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PINEP PLAINS — Dressed in their best concert attire, the fourth- and fifth-grade students at Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center (ILC) rang in the holiday season with their annual winter concert on Thursday, Dec. 5. 

Long before the concert began at 7 p.m., the Seymour Smith ILC gymnasium was filled with families eager to see their little songbirds perform. 

From “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” to “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” the Elementary Chorus sang a medley of holiday favorites while the Advanced Band played a...

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School district reports two cases of whooping cough

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PINE PLAINS — In between the allergies and the early summer colds, the Pine Plains Central School District recently announced two cases of pertussis, or whooping cough.
The cases were reported in Pine Plains earlier this month with one case at Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center and the other at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School. After reporting the cases to the Dutchess County Department of Health, the administration sent a letter to parents and guardians to keep them informed.

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Michetti and Cerul lead Class of 2019

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PINE PLAINS — Come Saturday, June 29, the Stissing Mountain High School Class of 2019 will follow behind Madison Michetti and Lauren Cerul who will lead the graduating class as this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.

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Field Day fun

PINE PLAINS — The lawn in front of Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center was peppered with children wearing light blue T-shirts during its annual Field Day, held on Wednesday, June 19. Organized by Pine Plains Coach Jeremy Weber as an all-day event, the festivities featured students in second through fifth grade competing against each other. 

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Volunteers provide literary support with Book Buddies

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PINE PLAINS — With a mission focused on providing additional reading practice and support for children who need it, the nonprofit organization Literacy Connections was pleased with the number of volunteers who read with local students through the Book Buddies program this year.
Just one of several programs created by Literacy Connections, Book Buddies matches adult volunteers to read one-on-one with students who have been identified by their teachers as reading below their grade level.

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Local friendships formed at annual Senior Picnic

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PINE PLAINS — The Dutchess County Office for the Aging had the quintessential summer day to host its annual Senior Picnic on Wednesday, June 12.

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Speed limit reductions contemplated by Town Board

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PINE PLAINS — Speeding cars on country roads is basically a given in the Harlem Valley. But that doesn’t mean town leaders are going to take the matter sitting down. In fact, in the town of Pine Plains, the Town Board is doing its best to reduce the speed limit on certain roads. It discussed the issue at its May board meeting.

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Local agriculture advocate Jack Pulver passes away at age 84

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PINE PLAINS — Local farmers and residents alike were saddened to learn that Jack Pulver, a longtime member of the region’s agricultural community, passed away on Friday, May 31, at the age of 84.

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Block no more…

Members of the Pine Plains Writers’ Group presented their original work at a reading on Wednesday, May 29, at the Community Center above the library. Pictured, from left, are Rich Diaz, group leader Darrah Cloud, Bob Rabin, Debbie Weisman, LouAnne Mallozzi, Jean Tate, Jennifer Anderson, Dave Owens, Jay Cody, Maria Heng and Diana Rush. Members Bill Abrams and John Perrella are not pictured.

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Group focuses on affordable housing at Pine Plains gathering

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PINE PLAINS — Moving on to the next town in the Tri-Town region, the Northeastern Dutchess Tri-Town Coalition (formerly known as the Regional Housing Leadership Team) met in Pine Plains on Wednesday, June 5, to review its initial priorities for securing an equitable and sustainable future for the region and the steps to making that future possible.

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Fire prevention at Seymour Smith

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PINE PLAINS — Students at Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center brushed up on their fire safety awareness during Fire Prevention Day on Wednesday, May 29.

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