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PINE PLAINS — On Wednesday, Nov. 8, families in the Pine Plains Central School District  considered boundaries and awareness in the digital age, thanks to a screening of the documentary, “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age.”

The screening was held in the Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School auditorium.

Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler greeted those attending at the door with three handouts. One was a catchall parent guide to the film’s content. Another offered suggestions on how to create a screen time contract within a...

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Children’s author Kate DiCamillo presents her new book

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PINE PLAINS — The auditorium of Stissing Mountain High School was brimming with excitement last Friday, Oct. 13, in anticipation of the night’s featured author, Kate DiCamillo.
Hosted by Oblong Books & Music, the interactive family event marked one of only six national stops for the author on tour for her stirring new book, “La La La: A Story of Hope.”
The front half of the Stissing Mountain High School auditorium was filled with an enthusiastic blend of students, budding writers, families and teachers.

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Pine Plains Central School District: Treasurer hastily departs after errors discovered

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PINE PLAINS— Earlier this month, Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler informed the Pine Plains Central School District’s Board of Education (BOE) about errors related to district Treasurer Ann Sandford’s failure to timely submit payments for payroll taxes.
The subject was discussed during a board meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

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School district unveils newly completed bus garage

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PINE PLAINS— The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) couldn’t have asked for a better evening to host a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the district’s new bus garage on Wednesday, Oct. 4.
In the moments leading up to the ceremony, the transportation staff recounted stories of past drivers as well as their own experiences in driving for the Pine Plains Central School District.
After 21 years of driving Pine Plains students, senior driver Denise Milano praised the garage as a reflection of the transportation staff’s hard work.

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Celebrating autumn and agriculture at FFA Ag Fair

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PINE PLAINS— From Friday, Oct. 6, through Saturday, Oct. 7, the Pine Plains FFA celebrated a rousing success after hosting its annual Ag Fair at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School.
Known by residents and county visitors as the “Best Little Agricultural Fair in Dutchess County,” the Ag Fair is the Pine Plains FFA’s largest fundraising event. Beyond its support for the district’s agricultural programs, the fair encourages local families and businesses to come out for a fun weekend in the community.

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Moo-ving into fall

From left, Grace Wolfmann, 7, and Anna Essery, 7, watched over the barn as Michelle Blackburn, 9, cozied up to a couple of cows at the Pine Plains FFA Ag Fair on Saturday, Oct. 7. Visit Celebrating autumn and agriculture at FFA Ag Fair for full story.

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The code of ‘Hobos and Hoovervilles’

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PINE PLAINS — Local residents received an education on the daily life and struggles of migrant workers and the homeless during the Great Depression during a lecture on “Hobos and Hoovervilles: Depression Era Migration, Upheaval and the Roosevelt Response” at the Pine Plains Community Center, over the library, on Thursday, Sept. 28.

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An open invitation …

Families came to the Cold Spring Early Learning Center’s open house last Thursday, Sept. 28, to see what lies ahead for their children. Following opening remarks by Principal James Glynn and a Spanish translation of his remarks, attending parents and their children headed off in the direction of the classrooms, so that the parents could get an idea of what their children are learning. From left, Ashton Clas, 4, took his sister, Adalind, 2, on a tour around his classroom.

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Pine Plains VFW celebrates 50th anniversary

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PINE PLAINS — In spite of the damp weather outside, the Pine Plains Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and their supporters came together on Saturday, Sept. 30, to commemorate 50 years as an active organization.

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Board of Ed approves goals for 2017-18 school year

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PINE PLAINS — Following a special board meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 13, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) was set to approve its goals for the 2017–18 school year at the start of the meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 20.
“We’ve given you what we think are wanted in terms of the board goals,” Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler said. “We may still modify them during the meeting, but we would like to pass them tonight.”

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Lurid lures

A warning for people leaving their fishing lures in Long Pond in Ancramdale — this dog was injured when he got one caught in his paw. Local residents are asking those fishing at the pond to be careful, and thoughtful, of others following in their wake.

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