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The Pine Plains Adult Recreation program provided a festive meal for local seniors in celebration of the Pine Plains Senior End of the Year Lunch on Wednesday, Dec. 6. From noon to 2 p.m., the Pine Plains Community Room above the library hosted a lively crowd of seniors who enjoyed lunch, music and a few holiday games. Toward the end of the afternoon, everyone gathered around in a circle to take part in a holiday gift swap. Judy Pindt showed the gift she received during the holiday gift swap to friends Maria and Bernie Heaney.

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Library focuses on former first lady

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PINE PLAINS — Friends of the Pine Plains Free Library hosted a free speaking engagement on the life of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt as part of its 2011 programming schedule.
The talk was given by Charlotte Scholl, a National Park ranger who works at Val-Kill Cottage, Roosevelt’s former home in Hyde Park. The speaker was chosen as part of Women’s History Month. It is the second themed speaking event the local organization has sponsored; last year attendees learned about Rosie the Riveter, the cultural icon representing American women working in factories during World War II.

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Stissing Mountain receives high marks from state police

PINE PLAINS — State Police Captain Scott Brown gave high marks to the Pine Plains Central School District in a report summarizing a safety and security audit of the Stissing Mountain Middle/High School.
The safety audit followed a highly publicized incident in November 2009 in which a man entered the school building with a shotgun and held the middle school principal at gunpoint for several hours. Members from both the New York State Police as well as the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office conducted a security assessment of the building at the school district’s request.

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Singing the tunes of ‘Brigadoon’

Some of the female Brigadoon leads: from left, Claire Zeyher, Emily Thompson and Olivia Stewart.

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Holstein Club takes honors at state competition

The Eastern New York (ENY) Junior Holstein Club recently attended the New York State Holstein Convention in Utica. Nineteen members of the club attended, many competing in various competitions. Below is a list of those who were awarded for their efforts:
Gina Brooks: Distinguished Junior Member (DJM) finalist.
Laura Davenport: Elected Recording Secretary to Junior Executive Committee.
Kristen Davenport: First place in Extemporaneous Speech Contest, senior division; scholarship winner.
Ethan Arsenault: Third place in Extemporaneous Speech contest, intermediate division.

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Board begins deliberations on education budget

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PINE PLAINS — Department head preliminary budget presentations concluded at the March 2 Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education meeting, wrapping up most preliminary budget discussions and marking the point at which the board will begin to take a hard look at the district administration’s draft budget.

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Magical ‘Brigadoon’ headed to Pine Plains

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PINE PLAINS — Briga-what? Those well-versed in Broadway plays might be familiar with the Stissing Theatre Guild’s upcoming production, but everyone else might be seeing “Brigadoon” for the first time when it is performed March 11 through 13.
“Brigadoon” is the story of a magical Scottish village that only appears for one day every 100 years, and what happens when two American tourists get caught up in the mysterious time warp.

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First draft of school budget nearing 4 percent increase

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PINE PLAINS — Every year school districts across New York have had the challenge of budgeting for the upcoming school year, all the while estimating a large part of their revenues and expenses, while waiting for state budget figures from Albany.
This year is certainly no better, and may be worse for the Pine Plains Central School District, which is entering the budget process without official word about state aid, a proposed tax levy cap bill or mandate relief. It’s also beginning the month of March without any collective bargaining agreements in place.

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Residents surveyed on affordable housing needs

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PINE PLAINS — A brief and concise survey of the town’s need for affordable housing was presented to the Town Board at its monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 17. Copies of the survey, which was created by the recently formed Affordable Housing Task Force, have since been mailed to town residents for their input.

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Accident closes car wash

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PINE PLAINS — An auto accident on Feb. 23 at the Village Car Wash in Pine Plains has left the automatic car wash station there out of order for at least a few weeks, reported employee George Keeler.
Keeler said no one was hurt during the accident and that while the automatic car wash was being repaired, the self-serve will remain open.

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For now, schools proposing zero percent spending

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PINE PLAINS — Public budget presentations continued for the Pine Plains Central School District, as individual schools within the district presented preliminary budgets for the 2011-12 school year with across the board zero percent spending increases.
At the Feb. 16 Board of Education meeting, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Michael Goldbeck gave non-personnel budget presentations for each of the four schools in the district: Stissing Mountain High School, Stissing Mountain Middle School, Seymour Smith Intermediate Learning Center and Cold Spring Early Learning Center.

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