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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

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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Dreams come to life as Sci-Tech Center nears completion

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Science and Technology Center at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) is almost complete, with contractors putting on the finishing touches and volunteers manning the paint brushes.
John Perotti of the 21st Century Fund for HVRHS and Patricia Chamberlain, Region One superintendent, showed a few visitors around last week.

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Emails a concern for Region One board

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FALLS VILLAGE — At the Jan. 9 meeting of the Region One Board of Education, Chairman Phil Hart asked board members to think about relations between the board and the Regional Schools Services Center (RSSC, aka the Region One Central office) and how they could be improved.

He read a statement lamenting the “withering array of emails” and the back-and-forth over requests from board members for copies of documents and legal opinions. He said the issue would be on the agenda for the February board meeting, which is Monday, Feb. 6.

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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 — This week’s student of the week at Housatonic Valley Regional High School could also appear under the dictionary definition of “soft-spoken.”

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