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FALLS VILLAGE — More than 30 people crowded into the South Canaan Meeting House on Tuesday, Aug. 8, to attend Lou Bucceri’s First Tuesday’s at 7 lecture on Thomas Lamb, one of the earliest settlers in Salisbury.

The talk is part of a series sponsored by the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society. 

Bucceri, a former history teacher at Salisbury Central School and historical interpreter at the Salisbury Cannon Museum, is known not only for his expertise in local history but also for his ability to project his voice across any room. 

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Falls Village

Computers, old curiosities at recycling event

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FALLS VILLAGE — The turnout was steady midway through the electronics recycling drive at Housatonic Valley Regional High School Saturday, May 7.
Teacher Doug Weisman said in the first two years of the drive people brought in 25,000 pounds’ worth of obsolete and defunct computers and other electronics. This is the fourth year of the drive.
Area residents paid a small fee to dispose of their unwanted electronics. Funds raised were donated to the high school’s Peace Club.

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New principal hired for HVRHS

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By Patrick L. Sullivan
FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School has a new principal.
Region One School District Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain made the announcement at the regular monthly meeting of the Region One Board of Education Monday, May 2.
Matthew J. Harnett, currently principal at Berlin (Conn.) High School, will start at Housatonic on July 1, at a salary of $128,000. The contract is for two years; the second year is negotiable.

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Housatonic student of the week

Hillary Henrici

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Spring break offers an important travel opportunity for many families. And for a handful of Housatonic students and teachers, the learning never stopped this April during their vacation, when they visited China.
Lisa Carter, a Housy social studies teacher, coordinates the annual trip. Science teacher Alan Lovejoy joined her this year to escort students through the wonders of Asia.

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Starcraft to Pluto dominates HYSB Battle of the Bands

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FALLS VILLAGE — The group Starcraft to Pluto won both the first place and People’s Choice awards at the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau’s Battle of the Bands Saturday, April 30, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Starcraft to Pluto, with Ben Paley on guitar, Van Daalhuyzen on bass, Dylan Vadakin on drums and Michael Kenny on vocals won a total of $800, playing a set of two instrumental numbers and one with Kenny’s vocals.
Kenny played Sky Masterson in the high school’s spring production of “Guys and Dolls.”

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Lovingly restored 1927 canoe in raffle for Great Mountain Forest

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NORFOLK — On a recent morning, Jody Bronson, forest manager of the Great Mountain Forest in Falls Village and Norfolk, showed a visitor a gleaming, restored 1927 Old Town canoe at the forestry office in Norfolk.
It’s a remarkable sight, especially for those used to the more mundane fiberglass or aluminum versions.
Inside of the canoe is highly varnished mahogany, a floor deck that is removable and a movable backrest.

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Housatonic student of the week

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
FALLS VILLAGE — The songs of birds resound over the hills these days, whether it’s the chirping of a sparrow, the rat-a-tat-tat of a pileated woodpecker, or the resonant screech of a red-tailed hawk. Beautiful and multilingual, these individual harmonies contribute to the symphony of nature that makes this area remarkable.

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Questions on school budget at hearing

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FALLS VILLAGE — Voters heard the details of the proposed spending plans for the Lee H. Kellogg School and the town at a lengthy and sometimes contentious public hearing Monday evening, April 25, at the school.
Andrea Downs, chairman of the Board of Education, went through the budget manually, so to speak. (A computer presentation was scratched due to technical difficulties.)

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No vacation week at ag-ed: students care for piglets

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FALLS VILLAGE — The latest additions to the agricultural education department’s animal roster at Housatonic Valley Regional High School arrived Tuesday evening, April 19, as the lady pig who rejoices in the name Vivian Leigh gave birth to her first litter, a total of 13 piglets.
Ten survived past the first night; nine made it through the first few days.
Six days after the birth, there were eight piglets enthusiastically feeding in a stall in the barn at Housatonic Valley Regional High. The runt of the litter was taken home by Arielle Betti of Cornwall and is doing well.

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Rollover on Route 7

The driver of this Honda Civic, Steven Wingard, 17, of Falls Village and passenger Lindsey Olownia, 15, of North Canaan escaped injury in a crash and rollover on Route 7 in Falls Village the night of April 18. Wingard was driving south when he lost control just past the Under Mountain Road intersection. The car flipped onto its roof after hitting and snapping a utility pole. The car is registered to Jerri Wingard of Falls Village. Route 7 was closed between Sand Road in North Canaan and the Route 63 intersection in Falls Village until about 6 a.m. the following morning.

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Yahn’s 15 minutes on YouTube

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FALLS VILLAGE — Ellie Yahn, a senior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS), may now claim the title of International Recording Artist.
She joins 2,051 other people, from around the world, who comprise Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 2.0 and submitted YouTube video clips of themselves singing one of the parts to “Sleep.”
The video has been viewed more than 2 million times.
“Sleep” is the second virtual choir piece conducted — assembled — and created by Whitacre.
The first was a piece called “Lux Arumque,” with 185 singers from 12 countries participating.

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