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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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Easing the anxiety for incoming freshmen at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — Three students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) have started a program to provide incoming ninth-graders with the transition to high school.
Sophomores Victor Flores of North Canaan, Manuella Matsudaira (Cornwall) and Caroline Hurlburt (Cornwall) came up with the idea in response to an announcement last November from HVRHS Principal Jose Martinez, inviting students to submit proposals for a new competition sponsored by the 21st Century Fund for HVRHS: the annual Ingenuity Competition.

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A little off the side

A crowd gathered around sophomore Maggie Baldwin as she demonstrated how to correctly clip a Brown Swiss cow during the annual Housatonic Valley FFA open house last week in the agricultural education (ag-ed) wing of Housatonic Valley Regional High School. Story, see Flora and fauna show at FFA open house.

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Hands-on learning: invasives workshops on May 20

Two field workshops are scheduled for Saturday, May 20, and will demonstrate landscape management options to reverse invasive impact and encourage native plant ecosystems. 

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Learning about the past, first hand

FALLS VILLAGE — Peter Vermilyea’s social studies students interviewed people who were at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS)in the 1950s as part of an oral history project.
The interviews took place in the school cafeteria on Friday, May 12.
Eli Hill and Jared Taylor interviewed former HVRHS Principal and Region One Superintendent Ed Kirby, a Sharon native and resident. The time period was stretched a little with Kirby, who graduated from HVRHS in 1945.

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LHK students learn about the environment

FALLS VILLAGE — Sixth-graders at Lee H. Kellogg School are participating in a program called Project TREE (Teaching Regional Environmental Education) funded through EdAdvance in Litchfield. 
Through this program, students participate in four field trips to environmental education centers across the state.
In the fall they visited White Memorial Foundation and Indian Rock Nature Preserve. 

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LHK concert was out of this world

FALLS VILLAGE — Thursday, May 4, was the night of the spring concert at Lee H. Kellogg School.
It was also “Star Wars Day.”
So the show had a decidedly other-worldly feel to it, starting with the space helmet graphic on the program, the children speaking like movie robots, and the singing of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity/Starman,” complete with a video of a space ship launching.
And space helmets.

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Young readers spend time with a favorite writer

FALLS VILLAGE — Prolific author Chris Grabenstein visited with Region One elementary school students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Tuesday, May 2. 
The author of “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” (one of the most popular books in this year’s state Nutmeg reading program) led a high-energy presentation, including a history of his career (starting with homemade comics in the fifth grade).
Then he asked the students if they wanted to help write a story. They replied in the affirmative.

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All hail Mr. Housatonic

FALLS VILLAGE — Anthony Cattelan is the 2017 Mr. Housatonic.
He was crowned by the 2016 winner, Ted Perotti, after an evening of song, dance and general hijinks on the stage in the auditorium at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on  Friday, May 5.
Justin Gregory was the runner-up. In all, there were 10 contestants.
The show was hosted by Dean Saccardi and Olivia Wadsworth. Choreography was by Ryan Nugent and Katherine McGuire.

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Narrow victory for Region One budget

FALLS VILLAGE — Taxpayers narrowly approved the Region One Board of Education budget of $15,777,308 for 2017-18 at a referendum vote on Tuesday, May 2.
The vote was 488-450, a margin of 38 votes.
Only two of the six Region One towns had majorities in favor of the budget. Salisbury voted 196 to 60 in favor of the budget (and had the highest turnout at 256 people). Cornwall voted yes, 81-47.
For the vote by town, see the chart above.
The plan’s increase over the current budget is 1.83 percent.

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Housatonic student of the week

FALLS VILLAGE — On a sun-lit afternoon in October, a staff member walked into my office to ask about the music she heard coming from the auditorium. 
“Have you heard that voice?” she asked. “It’s amazing!” 

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