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PINE PLAINS — To continue supporting its programming for the local community, the Pine Plains Free Library has been brainstorming ideas for events that appeal to the community and will raise awareness of the library. Because the library currently has one of the smallest budgets in Dutchess County, Pine Plains Free Library Board President Diana Woolis said, “We really want people to understand how much they get for what the library is funded for.” 

The Evergreen Cemetery Lantern Tours have been hugely popular in the past and will be returning this weekend,...

Pine Plains

BOE revisits gap-closing info, crowd wants more details

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) met on Wednesday, March 21, at Cold Spring Early Learning Center to further discuss gap - closing strategies for the 2012-13 budget.
Superintendent Linda Kaumeyer presented a revised version of her gap-closing strategies PowerPoint presentation as new information had been made available since the original presentation in February.
Six teachers will be retiring and only three of those positions will be filled.

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Twenty-first annual FFA Toy Show and Auction a success

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PINE PLAINS — Hundreds of people filtered through the doors of Stissing Mountain Middle/High School Saturday, March 17, for the 21st annual Pine Plains FFA Farm Toy Show and Auction. For more than two decades the event has been a draw to fans from around the region, and last weekend was no exception.
“I’ve been coming for more than 15 years,” said Don Hobson of Rhinebeck, who donned a two-foot tall green leprechaun hat in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

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Carvel NND Criteria

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PINE PLAINS — The Durst Corporation believes the Carvel Property development meets the New Neighborhood Development (NND) provision of the town’s zoning law.
Alexander Durst, co-vice president of the Durst Organization, outlined why he feels the proposed plan fits all 18 NND criteria at a joint meeting of the town and planning boards on Wednesday, March 14 (click here for story).

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Carvel project returns to the public eye

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PINE PLAINS — The Durst Organization presented its latest plan for the proposed Carvel Property Development to a standing room-only crowd of residents and town officials at the Heart of Pine Plains community center on Wednesday, March 14.
The Pine Plains town and planning boards hosted the meeting, which was held almost two years to the day since the project was last the topic of a joint session.
“This is a public information meeting. We will not be taking questions and answers,” town Supervisor Brian Coons told the audience. “Write things down, take it home with you and digest.”

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Toying around

Jacob Lydon, 11, David Prentice, 10, and Ben Prentice, 7, were in high spirits at the 21st annual Pine Plains FFA Toy Show and Auction on Saturday, March 17. The boys agreed they came ready to view the toys, while keeping an open mind about perhaps leaving with a few in hand.
 
Click here for story another photo from the FFA Toy Show and Auction.

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Sports, tech, special ed dominate budget talks

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) met on Wednesday, March 7, to continue discussions regarding the budget.
Presentations on the sports, special education and technology portions of the budget were given, with the Board of Cooperative Educative Services (BOCES) budget touched upon in each section.
Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Michael Goldbeck was joined by representatives from each area to present preliminary numbers to the school board.
Interscholastic sports

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Cooper resigns from Legislature, towns to pick replacement

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PINE PLAINS — After more than a dozen years as a Dutchess County legislator representing Pine Plains, North East, Milan and parts of Stanford, Republican Gary Cooper has resigned from his post. The 52-year-old lawmaker has left the Legislature for a high-level position in the Dutchess County Highway Department.

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Pine Plains school budget controversy continues

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, March 7, ended with a heated public comment session.
Several members of the community stood up to voice their concerns over the preliminary budget proposals.
The major issues brought forth were Superintendent Linda Kaumeyer’s salary, the possibility of closing Cold Spring Early Learning Center and the amount of student programs proposed to be cut as opposed to the idea of cutting what many perceive to be a top-heavy administration.
The price of going out of district

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Task Force focuses on ‘fees in lieu of’ affordable housing

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PINE PLAINS — Affordable Housing Task Force Chairman Jack McQuade made a presentation to the Town Board at its monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16, to discuss the issue of “fee in lieu of,” an important concept to how Pine Plains may ultimately structure its affordable housing bylaws.
“We’ve been trying to determine the ‘fee in lieu of’ issues as part of the affordable housing section of the new zoning law,” McQuade said. He used Monopoly game pieces and money to illustrate different scenarios of how the strategy could work.

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‘Legally Blonde,’ to debut March 9

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PINE PLAINS — The musical “Legally Blonde” will be performed by students at Stissing Mountain Middle/High School on March 9, 10 and 11.
The cast has been working diligently to bring the quirky world of Elle Woods to life.
“Everyone is working so hard and I’m incredibly proud,” said Director Mary Ward. “From the cast to the crew, everyone who is working on this is really doing such a great job.”
The production even stars some canine actors.

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