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FALLS VILLAGE — Michael Hanlon Jr., a junior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, is cleaning up a hometown hang-out spot in Falls Village one rhododendron at a time. As part of his community-minded Eagle Scout project, Hanlon decided to clear branches and debris from a public area around Falls Village’s visitors sign, a spot he says he often rides his bike past. The landscaping effort includes new plants in the area, as well as cleaning up the visitor signs so it can once again  become a welcoming for viewing town notices. 

Hanlon hopes to conclude this...

Falls Village

Interviews illuminate the past for students

FALLS VILLAGE — On Friday morning, May 11, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS), students enrolled in U.S. History interviewed their elders on what their lives were like when they were high school students in the 1960s.
Teacher Peter Vermilyea  opened the event and provided some context.
“In the social studies department, we strive to make connections with the past,” Vermilyea said.
The idea is for the students to learn about national trends by looking at local history.

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Addiction talk quietly hits a nerve

FALLS VILLAGE — What John Morello does is not exactly comedy, although he does crack jokes. It’s not motivational speaking, but he does try to motivate people. He assumes multiple characters, but it’s not theater.
Whatever it is, Morello brought it to Region One on Thursday, May 10, with three shows at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) — in the morning for middle school students, in the afternoon for the high schoolers, and again in the evening for parents and community members.

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Falls Village vote is May 22

FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village Board of Finance will hold a special meeting to set the 2018-19 mill rate immediately after the town budget meeting, which is Tuesday, May 22, 7 p.m. at the Lee H. Kellogg school.
During the board’s regular meeting Monday, May 12, member Louis Timolat argued for a tax cut of at least one mill and as much as a mill and a quarter.
He said with a healthy balance in the general fund, it would be the right time for tax relief. 
The mill rate is currently 24.95.

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Region One: Budget passes, first try

FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One School District budget passed in a referendum vote Tuesday, May 8. The yes votes were 634, the no votes were 550, a margin of 84 votes and a percentage of 54 percent.
Salisbury had the highest turnout (340 votes cast) and the highest percentage of yes votes (242, 71 percent).
Cornwall voted yes by 103 to 58 (64 percent). 
The budget squeaked by in North Canaan, 97-90 (52 percent).
Falls Village voted no, 82-63 (56 percent).  
Sharon voted no as well, 85-74 (53 percent).

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Holderman new intern at The Lakeville Journal

FALLS VILLAGE — Matt Holderman, 18, has joined The Lakeville Journal as an intern.His first day was Tuesday, May 8.
Holderman is a rising sophomore at Keene State College in Keene, N.H., where he is majoring in multimedia journalism. In his first semester, he wrote sports articles for the college’s newspaper, The Equinox. He also was an announcer for Keene State at home games for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. 

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Falls Village budget vote is May 22

FALLS VILLAGE — Falls Village school board Chair Pat Mechare and First Selectman Henry Todd presented their respective budget proposals to a public hearing on Monday, April 30, at the Lee H. Kellogg school (LHK).
The proposed spending plan for LHK is for $1,884,670, an increase of $44,299 (2.41 percent).
The town’s share of the Region One budget is $1,177,359, a decrease of $135,498 (-10.32 percent).

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AFS students find joy at school

FALLS VILLAGE — The three foreign students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) this school year were unanimous on one point: public discussion of and involvement in the high school’s grading system just doesn’t exist in Argentina, Thailand or Italy.
Maria Quenan, age 17 and a senior, is from Argentina. Jaa Kongkasri, age 16, is a junior and hails from Thailand.
And Marco De Pascali Pepe, age 17, is a junior from Italy.

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Two Mr. Housatonics!

FALLS VILLAGE — For the first time in Mr. Housatonic history, the competition ended in a tie, between Massyl Mallem of Kent and Connor Toffey of North Canaan. 
The panel of five judges broke the tie and declared Mallem the winner. He offered to share the title so there are now two 2018 Mr. Housatonics. 

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Region One budget passes

FALLS VILLAGE -- The Region One budget passed in a referendum vote Tuesday, May 8. The yes votes were 634, the no votes were 550, a margin of 84 votes and a percentage of 54 percent.

Bard College ensemble brings music alive for children

FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One School District’s third-grade students were treated to a concert by a string quartet from Bard College at Music Mountain in Falls Village on Thursday afternoon, April 26.
Music Mountain board President Ann McKinney greeted the students and gently urged them to “listen with this ear” — she tugged her left ear — “and also the ear inside” — she pointed to her heart.

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