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PINE PLAINS — Following a smooth start to the 2019-20 school year, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) set to work, appraising several projects, programs and actions to benefit the Pine Plains Central School District at its meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Beginning at 7 p.m., the meeting opened up for a presentation by Dutchess Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) Superintendent Richard Hooley, who delivered an overview of the status of the BOCES capital project that Dutchess County voters approved last spring. Pine Plains BOE President Chip Couse reported on...

Pine Plains

Committee hosts forum regarding trails and bikeways planning

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PINE PLAINS — Early on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 22, Pine Plains residents gathered at the Heart of Pine Plains Community Center to listen to lectures about the creation of trails and bikeways in the local region and to voice ideas, thoughts and concerns about the creation of similar trails and bikeways in Pine Plains.
The Trails and Bikeways Committee, headed by Scott Chase, was formed to create a trail map that will be added to the Pine Plains comprehensive plan to detail the development of trails and bikeways over the next 10 to 20 years.

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BOE adopts new fee schedule for facility use

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) voted to adopt a modified fee schedule during its meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 19.
The new fee schedule only affects those who fall under Schedule 2, which is defined as “community groups, certified not-for-profit groups, driver’s ed, PTA events other than meetings [and] faculty/staff events other than meetings.”
The new fee schedule halves the costs of the previous schedule.

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The fruits of the festival

The A. Neighbors Network Fall Festival in Ancramdale, held on Sunday, Oct. 9, promoted local businesses. “Be a Localvore,” as it was called, aimed to raise funds for the Pine Plains Pantry and other local charities.

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Pine Plains to hold trail and bikeway forum

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Trails and Bikeways Committee will hold a forum on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Pine Plains Library and Community Center to give residents the opportunity to voice opinions about the comprehensive trail and bikeway plan the committee is developing.
“Our goal is to have the town focus on the need and opportunities for trails and bikeways,” said Scott Chase, chair of the committee.

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BOE: Submit technical questions in advance

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) begin its meeting at the Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center on Oct. 12 with the annual tour of the Seymour Smith building, which included a review of the masonry project that was conducted during the summer to repair and improve the drainage and septic systems, sidewalks and leaking roofs. The project was completed under budget.

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Local horse-lover adds flair to national equestrian magazine

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MILLBROOK — Jeanne Chisholm, who first gained local recognition when she opened an art gallery in Pine Plains, has recently joined on as a contributing editor for a new glossy magazine called Equine Flair.
The magazine, which will be launched in January 2012, is a monthly publication that will focus on the lifestyle of equestrians.
“Luxury is an art, not a trend,” declares the magazine’s tag line.
The magazine content will include items from all areas of life that will appeal to the equestrian, from home decorating and fashion to travel destinations and real estate.

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School board talks tests

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PINE PLAINS — On Wednesday, Sept. 21, Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center Principal Richard Azoff and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Catherine Parsons gave a presentation to the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) and the meeting attendants about the tests used to evaluate student progress.

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FFA celebrates agriculture with community

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PINE PLAINS — The annual FFA Fall Festival was held on Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8, to celebrate local agriculture and to give FFA members a chance to demonstrate their showman skills with their livestock.
Saturday’s festivities were kicked off with an early morning parade through the middle of town from the Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center to the Stissing Mountain Middle/High School, where booths buzzed with activities throughout the day.
Tractors putted along the parade route, gearing up for the antique tractor pull.

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Politicians head to the food source

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PINE PLAINS — New York State Sen. Greg Ball and Assemblyman Marcus Molinaro toured four local farms on Friday, Sept. 30, to speak with farmers about issues facing their businesses and to learn how the government can help expand the opportunities for sustainable agriculture in the Hudson Valley.
The senator and the assemblyman visited Migliorelli Farms in Red Hook, Coach Dairy Farm in Pine Plains, McEnroe Farm in Millerton and McCarthy’s Farm in Pawling.

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Animalkind seeks support

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PINE PLAINS — Animalkind is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to stopping the stray and feral cat overpopulation humanely in Dutchess, Columbia and Greene counties. It does so through trap/neuter/return (TNR) low-cost neutering options for low-income pet owners and emergency rescue and adoption programs; now the rescue organization needs some help of its own.

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