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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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Candidate debate for 64th and 30th districts Oct. 12

FALLS VILLAGE — The Lakeville Journal and the League of Women Voters of Litchfield County will once again co-sponsor a candidates’ debate for those running for the state 64th House and 30th Senate districts. All are invited to attend this open and free event. 
It will be held at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Room 133 at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. The moderator of the debate will be Pat Donovan of Litchfield, a longtime member of the League, who has helped with previous debates held in the Northwest Corner and throughout the county. 

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Goodbye, Mr. Beebe — and come back soon

FALLS VILLAGE — Often there are tears at a retirement party, but there was only joy and good cheer at the retirement party for custodian Bill Beebe at the Lee H. Kellogg School on Friday, Sept. 28. 
In truth, it didn’t seem like anyone actually believed that Beebe would (seriously) leave the campus he has so lovingly cared for and the community of which he’s been such an integral part for the past quarter century.

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In Falls Village, fighting hunger, a step at a time

FALLS VILLAGE — Sporting stickers proclaiming “I am a Hunger Fighter,” more than 400 men, women and children from all walks of life participated in the 35th Northwest Connecticut CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, Sept. 30. 
The interdenominational event, held at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, drew faith and community leaders, as well as teams from area schools, businesses and civic organizations, all of whom walked together to raise funds and awareness to alleviate hunger through the power of inclusion.

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Helping HVRHS get better grade

FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School Principal Ian Strever said measures have been taken to make the new grading system more efficient and to reduce the number of “Not Yet Proficient” grades at the high school.
Strever spoke to the Region One Board of Education on Monday, Sept. 17, and explained further in an interview with The Lakeville Journal on Thursday, Sept. 20.

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True tales of false papers in staid Litchfield County

FALLS VILLAGE — Peter Vermilyea, author of “Wicked Litchfield County” and social studies teacher at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, said that Litchfield County was a counterfeiting hub during the Colonial and post-Revolutionary periods. 
Vermilyea was speaking about “Crime and Punishment in Litchfield County” at the South Canaan Meeting House on Tuesday, Sept. 5. The talk was the last in this year’s First Tuesday at Seven lecture series sponsored by the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society.

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Beware the reddish fog at ShireCon

FALLS VILLAGE — Thom Wilson stood in the Center on Main on Saturday morning, Sept. 22, and surveyed the scene with satisfaction.
There were four or five long tables filled with participants in role-playing and board games, and it was Wilson’s first attempt at a gaming convention.
Wilson, a Falls Village resident, graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School and who works at Hamilton Books, said there are not a lot of opportunities for role-playing game enthusiasts in northwest Connecticut.

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A community pulls together to raise funds

A modified tractor participated in the Falls Village Truck Pull at the town Recreation Center on Saturday, Sept. 22. It was an exhibition pull, not part of the competition. Dave Jacobs of Falls Village won the Points Championship in the limited pro stock diesel category. About 800 people attended the event, a benefit for the Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department. There were other activities available at the truck pull, including vendors, goats, food and an excellent playground.

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64th, 30th District candidates to debate

FALLS VILLAGE — The Lakeville Journal and the League of Women Voters of Litchfield County will once again co-sponsor a candidates’ debate for those running for the state 64th House and 30th Senate districts. All are invited to attend this open and free event. 
It will be held at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Room 133 at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. The moderator of the debate will be Pat Donovan of Litchfield, a longtime member of the League, who has helped with previous debates held in the Northwest Corner and throughout the county. 

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At what point is the river flooding?

FALLS VILLAGE — The Great Falls on the Housatonic River in Falls Village and Salisbury were already roaring last week before the rains that came down on Tuesday morning, Sept. 18, on the edges of Hurricane Florence. 
There is an official gage that measures the height of the Housatonic River in Falls Village, below the power plant. On Tuesday at 8:15 a.m., while roads were flooding from the heavy rain, the river was at 3 feet, and was actually lower than it had been on Saturday, Sept. 15, when the water was at 3.39 feet. 

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Region One numbers are stable

FALLS VILLAGE — The unofficial number of students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) for the 2018-19 school year is 386. 
That is the number of students who showed up on the first day of school, Aug. 27, according to HVRHS Principal Ian Strever. Strever was reporting to the Region One Board of Education on Monday, Sept. 17.
Official enrollment for budgetary purposes is calculated in the first week of October. The numbers seem stable from last year, when the number was  364.

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