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PINE PLAINS — Come Saturday, June 24, seniors Mari Thompson and Steve Saunders will lead the Stissing Mountain High School graduating Class of 2017 as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.

Mari Thompson

Since eighth grade, Mari has set her sights on valedictorian. From the start of her high school career at Stissing Mountain High School, Thompson took advantage of all the opportunities presented to her. She has a wide array of interests, from athletics to academics. 

In addition to being class president for the past three years,...

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Pine Plains celebrates National FFA Week

PINE PLAINS— The FFA has deep roots in Pine Plains. It’s been a part of the fabric of the community for as many decades as most people can remember. Students enrolled in the Pine Plains Central School District have the opportunity to learn about agriculture, its many fields, public speaking and other leadership qualities. It’s invaluable experience that’s being celebrated nationally through FFA Week, Feb. 18 through Feb. 25.

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DEC Forest Rangers respond to stranded hikers at fire tower

MILAN — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations, and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured, or distressed people from the backcountry.

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CAC talks water study and tree survey

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PINE PLAINS— Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) Chairman John Hoffman III was at the Town Board meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16. He appealed to the board to pay for half of a water study of Stissing Lake as well as to conduct a tree survey.
According to Hoffman III, the CAC is going to conduct a Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP), which will study water quality. The last CSLAP report was issued in 2011. 

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Energy performance contract approved by BOE

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) announced the approval of the proposed energy performance contract with Siemens during its regular meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Siemens is the largest manufacturing and electronics company in Europe, with branch offices here in the U.S.
The discussion began as Martin Handler, superintendent of schools, invited project coordinators Steve Heaslip and Bill Tangney to speak along with the board’s engineering consultant, Aldo Mazzaferro. 

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Pine Plains seniors receive an education in ‘Successful Aging’

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PINE PLAINS — Complemented by the warm afternoon weather, members of the Pine Plains community were treated to a presentation about the positive side of aging on Wednesday, Feb. 8.
Sponsored by Pine Plains Adult Recreation, the Dutchess County Office for the Aging introduced “Successful Aging” at noon in the Community Room of the Pine Plains Community Center above the library.
In addition to the presentation, free hearing tests for veterans and seniors were offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Board reviews special education reports

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) opened the floor to Director of Special Education Maryann Stoorvogel at its meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 1. 
Stoorvogel submitted the Special Education and AIS End of Year 2015-16 and Mid-Year 2016-17 reports.

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Pine Plains Memorial Hall Site plan approved, $10K matching grant offered

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PINE PLAINS — Toward the end of January, Pine Plains Memorial Hall (PPMH) announced two significant developments in efforts to renovate the historic building.

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School budgets and athletics on BOE’s plate

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) reviewed instructional and athletic budgets during its meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

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Stissing Mountain celebrates Chinese New Year

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PINE PLAINS — In celebration of cultural diversity, students from the Pine Plains Central School District gathered with their families and friends to observe the 2017 Chinese New Year on Friday, Feb. 3. 
The district offers a Mandarin Chinese program for students in grades seven through 12. In its second year, the Chinese New Year celebration in the middle/high school cafeteria was aimed to further inform students about the Asian culture.

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Food for thought

A lecture was presented by Remedy Farm and Nutrition Founder Jordan Schmidt in the Pine Plains Community Room, above the library. The lecture, sponsored by the FRIENDS  of the Pine Plains Free Library, was entitled “The Digestive System: A Journey Through Our Inside Track,” and addressed what can go wrong and what people can do to make it right.

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