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PINE PLAINS — With clear skies overhead and warm weather to boot, Pine Plains hosted its second annual Bob Couse Town Clean Up Day at the town’s Highway Department on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Open to Pine Plains residents only, this past Saturday there was a steady stream of cars dropping off items at the Highway Department. Along with nominal fees charged for certain items, mattresses, sofas, appliances with freon, tires, car batteries, sleeper sofas and even a piano were deposited. Electronics, full paint cans and flammable items were prohibited.

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Young inventors, at Camp Invention

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PINE PLAINS — Determined to demonstrate that a child’s academic development continues even when school isn’t in session, the Pine Plains Central School District welcomed 50 of its students to its annual Camp Invention this summer.

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The Stissing Center prepares to open

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PINE PLAINS — Backed by the tenacity of its members, volunteers and local community, Pine Plains Memorial Hall — recently renamed The Stissing Center — is almost ready to open its doors for a limited schedule of performances. Before long, community members will get to see the progress being made inside the building and, through the 2019 Construction Concert Series, sample a taste of events to come.

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BOE discusses immunization law, appoints district personnel

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) covered a variety of topics  in the Pine Plains Central School District at its meeting on Wednesday, July 24.
Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler reported that he had attended a series of school law related conferences, one of which involved the drafting of a legal memo concerning the new state legislation that has vastly reduced the religious and philosophical exemptions from school immunization requirements. 

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Pine Plains earns Clean Energy Community Designation

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PINE PLAINS — The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently declared the town of Pine Plains as a Clean Energy Community in recognition of its initiative to reduce its energy use, cut energy costs and drive clear energy on a local basis.

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Pine Plains BOE gets organized for 2019-20 school year

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) addressed district business and appointments for the 2019-20 school year at its annual reorg meeting on Wednesday, July 10.
Pine Plains District Clerk Julia Tomaine administered the oath of office to newly re-elected board members Chip Couse and Amie Fredericks, both of whom will serve a three-year term. In addition to administering the oath, Couse was re-elected to serve as board president while BOE member Anne Arent was elected to serve as vice president.

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The survey results are in…: Pine Plains gets feedback on 2019 Comprehensive Plan

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PINE PLAINS — The Comprehensive Plan Review Committee got community feedback from residents on what they’d like to see both in the town and in the town’s latest version of its comprehensive plan. The results came after a month of soliciting responses through the Town of Pine Plains Comprehensive Plan Survey.

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Marshmallow madness

PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Free Library’s Beach STEAM program gave young visitors a chance to test their building skills at a Building with Marshmallows activity on Friday afternoon, July 26. 
The program drew the interest of nine local children who were ready to test their skills as builders using marshmallows and strands of dry spaghetti. 

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Bargain hunting on South Main

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Residencies host artists of all mediums: ChaNorth artist events in Pine Plains now a regular occurrence

PINE PLAINS — Always on the lookout for the hidden histories and uncovered gems lying dormant in the local community, the Pine Plains Free Library has partnered with the upstate artist residency Chashama North, or ChaNorth, to host monthly presentations at the library. The events are shedding a light on artists residing in Pine Plains and their individual experiences in the art world.

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Twin Island Lake needs attention, and it needs it fast

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PINE PLAINS — Twin Island Lake, or Mudd Pond as it’s known to some locals, has issues. For one, the water quality is excellent, according to Twin Island Lake Association (TWILA) President Hollie Bart, but it’s marred by the aquatic overgrowth of vegetation. That problem has  been exacerbated because the water level is dropping.

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