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FALLS VILLAGE — Last month the All Boards Chairs (ABC) committee of the Region One Board of Education finished the evaluation of Region One Superintendent Pamela Vogel, who is in the second year of a three-year contract.

The assessment was done by the seven combined school boards in Region One: the six town boards in Cornwall, Canaan/Falls Village, Kent, North Canaan, Salisbury and Sharon, and the regional board.

It was then compiled and presented by the ABC committee, which is made up of the chairmen of the seven boards.

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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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Balance of power changing, Suarez warns

FALLS VILLAGE — Journalist and author Ray Suarez said that the demographic change in the United States  to “majority-minority” is imminent and inevitable.
“It’s too late to change that shift,” he said. “We have no control over it.”
But, he added, “We can control what the years of transition will be like.”
Suarez was the guest speaker at The Salisbury Forum on Friday, April 27, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

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Story in the details in town reports

FALLS VILLAGE — The town report for the town of Canaan/Falls Village 2016-17 fiscal year is out. Copies are available at Town Hall. 
The report, edited by Town Clerk Mary Palmer,  begins with the news that little Falls Village is going to be on national television. Dennis Gage of the “My Classic Car” program is coming to the Falls Village Car and Motorcycle Show this summer. The TV people will be in town for the weekend of July 7 and 8, and will film the town on Saturday and the car show on Sunday.

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CSA at Adamah sows seeds of new season

FALLS VILLAGE — On a chilly and blustery Friday morning, April 20, the people of the Adamah Farm CSA were busy spreading compost on the fields between Beebe Hill and Johnson roads near the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center main campus.
Farm manager Janna Siller was on the tractor. Everyone else was deploying hand tools and wheelbarrows.
Siller, who hails from Rockville, Md., has been at the farm for seven years.

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Hot drinks on a chilly Earth Day

FALLS VILLAGE — A sizable group, of about 40 people, came to Great Mountain Forest (GMF) headquarters in Falls Village on a chilly Saturday evening, April 21, for an Earth Day campfire and poetry reading event. Earth Day this year was April 22.
David Leff, a member of the GMF board, got the ball rolling with “Brook Foam,” written for GMF forest manager Jody Bronson.
Falls Village’s Lonnie Carter read Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29.

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How addiction starts

A panel representing nonprofits and the state Legislature spoke at Housatonic Valley Regional High School about the opioid problem on Friday, April 13. 

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