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More than 215 dedicated fans sat shivering through double overtime to watch the Housatonic Valley Regional High School girls’ soccer team’s sovereignty dashed in a tense and chilly state tournament quarterfinal match against Old Lyme on Saturday, Nov. 16. The Lady Mountaineers had entered with the best record in Class S, a remarkable .938 win percentage, and kept the Wildcats, who have won States four years running, scoreless before falling behind on penalty kicks. See details and another photo Cold competition as girls...

Falls Village

Superintendent contract on agenda for meeting

FALLS VILLAGE — The All Boards Chair committee of the Region One Board of Education will meet in executive session for the “Purpose of Discussion of Evaluation and Administrative Contract for Superintendent.”
It is the final item on the agenda for the special meeting Thursday, July 11, 7 p.m. in the conference room at the Regional Schools Services Center at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

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Awards for HVRHS seniors

The following awards and scholarships were presented at the Housatonic Valley Regional High School senior awards ceremony on June 17.
Taconic Learning Center, Great Decisions: Madison Rinehart
Viafore-Sammartini  ArtsAlive@KCS Award: Sadie Grusauski
Housatonic Musical Theatre Society Award: Carianne Callinan, Joshua Shakeshaft
Kent Center School Scholarship Fund:
• The Moira Dolan Award: Sammantha Starr
• The Kent Grange Award: Emma Franks
• The James Gadiel Award: Elijah Johnson

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Two wheeling in Connecticut

FALLS VILLAGE — Sleep in on a Sunday? Not an option for bicycling enthusiasts, apparently. 
At 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 23, cyclists were registering their bikes on the Falls Village town Green as part of the 2019 Discover Connecticut Bicycle Tour. 
Not to be confused with a race, this was a true tour in the sense that it wasn’t about endurance or race times. It was an outing on what proved to be a beautiful Sunday, with many route options for riders depending on their skill level and experience. 

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Inside, outside, upside down with Mailer

FALLS VILLAGE — Artist Danielle Mailer said that, as a child, she was surrounded by art, especially South American art.
Mailer was interviewed by C.B. Wismar on Saturday, June 15, as part of an ongoing series of salon talks at the David M. Hunt Library.
“My mother was Peruvian,” she said. “Every corner had some kind of artifact.”
She said she was “steeped in the South American palette.”
Mailer is the daughter of artist Adele Morales and writer Norman Mailer.

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Class of 2019 has strong work ethic

FALLS VILLAGE — The 114 members of the Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) Class of 2019, plus family, faculty and staff, enjoyed the cover of a spacious tent on the grassy oval in front of the school for the 80th commencement of the high school’s history on June 18.
HVRHS Principal Ian Strever noted that the tent was the result of a series of last-minute efforts by class co-presidents Brierley Lloyd and Victor Flores,  senior class advisors Anne MacNeil and Letitia Garcia-Tripp, and staff members Julie Lang and Jeff Lloyd.

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HVRHS alumnus Steven Wingard, 25: Death in a diving accident

FALLS VILLAGE — Steven Wingard, 25, a graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School in the Class of 2012, died on Friday morning, June 21, from what an autopsy report described as “blunt force trauma” while diving at a hydropower plant in Greenwich, N.Y.
Wingard was a commercial diver employed by Commercial Diving Services of North Franklin, Conn. He had been sent down to clear a drain valve at the Dahowa Hydro Plant in Middle Falls, N.Y., according to coverage in the Post-Star newspaper by reporter Don Lehman. 

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A rite of spring with the Morris men

FALLS VILLAGE — Even without the accompanying music you would have heard them. The jingling ring of the bells strapped to their shins traveled up and down Main Street. The Morris dancers returned to Falls Village, leaping, twirling and gallivanting in front of Town Hall for an audience in the early evening on Saturday, June 15. 

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A very personal farewell to the 10 in Class of 2019

FALLS VILLAGE — The girls held long-stemmed yellow roses. The boys had each been given a golden-petaled boutonnière. They looked the part, but were the members of Lee H. Kellogg School’s Class of 2019 ready to leave their school as they lined up to have their photo taken at the promotion ceremony on Friday, June 14? 

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On air

Is a new generation of Morris dancer ready to leap into the air? One young jumper at a Morris dance performance in Falls Village on Saturday, June 15, showed that the tradition of English folk dance is for people of all ages.

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HVRHS marketing firm seeks new students

FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education voted to hire the One Eleven Group to create a marketing campaign for Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS). The discussion  and action was part of the board’s regular monthly meeting Monday, June 3.
The vote was unanimous, with John Sanders of Cornwall abstaining because he is married to the chief executive officer of the One Eleven Group, Janet Carlson, and is the chief operating officer.
The contract is for one year and for $13,000.

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