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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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Pine Plains honors soldiers now gone, on Memorial Day

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PINE PLAINS — The town of Pine Plains honored the veterans who fought and died to defend their country with a Memorial Day parade and ceremony on Monday, May 28.
Beginning at 10:30 a.m., the parade lined up at the Pine Plains firehouse before making its way toward the town clock tower for opening remarks by American Legion Post 426 member Marie Stewart.
The Rev. Carol Miller delivered a heartfelt invocation, and guest speaker Neil Murray referenced several soldier names to emphasize the personal side of the battles fought and the lives lost.

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Pine Plains students honor veterans before Memorial Day

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PINE PLAINS — Just in time for Memorial Day, students at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School  honored veterans who fought for their country at a Veterans Recognition Evening on Wednesday, May 23.
A long line of Pine Plains students wore traditional garb to reflect different periods of war.

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‘Christmas Camp’ filming continues at the Inn at Pine Plains

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PINE PLAINS — Every December, the story of Joseph and Mary seeking sanctuary in an inn is remembered. Starting Tuesday, May 8, another story about an inn, and the Christmas spirit was set into motion as the Inn at Pine Plains opened its doors for filming the romantic comedy, “Christmas Camp.”

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Students stop, drop and roll at Fire Prevention Day

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PINE PLAINS — The students at Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center took their lessons in fire safety to the next level at the school’s Fire Prevention Day on Tuesday, May 17.
From the first to the final bell, the students rotated in groups through four stations. Parked along one side of the school building was a line of fire engines from the Pine Plains, Milan, Stanfordville and Rhinebeck fire companies; an ambulance from the Pine Plains Fire District was also present at the school.

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Dutchess County residents learn to prepare for the worst

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PINE PLAINS — Aimed at keeping the community informed and prepared for all types of emergencies, the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response gave a citizens preparedness training presentation on Tuesday, May 8.

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BOE gives budget recap before vote

PINE PLAINS — In preparation for the upcoming public vote on Tuesday, May 15, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) organized a public hearing for the 2018-19 budget at the start of the meeting on Wednesday, May 2.
Beginning at 7 p.m., Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Michael Goldbeck gave a brief recap of the 2018-19 budget. Totaling $32,500,660, the budget reflects a 2.82 percent increase of $891,381 from last year’s budget. Next year’s allowable tax cap limit is 2.15-percent. 

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Incumbents vie for open BOE seats

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PINE PLAINS — With the annual public vote just around the corner, local voters will have an opportunity to elect candidates to fill in the four available seats on the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE).
The candidates that receive the top three votes will each be appointed to a three-year term on the BOE, starting Sunday, July 1 through June 30, 2021; the remaining candidate will be appointed to an unexpired term starting Tuesday, May 15 through June 30, 2020. This year all candidates are incumbents.
Anne Arent

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Calling all seniors…

The Pine Plains Adult Recreation group invited local senior citizens to the Community Room over the library for Bingo and pizza on Wednesday, May 2. A crowd of 10 attended. With Bingo chips in hand and a card placed in front of him, David McGill got ready for a final round.

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Stissing Mountain seniors build citizenship at Criminal Justice Day

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PINE PLAINS — Seniors at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School broadened their knowledge of the criminal justice system during Criminal Justice Day on Tuesday, May 1.

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Delgado, Ryan and Collier present congressional campaigns at library

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Democratic Committee wrapped up its local congressional campaign by presenting candidates Antonio Delgado, Pat Ryan and Erin Collier at the Pine Plains Free Library on Saturday, April 28.
Along with presenting their platforms for Congress, the candidates answered audience questions and concerns.
“Fundamentally, what motivated me is my story and where I come from,” Delgado said in reflection of his campaign.

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