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FALLS VILLAGE — The Inland Wetlands and Conservation Commission approved an application from the Falls Village Housing Trust for a multi-unit affordable housing development on River Road at the commission’s regular monthly meeting Thursday, April 18.

The parcel on River Road is about 14 acres and is within the Incentive Housing Zone.

The plan is for 28 units of rental housing in eight buildings, to be built in two stages.

The commission was primarily concerned with runoff, and after considerable discussion made switching up from 18 inch to 24 inch...

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Jose Martinez looks back on years at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) Principal Jose Martinez said goodbye at his final board meeting on Monday, June 4. Martinez is retiring after four years at HVRHS. Assistant Principal Ian Strever will succeed him.
This week Region One announced that it has hired Steven Schibi to be the new assistant principal. Schibi is currently the dean of students for the Region 10 School District, which is on the campus of Lewis Mills High School in Burlington, Conn.
Martinez said over his time at HVRHS there have been ups and downs. 

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A century since the one-room schoolhouse closed

FALLS VILLAGE — The 100th anniversary 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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HVRHS 2018 athletic awards

 
The Housatonic Valley Regional High School Athletic Department had their spring season and senior sports awards ceremony on Tuesday, June 5.  The following student-athletes were honored at the sports award ceremony:
Baseball
Most Valuable:  Connor Toffey. Most Improved:  Jack McAuliffe. Sportsmanship:  Caleb Shpur. JV Most Improved:  Eric Hickey. Stevenson Award for JV Sportsmanship:  Nick Dodge.
 Softball

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Why Prohibition continues to resonate today

FALLS VILLAGE — The First Tuesday at Seven series of talks got off to an entertaining start Tuesday, June 5, with David Bayersdorfer’s pocket history of the factors that led up to Prohibition and their repercussions today.
Bayersdorfer, a former social studies teacher at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, opened by citing his sources: “Last Call” by Daniel Okrent, the Ken Burns documentary series on Prohibition, and the Constitution of the United States, a copy of which he kept handy throughout his teaching career.

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Cavorting Morris men make lively demonstrations

FALLS VILLAGE —At about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, a large group of Morris dancers paraded into downtown. 
They came down Main Street to the area by Town Hall and the Senior Center building across the street, accompanied by musicians and a jester (or fool) leaping about in front of the procession.
There were six groups, from Great Barrington, Mass., Boston, Mass., New York City, Binghamton, N.Y., Albany, N.Y., and Seattle, Wash.

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Science fair at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — More than 100 students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) participated in the 18th annual Science Fair on Wednesday, May 30, at the Mahoney-Hewat Science and Technology Center, located behind the main school building.
Students enrolled in science classes in all four grades at the high school took part in the fair. The students were enrolled in honors ninth-grade science classes taught by Elizabeth Dinneen, honors biology classes taught by Letitia Garcia-Tripp and AP Physics classes taught by Alan Lovejoy.

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LHK students favor a small school

FALLS VILLAGE — A panel of four graduates of the Lee H. Kellogg School (LHK) in Falls Village answered questions about their elementary school experience during a Community Partnership Evening on Thursday, May 31, in the school’s gym. 
The graduates were Paul Bannister, class of 2014; Rebecca Rovezzi, 2010; Elaine Dekker, 2017; and Larry Grannan, 2010. 

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Seniors play a farewell song

FALLS VILLAGE — Seniors at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) were in the last concert of their high school careers at the HVRHS Spring Concert on Wednesday, May 30. 
Before the performances began, the night opened with special recognition for the senior music students, who sang and played in their last concert before graduation later this June. 

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Veden video vérité

Documentary filmmaker Eric Veden is back with the 17th installment of his Falls Village series of videos (available for loan or for sale at the David M. Hunt Library).
The latest disc opens with a look at the inner workings of The Lakeville Journal, whose offices are now located in Falls Village. 
The segment shows a reporter in action, and the process of copy editing, layout, final reads and the weekly story meeting.

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Parade returns to Main Street

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