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FALLS VILLAGE — The avid readers of Lee H. Kellogg School celebrated their reading habits on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 21 and 22.

Teacher Eileen Gargan said that over the summer vacation of 2018, 61 (out of 63) students read 847 books.

For the summer of 2019, all 67 LHK students read a whopping 1,072 books.

 Gargan said Kellogg was one of eight Connecticut elementary schools to win the governor’s “Summer Reading Challenge.” 

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, the school had a Books, Bingo and Bites celebration. 

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Annuity question doesn’t impact budget

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An April 13 email letter to the Region One Board of Education from former Assistant Business Manager Choo K. Singer, who worked for Region One from 1991 to 2010, raises questions about how Region One Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain’s annuity has been handled for tax and pension purposes.

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HVRHS students earn top honors at music fest

FALLS VILLAGE — Music students from Housatonic Valley Regional High School spent four days last week in Virginia Beach, Va., where they competed against 12 other high schools, including several from Connecticut (Terryville, East Hampton and Windsor).
The students also had a dinner cruise and dance, and a day at Busch Gardens, where the awards were given out.
The concert band came in second place out of four with an excellent rating. Score was 81.67 out of 100, and the winning group was within one point of us.

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Town, school spending plans go to public hearing

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

Town taxpayers were scheduled to hear the details of the proposed spending plans for the town and the Lee. H. Kellogg School at a public hearing Tuesday, April 17. (The meeting was past The Lakeville Journal’s deadline, but coverage will be posted online Thursday, April 19, at www.tricornernews.com.)
The proposed spending plan from the Board of Selectmen is for a total of $1,561,865, which is up by $24,075 or 1.56 percent from this year’s appropriation (the new fiscal year begins July 1).

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Advice from a farmer: Don’t rush to plant yet

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — On an 83 degree morning, Monday, April 16, the crew at Chubby Bunny Farm was outside working with seedlings.
Tracy Hayhurst and her husband, Dan, own and operate the community-supported agriculture farm. She was with her children in the shade, working on flats with calendula seeds.
Hayhurst said the early spring had not pushed the farm’s schedule up appreciably. “We’re not doing anything earlier than normal. We still have to be ready to rush out and cover things” in case of a cold snap.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we had snow next week.”

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A business plan that’s more than just fluff

darrylg@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — “No art. Just fluff.”
This matter-of-fact motto says it all about The Falls Village Marshmallow Company, which is the brainchild of local writer and actor Betsy Howie. She launched her new business a little more than a month ago after creating marshmallow treats as gifts for friends and family for the past three to four years.
“My friends kept pushing me,” Howie said of her inspiration to start this endeavor. “It’s taken off faster than I anticipated. It’s been an amazing first month, and I’m riding the rollercoaster.”

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Bridge and insurance are questions for finance board

Budget hearing April 17
patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Finance will present a couple of items to voters at the public hearing Tuesday, April 17, that the board members believe are important to consider when looking at the proposed spending plans from the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Education for the 2012-13 fiscal year.
At the finance board’s regular monthly meeting Monday, April 9, Lou Timolat said the town should fund a line added last year for post-employment health insurance for town employees who worked 25 straight years.

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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 — Imagine leaving behind your world — your friends, your family and your community — and venturing to a new country where you know absolutely no one. Now imagine doing that when you are 17 years old. For our exchange students, coming to America for up to a year is a tremendous achievement in itself. The level of comfort that Xavier Quintilla has attained in these surroundings, however, is an entirely different accomplishment.

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Principal: New program a step up from AP

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School Principal Matt Harnett had information on programs for top students at the high school. He presented it to the Region One Board of Education during the regular monthly meeting Monday, April 2.
Harnett was responding to a request for information from board members, stemming from a discussion of special education.

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Regional board to prepare fact sheet on budget

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — At the regular monthly meeting Monday, April 2, the Region One Board of Education voted 4-1 to ask Region One Business Manager Sam Herrick to put together a budget fact sheet to give to taxpayers prior to the May 8 referendum on the Region One budget.
Herrick had a handout ready for the board for the meeting, but what board Chairman Phil Hart had in mind was possibly a document with information and voting times. Hart said any fact sheet would be “nonpromotional.”

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Concerns over Region One contracts at public hearing

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education voted to approve (for a May 8 referendum vote) both the Region One budget proposal for 2012-13 and a bond issue for three construction projects at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
The vote came after a public hearing Wednesday, April 4, at the high school.
About 13 members of the public were at the hearing, the bulk of which concerned the $3,594,900 bond issue for roof repair, a heating upgrade and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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