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FALLS VILLAGE — Michael Hanlon Jr., a junior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, is cleaning up a hometown hang-out spot in Falls Village one rhododendron at a time. As part of his community-minded Eagle Scout project, Hanlon decided to clear branches and debris from a public area around Falls Village’s visitors sign, a spot he says he often rides his bike past. The landscaping effort includes new plants in the area, as well as cleaning up the visitor signs so it can once again  become a welcoming for viewing town notices. 

Hanlon hopes to conclude this...

Falls Village

‘A great and loyal friend’

Jack Mahoney: March 13, 1938 - May 14, 2011
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FALLS VILLAGE — This week, friends and colleagues shared their thoughts about Jack Mahoney, who died Saturday, May 14. (For a full obituary, turn to Page A10.)
“He was wonderful,” said Town Clerk Mary Palmer at Town Hall. “I think they should name the tennis courts after him.”
Mahoney, an avid tennis player and instructor, was instrumental in getting the tennis courts near Housatonic Valley Regional High School built.

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Towns adopt Region One budget for 2012

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FALLS VILLAGE — The 2011-12 Region One budget passed by 40 votes in a referendum vote Tuesday, May 3.
The total for the six-town region, which includes Cornwall, Falls Village, Kent, North Canaan, Sharon and Salisbury, was 345 in favor and 305 opposed.
Three towns voted against the budget proposal — Falls Village (46 no votes to 29 yes votes), North Canaan (62-58) and Sharon (76-32).
The proposal was approved by voters in Cornwall (38 yes and 20 no), Kent (61-27) and Salisbury (117-74).

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Unexpected food, common ground in China

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FALLS VILLAGE — Jacob Horowitz, a junior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS), said he learned that “if you accept that other people have other cultures,” then an American can get along just fine in China.
He was speaking about a two-week trip to China in April undertaken by 11 HVRHS students and teachers Lisa Carter (and her son) and Alan Lovejoy.
Carter thanked the trip’s sponsors, the Education Collaborative, the 21st Century Fund, the Region One Board of Education and “a generous parent without whom this trip would not be possible.”

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Housatonic student of the week – JONAH WHITESIDE

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
National Emergency Medical Services Week this year runs to May 21. Training begins early for emergency service volunteers, and a significant number of junior volunteers are students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School — including our student of the week, Jonah Whiteside.

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New meeting date to set mill rate

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Finance approved a supplemental appropriation of $1,100 for the Inland Wetlands Commission during the regular monthly meeting Monday, May 9.
The $1,100 is a donation received by the town for use by the commission for costs associated with their work on the proposed cell tower on Barnes Road.

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Budget vote to be May 19

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FALLS VILLAGE — The town meeting to vote on the proposed spending plans of the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Education is Thursday, May 19, 7 p.m. at the Lee H. Kellogg school.
Voters should be aware of changes made since the April 25 public hearing. The Board of Finance met May 2 to vote to present the spending plans to the town meeting, and reduced the school board’s bottom line by $24,000.
The second question on the agenda, then, is to appropriate up to $3,074,622 for education expenses — $1,361,078 for Region One, and $1,713,584 for Kellogg.

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Unexpected bounty: State offers STEAP funds

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Selectmen gave its tentative blessing at a meeting May 9 to three organizations that wish to apply for state grants.
First Selectman Pat Mechare said the state of Connecticut had released $20 million for Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grants — to her surprise.
“I think the reason they released the money is it was already budgeted,” she said, adding she wasn’t optimistic about the program continuing, at least not at the same level of funding.

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Computers, old curiosities at recycling event

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FALLS VILLAGE — The turnout was steady midway through the electronics recycling drive at Housatonic Valley Regional High School Saturday, May 7.
Teacher Doug Weisman said in the first two years of the drive people brought in 25,000 pounds’ worth of obsolete and defunct computers and other electronics. This is the fourth year of the drive.
Area residents paid a small fee to dispose of their unwanted electronics. Funds raised were donated to the high school’s Peace Club.

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New principal hired for HVRHS

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By Patrick L. Sullivan
FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School has a new principal.
Region One School District Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain made the announcement at the regular monthly meeting of the Region One Board of Education Monday, May 2.
Matthew J. Harnett, currently principal at Berlin (Conn.) High School, will start at Housatonic on July 1, at a salary of $128,000. The contract is for two years; the second year is negotiable.

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Housatonic student of the week

Hillary Henrici

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Spring break offers an important travel opportunity for many families. And for a handful of Housatonic students and teachers, the learning never stopped this April during their vacation, when they visited China.
Lisa Carter, a Housy social studies teacher, coordinates the annual trip. Science teacher Alan Lovejoy joined her this year to escort students through the wonders of Asia.

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