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FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village Board of Finance and the Board of Selectmen voted to go ahead with two matters concerning the Region One School District at their regular meetings Monday, Sept. 9.

The first is to support the regional Board of Education in exploring the appointment of a part-time superintendent serving the Lee H. Kellogg School exclusively.

Region One is made up of the elementary schools for Cornwall, North Canaan, Kent, Salisbury, Sharon and Falls Village (the Kellogg School). All six towns share the regional high school, which is also in Falls...

Falls Village

2018: 100 years since it was a one-room schoolhouse

FALLS VILLAGE — The 100th anniversary celebration of the closing of the Beebe Hill one-room schoolhouse in Falls Village featured bubbles, hot dogs, traditional fiddle tunes, history and a drone.
On Saturday morning, June 9, members of the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society were ready to show visitors around the venerable schoolhouse.
That it was a schoolhouse at all came as a surprise to one young visitor.
“I thought it was a shed,” she said.

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2018: Changing of guard at area schools

FALLS VILLAGE — There was considerable turnover in administrative positions in Region One in 2018, as several principals retired.
Ian Strever took over for Jose Martinez as principal at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. Steve Schibi, a newcomer to Region One, in turn replaced Strever as assistant principal. 
Michelle Mott is the new principal at Kent Center School, succeeding Florence Budge. 

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2018: Concerns over grading plan

FALLS VILLAGE — The 2017-18 school year at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) was dominated by controversy over grading practices.
At issue is the replacing of D and F grades with the designation NYP, for “not yet proficient.”  Students are allowed to make up work or retake tests in order to demonstrate proficiency (called “reassessments”).

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2018 elections turned out blue in Connecticut

FALLS VILLAGE — Democratic candidates largely dominated in Connecticut  in the 2018 elections
However, in the Connecticut General Assembly, State Senators Craig Miner (R-30) and Kevin Witkos (R-8) survived challenges, as did State Rep. Jay Case (R-63). First-term state Representative Brian Ohler (R-64) was narrowly defeated by Democrat Maria Horn.
Salisbury’s Thad Gray, a Republican running for state treasurer, lost to Democrat Shawn Wooden.

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Swinging into the holiday season with HVRHS songs

FALLS VILLAGE  — The many musical groups of Housatonic Valley Regional High School joined forces for the annual holiday concert on Friday, Dec. 14. 
The varied menu included everything from jazz to carols to notable tunes from musicals such as “Into the Woods” by Stephen Sondheim (and “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”).

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For Santa, a tall order

Santa Claus came to the FFA Holiday Store at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Friday, Dec. 14. The little children were surprised that Santa was so tall. The holiday store remains open every day through Dec. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In addition to trees, wreaths and other greenery, there are holiday plants including poinsettias grown in the school’s greenhouse; and cheese from Cabot made using local milk.

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Falls Village town meeting Jan. 10

FALLS VILLAGE — There will be a Falls Village (town of Canaan) town meeting on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. 
The agenda will include routine items such as the audit and town report and some pending business, including new ordinances (concerning bears and the water company).

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Music for the season

The Sweetheart singing group, right, performed at the Housatonic Valley Regional High School winter concert. For full story and another photo, see Swinging into the holiday season with HVRHS songs.
 

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HVRHS Academic team is top in state and region

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Valley Regional High School Academic Bowl team is number one in Connecticut, number one in the region and 12th overall in the country.
The team competed in the national “3-2-1 Contest,” sponsored by Questions Unlimited, on Thursday, Dec. 6.
The Mountaineer squad scored 375 points out of a possible 480, or 78.1 percent. This earned Housatonic its top rankings in Connecticut, New England and the northeastern United States, and its top 20 spot  in the nation.

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Small (but mighty fine) art at 12x12

FALLS VILLAGE — When the curtain came down, the sale began. On Saturday, Dec. 8, the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village held its popular flash–sale fundraiser once again, this year titled “12x12: Beauty.” 
More than 50 artists from the Tri-state region contributed multiple works under the guidelines that each piece must be 12 inches by 12 inches.
There was even a small collection of work by 91-year-old illustrator and painter Robert Andrew Parker of Cornwall. 
All works were priced at $100.

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