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FALLS VILLAGE — Congresswoman Jahana Hayes will be holding a town hall-style meeting on the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. 

The meeting is from 6 to 7 p.m.; the doors open at 5:30 p.m.

This is an opportunity for 5th District residents to get a congressional update from and ask questions of Rep. Hayes. All are invited and welcome to attend, regardless of town, party or school district.

Falls Village

Other options for holiday tree lighting are in the air

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Selectmen gave a provisional endorsement to the Recreation Commission to develop a plan for a permanent town Christmas tree on the Town Farm property (site of the town pool). The decision was made during the board’s regular monthly meeting Thursday, Feb.9.
Margaret Caiati, appearing for the commission, said the idea is to draw attention to the Town Farm property and its possibilities for hiking, cross-country skiing, sledding parties and so on.

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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 — The difference between watching basketball players and watching a basketball team is in the intelligence and coordination of the players on the floor. In watching Housatonic’s senior shooting guard, Wilson Terrall handle the ball, Mountaineer fans gain a sense of how his academic acumen pays dividends on the court.

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Readying ‘Beauty’

Lanny Mitchell (in cap) put cast members of “Beauty and the Beast” through their paces during a rehearsal of the Falls Village Children’s Theater Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Senior Center. Mitchell is the director and choreographer. The show opens Friday, March 30, at 7 p.m. at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, with another show Saturday, March 31, 7 p.m. and a matinee Sunday, April 1, 2 p.m.Those interested in supporting the Children’s Theater can attend a wine tasting and dinner at the Falls Village Inn Saturday, March 10. The cost per person is $125 and reservations are required.

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Getting acquainted

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Housatonic Valley Regional High School social studies department Chair Pete Vermilyea chatted with parents and middle school students from Region One elementary schools during an informal “get acquainted” session at the school on Tuesday evening, Jan. 30. Housatonic Principal Matt Harnett said he was pleased with the turnout. “There were 20 people here before 6:30 p.m.,” the scheduled start. Students now in the seventh and eighth grades at the six Region One town schools — and their parents — were able to ask questions of teachers and department chairs.

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No apology to staff offended by board member’s 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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Grievance hearings, FOI

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In Connecticut, grievance hearings can be held in a closed or “executive” session, according to Section 1-200 (6)A of the 2011 Freedom of Information Act, according to Tracie Brown, an attorney with the state Freedom of Information Commission.

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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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