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PINE PLAINS — The gymnasium of Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center was pulsing with excitement during the PTA Math & Science Night on Tuesday, April 18.

Students in prekindergarten through fifth grade and their families were keen to engage in the different stations throughout the gym. Students were given a pencil and a miniature notebook that they could use as a passport for all the stations they visited that night. After collecting their notebooks, they were free to explore the unique math and science activities. At the end of their visit, students were invited to...

Pine Plains

The Pines, a film site for ‘Furlough’

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PINE PLAINS— The hamlet of Pine Plains will soon be featured on the big screen, as Furlough Productions recently chose to film a scene from the comedy ““Furlough” at The Pines.
Starring Melissa Leo, the independent film “Furlough” tells the story of an inmate who is granted one weekend out of prison to visit her dying mother. Comedy ensues when a rookie correction officer struggles to keep Leo’s character under control during the weekend.

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Pine Plains Town Board: Approval granted for new CAC member and refund of Garden Club money

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board meeting on Thursday, March 16, was swift. During the roughly 40 minutes of regular business, a number of issues were addressed.
The meeting began with a ceremony honoring the Highway Department’s Motor Equipment Operator (MEO) Gary Peeze, for his 20-plus years working for the town.
There was a moment of silence for the late Water Company Superintendent Gary Keeler, who passed away on March 5. 

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Residents swap seeds and stories

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PINE PLAINS — Residents of Pine Plains got a head start on their gardening plans for the coming spring as they visited the Pine Plains Free Library’s fifth annual Seed Swap.
Attendees learned about sustainable agriculture and the importance of saving seeds at the March 26 event. Child-friendly activities included flower pot painting. 
Arranged to the side of the room was a long table with a variety of seeds. Seeds could not be older than last season and had to be open-pollinated or heirloom seeds. 

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Students take a trip to Kuana Read Beach for Family Literacy Night

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PINE PLAINS — As a unique way to foster a love of reading between students and their families, the Pine Plains Elementary PTA invited students to Kuana Read Beach for the second annual Family Literacy Night on Thursday, March 23.
Open to students in pre-k through sixth grade and their parents, the event ran from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Cold Spring Early Learning Center. As families began to arrive, they were greeted by members of the school faculty and were given festive leis to wear. 

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Culvert projects top Town Board’s list

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WASHINGTON — The monthly meeting of the Town Board was held on Thursday, March 9. Town Supervisor Gary Ciferri opened the meeting at 7:05 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance, and then invited George Cronk, of the engineering firm Chazen Companies, to speak about the two town projects that have been on the table since early last year: the Stanford Road culvert and the Oak Summit Road culvert projects.

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When Irish eyes are smiling …

From left, Jim Donnelly, Michael Kemp and Laura Dennis performed in a St. Patrick’s Day concert at the First United Presbyterian Church in Pine Plains on Saturday, March 18. Also performing were Lois Wheeler, Marti Tuminaro, Ryan Orton, Jan Brooks and Steven Fabio.

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Tractors and toys at FFA’s 26th Annual Farm Toy Show and Auction

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains FFA was in good spirits as its members hosted a Farm Toy Show and Auction on Saturday, March 18.
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents from Dutchess County and beyond met in the gymnasium of Stissing Mountain Middle/High School to see what the FFA’s 26th Annual Farm Toy Show and Auction had to offer. General admission was priced at $3 per person while children under five were free of charge. Prizes were offered at the door and lunch was made available later on in the day.

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Pine Plains Board of Education: Consolidation targeted for July 1

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PINE PLAINS— In spite of the inclement weather that took the district by storm, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) met on Wednesday, March 15.

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Board reviews reconstruction project proposal for school facilities

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Central School District’s Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, March 1, went into detail discussing upcoming resolutions for a proposed reconstruction project at the school.
To begin the meeting, President Fred “Chip” Couse introduced Michael Fanning from Mosaic Associates to discuss the auditorium project. Fanning explained the two components of the project: the replacement of the gymnasium flooring at Stissing Mountain Middle School, and several necessary renovations for the high school auditorium.  

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