PLAINS — To continue supporting its programming for the local community, the Pine Plains Free Library has been brainstorming ideas for events that appeal to the community and will raise awareness of the library. Because the library currently has one of the smallest budgets in Dutchess County, Pine Plains Free Library Board President Diana Woolis said, “We really want people to understand how much they get for what the library is funded for.” 

The Evergreen Cemetery Lantern Tours have been hugely popular in the past and will be returning this weekend,...

Pine Plains

Solar permit law moves toward adoption

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PINE PLAINS— The Town Board unanimously approved an amended resolution for the unified solar permit process for accessory solar installations following a public hearing last week. In other words, the law amends the code to provide for small-scale facilities mounted to rooftops or other accessories.
“I’m excited we got something together and happy we resolved it to put it on the books,” said Councilman Rory Chase at the Town Board meeting on Thursday, March 21.

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BOE reviews numbers for 2019-20 budget

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PINE PLAINS — With a month left until the adoption of next year’s budget, Pine Plains Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Michael Goldbeck took the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) through a summary of the expenditures and revenues included in the proposed 2019-20 budget at a meeting on Wednesday, March 20.
To date, Goldbeck reported that the current draft of next year’s total expenditure budget is $32,998,180, indicating an increase of $497,520 or 1.53 percent from the 2018-19 budget. 

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Cold Spring students storm Sir Read-a-Lot’s Castle at Family Literacy Night

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STANFORDVILLE — By day, the Cold Spring Early Learning Center (ELC) stands as a place where Pine Plains students can start their journey as lifelong learners. On Thursday, March 20, students and their families were invited to embrace the joys of reading by taking a tour of Sir Read-a-Lot’s Castle, at the school’s fourth annual Family Literacy Night.

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Revved up

STANFORDVILLE —The Cub Scouts Pack 45 of Pine Plains put their creativity and racing skills to the test as they designed their own wooden cars to race in the annual Pinewood Derby on Sunday, March 24. 
Typically organized every March, each Scout was given a wooden block car kit and invited to carve, sand or design their own cars to race in the derby. Held at the Stanford Grange, this year’s derby had 17 participants from all three dens in Pack 45, including the Tigers, the Bears and the Webelos. 

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Paddocks and pantriesm

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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Farm Toy Show and Auction supports FFA and agriculture

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PINE PLAINS — Regardless of their ties to the school district or the agricultural community, the Pine Plains FFA received tons of support from residents from around the region at its 28th Annual FFA Farm Toy Show and Auction on Saturday, March 16.
That morning, the Stissing Mountain High School gymnasium opened its doors to spectators. According to Pine Plains Ag Advisory Board member Bruce Percocella, more than 200 people paid to attend the show, many of whom were accompanied by young children. 

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Stissing Mountain Honor Rolls

Pine Plains — The following students earned a place on the second semester honor rolls of  Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School in the Pine Plains School District.
Junior High School
A honor roll
Sixth grade 

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Tractor terrific

Residents from near and far admired the countless model tractors on display at this year’s FFA Farm Toy Show and Auction in Pine Plains. For full story and more photos, see Farm Toy Show and Auction supports FFA and agriculture.

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Library lecture reveals ‘The Not-So-Golden Life of the Gilded Age Wife’ to Pine Plains community

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PINE PLAINS — Pine Plains residents received a taste of the challenges, confusion and misconceptions that women of the Gilded Age endured during a presentation of “The Not-So-Golden Life of the Gilded Age Wife” on Thursday, March 7.

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‘Annie’ hits the theater March 8

PINE PLAINS — When Daddy Warbucks and his Little Orphan Annie take the stage at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School, from March 8 to the 10th, it will be the result of a massive, cross-generational, community effort. 
Director Lisa Baldwin described “Annie” as “a story of hope and courage, full of well-known tunes like ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘Hard Knock Life.’”

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