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Class of 1969 returns to school

FALLS VILLAGE — Over 80 alumni from the Housatonic Valley Regional High School Class of 1969 returned “home” for their 50th year reunion at the Grove in Lakeville on Saturday, Sept. 14. 

Alumni returned from as far away as Oregon, California, Missouri, Florida, Maine and the United Kingdom. The event was preceded by a tour of the school by Principal Ian Strever and a Memorial Service honoring the 33 deceased members of the class. Classmate Rev. Douglas McArthur presided over the...

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Falls Village sees 12.4% rise in school costs

FALLS VILLAGE — Education spending for Falls Village will increase by $371,641 (12.4 percent) to a total of $3,433,670 under the proposed spending plan for 2019-20, presented to the Board of Finance by Board of Education Chair Pat Mechare on Monday, March 25.
The bulk of the increase is in the towns assessment for Region One, which is $1,456,345, an increase of $278,986 (23.7 percent).
The increase for Lee H. Kellogg school, is for $92,655 (4.92 percent), for a total of $1,977,325.

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Falls Village plans big changes

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.

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How community and family make art grow

FALLS VILLAGE — “Can a couple married over 50 years speak to each other civilly?”
That was the opening of a public conversation between artist Kathy Wismar and her husband, writer CB Wismar, at the David M. Hunt Library on Saturday, March 16. There were about a dozen people in attendance.
Kathy Wismar’s paintings and pottery are on display at the library through April 13.
The artist was asked how she got started.

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‘Rip Van Winkle’ is a sleeper hit for HMTS

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Musical Theatre Society production of “Rip Van Winkle: The Musical!” wrapped up a four-performance run Saturday evening, March 16, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Joshua Shakeshaft turned in a consistently strong performance in the demanding title role, as did Abigail Dodge as Dame Van Winkle.
“Rip Van Winkle” is a complicated show, with lots of scene changes, dance routines and sound effects. The performance was seamless and professional.

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Housatonic student of the week

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. 
 
FALLS VILLAGE — Every few years, this column has featured a Matsudaira from Cornwall: first there was Matthew, then Marina, and now there is Ella. 
To say that Ella has had big shoes to fill is an understatement, but it is also what makes her uniquely fascinating among her siblings (she is the third of six). 

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Using their noodles

FALLS VILLAGE — Eighth-grade students at the Lee H. Kellogg School hosted their popular annual lasagna fundraiser at the Emergency Center on Route 7 on Friday, March 15. Funds raised at the dinner will help pay for the students’ class trip this spring. 
Organizer Joan Wingard said, “We served 340 meals, most within the first hour! We sold 385 tickets out of 425. We didn’t sell out as we usually do, but with smaller classes selling tickets this was still terrific.

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Learning philanthropy and coding

FALLS VILLAGE — A group of students in grades four through eight participated in a Code for a Cause event Saturday, March 9, at the Mahoney-Hewat Science and Technology Center at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
The idea was to design an application that would be helpful to a nonprofit group. The students broke up into six groups, each led by a high school volunteer and including a representative of the nonprofit.
Patrice Gans, of Random Hacks of Kindness, moved about the room, monitoring the progress.

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‘Rip Van Winkle: The Musical’ opens on March 14

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Musical Theatre Society presents “Rip Van Winkle: The Musical” for one weekend only at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS). Performances are on Thursday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 16, at 2 and 7:30 pm.  

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Students adapt to new grade system

FALLS VILLAGE — At the March 4 meeting of the Region One Board of Education, Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) Principal Ian Strever presented data on grades that indicate that students have adapted to the new grading system, with a significant decrease in the number of NYP (not yet proficient) grades.
Strever spoke with The Lakeville Journal on Friday, March 8, about the data.

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Listen to the landscape before doing a design

FALLS VILLAGE — There was freshly fallen snow on the ground and a one-hour delay due to slick roads, but that didn’t stop more than 100 amateur and professional gardeners and landscapers from kicking off the gardening season on Saturday, March 2. 
The impetus was the annual Mad Gardeners Symposium held at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) in Falls Village. This year’s gathering was focused on sustainable approaches to gardening and landscaping.

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