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 FALLS VILLAGE — The public hearing on the proposed spending plans for 2017–18 is Thursday, April 27, 7 p.m. at the Lee H. Kellogg School.

The Board of Education budget proposal (last updated April 12) is $1,840,732, an increase of $28,394 or 1.6 percent.

The town’s share of the Region One School District budget proposal (the subject of a referendum vote Tuesday, May 2) is  $1,312,857, an increase of $54,753 (4.4 percent).

Total education spending, should both proposals pass, will be $3,153,229, an increase of $83,147 (2.7 percent).

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Falls Village

Spending plan up 2.57 %

FALLS VILLAGE – The proposed spending plan for 2017–18 from the Board of Selectmen calls for $49,187.82 in new spending, which is an increase of 2.57 percent over the current year.
At a special meeting of the Board of Finance on Monday, March 27, First Selectman Pat Mechare presented the Board of Selectmen’s proposal.
The plan includes 3 percent pay raises for Town Hall employees, including the first selectman (but not the other two selectmen).
That first selectman will not be Mechare, who is retiring.

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Plan for 4x4 schedule put on shelf

FALLS VILLAGE — After two lengthy meetings with students, parents, teachers (current and former) and residents of the six Region One School District towns, Region One Assistant Superintendent Pamela Vogel has dropped the plan for a new schedule for the 2018–19 school year at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS).
At a meeting on Tuesday, March 21, a group of teachers and administrators from four different schools (most of them outside of Region One) discussed their experiences with schedule changes similar to what was proposed for HVRHS.

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Learn about Region One budget at hearing April 6

FALLS VILLAGE — The public hearing on the proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year for the Region One School District is Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m. at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
The Region One Board of Education will meet immediately after the hearing, make any adjustments deemed necessary, and vote to send the budget proposal to a referendum vote on Tuesday, May 2 (voting at the town halls in the six Region One towns will be from noon to 8 p.m.)

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Riley headed to state Geo Bee championship

Logan Riley, an eighth-grader at the Lee H. Kellogg School, is a semifinalist, eligible to compete in the 2017 Connecticut National Geographic State Bee, which will be held at Central Connecticut State University on Friday, March 31.

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Lively presentation of ‘Drowsy Chaperone’

FALLS VILLAGE – Griffin Harney was onstage for almost the entirety of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” this year’s production of the Housatonic Musical Theatre Society at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, which was performed on March 16 to 18.
His character, Man in Chair, introduces the fictional musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” and plays the vinyl record for a visitor.
Meanwhile the show acts itself out in his “room.”

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Into the wilds of ‘Madagascar’ with FVCT

FALLS VILLAGE – The first thing that a visitor noticed at the Center on Main on Sunday afternoon, March 19, was what appeared to be a row of steaks hanging from a garment rack.
A quick word with “Madagascar” director and choreographer Becky Sawicki confirmed it.
“What are those red things?” she was asked.
“Steak costumes,” she replied.

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BOE budget for LHK shows 1.6% rise

FALLS VILLAGE – The proposed spending plan for 2017-18 from the Board of Education calls for spending $1,840,569 at Lee H. Kellogg School, an increase of $$28.591 (1.6 percent).
The plan was presented to the Board of Finance on Monday, March 13.
The plan does not include the cost to the town — about $173,000 — of a proposal to have municipalities pay one-third of teacher pension costs.
The Region One assessment for Falls Village in the proposed spending plan is $1,314,652, an increase of $56,548 (4.5 percent).

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‘Drowsy Chaperone’ on stage soon

FALLS VILLAGE – The cast of “The Drowsy Chaperone” was seated in the first few rows of the auditorium at Housatonic Valley Regional High School Thursday afternoon, March 9.
Producer Lori Belter thanked the group for a productive rehearsal the previous evening.
“You’ve got a show,” she said.
“Now we’re going to nitpick.”

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Lasagna dinner is March 24

FALLS VILLAGE — The Lee H. Kellogg School seventh- and eighth-grade students and parents will host their annual lasagna dinner fundraiser at the school on Friday, March 24, starting at 5:30 p.m. with continuous serving through 7:30 p.m. (The snow date is Saturday, March 25, same time.)
Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for children 10 and under. Prepurchasing tickets is strongly recommended as this popular event, serving 400-plus dinners, may sell out. 

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Rough start, but all is well with new piglets

FALLS VILLAGE – Two sows gave birth to litters on the frigid weekend of March 4-5 at the barn in the rear of the Housatonic Valley Regional High School campus.
Volunteers sat up with the pigs, and rigged a heating system in the unheated barn.

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