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PINE PLAINS — With school already a couple of weeks in session, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) has been researching methods for improving students’ academic success by changing the start times for the school day.

After its research, the BOE has determined that by having younger students come into school at an earlier time and older students arrive at a later time, they’ll be more on task with their school activities, resulting in a dramatic improvement in their academic performance. 

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Pine Plains

A walk on the wild side

The Pine Plains Free Library introduced local children to some ambassadors from the animal kingdom with Animal Embassy at the Lions Club Pavilion on Wednesday, Aug. 8. Led by Animal Embassy Education Specialist Kevin Rockwell, the program offered everything from a duck named Shamu to a uromastyx lizard named Nigel. Rockwell taught the children about animal behaviors, diets and defense mechanisms, often calling volunteers to help him with his demonstrations. Above, Rockwell showed children how Nigel defends himself from predators.

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El Guacamole brings homemade Mexican dishes to Pine Plains

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PINE PLAINS— Local residents have been eager to welcome a new dining experience to the region, and El Guacamole is it.
With another location in Hyde Park, an opportunity to bring El Guacamole to Pine Plains arose for owner Leslie Garcia after her current landlord, Celia Bartolomeo, and former Pine Plains town Supervisor, Brian Coons, ate in Hyde Park. They told her about vacant space in Pine Plains.

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Swamp tromp

Though the skies outside were turning gray and rain was on the way, the ambiance underneath the Pine Plains Lions Club Pavilion was cheerful as the Pine Plains Free Library hosted singer Tom Sieling and his show, “Take a Tromp through the Swamp,” on Wednesday, Aug. 1. Starting at 10 a.m., Sieling performed upbeat songs for the children, switching between his guitar and banjo. Sieling allowed local youngsters Gemma Osofsky and Maddox Eiffert to hold his guitar and banjo after the show on Wednesday.

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Soccer players had a ball at camp

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PINE PLAINS— Just before registration for fall sports, local players were invited to perfect their soccer skills through a Pine Plains summer camp program this July.
Organized by Pine Plains Coach Dave Owens, the idea for hosting the soccer skills summer camp was motivated by the upcoming renewal of the town’s fall recreational soccer league, a program that’s “been pushed underground for the past few years,” according to Owens. 

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Schliff shares her story of brain injury and aftermath

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PINE PLAINS— As a former special education teacher in the Pine Plains Central School District, Janet Johnson Schliff understands the gravity of storytelling and taking the time to remember the small joys in life. When those abilities began to fade without medical explanation, Schliff found herself in a struggle: She suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder behaviors that wreaked havoc on her professional and personal life. 

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Science and stories

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Sound Explorers make some noise at Lions Club Pavilion

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PINE PLAINS— Organized by the Pine Plains Free Library,  local children tuned their ears for the Sound Explorers experience at the Pine Plains Lions Club Pavilion on Wednesday, July 18.
Open to the public, the free event welcomed a full house of Pine Plains youngsters. Led by Sound Explorers creator Matthew Cantello, the children spent the morning learning about the science behind sound, listening, vibration and music through fun experiments and interactive activities. 

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Pine Plains Free Library kicks off summer with Bee Bee the Clown

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PINE PLAINS — The Pine Plains Free Library kicked off its summer activities with a touch of magic, hosting Bee Bee the Clown and her “Best and Brightest Magic and Puppet Show” on Wednesday, July 11.
At 10 a.m., at the Pine Plains Lions Club Pavilion, children from the Pine Plains Recreation Summer Camp program arrived dressed in bright summer clothing. While mostly campers attended, the event was free and open to all.

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Residents look forward to road repairs

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PINE PLAINS — Motorists driving through the sleepy town of Pine Plains are well aware that the country roads that get one to and fro are in dire need of repair. From State Route 199 to local roads like Johnny Cake Hollow Road and Willow Street, roads have been slowly eroding — leaving large potholes and worn shoulders for drivers to contend with.

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Pine Plains Board of Ed holds annual reorg meeting

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PINE PLAINS — Starting at 7 p.m. sharp, the Pine Plains Central School District Board of Education (BOE) set to work in reviewing the numerous appointments listed on the agenda at the annual organizational meeting on Wednesday, July 11.
All BOE members were present at the meeting, except Joseph Kiernan.

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