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PINE PLAINS — With the 2018-19 school year still a few weeks away, local students got a head start on their academics at Camp Invention, held at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School during the last week of July and first week of August.

Returning to the school district for its fifth year, Camp Invention is a nonprofit summer enrichment program designed to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning through hands-on activities. The program also encourages resourcefulness, collaboration, invention and entrepreneurship while motivating...

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Students get hands on at Math & Science Night

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PINE PLAINS — The younger students in the Pine Plains Central School District were encouraged to open their eyes to the world of math and science through a night of interactive, hands-on activities, thanks to the Pine Plains Elementary PTA’s Math & Science Night on Thursday, March 1.
Due to inclement weather, the Math & Science Night was rescheduled from its original date on Thursday, Feb. 22, to the following Thursday in the Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center  gymnasium.

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Pine Plains BOE approves 12 faculty resignations

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PINE PLAINS — On Wednesday, Feb. 14, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) bid farewell to several teachers and administrators who will be retiring from the school district later this year.
The BOE approved a motion to accept, with regret and appreciation, Maryann Stoorvogel’s resignation as director of Special Education effective Sunday, July 1.
“Thank you for your years of service,” BOE President Chip Couse said.
“It’s been an honor,” Stoorvogel said from the audience, and everyone rose to applaud her.

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Carvel developers reappear in Pine Plains

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PINE PLAINS — The buzz in the Community Center above the library was audible on Saturday, Feb. 24, just before the first community-wide presentation on the Carvel Property Development in years got underway. The project, the brainchild of real estate tycoon Douglas Durst and the Durst Organization, seeks to build 645 luxury second-home properties at the former Carvel Country Club, which straddles the border of Pine Plains and Milan.
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Speed limit reduction requested for North Main Street

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board has requested that the Department of Transportation (DOT) post a speed limit reduction on a portion of North Main Street (County Route 83A). The issue came under discussion at the board’s January meeting.

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Faso secures $84,000 IRS refund for PPCSD

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PINE PLAINS — Through the efforts of Congressman John Faso (R-19), the Pine Plains Central School District received word earlier this month that it will be receiving a refund from the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) totaling approximately $84,000.
Toward the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, the district received an email from its former district treasurer, Ann Sandford, that indicated her failure to submit payroll taxes in a timely fashion. 

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Senior wellness workshop series offered at library

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PINE PLAINS— Kicking off the year with an eye on mental and physical health, a new Wellness for Seniors workshop series is being offered to seniors in the Community Room above the Pine Plains Free Library.
Presented by MVP Health Care and offered in cooperation with the town of Pine Plains, the main goal of  the series is to provide valuable information for older residents interested in learning about staying healthy as they age. All workshops in the series are free and open to all.

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Pine Plains anticipates Durst presentation

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PINE PLAINS — It’s been nearly 15 years since real estate tycoon Douglas Durst first submitted the original application to redevelop the former Carvel Country Club off Route 199. The resulting project, the Carvel Property Development, met with both excitement and concern, but never really got off the ground.

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Honor Roll

pine plains — The following students earned a place on the Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School honor rolls.
Junior High School
A honor roll
Sixth grade 

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World of Animals visits Seymour Smith

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PINE PLAINS — The gymnasium at Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center welcomed students anxious to see The World of Animals wildlife assembly on Thursday, Feb. 8.
A lively crowd of students from Cold Spring Early Learning Center and Seymour Smith along with family members heard wildlife expert Bill Robinson introduce a Harris’s hawk that he has been training for falconry and hunting over the past 25 years. a

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Memorial Hall update: Matching fund drive met, construction begins

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PINE PLAINS— Plans to convert one of the town’s most   noteworthy but neglected buildings into a performing arts center for the entire region to enjoy are underway. Pine Plains Memorial Hall (PPMH) is a lovely, aging brick building built in 1915. 
The landmark building is located on West Church Street (Route 199). It’s served as a vaudeville theater, movie house, dance studio, laundromat, hair salon, office space and mini-mall. 

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