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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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New $2 million roof planned for HVRHS
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FALLS VILLAGE — Region One School District officials are working on a request for proposals for a $2 million roof repair job at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Business Manager Sam Herrick said Monday, June 27, that the request for proposals would be ready by the end of this week or the beginning of next week.
The estimates for the cost of the project were prepared by W. Albert Jacunski of Jacunski Humes Architects of Berlin, Conn.
“They specialize in roofs,” Herrick said.

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Students are reminded to ‘always do your best’

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FALLS VILLAGE — Emily Stairs said she was nervous on her first day as a new student in the seventh grade at the Lee H. Kellogg School. But “I saw the smiles on everyone’s faces and the open minds. I knew I’d fit in.”
The class of 2011 was promoted at a ceremony Tuesday, June 14.
The small class — just seven students — made frequent references to the group’s cohesiveness, and to the friendly atmosphere at Kellogg.

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Luck of the draw: Turkey hunter wins vintage canoe in raffle

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FALLS VILLAGE — A visiting turkey hunter from New Hampshire, who purchased just one ticket, won a restored 1927 Old Town canoe (and a handmade Adirondack pack basket) at a raffle sponsored by the Great Mountain Forest.
The winner, Larry Fortier of Bow, N.H., was chosen from 500 entries Saturday, June 18, at The Shelter in Norfolk — an open building that was originally attached to a golf course. The property was purchased by the Childs family and subsequently turned over to Great Mountain Forest, and the course itself has long since given way to trees.

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Diplomas for 116 at HVRHS

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FALLS VILLAGE — The 116 members of the class of 2011 heard about perseverance, defining one’s own self, and the importance of giving back to the community at a graduation ceremony at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Friday, June 17.
The ceremony was held indoors because of the threat of heavy rain. Only a few graduations have been held out on the grassy oval in front of the school in recent years.

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Old-country tradition kept alive

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Morris Dancers brought their annual burst of color and sound to the Northwest Corner on Saturday, June 11. This year’s visit was, perhaps, even more of a respite from regular life than usual, as it came while many area residents struggled with a multi-day power outage caused by a potent thunderstorm the previous Thursday.

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Music Mountain season opens with jazz, classical

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FALLS VILLAGE — Music Mountain begins its 82nd season Sunday, June 19, 3 p.m. with pianist Misha Dichter and the Harlem String Quartet.
The program includes two pieces performed by the string quartet — Mozart’s String Quartet No.15 in D minor and Borodin’s String Quartet No. 2 in D major — and two with the quartet and Dichter — Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E Flat major, and Billy Strayhorn’s “Take the ‘A’Train” (arranged by Paul Chihara).

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Cookout, dance, tractor show for FFA alumni

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FALLS VILLAGE — “We get such amazing support from the community,” said Mark Burdick, co-chair of the agricultural education department at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, speaking of turnout for the June 11 FFA alumni dinner and contra dance.
About 180 barbecue dinners were sold, according to Bill Dinneen.
“The rain dampened it a little bit but we still had fun,” he said.
In addition to the cookout, there was also an antique tractor show, which featured about a dozen very old and relatively new vehicles.

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Bells on their ankles

Morris Dancers demonstrated their exuberant and precise (usually) traditional music and dance in Falls Village last weekend during their annual tour of the Tri-state region.

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Memorial pays tribute to Jack Mahoney

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FALLS VILLAGE — The two-hour memorial service held in his honor on June 10 was a snapshot of everything that mattered most to John Leo Mahoney, known to all as Jack, who died May 14, 2011, at the age of 73.

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HVRHS students inducted into National Honor Society June 2

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FALLS VILLAGE — Twenty-five students were inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) at a ceremony at Housatonic Valley Regional High School Thursday, June 2.
Guest speaker Ellery Sinclair (class of 1956 and a longtime English teacher at the high school) said he did not make it into the NHS as a student. He noted some similarities between the world as it was in his youth and what the young people onstage are facing today.
“You live in perilous times,” he said. “But only 40 years ago, my classmates were living in a time of atomic bombs.

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