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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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Budget vote to be May 19

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

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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Starcraft to Pluto dominates HYSB Battle of the Bands

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FALLS VILLAGE — The group Starcraft to Pluto won both the first place and People’s Choice awards at the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau’s Battle of the Bands Saturday, April 30, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Starcraft to Pluto, with Ben Paley on guitar, Van Daalhuyzen on bass, Dylan Vadakin on drums and Michael Kenny on vocals won a total of $800, playing a set of two instrumental numbers and one with Kenny’s vocals.
Kenny played Sky Masterson in the high school’s spring production of “Guys and Dolls.”

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Lovingly restored 1927 canoe in raffle for Great Mountain Forest

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NORFOLK — On a recent morning, Jody Bronson, forest manager of the Great Mountain Forest in Falls Village and Norfolk, showed a visitor a gleaming, restored 1927 Old Town canoe at the forestry office in Norfolk.
It’s a remarkable sight, especially for those used to the more mundane fiberglass or aluminum versions.
Inside of the canoe is highly varnished mahogany, a floor deck that is removable and a movable backrest.

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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 — The songs of birds resound over the hills these days, whether it’s the chirping of a sparrow, the rat-a-tat-tat of a pileated woodpecker, or the resonant screech of a red-tailed hawk. Beautiful and multilingual, these individual harmonies contribute to the symphony of nature that makes this area remarkable.

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Questions on school budget at hearing

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FALLS VILLAGE — Voters heard the details of the proposed spending plans for the Lee H. Kellogg School and the town at a lengthy and sometimes contentious public hearing Monday evening, April 25, at the school.
Andrea Downs, chairman of the Board of Education, went through the budget manually, so to speak. (A computer presentation was scratched due to technical difficulties.)

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No vacation week at ag-ed: students care for piglets

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FALLS VILLAGE — The latest additions to the agricultural education department’s animal roster at Housatonic Valley Regional High School arrived Tuesday evening, April 19, as the lady pig who rejoices in the name Vivian Leigh gave birth to her first litter, a total of 13 piglets.
Ten survived past the first night; nine made it through the first few days.
Six days after the birth, there were eight piglets enthusiastically feeding in a stall in the barn at Housatonic Valley Regional High. The runt of the litter was taken home by Arielle Betti of Cornwall and is doing well.

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