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PINE PLAINS — On Wednesday, Nov. 8, families in the Pine Plains Central School District  considered boundaries and awareness in the digital age, thanks to a screening of the documentary, “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age.”

The screening was held in the Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School auditorium.

Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler greeted those attending at the door with three handouts. One was a catchall parent guide to the film’s content. Another offered suggestions on how to create a screen time contract within a...

Pine Plains

Board of Ed hosts public hearing for 2017-18 budget

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PINE PLAINS — Six adults and five Stissing Mountain High School students, there to fulfill a course requirement, attended the Board of Education (BOE) public hearing for the  2017-18 proposed budget held on Wednesday, May 3.
Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Michael Goldbeck in an overview of the budget said the total is $31,609,279 with a 3.97 percent increase of $1,206,475. The tax levy is $22,549,551, a 2.29 percent increase of $504,966. 

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Russ Cohen identifies wild edibles

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PINE PLAINS— For expert forager Russ Cohen, there’s no limit to the benefits found in learning about native edible wild plants; he was eager to share his knowledge with local residents on Monday, May 1.

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BOCES budget vote and BOE election

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PINE PLAINS — By the time school was in session on Tuesday, April 25, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) had already taken part in the statewide vote for the 2017-18 BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) administrative budget as well as this year’s BOCES Board of Education election in a special meeting.
After opening the meeting at 7 a.m., the BOE’s first order of business pertained to its vote on the proposed budget, at a sum of $4,476,438. All four Pine Plains BOE members voted in favor of the budget.

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Crosswalk proposed for library crossing

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board at its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, April 20, listened to citizen concerns about safety when walking to and from the library.
In an email communication which was read aloud, resident Penny Wheeler suggested there should be sidewalks on the west side of Route 82, near the library. She asked if the board would consider a crosswalk.

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Time for tea, for 63

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PINE PLAINS— It was time for a proper Victorian tea on Sunday, April 30, at the Mashomack Fish and Game Preserve Club House. That’s when and where the FRIENDS of the Pine Plains Free Library welcomed supporters to enjoy their favorite English past time: tea sandwiches, scones, tea pastries and, of course, tea. 

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Students think outside the box at PTA Math & Science Night

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PINE PLAINS — The gymnasium of Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center was pulsing with excitement during the PTA Math & Science Night on Tuesday, April 18.

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Durst still interested in Carvel Property Development

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PINE PLAINS — For years, Pine Plains residents have followed the Carvel Property Development proposed by real estate tycoon Douglas Durst to reshape the former Carvel Country Club. Though the original application was submitted nearly 15 years ago, the project hit a wall in recent years amid talk of zoning issues — specifically how it would work into the New Neighborhood Development (NND) zoning.  

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Students recognized for BOCES and musical achievements

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PINE PLAINS — Fifteen students from the Pine Plains Central School District and one from the Career and Technical Institute (CTI) of the Dutchess County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) were acknowledged for their musical and academic achievements at the Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, April 5.

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Hop to it

Dutch’s Spirits hosted a free egg hunt and opportunity to take a picture with the Easter Bunny at Harvest Homestead Farm on Saturday, April 15. More than 75 people attended. Lillian Lin Schlein and Easter Bunny Ariel Schlein, co-founders of Dutch’s Spirits, posed for a photo with their son, Julian. 

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Celebrating Easter

Siblings Samantha Douglass, 7, and Victoria, 14, stayed with the Easter Bunny through to the end on Saturday, April 15, at the Pine Plains firehouse. The Pine Plains Hose Company No. 1 Ladies Auxiliary hosted the event. It’s been doing so for roughly 40 years, according to Martha Imperato. “We just like doing it for the community,” she said. “It’s enjoyable to see the kids having fun, and it is one way that we can do something for them.”

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