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FALLS VILLAGE — Ten people were inducted into the Housatonic Valley Regional High School Athletic Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the high school.

Ed Kirby introduced John O’Hara (Class of 1947).

O’Hara fondly recalled his high school days, where he excelled at basketball. And he remembered playing his last basketball game as a serviceman in Korea, as the Korean War was winding down.

He was accidentally knocked out by his team’s center when the latter was going for a rebound.

Undeterred, O’Hara suited up...

Falls Village

Holiday greens & goats at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — Santa Claus was at the FFA holiday store on Saturday night, Dec. 16, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. 
Santa (Jameason Russin) helped a small boy overcome a bout of nerves, and the resourceful FFA team was able to provide the child with an elf house, a rare treat that happened to be available at the FFA store that day. 

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HVRHS Honor Roll

FALLS VILLAGE — Jose Martinez announced the first quarter marking period Honor Roll at Housatonic Valley Regional High School for the 2017-18 school year. One hundred eighteen names appear on the high honor list for students with averages of A- or more; 119 students have received honors with averages of B or more.
High Honor Roll

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Vanishing ink (and oil paint) at 12x12 sale

FALLS VILLAGE —The flash art exhibit was gone in a flash. At “12 X12 2017,” the David M. Hunt Library’s pop-up gallery show (in its seventh year), the display was intact for mere minutes before it began disappearing. Such is the fleeting nature of the show every year.
Seventy-four artists from the community submitted work —sometimes offering multiple pieces — following the Falls Village library’s measurement requirements of 12 inches by 12 inches.

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New chairman for Region One BOE

FALLS VILLAGE — Bob Whelan of Sharon is the new chairman of the Region One Board of Education.
The new board had its first regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 4, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS). 
Jonathan Moore of Kent is the vice chairman, John Sanders of Cornwall is secretary and Jennifer Weigel of Salisbury is treasurer.
HVRHS Principal Jose Martinez had four students working on “personalized learning” projects speak about what they are doing.

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For young offenders, a second chance

FALLS VILLAGE — Nick Pohl, executive director of the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau (HYSB), made a presentation to the Salisbury Board of Selectmen last week, giving the board (and its new members) an overview of HYSB’s activities.
Pohl had already made the presentation in Sharon and Falls Village, and will do the same in Cornwall this week.
Among the items in the presentation was a relatively new program that provides an alternative to the juvenile court system for minors.

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For a woman who never sits still, a bench on the Green

Recently retired Falls Village First Selectman Pat Mechare (with her grandchildren in the photo above) was honored with a bench and plaque in her honor in the center of town near the Green. The inscription thanks her for her 40 years of “selfless service to the town” on the Board of Selectmen and in many volunteer and elected capacities.

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Winter is here

Motorists faced snow, rain
FALLS VILLAGE — Despite snow and predicted freezing rain on Tuesday, Dec. 12, Region One schools were in session, a change from years when the slightest hint of inclement weather would have canceled classes. 
Region One Superintendent Pam Vogel said Region One “subscribes to a weather system, where we receive daily emails” with reports and predictions for the area.
When bad weather is expected, school officials and meteorologist John Bagioni hold a conference call at 4:15 a.m.

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Everyone pitches in to help with pine-scented fresh wreaths

FALLS VILLAGE — It’s definitely the holiday season when the agriculture education wing of Housatonic Valley Regional High School fills up with students, parents, alumni and the scent of pine.
Thursday, Nov. 30, was the first production night, where wreaths are assembled for sale in the FFA Holiday Sale during December. The second production night is Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m.

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Housatonic student of the week

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. 

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Festivities end with cocoa, gifts

FALLS VILLAGE — With the assistance of eighth-grade students from the Lee H. Kellogg school, the Falls Village Recreation Commission held a Christmas tree lighting on the town Green on Sunday, Dec. 3.
As darkness fell at around 5:30 p.m., people gathered around, were issued candles and song sheets, and followed the musical leadership of Brook Martinez, the music teacher at Kellogg.
Martinez had the crowd of more than 100 people warm up with some hearty “whoas” and “ho-ho-hos.”

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