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FALLS VILLAGE — Falls Village residents will find the fee for the transfer station in their town tax bills in the future.

First Selectman Henry Todd broke the news to the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance at the regular monthly meetings Monday, March 11.

He said, “It’s the fairest thing to do. Everybody who owns property uses it [the transfer station] one way or another.”

Tax Collector Rebecca Juchert-Derungs asked the selectmen to wait another month until a software issue is resolved.

Sticker fees are $40, $20 for seniors,...

Falls Village

Vaping and the ‘game’ of test taking at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) Principal Ian Strever reported a mixed bag of results from the fall 2018 Preliminary SAT testing at the Monday, Jan. 7, meeting of the Region One Board of Education.
Strever said that 83 juniors and 12 sophomores took the test. The test has two sections, English Reading and Writing (ERW), and math. The state benchmark for the ERW is 460 (the top score is 760); for math it is slightly higher, at 510 (the top score is 760).

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FFA students travel to Midwest convention

FALLS VILLAGE — In October 2018, six members of the Housatonic Valley FFA Chapter from Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) traveled to Indianapolis, Ind., for the  National FFA Convention and Exposition. It was the 91st year of the event. 

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2018: 100 years since it was a one-room schoolhouse

FALLS VILLAGE — The 100th anniversary celebration of the closing of the Beebe Hill one-room schoolhouse in Falls Village featured bubbles, hot dogs, traditional fiddle tunes, history and a drone.
On Saturday morning, June 9, members of the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society were ready to show visitors around the venerable schoolhouse.
That it was a schoolhouse at all came as a surprise to one young visitor.
“I thought it was a shed,” she said.

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2018: Changing of guard at area schools

FALLS VILLAGE — There was considerable turnover in administrative positions in Region One in 2018, as several principals retired.
Ian Strever took over for Jose Martinez as principal at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. Steve Schibi, a newcomer to Region One, in turn replaced Strever as assistant principal. 
Michelle Mott is the new principal at Kent Center School, succeeding Florence Budge. 

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2018: Concerns over grading plan

FALLS VILLAGE — The 2017-18 school year at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) was dominated by controversy over grading practices.
At issue is the replacing of D and F grades with the designation NYP, for “not yet proficient.”  Students are allowed to make up work or retake tests in order to demonstrate proficiency (called “reassessments”).

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2018 elections turned out blue in Connecticut

FALLS VILLAGE — Democratic candidates largely dominated in Connecticut  in the 2018 elections
However, in the Connecticut General Assembly, State Senators Craig Miner (R-30) and Kevin Witkos (R-8) survived challenges, as did State Rep. Jay Case (R-63). First-term state Representative Brian Ohler (R-64) was narrowly defeated by Democrat Maria Horn.
Salisbury’s Thad Gray, a Republican running for state treasurer, lost to Democrat Shawn Wooden.

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Swinging into the holiday season with HVRHS songs

FALLS VILLAGE  — The many musical groups of Housatonic Valley Regional High School joined forces for the annual holiday concert on Friday, Dec. 14. 
The varied menu included everything from jazz to carols to notable tunes from musicals such as “Into the Woods” by Stephen Sondheim (and “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”).

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For Santa, a tall order

Santa Claus came to the FFA Holiday Store at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Friday, Dec. 14. The little children were surprised that Santa was so tall. The holiday store remains open every day through Dec. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In addition to trees, wreaths and other greenery, there are holiday plants including poinsettias grown in the school’s greenhouse; and cheese from Cabot made using local milk.

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Falls Village town meeting Jan. 10

FALLS VILLAGE — There will be a Falls Village (town of Canaan) town meeting on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. 
The agenda will include routine items such as the audit and town report and some pending business, including new ordinances (concerning bears and the water company).

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Music for the season

The Sweetheart singing group, right, performed at the Housatonic Valley Regional High School winter concert. For full story and another photo, see Swinging into the holiday season with HVRHS songs.
 

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