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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Central School District’s Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, March 1, went into detail discussing upcoming resolutions for a proposed reconstruction project at the school.

To begin the meeting, President Fred “Chip” Couse introduced Michael Fanning from Mosaic Associates to discuss the auditorium project. Fanning explained the two components of the project: the replacement of the gymnasium flooring at Stissing Mountain Middle School, and several necessary renovations for the high school auditorium.  

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The results are in for students’ mock election

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PINE PLAINS— Stissing Mountain High School social studies teacher John Schoonmaker held mock elections on Tuesday, Nov. 8, during school hours. Students had the opportunity to learn and participate in the electoral process, and to predict who would take office.
Ballots cast by the students  revealed a close race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.
Clinton earned 112 votes,  Trump 138 votes.
Schoonmaker said he was not surprised at the results.

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Town Board swiftly adopts 2017 municipal budget

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PINE PLAINS  — With little fanfare and no public comment, the Town Board adopted the 2017 budget at its monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17.
The $1,169,625 budget lists expected revenue as $1,127,655, with an appropriated fund balance of $40,855 — which depends on the town raising $747,755 in taxes.

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Pine Plains welcomes the holiday season

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PINE PLAINS — Ringing in the holiday season is a community affair in Pine Plains each year. Hundreds of revelers gathered in front of the Bank of Millbrook, at the intersection of routes 199 and 82, to help decorate the town before the Parade of Lights took place on Saturday, Nov. 26.

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Pine Plains Middle School improves students’ ELA testing scores

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PINE PLAINS  — The Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) received welcome news following a presentation by Pine Plains Middle School Principal James DiDonna recently, that its middle school students are performing better in English Language Arts (ELA) now compared with prior years. The presentation, which focused on student academic performance, was made at the BOE meeting held on Wednesday, Nov. 16. 

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Writers share first drafts of their work

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PINE PLAINS—  The Pine Plains Writers’ Group held its first public reading on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Pine Plains Community Room. Nearly 50 people listened to the works of 10 authors.

The  public listened to excerpts from memoirs and novels. Some poetry was read as well.

“The quality of all the work and topics of the stories tonight were fantastic,” said Daniele Cassels, who was there to support friend Lisa Morris. “The stories had very vivid language, making it easy to visualize them as the authors read.”

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Time to be holly jolly

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PINE PLAINS — Few events are as highly anticipated in this community as Decorating Day. Not only does it provide the chance for young and old to get into the holiday spirit as they drape lights and pine cones on every Christmas tree in sight, it offers an opportunity for friends and families to catch up and reminisce. Then, the day wraps up with the famed Parade of Lights.

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Election Day takes over Stissing Mountain High School

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PINE PLAINS — Stissing Mountain High School students stood in line across the vestibule outside the auditorium on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to participate in a mock election held by government teacher John Schoonmaker.
The purpose of the activity was to help youngsters familiarize themselves with the electoral system and encourage them to vote when they’re of age.

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Elementary students celebrate veterans with breakfast

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PINE PLAINS — At Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center’s second annual Veterans Day breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 10, students were encouraged to invite a veteran and dedicate a few words honoring their service and commitment to the country. 
Many youngsters turned up at school in the company of their grandparents and other family members who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Town honors local military might

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PINE PLAINS  — There was a strong showing of support at the town’s annual Veterans Day ceremony, held on Friday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. Town Supervisor Brian Coons, himself a retired Master Sgt. who served 24 years in the Army, said the community’s support has always been unwavering.
“It was a nice ceremony, and there was a good turnout, with a good turnout of veterans, too,” he said. 

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Former Pine Plains library building to hit the market

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PINE PLAINS  — The town of Pine Plains has a beautiful, custom-built library that it now calls home at 7775 South Main St. That might not sound overly impressive, but when one thinks of the multi-year battle that went on between that building’s former tenant — the International Order of the Odd Fellows, which had a rent-free lease in perpetuity because the Odd Fellows donated the land on which the library was built — and the library board, one realizes it was no small feat. 

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