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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.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition. Bees were held throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The top-scoring students compete in the state bees in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia,...

Falls Village

Siting Council will hear town views on cell tower

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Selectmen voted to formally oppose the placement of a cell phone tower on Cobble Hill during the regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 14.
Selectman Chuck Lewis made the motion, citing three zoning regulations the tower would violate.
He pointed out that in the town’s guidelines for telecommunications towers, Cobble Hill in particular and Canaan Mountain in general are mentioned as inappropriate sites.

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Board taking action on Pingpank report

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FALLS VILLAGE — Region One School District Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain has offered five recommendations in response to last month’s report on the circumstances surrounding the resignation last summer of the two top administrators at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Chamberlain read her recommendations to the Region One Board of Education at its regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 7, at the high school.

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Cell tower public meeting Feb. 17

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Connecticut Siting Council, which determines where telecommunications towers are placed, meets with the public at the Lee H. Kellogg school Thursday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m.
It will be a long day, starting with a hike to the site from 8 Barnes Road at 12:30 p.m. (Be advised that the trek is about 3000 feet in length — not to mention the climb and the snow.)

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Kent, Cornwall are Region One basketball champs

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One boys and girls basketball seasons ended with back-to-back championship games on Monday, Feb. 7, at the gymnasium of Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
The six Region One schools competed in playoff games the previous week. For the girls, Kent Center School and Salisbury Central School met in the championships. The boys playoffs came down to North Canaan Elementary School and Cornwall Consolidated School.

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Despite down economy, upbeat message from Murphy

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FALLS VILLAGE — Congressman Chris Murphy (D-5) talked mostly about the economy during a Congress On Your Corner event at the Lee H. Kellogg School Monday, Feb. 7.
Murphy, who announced last month his candidacy for the Democratic nomination to succeed U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), said that while the economic news is slowly getting better, “the problem is that a sustained and gradual recovery could take years.”
And while the federal government’s official unemployment rate fell sharply last month, from 9.4 to 9 percent, “no one is celebrating.”

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Housatonic ahead of state curve in course offerings

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FALLS VILLAGE — Three department chairs made presentations to the Region One Board of Education during the regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 7, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Nur Abdulhayoglu, speaking for the Science Department, said the science teachers as a group hold a wide range of certifications — including biology, earth science, chemistry, physics and general science.
And she said Housatonic is ahead of a new state curriculum requirement that high school students must take three years of science. That is scheduled to take effect in 2018.

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Snow on school roofs is a ‘fluid’ situation

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FALLS VILLAGE — Region One School District Business Manager Sam Herrick and structural engineer Joe Marchetti went to all seven schools in Region One Friday to check on roofs — especially flat roofs bearing large amounts of heavy, wet snow.
Herrick said he and Marchetti started out Friday morning, Feb. 4, at Cornwall Consolidated School.
Marchetti inspected attics on the buildings that have them, checked ceilings for signs of cracking or distress and visually inspected exteriors.
The biggest worry is a flat roof that covers a wide area — such as a gymnasium, auditorium or cafeteria.

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