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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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Kilmer, Krasinski lead Class of 2018

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PINE PLAINS — Come Saturday, June 23, Stissing Mountain Junior/High School seniors Tessa Kilmer and Emma Krasinski will be leading this year’s graduating class as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.
In recognizing the unique experiences offered to students in the Pine Plains Central School District, both students made  their time in the district worthwhile. Over the last few years, they’ve learned to challenge themselves by stepping out of their comfort zones and getting involved with the programs their school district has to offer. 

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Local pharmacies join mail-order network: Good news for Pine Plains Pharmacy and McCarthy’s

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Pine Plains — The communities of Pine Plains and Stanfordville are breathing a sigh of relief, after their two hometown pharmacies brokered a deal with Express Scripts Incorporated (ESI) to join its mail-order network. The move will allow members of the Dutchess Educational Health Insurance Consortium (DEHIC) to obtain their maintenance medications from both the Pine Plains Pharmacy and McCarthy’s Pharmacy.

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Cleanups discussed at board meeting

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PINE PLAINS— Town Supervisor Darrah Cloud presented her monthly report at the Town Board meeting on Thursday, May 17. It lasted nearly an hour, rather than the 10 minutes it usually takes.
Cloud reported on the town’s disability and investment policies and on possible grants to fund local projects, which were covered last week. She also spoke about planned future cleanups to take place in town.
Cleanup day

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Writers’ Group reads

The Pine Plains Writers’ Group shared new creative work in the Community Room above the library on Wednesday, June 6, including fiction, nonfiction and poetry.  The group leader/coordinator is town Supervisor Darrah Cloud. Pictured from left are Rich Diaz, Bill Abrams, Jennifer Anderson, Mary Plover-Smith, Diana Rush, Bob Rabin, John Perella, Jay Cody  and Cloud. George Koch, who attended the reading and whose work was read by Cloud, is not pictured.

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Families learn how to help students deal with stress at Stissing Mountain lecture

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PINE PLAINS — In light of the number of threats made toward schools and other public venues this year, the Pine Plains Central School District decided to reach out to local families and provide them with information on how to help their children deal with stressful situations. A lecture was held on the subject on Tuesday, June 5, in the Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School library.

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Grant dollars needed for sewer study and more

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board met in May to discuss municipal matters, including the pursuit of important grant dollars. 
Greenway Grant
Town Supervisor Darrah Cloud said she’s applied for a Greenway Compact Communities Grant for the town’s comprehensive plan update.

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Lengthy report addresses disability and investment policies

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PINE PLAINS— The Town Board meeting on Thursday, May 17, was detailed from the get-go. Town Supervisor Darrah Cloud started off with her monthly report. Rather than taking the 10 minutes it usually does, it took nearly an hour.
Cloud reported to the board, and to the public, the work she’s been doing for the past month.
Disability policy

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Pine Plains FFA toasts another triumphant year at banquet

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains FFA kicked off the month of June by inviting the community to its annual FFA Banquet on Friday, June 1.

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Pine Plains explores cell tower lease options

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PINE PLAINS — The town of Pine Plains is in the midst of examining the terms of its cell tower lease with American Tower, as was discussed by town Supervisor Darrah Cloud at a Thursday, May 17, Town Board meeting. 
Cloud raised the issue of the American Tower lease agreement after saying she received communications from the company about revamping its contract. American Tower sent a letter to the town asking if it would agree to a lump sum payment.

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Pine Plains Free Library offers museum passes to patrons

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PINE PLAINS — Along with its wide selection of books and community programs, the Pine Plains Free Library currently carries museum passes for its patrons to check out, thanks to the FRIENDS of the Pine Plains Free Library.
Once a year, the FRIENDS takes a look at which museum passes the library might want for its patrons and purchases them to be used throughout the year. At this point in time, the library currently offers passes to The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass., and to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.

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