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PINE PLAINS— The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) expressed gratitude recently to Kim Russell, a bus driver for the Pine Plains Central School District, for her response to a school bus collision on Route 199.

Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler kicked off a meeting in February by recognizing Russell’s exemplary work. 

Around 7 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, he said the district received “the call that every superintendent fears.” A collision had taken place on Route 199 involving one of the district’s school buses.

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Family Literacy Night is out of this world

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PINE PLAINS — To bring the school’s Parents as Reading Partners program to an exhilarating end, classrooms at Cold Spring Early Learning Center  were transformed into a galaxy of literacy-based activities for the third annual Family Literacy Night on Thursday, March 22.
Sponsored by the Pine Plains Elementary PTA, the much-anticipated family event invited students in pre-k through sixth grade to stop by the elementary school for a night in Galaxy Redmore.

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School district insurance change could put an end to Pine Plains Pharmacy

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PINE PLAINS— The question of how teachers and staff in the Pine Plains Central School District will get their prescription medications after Aug. 31 is a cause for concern for local pharmacist Nasir Mahmood. 
Mahmood, a former president of the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York, has owned the Pine Plains Pharmacy for nearly 30 years. He could lose up to nearly three quarters of his business, he said, when the district’s insurer requires its members to fill maintenance medication prescriptions through a mail order pharmacy.

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Democratic candidates make library part of campaign trail

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PINE PLAINS— The Pine Plains Democratic Committee helped kick off the 2018 election season by presenting U.S. House of Representatives candidate Jeff Beals (D-19) and State Senate candidate Karen Smythe (D-41) at the Pine Plains Community Room over the library on Monday, March 12.
Running from 7 to 9 p.m., the meet and greet  welcomed about 50 people.

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Pine Plains FFA offers tractors, toys and more at show and auction

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PINE PLAINS — Members of the Pine Plains FFA were thrilled to welcome in a swarm of community members — young and old — to the 27th Annual FFA Toy Show and Auction on Saturday, March 17.
Proceeds raised at the toy show and auction went toward the FFA.

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Second meeting further explores Carvel Property Development project

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PINE PLAINS— The second meeting in a series about the Carvel Property Development took place on Saturday, March 17, in the Community Room over the library. There were upwards of 80 people present, possibly more, there to hear about the project with plans to build 645 residential units between the towns of Pine Plains and Milan.
At an earlier public meeting held on Feb. 24, Alexander Durst, chief development officer at the Durst Organization — the developer behind the project — spoke of its nearly 15-year history, plan details and hoped-for results. 

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District works to improve Regents test results

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PINE PLAINS— Stissing Mountain Middle/High School Principal Tara Grieb brought the 2017 Regents exams results to the Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education’s attention on Wednesday, Feb. 14, and proposed a few initiatives to improve results.
Grieb spoke of students’ strengths and weaknesses and what the school district is doing to address the challenges.
She said students enrolled in a New York state high school are required to pass five core exams in order to graduate.

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Local vocals

The Stissing Theatre Guild’s “Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Review” ran on  March 9 through March 11 at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School. Angelina Mannino delivered a heartfelt rendition of “My Unknown Someone” as she took on the role of Will Rogers’ wife, Betty Blake. 
 

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The fabulous follies

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Timber…

A large tree fell on a parked car and power lines on Smith Street in Pine Plains following the Friday, March 2, Nor’easter that blew through the region. Pine Plains was without power for days. A warming and charging center, and distribution point for dry ice and bottled water, was set up at the Town Hall through Tuesday, March 6. Dutchess County estimated power would be restored by Wednesday, noontime, after this paper went to press.

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Students get hands on at Math & Science Night

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PINE PLAINS — The younger students in the Pine Plains Central School District were encouraged to open their eyes to the world of math and science through a night of interactive, hands-on activities, thanks to the Pine Plains Elementary PTA’s Math & Science Night on Thursday, March 1.
Due to inclement weather, the Math & Science Night was rescheduled from its original date on Thursday, Feb. 22, to the following Thursday in the Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center  gymnasium.

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