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PINE PLAINS — Every December, the story of Joseph and Mary seeking sanctuary in an inn is remembered. Starting Tuesday, May 8, another story about an inn, and the Christmas spirit was set into motion as the Inn at Pine Plains opened its doors for filming the romantic comedy, “Christmas Camp.”

Directed by Jeff Fisher and starring actors Lily Anne Harrison, Bobby Campo, Ben Gavin, John James and Alexandra Mazzucchelli, the story revolves around a young woman who decides to go to a Christmas camp in an attempt to find inspiration and rekindle the Christmas spirit....

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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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Winter concert at Seymour Smith

Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center hosted its annual Winter Concert on Thursday, Dec. 8. In the morning, the fifth-grade band and the third-through-fifth-grade chorus performed for their fellow classmates and for the students of the Cold Spring Elementary School, who visited Seymour Smith for the occasion. The students put on an encore performance later that evening for parents and family friends.

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Winter concert at Seymour Smith

Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center hosted its annual Winter Concert on Thursday, Dec. 8. In the morning, the fifth-grade band and the third-through-fifth-grade chorus performed for their fellow classmates and for the students of the Cold Spring Elementary School, who visited Seymour Smith for the occasion. The students put on an encore performance later that evening for parents and family friends.

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No recording for Special Ed students

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PINE PLAINS — Colleen Lutz, the mother of a student in the Pine Plains School District, spoke at the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16, to make two requests: that her child, who has been diagnosed with dyslexia and dysgraphia, receive the textbooks on tape that he was promised and that he be given permission to record his lessons to use as a supplementary studying tool.

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