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FALLS VILLAGE — Ten people were inducted into the Housatonic Valley Regional High School Athletic Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the high school.

Ed Kirby introduced John O’Hara (Class of 1947).

O’Hara fondly recalled his high school days, where he excelled at basketball. And he remembered playing his last basketball game as a serviceman in Korea, as the Korean War was winding down.

He was accidentally knocked out by his team’s center when the latter was going for a rebound.

Undeterred, O’Hara suited up...

Falls Village

Regional school board acknowledges FOI error

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — At the Region One Board of Education meeting Monday, March 7, the board voted unanimously to not contest a Freedom of Information Act complaint filed by Scott Fellows of North Canaan regarding an executive session during a Sept. 9, 2010, meeting.
Fellows is also a teacher at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
His complaint regarded a meeting of the committee charged with finding someone to conduct an inquiry into circumstances surrounding the resignations in August 2009 of the principal and assistant principal at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

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Farm movement bearing fruit at last

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FALLS VILLAGE — An overflow crowd packed the D.M. Hunt Library Saturday night, March 12, for Katherine Leiner, author of “Growing Roots,” a new book about the new wave of small-scale, sustainable farms in the U.S.
After brief introductory remarks, Leiner switched from the lecture format to interviewing Dan and Tracy Hayhurst of Chubby Bunny Farm, a community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm in Falls Village.

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Housatonic Valley Regional students of the week

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. Text is provided by the high school.
Nathaniel, Wayne and Patrick Purdy, the sons of Russell and Michelle Purdy of Sharon, are the Housatonic Valley Regional High School Students of the Week.

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School spending plans show some ups and some downs

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Education presented its budget plan for the coming fiscal year to the Board of Finance Monday, March 14.
The proposed spending package for the Lee H. Kellogg School is down $51,135, or 2.9 percent, for a total of $1,737,584.
But because of an increase in high school tuition, overall proposed spending on education is up 10.2 percent, an increase of $285,808, for a total of $3,098,800.

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‘Lucky’ night in store for audiences at HVRHS

Musical Theatre Society presents ‘Guys and Dolls,’ March 17-19
cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

With this winter threatening to remain miserable all the way into April, wouldn’t a little shot of sunny Havana, Cuba, be just the thing? The Housatonic Valley Regional High School Musical Theatre Society is happy to oblige, with a spring musical that has a pivotal scene set in Cuba (pre-Castro, in case that matters to you).
The show, as musical theater buffs will guess right away, is “Guys and Dolls.” The producer for the show is Lori Belter and the director once again is Michael Berkeley, who is also artistic director at TriArts at the Sharon Playhouse.

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Not exactly picnic weather

Rugged weather was the big news this week in the Tri-state region. Rain and snowmelt elevated the Housatonic River to flood stage; water crept over the bank toward the picnic area at the Great Falls in Falls Village, in view of the power station. Millerton and North East residents and businesses lost power for most of Monday, March 7. Ice that coated trees was beautiful but took down branches and power lines. Residents of Wassaic and Kent had to be evacuated from their homes.

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Offer but no sale yet for White Hart Inn

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SALISBURY — The White Hart has not been sold, Realtor Pat Best said Friday, March 4, flatly contradicting rumors circulating around town earlier this week.
Best and her agency, Best and Cavallaro in Salisbury, have the listing for the inn, which closed suddenly last November. It is owned by part-time Salisbury residents Scott and Roxanne Bok.
The asking price for the inn is $5 million. Rumors have circulated in recent weeks that an offer of $4.1 million had been accepted.

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Region One superintendent’s contract extended

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education approved a one-year contract extension and a modest pay increase for Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain at the board’s regular monthly meeting Monday, March 7.
Chamberlain is regional superintendent for the elementary schools in North Canaan, Kent, Salisbury, Sharon, Cornwall and Falls Village, and for Housatonic Valley Regional High School, which serves all six towns.

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It’s time to revise the Town Plan How will Falls Village grow in the next 10 years?

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) has contracted with the Northwestern Connecticut Planning Collaborative to write the update to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development.
The town plan forms the basis of the planning and zoning regulations for every town in the state. It is the document that ultimately shapes how a town will grow and look. The state requires towns to update their town plan about once every 10 years.

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Chocolate and Chili served at library

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FALLS VILLAGE — More than 150 people came to the Senior Center Saturday night, Feb. 26, for the D.M. Hunt Library fundraiser Chocolate and Chili in the Village.
The first place winners of the chili competition were Jody Bronson and Frank Christinat, representing the Great Mountain Forest, who cooked up Canaan Mountain Venison and Maine Moose Chili.
Second place went to Noelle LaMuniere, representing the Falls Village Community Center, for her Southwest Pork and Green Chilis Chili.

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