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PINE PLAINS — With school already a couple of weeks in session, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) has been researching methods for improving students’ academic success by changing the start times for the school day.

After its research, the BOE has determined that by having younger students come into school at an earlier time and older students arrive at a later time, they’ll be more on task with their school activities, resulting in a dramatic improvement in their academic performance. 

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Folks turn up and tune in for concert

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PINE PLAINS — More than 50 attendees turned out for a Celtic music concert by the acclaimed husband-wife folk music duo Atwater-Donnelly, held in the Heart of Pine Plains community center at the Pine Plains Free Library.
The concert was sponsored by Friends of the Pine Plains Free Library, which puts on a number of shows and programs throughout the year.
“We like to have a nice mix of things and try to attract as many different ages as possible,” said Friends board member Lois Lenehan.

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Schools’ security concerns discussed

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PINE PLAINS — Following a security audit of the Stissing Mountain Middle/High School from state and county law enforcement, the Pine Plains Central School District continues to look into the security of its joint middle and high school building.
The audit was completed after the events of Nov. 10, 2008, when a district parent brought a shotgun into the building and holed up in a room with Middle School Principal Robert Hess for several hours, before surrendering peacefully.

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After the storms, dealing with the lines of communication

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board discussed a number of items at its business meeting on March 17.
One issue was raised during public comment by resident Sarah Jones. She said that following the early March rain and ice storms she started thinking about how the town responds to emergencies.
“I think it’s troubling how we communicate,” she said. “I just want to raise it [as an issue].”

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No change to BOE election location

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PINE PLAINS — Even on the Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) there were strong opinions about changing the district’s voting location in Stanfordville from Town Hall to the Cold Spring Early Learning Center, but the question was never voted on.

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Hearing set on expansion of Stissing Mountain’s critical environmental area

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PINE PLAINS — The public hearing on the expansion of Stissing Mountain’s critical environmental area was set at the Thursday, March 17, Town Board meeting after a lengthy discussion among the board, Attorney to the Town Warren Replansky and Carvel attorney Jennifer Van Tuyl.
The expansion is being closely watched by those behind the Carvel Property Development, which was proposed a number of years ago by real estate tycoon and Manhattan developer Douglas Durst.

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With tax cap, school district wonders about ripple effects

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PINE PLAINS — More multi-year projections were given at the Wednesday, March 16, Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) meeting, as administrators looked to hammer home the idea that, especially while a property tax cap bill looms in the state Assembly, the proposed budget the board adopts next month will have significant consequences for the years to come.

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What to do with storm debris

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PINE PLAINS — The town is still dealing with the aftermath of early March storms, namely the downed trees and brush that have littered yards and roadways. Town Supervisor Gregg Pulver raised the issue at the Thursday, March 17, Town Board meeting.
“We received a letter regarding the continued efforts of leaf and brush disposal,” he said, adding there was an increased demand following the rain and ice storms that hit the region. “We are taking in both, and because of the storm [Highway Superintendent] Barry Hay mentioned he would collect [more].”

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Toy Show a long-standing tradition

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains FFA Annual Farm Toy Show and Auction has throughout the years highlighted the longevity of the school district’s FFA program; it celebrated its 20th year on Saturday, March 19, in the Stissing Mountain High School gymnasium.
The typical toy show event covers a lot of territory, from the large number of vendor tables (filling most of the gym and even spilling out into the hallways) selling everything from antique toy tractors to bumper stickers, to the children’s toy tractor pull and several auctions.

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Questions raised about Pine Plains’ affordable housing survey

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board had questions of its own after concerns were raised regarding the recent Affordable Housing Survey that was sent out to all Pine Plains residents.
The subject was raised at the Thursday, March 17, Town Board meeting by Carvel Project Development attorney Jennifer Van Tuyl of Cuddy & Feder, LLP. She said her client, Carvel developer Alexander Durst, had expressed doubts the survey was conducted and distributed in an even-handed manner.

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Week of town and village meetings

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MILLBROOK — The week of March 7 started with an ice storm and ended with floods, but municipal meetings took place as scheduled even though 32 Millbrook village and 659 town of Washington residents still did not have power Tuesday evening and were bracing themselves for rain at the end of the week.
Comprehensive Plan Committee

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