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FALLS VILLAGE — Cynthia Parzych, author of “Connecticut Made,” told an audience at the David M. Hunt Library on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 7, that Connecticut has a rich history of innovation and entrepreneurship.

The change from an industrial to a service and information-based economy hit the state hard, but there are plenty of homegrown businesses, many of them started since 2000.

And these businesses act as the glue that keeps communities healthy and thriving.

Parzych said she was inspired by the story of Forrest Pritchard, author of “...

Falls Village

The 1970s have become a historical era

Remember the 1970s?
Led Zeppelin? Gas lines? Three Mile Island? 
Not to mention “Charlie’s Angels” and the Ramones.
Students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School interviewed HVRHS alumni who graduated in the 1970s as part of an ongoing oral history project. The subjects and interviewers met in the high school cafeteria on Friday, May 10.
Social studies teacher Peter Vermilyea said the students are enrolled in a course that gives them credit both at HVRHS and at the University of Connecticut.

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A survivor bears witness to the horrors of the Holocaust

FALLS VILLAGE — Holocaust survivor Endre (Andy) Sarkany told his story to a group of students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Monday, May 13.
Sarkany, 82, described how he and other Jews were persecuted and exterminated in Hungary by the homegrown Nazis, the Arrow Cross, and later by the Germans themselves.

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Voters OK Region One budget

FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One School district budget passed a May 7 referendum vote, 376 to 84.
Turnout was low compared to recent years, with 460 voters turning out in the six Region One towns.
The budget passed easily in all towns. 
Here are the results:
Canaan/Falls Village: 38 yes, 16 no
Cornwall: 62 yes, 8 no
Kent: 64 yes, 24 no
North Canaan: 43 yes, 12 no
Salisbury: 129 yes, 11 no
Sharon: 40 yes, 13 no

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Region One budget passes in May 7 vote

FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One School district budget passed a May 7 referendum vote, 376 to 84.

A dreamy mid-spring prom

Students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School held their prom on Saturday night, May 4. The dance itself was held at the high school, but before the official festivities began, groups of students gathered at different locations to have their photos taken in their prom finery. One group met at the Sharon Country Inn, owned by student Egi Cania’s father, Eddie. They are, from left, Valerie Lenis, Molly O’Connor, Genevieve Bushey and Molly Menniges.

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Saccardi all-star at Top Mountaineer show

FALLS VILLAGE — Dean Saccardi of Cornwall won the Next Top Mountaineer contest on Friday, May 3, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Whether posing with a bale of hay or doing an impressive display of disco dancing, the former host of the show put on a crowd-pleasing performance.
Other contestants were: Victor Flores, Sean Caiati, Mitch Kosciusko, Marcus Winburn, Soren Clulow, Mikki Gudmarsson, Miri Rinehart and Nick Winburn.
The hosts were Valerie Lenis and Micah Matsudaira. The show was directed by Mackenzie Hunter.

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Exploring options in making art

FALLS VILLAGE — On the chilly afternoon of Tuesday, April 30, Erika Crofut was supervising Housatonic Valley Regional High School students Perla Lopez, Corinne Clark and Geovana Rezenda at the artgarage.
The students were excited about the art@atthedump show coming up that weekend in Cornwall (see story, Page A3). Lopez was working on “Got?,” a collage that uses compact discs, painted in interesting designs.

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At HVRHS: Three speakers for graduation

FALLS VILLAGE — There will be two salutatorians at this year’s Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS)graduation, Principal Ian Strever told the Region One Board of Education on Monday night, May 6, at the board’s regular meeting.
He explained that when comparing grade point averages, three one-thousandths of a point separate the previously announced salutatorian, Marijka Stiffler, from Soren Clulow, with the latter having the slight edge.
It was decided to go with two salutatorians. 

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Region One budget

FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One School District budget referendum was held Tuesday, May 7, with voting at the six town halls ending after this issue went to press.
Results can be found here.
The Region One towns are Cornwall, Canaan/Falls Village, Kent, North Canaan, Salisbury and Sharon.
The budget proposal is for $15,777,309. It is a 0% increase over 2018-19.

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Arrived in time for Mother’s Day

FALLS VILLAGE — The Agriculture Education Department at Housatonic Valley Regional High School welcomed two baby goats and one lamb last week.
The lamb is named Onyx after its color scheme (all black). Onyx was born on May 1, and weighed in at a hearty 13 pounds, roughly double the usual weight of a newborn lamb, according to teacher Karen Davenport.
The goats, one a sort of beige color and one black, were born on April 29. They are named Sparky (born during a fire drill) and Siren (because the goat is very talkative).

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