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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

Ten students head to China

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PINE PLAINS — Ten students from Stissing Mountain High School left for China on Tuesday, March 27, as part of the 13th annual China Exchange Program.
The students, who are in grades 10 through 12, were joined by three adults: guidance counselor Karen Pogoda, who has coordinated the exchange program since its inception; co-coordinator Jean Osofsky; and retired foreign language teacher Ritajean Schmidt.

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Celebrating women in print

Peter Bergman, (at right) executive director of The Millay Society, read poetry by Edna St. Vincent Millay and gave a presentation at the Pine Plains Free Library on Sunday, March 4. The event was held in honor of Women’s History Month and was sponsored by the FRIENDS of the Pine Plains Free Library. Approximately 24 community members were in attendance.

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Assessor explains property record cards process to the Town Board and public

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PINE PLAINS — Assessor Jim Mara was at the monthly Town Board meeting on Thursday, March 15, to report on property record cards, which have been reconciled with data observed in the field for a future property revaluation project.
The Town Board authorized the record cards project in July 2011. It was estimated the work would take about two years to complete. Now, eight months later, Mara is nearly done.
“I am happy to say we are ahead of schedule and under budget,” he announced, adding the work is nearing completion.

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BOE revisits gap-closing info, crowd wants more details

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) met on Wednesday, March 21, at Cold Spring Early Learning Center to further discuss gap - closing strategies for the 2012-13 budget.
Superintendent Linda Kaumeyer presented a revised version of her gap-closing strategies PowerPoint presentation as new information had been made available since the original presentation in February.
Six teachers will be retiring and only three of those positions will be filled.

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Twenty-first annual FFA Toy Show and Auction a success

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PINE PLAINS — Hundreds of people filtered through the doors of Stissing Mountain Middle/High School Saturday, March 17, for the 21st annual Pine Plains FFA Farm Toy Show and Auction. For more than two decades the event has been a draw to fans from around the region, and last weekend was no exception.
“I’ve been coming for more than 15 years,” said Don Hobson of Rhinebeck, who donned a two-foot tall green leprechaun hat in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

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Carvel NND Criteria

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PINE PLAINS — The Durst Corporation believes the Carvel Property development meets the New Neighborhood Development (NND) provision of the town’s zoning law.
Alexander Durst, co-vice president of the Durst Organization, outlined why he feels the proposed plan fits all 18 NND criteria at a joint meeting of the town and planning boards on Wednesday, March 14 (click here for story).

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Carvel project returns to the public eye

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PINE PLAINS — The Durst Organization presented its latest plan for the proposed Carvel Property Development to a standing room-only crowd of residents and town officials at the Heart of Pine Plains community center on Wednesday, March 14.
The Pine Plains town and planning boards hosted the meeting, which was held almost two years to the day since the project was last the topic of a joint session.
“This is a public information meeting. We will not be taking questions and answers,” town Supervisor Brian Coons told the audience. “Write things down, take it home with you and digest.”

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Toying around

Jacob Lydon, 11, David Prentice, 10, and Ben Prentice, 7, were in high spirits at the 21st annual Pine Plains FFA Toy Show and Auction on Saturday, March 17. The boys agreed they came ready to view the toys, while keeping an open mind about perhaps leaving with a few in hand.
 
Click here for story another photo from the FFA Toy Show and Auction.

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Sports, tech, special ed dominate budget talks

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) met on Wednesday, March 7, to continue discussions regarding the budget.
Presentations on the sports, special education and technology portions of the budget were given, with the Board of Cooperative Educative Services (BOCES) budget touched upon in each section.
Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Michael Goldbeck was joined by representatives from each area to present preliminary numbers to the school board.
Interscholastic sports

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Cooper resigns from Legislature, towns to pick replacement

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PINE PLAINS — After more than a dozen years as a Dutchess County legislator representing Pine Plains, North East, Milan and parts of Stanford, Republican Gary Cooper has resigned from his post. The 52-year-old lawmaker has left the Legislature for a high-level position in the Dutchess County Highway Department.

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