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PINE PLAINS— The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) expressed gratitude recently to Kim Russell, a bus driver for the Pine Plains Central School District, for her response to a school bus collision on Route 199.

Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler kicked off a meeting in February by recognizing Russell’s exemplary work. 

Around 7 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, he said the district received “the call that every superintendent fears.” A collision had taken place on Route 199 involving one of the district’s school buses.

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Pine Plains welcomes Chinese exchange students

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PINE PLAINS — For the 13th year, a delegation of students and faculty members from High School 29 in Nanjing, China, has traveled to Stissing Mountain High School as part of the China Exchange Program, which has created a strong bond of friendship between these two schools on opposite ends of the world.
The district officially welcomed the delegation during a dinner in the cafeteria on Tuesday, Jan. 17, which was filled with warm remarks and performances from members of the school’s community.

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New cafe finds a home in Pine Plains

PINE PLAINS — Years ago, two 13-year-olds met at a corner bus stop. Today, after 25 years of marriage, those “kids” are realizing their long-time dream of opening a family cafe.
On Saturday, Jan. 14, Joe and Joann Herald, who have resided in Amenia for the past 16 years, opened The Country Kettle Café in Pine Plains. The Heralds hope to become an integral part of the community and offer its members a place to go and have a good wholesome meal, in an atmosphere that feels more like a dining room in their home than a restaurant.

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Supervisor Coons handles annual business

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board held its annual organizational meeting on Thursday, Jan. 5, which brought a crowd to the Town Hall.
Newly-elected town Supervisor Brian Coons, who replaced longtime former Supervisor Gregg Pulver, led the board through annual business and appointments.

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School board discusses summer program, district assessments

PINE PLAINS —  Andrea Clevenger, a teacher at Seymour Smith Early Learning Center and the co-principal of the summer school and enrichment programs, made a presentation at the  Wednesday, Jan. 4, Board of Education meeting held in the Stissing Mountain Middle/High School Library.
Clevenger described the 30-day summer program as offering academic intervention to students in the elementary grades. The program reinforces reading, writing and math skills and works to prevent academic regression over the summer break.

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Elementary gym ramp railings fulfill ADA requirements

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Central School District received a letter on Friday, Dec. 2, from David Seidner stating the handrails on the gym ramp at the Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center fit the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
There had been some uncertainty about whether it was necessary for the ramp to include a secondary set of lower handrails since the building’s primary occupants are small children

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It’s story time

PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Free Library hosted a holiday-themed story hour on Thursday, Dec. 22. The books, which included an interactive e-book, introduced the children to stories about several winter holidays, and were followed by a holiday sing-along, snacks and art project.

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Concerns over coaching

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PINE PLAINS — During the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 21, a vote to appoint the head varsity softball coach and the assistant basketball coach failed to pass after two board members abstained from voting.

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Faculty Follies

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PINE PLAINS — Forty or so teachers, staff and faculty at the Stissing Mountain Middle/High School pooled their talents to put on the third annual Faculty Follies show for the students on Friday, Dec. 23. The performance included rock’n’roll ensembles, opera singing, parody plays and video shorts.

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Teachers and deputies court rivalry

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PINE PLAINS — Stissing Mountain High School hosted a charity basketball game on Wednesday, Dec. 14, to collect food for the Pine Plains Community Food Locker.
The stands along the basketball court were full of excited basketball fans, all of whom donated nonperishable food items to gain entrance into the game.
High School Principal Tara Horst, who organized the event, said “a ton” of food was donated by the spectators, for which she was grateful.

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Town Board wraps up the year

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PINE PLAINS — Town Supervisor Gregg Pulver led his final board meeting as supervisor Thursday, Dec. 15. The meeting was packed with people from the community who came out to say farewell to Pulver, who has held the seat for the past 12 years. In January, Brian Coons will take the position as the newly elected supervisor.

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