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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

Scientific explanation

Jeremy Downs of Falls Village explained his project, about the variables that affect the speed of vehicles, to Fred Baldwin and Tom Schindler, judges at the annual science fair at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Tuesday, May 22. The science fair was held in the new Mahoney-Hewat Science and Technology Center. Downs, a senior, will attend Western New England University in Springfield, Mass., in the fall. He will study mechanical engineering.

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Town meeting vote May 29

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FALLS VILLAGE — The annual town meeting to vote on the proposed spending plans from the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Education is Tuesday, May 29, 7 p.m. at the Lee H. Kellogg School.
The vote will be held two days before the second referendum on the Region One budget proposal (see story, Page A1). Last week the Region One Board of Education voted to send a spending plan to voters that is just $10,000 more than the 2011-12 budget.

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‘Mr. Housatonic’

Senior RJ Thompson, 18, won Housatonic Valley Regional High School’s Mr. Housatonic male beauty pageant on May 11. The runner-up was Myles Clohessey. All 10 of the contestants were seniors and were known as the Temptatious Ten. The event raised $2,000 toward the Student Government Association Scholarship fund.

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Region One administrators give up one-year contract extensions

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education cut $278,453 from the Region One budget proposal and five administrators voluntarily gave up the one-year extension of their contracts during a special board meeting Thursday, May 17, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
The budget proposal that will go to referendum May 31 is for $14,689,096, which is up $10,000, or .07 percent, from this year’s budget.
The budget proposal that was defeated at a referendum vote May 8 was for a total of $14,967,459, an increase of $288,453 or 1.97 percent.

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Giving back to the community

Volunteers, including students from Housatonic Valley Regional High School, helped install windows at a Habitat for Humanity building site in North Canaan on April 21. The home is being built on Salisbury Road for a local woman with multiple sclerosis. The students are participating in the foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy initiative, which involves young people in perpetuating community welfare by engaging them in the process.

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Budget meetings, votes are coming up this month

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Selectmen appointed Erica Joncyk as an alternate member of the Board of Finance and approved a request to close the downtown area for a summer car show. The votes were held at the regular monthly meeting Monday, May 14.
Joncyk, who was at the meeting, said she has the time and interest to serve as an alternate on the finance board.
Longtime finance board member Chuck Lemmen recently resigned, and alternate member Matt Thompson took his place as a full voting member.

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Board business continues in Region One

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FALLS VILLAGE — At its regular monthly meeting May 7, the Region One Board of Education denied a request from Susan Schullery of South Kent that her child be allowed to attend New Milford High School at Region One’s expense.
Schullery brought the matter to the board in April, saying that the New Milford school bus already goes right past her home and that the distance from South Kent to Housatonic Valley Regional High School meant, in practice, as much as a 45-minute trip each way, depending on traffic and road conditions.

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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 — Among the many talented young musicians at the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau’s Battle of the Bands on April 27, one stood out for his ability to not only play rehearsed music, but for his improvisational genius. Senior Jacob Horowitz riffed on the keyboards alongside several adult musicians, including Mr. Michael Piraneo, the Lee H. Kellogg music teacher, who pushed Jacob to the limits as he ran his clarinet up and down the scales.

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Students traveled to Germany

FALLS VILLAGE — Sixteen Housatonic Valley Regional High School students ranging from sophomores through seniors recently lived with host families for more than two weeks in Hamburg, Germany.
Organized by German teacher Kimberly Durley, students were immersed in Germany’s culture and practiced their language skills. Students enjoyed German foods, soccer, television, film, public transportation, candy and went to school with their host siblings each week.

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Second budget vote for Region One will be on May 31

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FALLS VILLAGE — A second referendum vote on a new proposed budget for the Region One School District will be held Thursday, May 31.
Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain said the schedule for revisiting the budget begins with a special meeting of the regional school board Thursday, May 17, 5:30 p.m. at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in the library.
The district meeting, a formality at which the board votes to adjourn to referendum, is Wednesday, May 30, and the referendum is the next day.
“It’s a very tight schedule,” said Chamberlain.

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