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PINE PLAINS — On Wednesday, Nov. 8, families in the Pine Plains Central School District  considered boundaries and awareness in the digital age, thanks to a screening of the documentary, “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age.”

The screening was held in the Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School auditorium.

Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler greeted those attending at the door with three handouts. One was a catchall parent guide to the film’s content. Another offered suggestions on how to create a screen time contract within a...

Pine Plains

Town Board meeting covers plethora of issues

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PINE PLAINS — The Town Board meeting of Thursday, April 21, was relatively brief and without much controversy. That was all well and good, according to town Supervisor Gregg Pulver.
“It was a very quiet night,” he said. “It’s very nice to go through the motions once in a while.”
A visit from
the assemblyman

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Easter egg hunt 2011

PINE PLAINS — The Seymour Smith Elementary School’s PTA sponsored this year’s Easter egg hunt for local children on Saturday, April 16. As in the past, dozens of excited children showed up to meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs filled with candy. The hunt was done within a few moments, as the children grabbed the plastic eggs as quickly as they could, leaving no trace of the day’s event shortly after the 10 a.m. start time.

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Bedazzled by the bunny

Time stood still for 2-year-old Jennifer Barrone in Pine Plains on Saturday, April 16, at the Easter egg hunt held at Seymour Smith Elementary School, which was sponsored by the PTA. Jennifer was surely in awe of all of the brightly-colored candy-filled eggs that littered the grounds, but even more so of the larger-than-life Easter Bunny that headed her way as the hunt began. The dozens of children at the event had the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny and be photographed with the holiday star as well.

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School budget adopted with no cuts to administration

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PINE PLAINS — After a lengthy discussion regarding the need for both a middle school and high school principal, as well as a dean of students, the Pine Plains Central School District’s Board of Education voted to keep its current administrative layout and unanimously adopted a 2011-12 budget for voter approval next month.

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BOE trustee proposes major staff cuts

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PINE PLAINS — Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) trustees were caught off-guard by a proposal late into the 2011-12 budget process from Trustee Todd Bowen, who asked the board to consider eliminating one of two Stissing Mountain Middle/High School principals and the building’s dean of students.

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Current budget outlines 4 percent increase

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PINE PLAINS — Despite some ongoing discussion over possible last-minute reductions, the Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) is currently looking at passing a budget with about a $1 million increase from the year before and an estimated tax levy percent increase of about 4.5 percent.

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Local authors series kicks off at Stissing House

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PINE PLAINS — Stissing House restaurant, in Pine Plains, has resumed a literary series this season with a number of discussions featuring local authors.
Restaurant owner Patricia Jean explained that a few similar events had been held in the past and it was a great opportunity to take advantage of the wealth of authors with homes in the area.
“The trick is finding a topic that will appeal to a broad base,” she said, adding that the talks, for now, will focus more on nonfiction works.

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schools help students through transitions

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PINE PLAINS — As part of a wider effort to keep the Board of Education (BOE) up to date on the progress of district goals, administrators gave a presentation on the efforts in place to assist students during their major educational transitions in the Pine Plains Central School District.

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Local authors series to kick off at Stissing House

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PINE PLAINS — Stissing House, the local Pine Plains restaurant, will host a literary series this season with a number of discussions featuring local authors.
Restaurant owner Patricia Jean explained that a few similar events had been held in years past and it was a great opportunity to take advantage of the wealth of authors with homes in the area.
“The trick is finding a topic that will appeal to a broad base,” she said, adding that the talks, for now, will focus more on nonfiction works.

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Folks turn up and tune in for concert

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PINE PLAINS — More than 50 attendees turned out for a Celtic music concert by the acclaimed husband-wife folk music duo Atwater-Donnelly, held in the Heart of Pine Plains community center at the Pine Plains Free Library.
The concert was sponsored by Friends of the Pine Plains Free Library, which puts on a number of shows and programs throughout the year.
“We like to have a nice mix of things and try to attract as many different ages as possible,” said Friends board member Lois Lenehan.

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