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FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Valley Regional High School Robotics Team  716, The Who’sCTEKS, competed in the FIRST Rhode Island District Event at Bryant University on March 23 and 24. The team was chosen into an alliance selection and proceeded to the semifinals. Their robot succeeded in the 2019 Deep Space game moving the “cargo” (balls) and “hatches” (Velcro discs) onto the man- made rockets and cargo ships. They qualified for the District Championship event, which will be held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on April 12 and 13. To learn...

Falls Village

’Tis the season for debating when the tree will go up

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FALLS VILLAGE — The official Falls Village Christmas tree lighting and subsequent festivities are Sunday, Dec.4, which alert readers will note is a full three weeks before Christmas.
Inspired by a Facebook post from Mike DeMazza, noting that the 2011 tree at his Main Street home is up, The Lakeville Journal poked around town, asking two crucial questions: When does your Christmas tree go up, and is it live or artificial?
Ellery “Woods” Sinclair said his family’s tree is not only live, it’s more or less permanent — a Norfolk Island pine they have had for some years now (in a pot).

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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. This week’s student portrait was taken by HVRHS 11th-grader Caroline Sullivan.
This was a thrilling and unprecedented season for our boys soccer team, and much of the reason for their success was the leadership of the upperclassmen.

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Wreaths, roping and fellowship at FFA holiday production

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FALLS VILLAGE — It’s time again for the Holiday Production Nights with the Housatonic FFA.
FFA members and alumni create wreaths, evergreen roping and an extraordinary atmosphere of fellowship and community on Thursday, Dec. 1, and Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in the agriculture education wing.
Anyone feeling disillusioned, disappointed or just down in the dumps should check out this event. The sight of young people working together and having a ball — and doing it without cussing — warms the grinchiest heart.

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Kudos, awards given to FFA members

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic FFA Banquet was held Friday, Nov. 18, to celebrate the accomplishments of the FFA from the past year at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
The FFA is a youth organization that promotes leadership, personal growth and career success in its members.  
Greenhand and Chapter Degrees were awarded to the following members: Cassidy Considine, Star Greenhand; Marissa Larson, Chapter Star Farmer; Matt Aragi, Chapter Star in Agricultural Placement; Brian Saccardi, Chapter Star in Agriscience.

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Town meeting was on money matters

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FALLS VILLAGE — The selectmen agreed on four agenda items for a town meeting (which will probably be called for early December) during their regular monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 14.
The call for the town meeting will include: two appropriations — of up to $10,900 and up to $28,300 — for the highway department and the assessor’s office, respectively. The appropriations requests received a thumbs up from the Board of Finance at their meeting immediately before the selectmen’s meeting (see story this page).

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‘Hot box’ a hot topic for finance board

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Finance approved two requests from First Selectman Pat Mechare to move appropriations recommendations to town meeting.
The approval was given at the regular monthly finance meeting Monday, Nov. 14. It was the first meeting for new member Brenda L. Nielson, who replaces George Elling.
The appropriations are: up to $10,900 for a 2-ton slip-in asphalt hot patcher for the town crew; and up to $28,300 for a statistical revaluation (from the assessor’s office).

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Historic house holiday tour is on Dec. 4

FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society will offer a Holiday Historic House Tour on Sunday, Dec. 4.
The tour will begin with a welcome and introduction to the five houses on the tour at P.D. Walsh’s Country Store (107 Main St.) at 11:30 a.m.
At noon, tour pass holders may begin their self-guided tour with guidance from the society’s brochure and map.
The tour coincides with the village’s annual tree lighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. and visit from Santa Claus later in the day.

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Housatonic students of the week

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. This week’s student portrait was taken by HVRHS 11th-grader Caroline Sullivan.

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My chair, no mine!

The annual Turkey Olympics competition at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, on Friday, Nov. 18, resulted in a rare win for the faculty team. The final results were : first place, faculty, followed by seniors, juniors, freshmen and sophomores.The teams competed with great enthusiasm. Musical Chairs was particularly hard-fought.

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Housatonic Valley hosts German exchange students

Ryan Brown (left) worked with David Zeikau of Hamburg, Germany, on an assignment in Kimberly Durley’s German class at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Oct. 28. A group of German exchange students stayed with Region One families for two weeks.

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