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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

Concert introduces third-graders to chamber music

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — A group of music students from Yale University played for third-grade students from the Region One School District at Music Mountain Thrusday, April 26, in an annual treat.
It was brisk up on the Music Mountain campus, but the cool weather didn’t put a chill on Hen Shuo Steven Chang (first violin), Hye Jin Koh (second violin), Victor Fournelle-Blain (viola) and Christopher Hwang (cello) as they played selections by Haydn, Beethoven and Debussy.

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CO for sci-tech center, and away we go

Scott Eldridge, science teacher at Kent Center School, at a training session for middle school science teachers at the new Mahoney-Hewat Science and Technology Center at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. The new facility received a certificate of occupancy last week, and activities are under way. Also last week, retired Housatonic Valley Regional High School science teacher David Lindsay took members of the Partners in Education (made up of businesses from the community) on a tour of the center.

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Building projects included in budget vote

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — This year’s referendum on the Region One School District budget asks for voter approval to bond for three construction projects at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
One of the proposed projects is a new roof for the high school. The project plans call for replacing approximately 56,737 square feet of existing slate with asphalt shingles over new half-inch plywood sheathing

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Town, school budgets discussed at hearing

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FALLS VILLAGE — About 30 town residents heard the details of the proposed spending plans for the town and the Lee H. Kellogg School at a public hearing Tuesday, April 17.
Municipal spending
The proposed spending plan from the Board of Selectmen is for a total of $1,561,865, which is up by $24,075 or 1.56 percent from this year’s appropriation.

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Taxpayers to vote on regional schools budget

Mark May 8 on calendar
patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The proposed 2012-13 budget for the Region One School District calls for spending $14, 967,549, an increase of $288,453, or 1.97 percent over this year’s budget.
The new fiscal year begins July 1.
The budget and two questions concerning funding for building projects at Housatonic Valley Regional High School are on the ballot for a referendum vote Tuesday, May 8, at the six town halls in Region One — Canaan (Falls Village), Cornwall, Kent, North Canaan, Salisbury and Sharon. Voting is from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Grievances aired at meeting on regional budget

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FALLS VILLAGE — Region One Board of Education member Gale Toensing said she would vote for a bond issue and against the Region One budget during a meeting with Falls Village residents and other interested parties at Town Hall Thursday, April 19.
The referendum on May 8, held from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the six town halls in Region One, has three questions: the Region One budget and two for building projects.

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Town, school budgets discussed at hearing

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — About 30 town residents heard the details of the proposed spending plans for the town and the Lee H. Kellogg School at a public hearing Tuesday, April 17.
Municipal spending
The proposed spending plan from the Board of Selectmen is for a total of $1,561,865, which is up by $24,075 or 1.56 percent from this year’s appropriation.

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Happy birthday!

The first of this year’s baby animals are being born at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. Mother lamb Nilla gave birth to twins on Sunday, April 15.

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Rural Intelligence website returns

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

The popular website Rural Intelligence, started by Falls Village resident Dan Shaw and his former colleague at The New York Times, Marilyn Bethany, is returning after a hiatus of several months.
The site was purchased by Mark Williams, a Tyringham, Mass., resident, who is on the board of Jacobs Pillow and works in the finance industry. Shaw and Bethany will continue to write for the site but it will now be edited by Bess Hochstein, a former contributor to the site who also lives in Tyringham.

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Annuity question doesn’t impact budget

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An April 13 email letter to the Region One Board of Education from former Assistant Business Manager Choo K. Singer, who worked for Region One from 1991 to 2010, raises questions about how Region One Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain’s annuity has been handled for tax and pension purposes.

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