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PINE PLAINS — It was a groundbreaking like no other. There were the expected balloons and buttons, stickers and signs. But there were also crafts, vendors, food, games, a flea market, walking tours and lots and lots of dogs. There was even a dunking booth, atop which sat town Supervisor Brian Coons, wet from previous  dunkings.

The groundbreaking at Pine Plains Memorial Hall (PPMH) had an absolute festive feel on Saturday, May 20, and those who attended were practically glowing with excitement and good cheer.

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Current budget outlines 4 percent increase

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PINE PLAINS — Despite some ongoing discussion over possible last-minute reductions, the Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) is currently looking at passing a budget with about a $1 million increase from the year before and an estimated tax levy percent increase of about 4.5 percent.

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Local authors series kicks off at Stissing House

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PINE PLAINS — Stissing House restaurant, in Pine Plains, has resumed a literary series this season with a number of discussions featuring local authors.
Restaurant owner Patricia Jean explained that a few similar events had been held in the past and it was a great opportunity to take advantage of the wealth of authors with homes in the area.
“The trick is finding a topic that will appeal to a broad base,” she said, adding that the talks, for now, will focus more on nonfiction works.

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schools help students through transitions

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PINE PLAINS — As part of a wider effort to keep the Board of Education (BOE) up to date on the progress of district goals, administrators gave a presentation on the efforts in place to assist students during their major educational transitions in the Pine Plains Central School District.

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Local authors series to kick off at Stissing House

corya@millertonnews.com

PINE PLAINS — Stissing House, the local Pine Plains restaurant, will host a literary series this season with a number of discussions featuring local authors.
Restaurant owner Patricia Jean explained that a few similar events had been held in years past and it was a great opportunity to take advantage of the wealth of authors with homes in the area.
“The trick is finding a topic that will appeal to a broad base,” she said, adding that the talks, for now, will focus more on nonfiction works.

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Folks turn up and tune in for concert

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PINE PLAINS — More than 50 attendees turned out for a Celtic music concert by the acclaimed husband-wife folk music duo Atwater-Donnelly, held in the Heart of Pine Plains community center at the Pine Plains Free Library.
The concert was sponsored by Friends of the Pine Plains Free Library, which puts on a number of shows and programs throughout the year.
“We like to have a nice mix of things and try to attract as many different ages as possible,” said Friends board member Lois Lenehan.

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Schools’ security concerns discussed

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PINE PLAINS — Following a security audit of the Stissing Mountain Middle/High School from state and county law enforcement, the Pine Plains Central School District continues to look into the security of its joint middle and high school building.
The audit was completed after the events of Nov. 10, 2008, when a district parent brought a shotgun into the building and holed up in a room with Middle School Principal Robert Hess for several hours, before surrendering peacefully.

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After the storms, dealing with the lines of communication

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board discussed a number of items at its business meeting on March 17.
One issue was raised during public comment by resident Sarah Jones. She said that following the early March rain and ice storms she started thinking about how the town responds to emergencies.
“I think it’s troubling how we communicate,” she said. “I just want to raise it [as an issue].”

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No change to BOE election location

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PINE PLAINS — Even on the Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) there were strong opinions about changing the district’s voting location in Stanfordville from Town Hall to the Cold Spring Early Learning Center, but the question was never voted on.

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Hearing set on expansion of Stissing Mountain’s critical environmental area

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PINE PLAINS — The public hearing on the expansion of Stissing Mountain’s critical environmental area was set at the Thursday, March 17, Town Board meeting after a lengthy discussion among the board, Attorney to the Town Warren Replansky and Carvel attorney Jennifer Van Tuyl.
The expansion is being closely watched by those behind the Carvel Property Development, which was proposed a number of years ago by real estate tycoon and Manhattan developer Douglas Durst.

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With tax cap, school district wonders about ripple effects

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PINE PLAINS — More multi-year projections were given at the Wednesday, March 16, Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) meeting, as administrators looked to hammer home the idea that, especially while a property tax cap bill looms in the state Assembly, the proposed budget the board adopts next month will have significant consequences for the years to come.

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