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PINE PLAINS — At its first meeting of the new year on Wednesday, Jan. 3, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) took the time to evaluate a report on school facilities.

Director of School Facilities Richard McKibben presented the board with the report. Looking over all the buildings in the Pine Plains Central School District, he gave an overview of future improvements to be made in various buildings, the funds it would take to carry out the changes and the source of funding. 

Overall, the yearly totals for facilities during the 2017-18 school year come to $384,...

Pine Plains

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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Community mourns the loss of philanthropist Christian Eisenbeiss

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PINE PLAINS — Christian Eisenbeiss was a private man with a generous spirit. A known philanthropist, Eisenbeiss passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 30, at the age of 61. He was the cofounder, board treasurer and major benefactor behind Pine Plains Memorial Hall (PPMH), soon to become a major performing arts center for the Tri-state region.

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Children’s programs in Taconic State Park

COPAKE FALLS — Friends of Taconic State Park invited elementary and middle school aged children and their parents to get their hands on some “Skins and Skulls” in February, at park headquarters, 253 State Route 344, Copake Falls. The event was the first of four children’s nature and history programs offered by the group this year, thanks to a legislative grant secured for the Friends by Assembly member Didi Barrett (D-106).

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Lecture reveals dark chapter in US history

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PINE PLAINS — Last Friday, April 7, the Pine Plains Free Library hosted a lecture on a dark chapter in American history — when internment camps of Japanese-Americans dotted the country during World War II.  “Images of Internment,” a photo exhibit, was also on site. 
Pine Plains Library Director Veronica Stork introduced Education Specialist Jeffrey Urbin from the F.D.R. Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park.

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