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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...

Pine Plains

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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Pine Plains Highway Department: Dealing with wintry roads and mixed comments

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PINE PLAINS— The Pine Plains road crew has been much busier and gone through “a lot more material” than previous years, according to Highway Superintendent Heather Wilson.
She said as of the end of the month, “The crews have been on the roads attending to snow, icing and/or drifting a total of 30-plus times, which does include multiple trips per snow event.”

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Snow parking rules in effect

PINE PLAINS — No vehicle shall be parked, left standing or otherwise permitted to remain on any street, road, highway or town owned or maintained parking area in the town of Pine Plains between the hours midnight and 8 a.m. during any period of snowfall or other precipitation (except rain) and for a period of six hours following the said snowfall or other precipitation during the months of November through April of the following year. 

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Pine Plains’ Pulver now chair of Dutchess County Legislature

PINE PLAINS— Legislator Gregg Pulver (R-19) was chosen by his colleagues in county government as the new chairman for the Dutchess County Legislature at its organizational meeting held on Tuesday, Jan. 2. His election found bipartisan support.
“I love it so far,” said Pulver last week, giving an update on his new position. “It’s a great challenge for me … I serve as chairman on all the committees, on six standing committees, and then technically any legislator can go to any subcommittee.”

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After weather delay, board holds reorg meeting for 2018

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PINE PLAINS — Newly elected town Supervisor Darrah Cloud led the Town Board in its first meeting of the new year on Thursday, Jan. 18. The board held its annual organizational meeting at that time, mirroring the process done by all municipalities as near to Jan. 1 as possible.
Originally, the reorg meeting was scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 4, but due to a snowstorm it had to be rescheduled for the 18th, to coincide with the board’s regular monthly meeting.

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Helping feed the hungry: Food locker receives donation from Millbrook Horse Trials

PINE PLAINS — The Millbrook Horse Trials (MHT), a nonprofit organization that runs the largest equestrian event of its kind in the Northeast, and Coole Park Farm have donated $2,500 to the Pine Plains Community Food Locker (PPCFL) to support area families in need.
The donation was made possible with proceeds from MHT, a four-day equestrian event held every summer, which has come to attract more than 500 horses, top-level competitors from around the nation and thousands of spectators. MHT made its first annual donation to the food locker in 2014 with a gift of $2,500.

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BOE extends superintendent’s contract for 2019-20

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PINE PLAINS— The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) announced its success last week in securing Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler’s services for an additional year by extending his contract.
“Let me just say I love it here,” Handler said. “This is a great community to live in, be in and work in.”
He described his time in Pine Pines as “a very pleasurable experience both personally and professionally.”

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