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FALLS VILLAGE — When the curtain came down, the sale began. On Saturday, Dec. 8, the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village held its popular flash–sale fundraiser once again, this year titled “12x12: Beauty.” 

More than 50 artists from the Tri-state region contributed multiple works under the guidelines that each piece must be 12 inches by 12 inches.

There was even a small collection of work by 91-year-old illustrator and painter Robert Andrew Parker of Cornwall. 

All works were priced at $100.

Notably, this year the...

Falls Village

Boards debate how to meet costs

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Finance will present a draft recommendation to reduce the Board of Education’s request for appropriations for 2011-12 by $24,000 to the April 25 budget public hearing.
At the regular meeting of the finance board Monday, April 11, Lou Timolat emphasized that the Board of Finance has two functions: to approve or disapprove purposes for spending, and to recommend appropriations.
For the Lee H. Kellogg School appropriation, the finance board can recommend a total bottom line amount but not specific items or amounts to add or cut.

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Legislators lay out dire economic picture for 2011-13

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FALLS VILLAGE — State legislators from the Northwest Corner provided a grim picture of the state’s economic outlook and heard from constituents during a meeting at Housatonic Valley Regional High School Thursday, March 31.
State Sen. Andrew Roraback (R-30) was the de facto host of the gathering. He was joined by state Representatives Roberta Willis (D-64) and John Rigby (R-63).

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New volunteers at Chubby Bunny farm

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FALLS VILLAGE — On a cold and wet Monday morning Dan Hayhurst was mapping out the plans for the day.
Listening were four volunteers, young people interested in learning about organic and sustainable farming practices.
Casey Clark, a native of New Jersey, and his wife, Tonya Taylor, a Mississippian, met in Malawi while in the Peace Corps.
Clark said they were both working “regular jobs” in New Jersey — teaching school for Clark, working for a nonprofit for Taylor — but they wanted to get into farming.

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Off the grid in Vermont, talk April 9 at Hunt

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FALLS VILLAGE — Philip Ackerman-Leist, author of “Up Tunket Road,” will tell his story of living for seven years in a small cabin in Vermont with no electricity or running water. His talk will be at the D.M. Hunt Library on Saturday, April 9, at 6 p.m.
Ackerman-Leist, his wife Erin, and their three small children still live at the site in Pawlet, Vt., but they made a few concessions and built a larger house nearby.

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14th Colony artists create fund for Housatonic’s artgarage

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The 14th Colony artists’ collective has formed a fund that will make annual donations to various art organizations and Housatonic Valley Regional High School’s artgarage received its first award, of $100.
The 14th Colony is an organization of artists in the Tri-state area of New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Its name was derived from the unique character of the region; it was said historically that the towns in these three corners of the state functioned like a 14th Colony, separate from the 13 original American colonies.

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Hat's Off

Dominic Sanchez (as the Cat in the Hat) and a cast of area youngsters in the Falls Village Children’s Theater production of “Seussical,” Sunday at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

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Housatonic student of the week

Nichata “Dear” Tawasinchanadech

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

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Region One contracts discussed again by BOE

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FALLS VILLAGE — Contract extensions for regional school district administrators were discussed again at the April 4 meeting of the Region One Board of Education.
During the first public comment portion of the meeting, First Selectman Pat Mechare of Falls Village read a letter from that town’s attorney, Judith Dixon, that was critical of the board’s practice of extending three-year contracts for top regional administrators before the contracts are up.

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14th Colony artists make donation to Housatonic’s artgarage

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The 14th Colony artists’ collective has formed a fund that will make annual donations to various art organizations and Housatonic Valley Regional High School’s artgarage received its first award, of $100.
The 14th Colony is an organization of artists in the Tri-state area of New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Its name was derived from the unique character of the region; it was said historically that the towns in these three corners of the state functioned like a 14th Colony, separate from the 13 original American colonies.

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Board looks at $14 million budget

Region One
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FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education extended contracts for administrators and voted to send a $14 million budget to public hearing. The decisions were made during a special meeting Thursday, March 25, held at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Roger Rawlings, who is chairman of the All Boards Committee of the regional board (made up of chairmen of all six towns’ boards of education) as well as the Salisbury Board of Education, had recommendations from the committee to present to the Region One board:

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