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FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) Principal Jose Martinez said goodbye at his final board meeting on Monday, June 4. Martinez is retiring after four years at HVRHS. Assistant Principal Ian Strever will succeed him.

This week Region One announced that it has hired Steven Schibi to be the new assistant principal. Schibi is currently the dean of students for the Region 10 School District, which is on the campus of Lewis Mills High School in Burlington, Conn.

Martinez said over his time at HVRHS there have been ups and downs. 

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Falls Village

Bells on their ankles

Morris Dancers demonstrated their exuberant and precise (usually) traditional music and dance in Falls Village last weekend during their annual tour of the Tri-state region.

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Memorial pays tribute to Jack Mahoney

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FALLS VILLAGE — The two-hour memorial service held in his honor on June 10 was a snapshot of everything that mattered most to John Leo Mahoney, known to all as Jack, who died May 14, 2011, at the age of 73.

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HVRHS students inducted into National Honor Society June 2

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FALLS VILLAGE — Twenty-five students were inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) at a ceremony at Housatonic Valley Regional High School Thursday, June 2.
Guest speaker Ellery Sinclair (class of 1956 and a longtime English teacher at the high school) said he did not make it into the NHS as a student. He noted some similarities between the world as it was in his youth and what the young people onstage are facing today.
“You live in perilous times,” he said. “But only 40 years ago, my classmates were living in a time of atomic bombs.

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Music on the Mountain raises $2,500 for HYSB

FALLS VILLAGE — Music Mountain, the oldest continually operating summer music chamber festival in the country, hosted the annual fundraiser for the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau (HYSB), “Music on the Mountain,” Saturday, June 4.
The concert, which featured music students from the Northwest Corner, raised about $2,500 through sponsors and ticket sales. Students were chosen based on recommendations from either their school music teacher or an outside or private teacher.

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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.
When he earned the title of Mr. Housatonic a few weeks ago, Riley Lynch set himself apart from the rest of the contestants in the competition by virtue of his charm and talent.
Not only did he demonstrate impressive vocal range by performing the female part of a duet from “High School Musical 3,” but he also effectively bribed the judges with his homemade organic apple pie.
But who is the young man behind the moniker? Who is Mr. Housatonic?

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Kellogg students learn about live food

FALLS VILLAGE — Lee H. Kellogg School’s sixth- and seventh-grade science class recently went on a field trip to Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village to learn about how beneficial microbes are used in the production of foods such as cheese, sauerkraut and kim chi.
The cooks explained the preparation techniques, and students had a chance to taste several types of foods made with living cultures, such as goat cheese.
Students also visited a pond to study and classify aquatic organisms through field microscopes.

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Science building debuts – at Housy

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FALLS VILLAGE — It was years in coming but the day finally arrived. The new Science and Technology Building (in the former agricultural education wing) was inaugurated at an open house at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Sunday, June 5.
The event was hosted by the fundraising organization that helped make the renovation possible: The 21st Century Fund, which is part of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

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Relay for Life: Community of survivors

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FALLS VILLAGE —Several hundred team members arrived throughout the day and evening last weekend, June 4 and 5, as people from around the region came to the fourth annual Housatonic Valley Relay for Life.
The focus of Relay for Life is to raise money for cancer research by the American Cancer Society. But the 18-hour shared experience of the relay has become a source of strength for those who are fighting and have survived the disease, for their caregivers and for everyone who has lost a loved one.

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Exploring the history of Memorial Day

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FALLS VILLAGE — The sun started to come out about 9:15 a.m., just in time to create a nice humid glow for the Memorial Day program in Falls Village on Monday, May 30.
“It’s a little gloomy,” said First Selectman Pat Mechare in opening the ceremonies, “but the meaning of Memorial Day remains the same.”

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Mill rate stands at 20.5

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FALLS VILLAGE — Budget season ended Tuesday, May 24, with the Board of Finance voting to raise the mill rate one mill, from 19.5 to 20.5, for the fiscal year 2011-12.
Combined with $133,876 from the town’s general fund, $24,000 the finance board subtracted from the Board of Education’s spending plan prior to the town meeting vote, plus $9,000 the school board has since found in additional savings, the mill rate increase will cover the cost of increased tuition at Housatonic Valley Regional High School this year.

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