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FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education voted to hire the One Eleven Group to create a marketing campaign for Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS). The discussion  and action was part of the board’s regular monthly meeting Monday, June 3.

The vote was unanimous, with John Sanders of Cornwall abstaining because he is married to the chief executive officer of the One Eleven Group, Janet Carlson, and is the chief operating officer.

The contract is for one year and for $13,000.

Carlson gave a presentation to the board that focused on...

Falls Village

Dangers of sexting by teens, explained Feb. 22

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FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) will host a forum on sexting for parents with children in grades five through 12 on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m. at the high school.
HVRHS Principal Matt Harnett told the Region One Board of Education Feb. 6 that after an incident last month, “it became clear that students didn’t know or understand the legal implications” of sexting — the sending of sexually explicit messages or photographs, usually by cell phone.
In the incident, one student sent an inappropriate photograph to another, who then sent it to others.

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Grant will upgrade signs, trails at Great Mtn. Forest

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Great Mountain Forest, in Falls Village and Norfolk, is one of 18 recipients of grants from the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage area.
The grant is for developing interpretive trails around Tamarack Pond, focusing on “land-use history through space and time, weaving together the physical, environmental, historical and cultural aspects of the area” (according to the Housatonic Heritage press release).

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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.
FALLS VILLAGE — Sometimes, one story can encapsulate a person. Two years ago, Morgan Riley, a senior at Housatonic, was in Austria playing soccer on a composite team with players from around the world in the People-to-People exchange program.

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Boards, attorney chide Falls Village rep for her emails

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FALLS VILLAGE — At its regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 6, the Region One Board of Education voted to make public an opinion from board attorney Gary Brochu that Gale Toensing, the board member from Canaan (Falls Village), has exceeded her authority as a member of the board.

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No apology to staff members offended by board member emails

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education voted to deny the grievance filed by Marie Wilbur and Michelle Curtis over a Dec. 6, 2011, email from Falls Village board representative Gale Toensing.

The decision was made at a special board meeting Friday, Feb. 3, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

The board was split, with Marilyn Yerks of Sharon, Laura Freund of North Canaan and Scooter Tedder of Salisbury voting to deny the grievance and board Chairman Phil Hart (Cornwall) and Vice Chairman Jonathan Moore (Kent) voting to accept.

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Ironwork, horses are featured at Hunt Library

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FALLS VILLAGE — Israel Fitch and Willy Blass, of Battle Hill Forge, rebuffed repeated attempts to induce artsy commentary to complement their exhibit at the D.M. Hunt Library, which opens Friday, Feb. 10.
In this, their first exhibit at the library, the blacksmiths have created a series of artworks that are a departure from the large-scale outdoor sculpture, fireplace implements and distinctive fences for which they are known.

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The subtleties of FOI are explained

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FALLS VILLAGE — Bruce Adams, first selectman of Kent, asked if, by carpooling with his fellow selectmen, he had convened an illegal meeting of the board.
“No” was the answer from Tom Hennick, the public education officer for the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission.
Hennick was at Housatonic Valley Regional High School Tuesday, Jan. 24, to talk about the rules and responsibilities of members of boards and commissions under the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), passed in 1975.

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Housatonic student of the week - Will Perotti

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

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Students return, report on life in ‘real world’

FALLS VILLAGE — In an annual tradition, Housatonic Valley Regional High School was proud to welcome nine graduates of the class of 2011 back to speak to this year’s seniors about their experiences in college and the work force.
Josh Toomey, who took a gap year, reminded the students that they need to keep their grades up throughout senior year if they plan on applying to college after the end of senior year.
“I didn’t realize that my rank in class would be affected by my end-of-year grades,” Toomey said.

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With new leader, HVRHS is ready to move forward

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NEASC update Feb. 6

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