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PINE PLAINS — In between the allergies and the early summer colds, the Pine Plains Central School District recently announced two cases of pertussis, or whooping cough.

The cases were reported in Pine Plains earlier this month with one case at Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center and the other at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School. After reporting the cases to the Dutchess County Department of Health, the administration sent a letter to parents and guardians to keep them informed.

“We are informing you of this potential exposure so that if your...

Pine Plains

Test now done with paper and pencil

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PINE PLAINS — Given the amount of stress placed on its students, the Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) announced its decision to switch from computer-based testing to pencil and paper tests for students in third through eighth grade taking the annual English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics assessments this spring.

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Making a difference: Student raises cancer awareness

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PINE PLAINS — Every so often, a student enrolled at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School will exhibit a genuine desire to inspire positive change in the world around her. Driven by her desire to “give children and young adults a fighting chance against leukemia and lymphoma,” Stissing Mountain High School junior Patience Tindall, 17, began her campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Students of the Year program.

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Pine Plains school monitor saves student from choking

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PINE PLAINS — Both the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) and Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior Principal Tara Grieb took great pride in recognizing Anne Krasinski for her actions in preventing a Pine Plains student from choking last month.

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Highway super updates board on department news

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PINE PLAINS— Highway Superintendent Heather Emerich appeared before the Town Board on Thursday, April 18, to present her monthly report.
Among the items discussed, Emerich said she received the first check from the auction of surplus equipment. The amount was for $10,000.
She then updated the board about funding from the state, in the form of Consolidated Highway Improvements Projects (CHIPs) funding, PaveNY funding and extreme conditions  funding.

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A time for thanks

Janet Fitzgerald, FRIENDS president, presented senior Library Clerk Mary Bowen thank you cards and gift certificates for the Pine Plains library staff in recognition of National Library Workers Week.

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School board adopts 2019-20 budget, gets district updates and OK’s BOCES budget

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PINE PLAINS — In what turned out to be a short meeting, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) adopted its budget, reviewed the progress of current district programs and kept informed of upcoming projects at its meeting on Tuesday, April 23.

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Fuel card talk rubs highway crew the wrong way

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PINE PLAINS — Town Highway Superintendent Heather Emerich said she wanted to “clear the air” at the Thursday, April 18, Town Board meeting regarding a discussion from the prior month’s meeting. 

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Pine Day sheds a light on the trees of Pine Plains

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PINE PLAINS — Just in time for Earth Day, the Pine Plains community set aside a day to celebrate all of its trees with its first-ever Pine Day on Saturday, April 20.

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Pine Plains library building sales contract under way

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PINE PLAINS— After an exhaustive search for qualified buyers, the town happily announced that the old library building has been sold. New Pine Plains resident Matthew Brimer purchased the South Main Street (Route 82) site for an agreed upon price of $140,000. 

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How a Group of Strangers can help pave a path to recovery

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PINE PLAINS — Coming on the heels of the public health epidemic related to opioid addiction, the Council on Addiction Prevention and Education (CAPE) of Dutchess County has developed prevention, education and recovery services to help address the problem from the ground up. Among the services now available to individuals and families looking to find their own path to recovery, A Group of Strangers, which meets in Pine Plains, seeks to engage people in a conversation about addiction and demonstrate that recovery is possible.

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