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Route 7 in North Canaan and Falls Village is expected to open at around 4:30 p.m. today, Monday Aug. 19. The road has been closed since a fatal one-car accident at the intersection of Route 7 and Sand Road on Sunday night, Aug. 18, at about 10:30 p.m.

The road has been closed to allow the power company to repair electric wires that were damaged when a 2011 GMC Sierra driven by Matthew Holderman, 46, of North Canaan hit the power lines. A full account of the crash will appear in the Aug. 22 Lakeville Journal. Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Holderman family.

Falls Village

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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Vote for town historian in Genealogy Idol

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FALLS VILLAGE — Elizabeth Clark, curator and archivist at the Depot Museum of the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society, and the town historian, is one of four finalists competing in the first-ever Genealogy Idol competition on Thursday, Feb. 2.
Clark is one of two finalists who will present, live, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (The other two will participate via the Internet.)

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