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FALLS VILLAGE — Last month the All Boards Chairs (ABC) committee of the Region One Board of Education finished the evaluation of Region One Superintendent Pamela Vogel, who is in the second year of a three-year contract.

The assessment was done by the seven combined school boards in Region One: the six town boards in Cornwall, Canaan/Falls Village, Kent, North Canaan, Salisbury and Sharon, and the regional board.

It was then compiled and presented by the ABC committee, which is made up of the chairmen of the seven boards.

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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.
The culture of Housatonic Valley Regional High School is rich with tradition. From its programs to the building itself, the school bestows the gift of education upon future generations and depends upon those students to pass that gift to subsequent classes.
Were it not for student leaders such as Sharon’s Hunter Prindle-Nelson, this week’s student of the week, beloved programs and events would fade like our yellowing yearbooks.

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Housatonic students excel at Envirothon in Old Lyme

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FALLS VILLAGE — Student teams from Housatonic Valley Regional High School took first and second place in the Connecticut Envirothon at Rocky Neck State Park in Old Lyme on Thursday, May 19.
The Agriscience team from Housatonic took first place, with top honors in the aquatics, forestry and wildlife categories. Team members include seniors Ryan Long and Emily Studer, junior Emma Okell and sophomores Becket Harney and Brian Saccardi.

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There’s still time to sign up for the Relay for Life June 4 & 5

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FALLS VILLAGE — Teams have already formed for the Housatonic Valley of Connecticut Relay for Life event, set for the weekend of June 4 and 5. But there’s still time for newcomers to sign up for the fourth annual relay, one of many that will be held across the nation to benefit the American Cancer Society.

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Incoming principal sees positives as he gets to know Housatonic H.S.

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FALLS VILLAGE — Matthew J. Harnett, the incoming principal at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS), said he is not worried about stepping into a job that has been the focal point of considerable controversy since August 2010.
That was when HVRHS Principal Gretchen Foster and Vice Principal Mary Ann Buchanan resigned — within a few days of each other and only a few weeks before the school year started.

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Old story on new roof: insurance wouldn’t pay

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FALLS VILLAGE — The roof over the platform in the rear of the former railroad depot in the center of town (now home to the Canaan-Falls Village Historical Society) has been rebuilt — no thanks to the insurance company.
Historical Society President Judy Jacobs said the new roof is just about finished — the contractors, Morck Brothers of Falls Village, are waiting for support beams to dry before painting.
The roof collapsed Feb. 9. Jacobs said the the tenant in the second floor apartment heard a loud noise and initially thought it was just snow sliding off the roof.

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‘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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