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PINE PLAINS — Students involved with the Key Club at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School recently partnered with the New York Blood Center to hold a blood drive on Monday, May 13. Running from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the blood drive was organized in the high school gymnasium. Recognized as a community service group at Stissing Mountain, the Key Club strives to host a local blood drive on an annual basis.

“It’s important because there’s a shortage a blood,” said Stissing Mountain junior and Key Club member Angelina Mannino, “and quarts save...

Pine Plains

Town talks trails and bikeways

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PINE PLAINS — The Trails and Bikeway Committee’s (TBC) goal is to come up with a plan for implementing a network of hiking and biking trails throughout the town to invite residents and visitors alike to spend their time and their dollars in Pine Plains. To meet that end, it has been getting together monthly to develop ideas, research available resources and see what other committees have done to support its efforts.

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Pine Plains Preschool closes

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Preschool will not reopen its doors this fall. The school’s board has decided to dissolve the nearly 40-year-old institution.
Jean Osofsky, who is on the board, said that one of the reasons for the closure was financial difficulties, but she declined to make further comments on the record. Osofsky said she plans to release more information to the public at a later date.
The Pine Plains Preschool has been in operation as a New York charter school since the early 1970s.

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Pine Plains starts data collection process

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PINE PLAINS — It may typically be considered the precursor to a property assessment project, but Pine Plains Board of Assessors Chairman Jim Mara assured the Town Board the data collection process that began this week is nothing more than what it claims.
“We have to be careful to not say we’re starting a revaluation process — we’re not,” Mara said. “We’re starting a data collection process.”

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Ready for School

Bus routes, standards set

PINE PLAINS — Edmund Tannini began working as the transportation supervisor for the Pine Plains Central School District bus garage eight months ago. He went before the Board of Education on Wednesday, July 20, to give the board an update on his progress.
Since Tannini began working in the middle of the year, he did not want to start imposing changes right away.

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HoPP offers heat haven

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PINE PLAINS — The Heart of Pine Plains (HoPP) Community Center opened “The Cooling Zone,” a temporary haven from the heat, on Thursday, July 21, and Friday, July 22, to provide a safe place for locals to escape the extreme summer temperatures.
The temperature on both days reached well into the mid- and upper-90s, with the heat index — or the “feels like” temperature — on Friday reaching over 105 degrees Fahrenheit in some local towns.

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Stissing Mountain CEA expansion talks continue

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PINE PLAINS — Discussion about the proposed expansion of the Stissing Mountain Critical Environmental Area (CEA) continued at the Thursday, July 14, Town Board meeting; it began at a public hearing on the matter that opened at last month’s board meeting. That meeting, like last week’s, brought a large number of residents to the Town Hall to hear what was being said.
Absence regretted

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Pig roast benefits historical Pine Plains residence

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PINE PLAINS — Backyard Garden, a local restaurant and bar, hosted a pig roast fundraiser for the Little Nine Partners Historical Society to benefit the restoration project for the Graham-Brush House on Saturday, July 16.

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Lions honor their own

PINE PLAINS — President of the Pine Plains Lions Club Bruce Kimball honored Lion Don Spohr at the Lions Pavilion recently for 22 years of leadership running the annual Pine Plains Lions Bass Tournament. This year’s tournament was held on Saturday, June 18.

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Pine Plains Regents results announced

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PINE PLAINS — Stissing Mountain Middle/High School has released the results of the 2011 New York State Regents Exams.
The school offered 12 Regents exams in a variety of subjects.
The number of students taking the exams ranged from 104 for the global history and geography exam to seven students for the French exam.
Pine Plains Superintendent Linda Kaumeyer said that she was happy to see the large numbers of students taking the Regents exams. She was also pleased with the number of students who decided to retake exams that they had previously scored poorly on instead of giving up.

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Pine Plains BOE affirms appointments

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) held its annual reorganization meeting on Wednesday, July 6.
During the meeting, Bruce Kimball was re-elected board president and Brian Croghan was re-elected vice president.
“I’m looking forward to another year,” said Kimball. This will be his ninth year on the board and his second as board president. Kimball also taught for 33 years, 32 of which were spent teaching in Pine Plains.
Kimball said that this will likely be his last year on the board. “I want to see certain things through to fruition before I step down.”

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