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PINE PLAINS — With the 2018-19 school year still a few weeks away, local students got a head start on their academics at Camp Invention, held at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School during the last week of July and first week of August.

Returning to the school district for its fifth year, Camp Invention is a nonprofit summer enrichment program designed to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning through hands-on activities. The program also encourages resourcefulness, collaboration, invention and entrepreneurship while motivating...

Pine Plains

Buses, coaches’ resignation discussed

BOE public hearing
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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) met on Wednesday, May 2, for the public hearing on the adopted 2012-13 budget.
Along with the budget, Pine Plains voters will be voting on a proposition to purchase six new buses for the district.
Former board member and current incumbent for the BOE Todd Bowen spoke up regarding the bus situation.
At previous meetings Bowen expressed a need for the board to show that the Department of Transportation should render a bus “decommissioned,” not the district employees.

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Pine Plains students return from China

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PINE PLAINS — A group of 10 students from Stissing Mountain High School recently returned from a two-week excursion in China as part of Stissing Mountain High School’s 13th annual China Exchange program.
Under the supervision of co-coordinators Karen Pogoda and Jean Osofsky, as well as retired foreign language teacher Ritajean Schmidt, the students headed across the world on March 27 to reunite with the Chinese students they hosted in Pine Plains in January.

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Remembering Robert Jacovino

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PINE PLAINS — The life of Robert Jacovino was celebrated during a memorial at Stissing Mountain High School on Friday, April 20.
Jacovino passed away on Feb. 13, just one day before his 55th birthday.
A group of bagpipers welcomed guests into the halls of the school where Jacovino began his teaching career.
He later went on to teach and coach at Arlington High School in Poughkeepsie, where many of the attendees were from.
Arlington Athletic Director Dave Goddar was the first to speak at the memorial.

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Main Street Cafe serves up same quality in new location

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PINE PLAINS — The Main Street Cafe, owned by Laurann Beliveau, has moved to a new location in Pine Plains.
Formerly across the street, the new location at 2953 Church St. provides hungry patrons with indoor and outdoor dining options with a full menu of homemade delights.
“We try to do as much with local foods as we can. All our ground beef and sausage is from Meillers right here in Pine Plains,” said Beliveau.
The cafe is a family-owned and run with the help of Beliveau’s two daughters, Jaylen, 10, and Alyssia, 8, pitching in as much as possible.

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Friends of library give flowers

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Young stars shine

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PINE PLAINS — Students from Cold Spring Early Learning Center and Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center demonstrated a wide variety of impressive skills during the annual talent show on Friday, April 13.
The Seymour Smith gymnasium was filled with proud parents and enthusiastic peers who cheered for the young performers.
Seymour Smith Principal Richard Azoff emphasized that this was a joint effort between both schools and noted that students from Stissing Mountain Middle/High School volunteered to work behind the scenes.

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Parents: BOE does not take issues seriously

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, April 11, opened with a heated public comment session.
Personal safety issues
Two parents spoke out about specific issues regarding their children.
Paul Brandt of Pine Plains was the first to speak. He was angry about an alleged threat made to his son.

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BOE budget presentation at the Stanford Grange

Part 2
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Part 2 of 2
PINE PLAINS — The Stanford Grange No. 808 hosted the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) on Wednesday, March 27, for a special budget presentation for the community and members of the grange.
The first part of this article ran in the April 5 issue of The Millerton News.
Public comment
After Superintendent Linda Kaumeyer’s budget presentation came to a close, the members of the Board of Education relocated to the front of the room to face the audience.
Each member took a moment to introduce themselves and elaborate on their ties to the community.

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Fantasy comes to life in Cold Spring play

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PINE PLAINS — Second-graders at Cold Spring Early Learning Center brought fantasy to life during their play, “Character Matters,” on Thursday, March 29.
Second-grade teacher Mary Curcio has been working with parents and students since January to put together an evening of fantasy characters and storybook visuals.
“Everyone pulled together so much to make the night special. Students have been staying after school, we’ve painted scenery and parents helped out with so much,” she said.
The materials for the play were mainly purchased by Curcio herself.

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BOE holds honest talk at Stanford Grange

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Part 1 of 2
PINE PLAINS — The Stanford Grange No. 808 hosted the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) on Wednesday, March 27, for a special budget presentation for the community and members of the grange.
Superintendent of Schools Linda Kaumeyer, along with school board President Bruce Kimball and members Brian Croghan, Helene McQuade and Gary Griffen were in attendance.
The meeting began with an introduction by Grange Secretary Ryan Orton.

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