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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...

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Brian Flynn presents congressional campaign to local community

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Democratic Committee recently welcomed congressional candidate Brian Flynn (D-19) as he presented his platform at the Pine Plains Free Library on Saturday, March 31, in the Community Room.
“Throughout my life, whenever I see something, I have to do something, especially if I see something wrong,” said Flynn on his reason for running.

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A frank discussion about improving memory while aging

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PINE PLAINS— As part of its Wellness for Seniors series, the Pine Plains Free Library hosted an educational workshop on understanding memory and aging for seniors on Wednesday, March 28.
Offered in cooperation with the town of Pine Plains, the free workshop was presented by MVP Health Care and was held at 1 p.m. in the Community Room. The event drew six lively seniors. 

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Board moves to be climate smart

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PINE PLAINS — Like the neighboring town of North East, the town of Pine Plains has gotten behind a New York State Energy Development Authority (NYSERDA) initiative to become a Climate Smart Community. The Town Board agreed to take a pledge to do so at its meeting on Thursday, March 15.

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Meet the candidates this spring

PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Democratic Committee has invited the community to learn more about their Democratic candidates for Congress  and New York State Senate at four Meet the Candidates events.
At each forum, the candidates will present their platform and answer questions from the audience. All of the meetings will take place in the Community Room on the second floor of the Pine Plains Free Library.
For the Senate, candidates are looking to defeat New York State Senator Sue Serino (R-41).

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Family Literacy Night is out of this world

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PINE PLAINS — To bring the school’s Parents as Reading Partners program to an exhilarating end, classrooms at Cold Spring Early Learning Center  were transformed into a galaxy of literacy-based activities for the third annual Family Literacy Night on Thursday, March 22.
Sponsored by the Pine Plains Elementary PTA, the much-anticipated family event invited students in pre-k through sixth grade to stop by the elementary school for a night in Galaxy Redmore.

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School district insurance change could put an end to Pine Plains Pharmacy

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PINE PLAINS— The question of how teachers and staff in the Pine Plains Central School District will get their prescription medications after Aug. 31 is a cause for concern for local pharmacist Nasir Mahmood. 
Mahmood, a former president of the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York, has owned the Pine Plains Pharmacy for nearly 30 years. He could lose up to nearly three quarters of his business, he said, when the district’s insurer requires its members to fill maintenance medication prescriptions through a mail order pharmacy.

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Democratic candidates make library part of campaign trail

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PINE PLAINS— The Pine Plains Democratic Committee helped kick off the 2018 election season by presenting U.S. House of Representatives candidate Jeff Beals (D-19) and State Senate candidate Karen Smythe (D-41) at the Pine Plains Community Room over the library on Monday, March 12.
Running from 7 to 9 p.m., the meet and greet  welcomed about 50 people.

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Pine Plains FFA offers tractors, toys and more at show and auction

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PINE PLAINS — Members of the Pine Plains FFA were thrilled to welcome in a swarm of community members — young and old — to the 27th Annual FFA Toy Show and Auction on Saturday, March 17.
Proceeds raised at the toy show and auction went toward the FFA.

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Second meeting further explores Carvel Property Development project

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PINE PLAINS— The second meeting in a series about the Carvel Property Development took place on Saturday, March 17, in the Community Room over the library. There were upwards of 80 people present, possibly more, there to hear about the project with plans to build 645 residential units between the towns of Pine Plains and Milan.
At an earlier public meeting held on Feb. 24, Alexander Durst, chief development officer at the Durst Organization — the developer behind the project — spoke of its nearly 15-year history, plan details and hoped-for results. 

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