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PINE PLAINS — Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center (SSILC) Principal Julie Roberts shared how new instructional initiatives and tools have helped promote academic progress, at the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Roberts said SSILC has initiated a leadership team that met in September to discuss the district’s goals; the team now meets every third Monday of the month. The team examines all aspects of the school district, from anecdotal and testing data to building culture and community needs. It then develops action plans to...

Pine Plains

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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A bird’s eye view

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Library rewards

The FRIENDS of the Pine Plains Free Library presented a gift certificate to library staff on Monday, April 9, from area businesses. FRIENDS member Vivian Sukenik, right, and library staffer Mary  Bowen, left, posed for a photo after the certificate was presented in honor of National Library Week.
 

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Pine Plains mock trial team takes on Lourdes in county finals

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PINE PLAINS — The Stissing Mountain High School mock trial team recently concluded its season in court with a loss against Our Lady of Lourdes High School in the county finals.

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