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PINE PLAINS — At its first meeting of the new year on Wednesday, Jan. 3, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) took the time to evaluate a report on school facilities.

Director of School Facilities Richard McKibben presented the board with the report. Looking over all the buildings in the Pine Plains Central School District, he gave an overview of future improvements to be made in various buildings, the funds it would take to carry out the changes and the source of funding. 

Overall, the yearly totals for facilities during the 2017-18 school year come to $384,...

Pine Plains

Republican Committee nominates five at caucus

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PINE PLAINS — The Town of Pine Plains Republican Committee nominated five candidates at its caucus last week, held on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
An estimated 22 enrolled voters and registered GOP members met at the Pine Plains Lions Club Pavilion on Beach Road. Positions up for election include town supervisor, two Town Board seats, a town justice seat and town assessor. With the exception of a two-year term for town supervisor, all of the positions are for four-year terms.

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Discussion unlocks possibilities behind Kennedy assassination

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PINE PLAINS — After 54 years of ongoing speculation, the passage of time has done little to reduce the public’s curiosity regarding the cause of President John F. Kennedy’s tragic assassination on Nov. 22, 1963. 

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Board of Ed: Making plans for new school year

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PINE PLAINS — Following the first day of the 2017–18 school year, the Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) met on Wednesday, Sept. 6, to make plans and schedule dates to show its progress to the community.
BOE President Chip Couse reported that the high school organized a graduation ceremony for two students who were due to graduate this past spring but were unable to. A third graduation is pending. 

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Formation of historical district discussed at board meeting after letter from CAC chairman

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PINE PLAINS— The Town Board at its meeting Thursday, Aug. 17, discussed establishment of a formal historic district. 
The suggestion was made last month by Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) Chairman John Hoffman III. Hoffman wrote to the Town Board in July that during the CAC’s recent survey, when asked to identify ways the CAC could address critical environmental concerns in town, the second most frequent response was for it to focus on historic preservation.

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Local talent for cell phone photography on display at Town Grange gallery

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PINE PLAINS — In an attempt to engage the community and encourage its relationship with the natural world, the Pine Plains Free Library recently teamed up with the Town Grange gallery to host Backyard, a cell phone art show.

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Board of Ed appoints staff for coming school year

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) discussed staff appointments for the 2017-18 school year at its meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 23.
Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler proposed scheduling a date for the board to discuss its goals for the 2017-18 school year; Wednesday, Sept. 13, was set. 

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Chaseholm Farm brings back Huichica East for a second year

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PINE PLAINS — Warm memories were made at Chaseholm Farm last weekend with the second annual Huichica East Festival on Friday, Aug. 25, and Saturday, Aug. 26.
The idea of hosting a small food, wine and music festival at Chaseholm Farm was born at Gundlach Bundschu Winery, the oldest continuously family-owned winery in Sonoma, Calif. According to Chaseholm Farm owner Sarah Chase, the winery was trying to create an event on the East Coast that would showcase their product on the West Coast. 

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On the horns of a dilemma in Pine Plains: Antlers Club’s zoning request

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PINE PLAINS — The private, member-owned recreational residential community on Stissing Lake known as the Antlers Club wants the town to circumvent its zoning, and in doing so approve the construction of three new homes.
A little history

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Jean Stapf appointed to vacant BOE seat

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PINE PLAINS — Jean Stapf has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE).
Even when her work schedule kept her from attending the meetings, Stapf has kept up with the latest news from the board through the meeting agendas and minutes posted on the Pine Plains Central School District website. A resident of the area for nine years, she praised the district’s diverse educational opportunities and its qualified teachers and staff members. 

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A sandy farewell

Families from the town of Pine Plains and beyond found an inviting place to cool off this summer at the Pine Plains beach. Located on Beach Road, near the recreation fields, the beach opened for the summer on Monday, June 19, and bid farewell to another season of swimmers on Saturday, Aug. 19. 

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