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FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Valley Regional High School Robotics Team  716, The Who’sCTEKS, competed in the FIRST Rhode Island District Event at Bryant University on March 23 and 24. The team was chosen into an alliance selection and proceeded to the semifinals. Their robot succeeded in the 2019 Deep Space game moving the “cargo” (balls) and “hatches” (Velcro discs) onto the man- made rockets and cargo ships. They qualified for the District Championship event, which will be held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on April 12 and 13. To learn...

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The 21st Century Fund brings student dreams to life

FALLS VILLAGE — The 21st Century Fund for Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) is now in its 25th year of providing support for projects and activities “that are not in the normal school budget” for HVRHS, fund Chairman David Bayersdorfer said in an interview at the Mahoney-Hewat Science and Technology Center on Thursday, Feb. 7.
The fund has provided 116 grants for a total of $212,000, in amounts ranging from $200 to $3,000.

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Lincoln is front and center again at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — Abraham Lincoln is once again greeting visitors to Housatonic Valley Regional High School from a prominent position in the front hall. 
HVRHS Principal Ian Strever said that, “The vestibule is truly transformed as a result of the removal of the old desk and the installation of Abe. 

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HVRHS robotics team journeys into ‘Deep Space’

FALLS VILLAGE — The Who’sCTEKS robotics team at Housatonic Valley Regional High School took advantage of the February break to put the finishing touches on their robot for an upcoming competition.
On Saturday, Feb. 16, Andy Brockway, Dennis Fallon and Isaac Freund (HVRHS ’08 and a robotics veteran) supervised and advised as John Purdy, Ken Zeng, Zy Huggan and Xiaohan Ye tested their robot’s ability to pick up a flat disc and a ball and put the items where they need to go.

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Eastern mountain lions on their way

FALLS VILLAGE — Big cats are coming, wildlife expert Sue Morse told a packed house at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Friday evening, Feb. 22.
In fact, they’re already here.
Morse asked the audience members to indicate by show of hands if they’d seen a mountain lion. About half of the audience, approximately 200 people, raised their hands. The talk was sponsored by the Salisbury Association Land Trust, the Litchfield Hills Greenprint and the new Berkshire-Taconic Regional Conservation Partnership.

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HVRHS girls advance to BL finals

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Valley Regional High School girls basketball team handled Nonnewaug easily Tuesday night, Feb. 19, with a 52-21 victory.

The Mountaineers advanced to the Berkshire League tournament final against Northwestern, which will be on Friday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m. at Northwestern in Winsted.

Northwestern survived a semi-final game against Gilbert, 35-33, also on Tuesday night.

Mapping out a new town archive

FALLS VILLAGE — “Welcome to the basement!”
That was Town Clerk Mary Palmer’s greeting at Town Hall Monday afternoon, Feb. 11. She was referring to the maps that were piled on every available surface.
In 2018, Palmer applied for a grant of $4,500 to digitize old maps that had accumulated in the Falls Village Town Hall basement over the decades.
The grant money arrived, and now she is busy sorting through them, prior to the arrival of the company that is going to do the work.

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Midwinter melodies

Rebecca Bloomfield, Adam Sher and Brook Martinez played and sang at the D. M. Hunt Library’s “Midwinter’s Night in the Village” event Saturday, Feb. 16.

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‘Rip Van Winkle’ wakes up

FALLS VILLAGE — The cast of the original musical, “Rip Van Winkle,” had just worked through a song, “Welcome Home,” and writer-director Michael Berkeley rose from the piano and approached the stage.
He reminded the performers that the song is supposed to be happy.
“You came in like you’re paying last respects.”
The cast regrouped and tried it again.

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Guest readers charm young students

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By Alexander Wilburn

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Maria Horn encourages student activism at Lee H. Kellogg School

FALLS VILLAGE — Four hours before facing a large crowd at the Falls Village Emergency Services Center, state Rep. Maria Horn (D-64) had a more congenial task: talking to teacher Amy Lake’s Social Studies class about a letter they wrote urging the banning of single-use plastic bags in Connecticut.
Horn congratulated the students for their activism.
“It really matters,” she said. “Writing letters has an impact.”
She said politics, especially at the national level, has “a bad name.”

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