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FALLS VILLAGE — Even without the accompanying music you would have heard them. The jingling ring of the bells strapped to their shins traveled up and down Main Street. The Morris dancers returned to Falls Village, leaping, twirling and gallivanting in front of Town Hall for an audience in the early evening on Saturday, June 15. 

Dressed in white to represent the freshness and purity of spring’s seasonal rebirth, each of the five troupes added on a distinguishing accent to differentiate their costumes, better known to the dancers as their “kits.” ...

Falls Village

Sparse details on apartment plan

Falls Village P&Z continues hearing
FALLS VILLAGE — The Planning and Zoning Commission in Falls Village held a public hearing on Thursday,  April 25, on the Falls Village Housing Trust’s application to build an affordable housing development near the Housatonic River and near Housatonic Valley Regional High School, on River Road. 
The hearing was continued to Wednesday, May 29, 6:30 p.m.

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Region One vote is on May 7

FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One School District budget referendum is Tuesday, May 7, with voting from noon to 8 p.m. at the six town halls in the region: Cornwall, Canaan/Falls Village, Kent, North Canaan, Salisbury and Sharon.
The budget proposal is for $15,777,309. It is a 0% increase over 2018-19.
The Region One budget has three components: Housatonic Valley Regional High School, Pupil Services (which includes special education), and the Regional Schools Services Center (RSSC).

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Housing plan for 28 apartments gets OK

FALLS VILLAGE — The Inland Wetlands and Conservation Commission approved an application from the Falls Village Housing Trust for a multi-unit affordable housing development on River Road at the commission’s regular monthly meeting Thursday, April 18.
The parcel on River Road is about 14 acres and is within the Incentive Housing Zone.
The plan is for 28 units of rental housing in eight buildings, to be built in two stages.

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Music Mountain forges ahead into its 90th season

FALLS VILLAGE — Music Mountain is moving with vigor into its 90th season, with a full schedule of chamber music, jazz, show tunes and Gilbert and Sullivan. 
But for those who have been attending concerts at the Falls Village venue for decades, it still feels a little wistful to walk around the hilltop campus and not see the towering figure of Nick Gordon striding into the historic building with one of his beloved large dogs. 

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The fun, dark corners of history in podcast

FALLS VILLAGE — Deron Bayer and John Lizzi, social studies teachers at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, have collaborated on a podcast, called “Deep Dive History.” 
Lizzi introduces the series by saying the goal is to go “as deep as you can possibly go on a given topic, given that we are moderately educated and amateur historians.”
The first episode, “World War II Ends Today. World War III Begins Tomorrow” is on YouTube.

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HVRHS robotics team competes in ‘Deep Space’ game

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HVRHS student to graduate early

Wyatt Wiley, a senior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, pictured with HVRHS Principal Ian Strever, left, and Wiley’s mother, Renee Wiley, right, is scheduled to  graduate early, on Monday, June 3.

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No increase in Region One 2020 budget

FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education approved the 2019-20 budget plan after a 31 minute public hearing on Thursday, April 4, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS).
The $15,777,309 budget plan will be the subject of a referendum on Tuesday, May 7.

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Numbers show steady HVRHS uptick in grades

FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) Principal Ian Strever presented more data indicating improvements in student achievement at the regular monthly meeting of the Region One Board of Education on Monday, April 1.
Strever showed a chart comparing the total number of grades below a 70 in the first two grading periods (i.e. first semester) from the 2013-14 school year to the present. 

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Learning to care for bees and communities

FALLS VILLAGE — Marleen Van Gulick and her husband, Dan Carr, are as inspired by bee communities today as they were when they met on a Brooklyn rooftop five years ago. 
Carr was the head beekeeper for Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture at the time and he was in the city teaching a beekeeping class that Van Gulick, already a beekeeper herself, was taking to brush up her skills. 

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