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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...

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Pine Plains school budget controversy continues

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Wednesday, March 7, ended with a heated public comment session.
Several members of the community stood up to voice their concerns over the preliminary budget proposals.
The major issues brought forth were Superintendent Linda Kaumeyer’s salary, the possibility of closing Cold Spring Early Learning Center and the amount of student programs proposed to be cut as opposed to the idea of cutting what many perceive to be a top-heavy administration.
The price of going out of district

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Task Force focuses on ‘fees in lieu of’ affordable housing

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PINE PLAINS — Affordable Housing Task Force Chairman Jack McQuade made a presentation to the Town Board at its monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16, to discuss the issue of “fee in lieu of,” an important concept to how Pine Plains may ultimately structure its affordable housing bylaws.
“We’ve been trying to determine the ‘fee in lieu of’ issues as part of the affordable housing section of the new zoning law,” McQuade said. He used Monopoly game pieces and money to illustrate different scenarios of how the strategy could work.

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‘Legally Blonde,’ to debut March 9

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PINE PLAINS — The musical “Legally Blonde” will be performed by students at Stissing Mountain Middle/High School on March 9, 10 and 11.
The cast has been working diligently to bring the quirky world of Elle Woods to life.
“Everyone is working so hard and I’m incredibly proud,” said Director Mary Ward. “From the cast to the crew, everyone who is working on this is really doing such a great job.”
The production even stars some canine actors.

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Poetry reading

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The Pine Plains Free Library will host a poetry reading on Sunday, March 4, at 1 p.m., in honor of Women’s History Month. Poetry by Edna St. Vincent Millay will be read by Peter Bergman of the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society. The event is free, and refreshments will be served. The library is located at 7775 S. Main St.

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Board of Education discusses staffing and cuts

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) met on Wednesday, Feb. 22, to further discuss gap-closing strategies for the budget as presented by Superintendent Linda Kaumeyer.
The meeting began with a preface by Kaumeyer that all information was absolutely preliminary.
“We are still in February and these numbers are in no way set in stone. These are our ideas for how to close the gap and to give the board an idea where we can cut back on the budget. Nothing tonight is decided. This is a workshop to begin looking into these numbers,” she said.

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Kaumeyer’s salary targeted at budget workshop

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PINE PLAINS — At the Pine Plains Board of Education budget workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 22, the only public comment revolved around the issue of Superintendent Linda Kaumeyer’s salary.

Former board member Karen Orton waited until the end of the presentation on potential gap-closing strategies to address the issue.

“Before I say this, I want to apologize for sounding like a broken record and apologize to Linda. I’m not talking about people, and I’m not talking about the job they do. I’m talking strictly dollars and cents,” she said.

Orton then discussed Kaumeyer’s salary.

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Education, community involvement and more

Celebrating National FFA Week
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PINE PLAINS — The FFA is the largest student organization in the United States, with more than 520,000 members nationwide. It has an active chapter in Pine Plains, where every year students participate in activities ranging from public speaking to an annual agricultural fair.

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Bank creates community board

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Pine Plains — The Bank of Millbrook, which in October 2010 acquired Stissing National Bank, is forming an advisory board made up of businesspeople from Pine Plains and Stanfordville.
“We felt it was important to hear from the business community about what we can do as a bank to promote business and to encourage business within the communities that the Stissing National Bank serve,” said George Whalen III, president.

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Seymour Smith ceremony in the works

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PINE PLAINS — During the Pine Plains Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15, Superintendent Linda Kaumeyer and Seymour Smith Principal Richard Azoff discussed plans for a rededication ceremony of the Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center on Thursday, March 15.
“Now that the capital project is complete we thought it would be really nice to have a ceremony and show what work was done,” said Kaumeyer.
The date was chosen to coincide with the with the Seymour Smith Expo.
“We think it is a nice coordination of activities for the community,” she said.

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Crossing the cultural divide, one block at a time

Children gathered around the Lego dragon they helped build at the Pine Plains Free Library to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The program encouraged local children to be creative while learning about other cultures.

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