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FALLS VILLAGE — The Center on Main in Falls Village was packed for the annual auction fundraiser for the David M. Hunt Library on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 5.

Students from the Lee H. Kellogg School circulated with trays of hors d’oeuvres. (The youngsters had to make frequent trips to the Senior Center next door to replenish the trays.)

Above the sound of people eating, drinking and socializing, Master of Ceremonies Adam Sher encouraged bidding on items in the silent auction.

“Good people of Falls Village!” he said over the hubbub....

Falls Village

Fire siren idea alarms the neighbors

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — A proposal from the Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department to reinstall an emergency siren on town property drew quick criticism from Sue Sweetapple and Colin Chambers of the Falls Village Inn during the March meeting of the Board of Selectmen Monday, March 12.
The siren that was on the roof of the Senior Center at 107 Main St. was removed about five years ago because of a leak in the roof, and never replaced.

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LHK considers hiring a part-time principal

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Finance got a first look at the proposed spending plan from the Board of Education during the regular monthly meeting Monday, March 12.
The school board submitted two proposals, with the major difference being the role of the principal at Lee H. Kellogg School.
Principal Maria Bulson is retiring Dec. 31. One proposal replaces the current full-time position with a part-time position beginning in July. The other keeps Bulson in place full-time until she retires, and a part-time replacement finishing out the school year.

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Coming up at HVRHS: ‘South Pacific’

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — Students in the Housatonic Musical Theatre Society at Housatonic Valley Regional High School continue their annual tradition of presenting classic musical theater with youthful zest and verve this weekend with shows on March 15 to 17.
Their 2012 production is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” the story of young men and women stationed on an Asian island during World War II. They survive war and tragedy, they fall in love and they learn to overcome their small-town prejudices as they are exposed to the beauty and complexity of the wider world around them.

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Trade Fest: Write it on the calendar for March 25

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — There’s no need to go to online sites such as craigslist.com to find, for example, someone to do your landscaping, someone to list your house for sale, a reputable and welcoming retirement home for yourself or a loved one. All those resources and more can be found at the annual spring festival of the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce.

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‘South Pacific’ onstage at HVRHS March 15-17

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Musical Theatre Society’s production of “South Pacific” is March 15 to 17 at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. On Thursday and Friday, March 15 and 16, showtime is 7:30 p.m., and there are two shows Saturday, March 17, at 1 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. On Friday night only, balcony seats are $5. For more information visit www.hmts.org.

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Town report contains tidbits of town lore

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The 2011 annual town report is printed and available at Town Hall. The annual town meeting is Thursday, March 22, 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
Some stats from the report:
• The population of Falls Village is 1,099, spread out over 33.4 square miles.
• The Town of Canaan, which is the town’s official title, is now in the 64th State Assembly District and represented in the state House of Representatives by Roberta Willis (D). Prior to redistricting, the town was in the 63rd District and represented by John Rigby (R).

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Below deck

Engineers working for the state Department of Transportation were inspecting the Iron Bridge (if you’re from Falls Village) or the Amesville Bridge (the Salisbury name) on Monday.

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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 — When Felicitas Eckert left Offenberg, Germany, to spend a year living in Falls Village with the Downs family, she had no idea how appropriate a placement it would be. But with a name like hers (after the Roman goddess of good fortune), she was bound to get lucky. The Downs family is like her own in many ways, explains Feli: both are gregarious and musical, with a passion for public service.

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Regional budget workshop is March 28

Final vote is May 8
patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The current draft of the 2012-13 Region One budget calls for spending of $14,962,621, an increase of $283,525, or 1.93 percent. The budget was presented at a regional board meeting March 5.
The Region One Budget is divided into three parts: Housatonic Valley Regional High School, Pupil Services (which includes special education) and the Regional Schools Services Center (commonly known as the Central Office).
In the current draft the bulk of the increase — $238,605 — is at the high school, for a total of $8,487,544, an increase of 2.89 percent.

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Honoring the past, studying community at Region One meeting

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education heard from the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau board on a recent survey of students; from student Christian Allyn on a proposal for a memorial grove;and received a recommendation on naming the new science and technology building during a regular meeting Monday, March 5.
Housatonic Youth Service Bureau Director Nick Pohl and Lynn Marlow, a social worker, gave a preview of the recent survey of students in grades seven, nine and 11. This is the same survey of “assets” that was given to students in 2008-09.

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