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Remember the 1970s?

Led Zeppelin? Gas lines? Three Mile Island? 

Not to mention “Charlie’s Angels” and the Ramones.

Students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School interviewed HVRHS alumni who graduated in the 1970s as part of an ongoing oral history project. The subjects and interviewers met in the high school cafeteria on Friday, May 10.

Social studies teacher Peter Vermilyea said the students are enrolled in a course that gives them credit both at HVRHS and at the University of Connecticut.

The interview subjects met with...

Falls Village

Learning philanthropy and coding

FALLS VILLAGE — A group of students in grades four through eight participated in a Code for a Cause event Saturday, March 9, at the Mahoney-Hewat Science and Technology Center at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
The idea was to design an application that would be helpful to a nonprofit group. The students broke up into six groups, each led by a high school volunteer and including a representative of the nonprofit.
Patrice Gans, of Random Hacks of Kindness, moved about the room, monitoring the progress.

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‘Rip Van Winkle: The Musical’ opens on March 14

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Musical Theatre Society presents “Rip Van Winkle: The Musical” for one weekend only at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS). Performances are on Thursday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 16, at 2 and 7:30 pm.  

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Students adapt to new grade system

FALLS VILLAGE — At the March 4 meeting of the Region One Board of Education, Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) Principal Ian Strever presented data on grades that indicate that students have adapted to the new grading system, with a significant decrease in the number of NYP (not yet proficient) grades.
Strever spoke with The Lakeville Journal on Friday, March 8, about the data.

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Listen to the landscape before doing a design

FALLS VILLAGE — There was freshly fallen snow on the ground and a one-hour delay due to slick roads, but that didn’t stop more than 100 amateur and professional gardeners and landscapers from kicking off the gardening season on Saturday, March 2. 
The impetus was the annual Mad Gardeners Symposium held at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) in Falls Village. This year’s gathering was focused on sustainable approaches to gardening and landscaping.

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Family safe after Main Street fire

FALLS VILLAGE — In less than 24 hours, community members came together to help a family whose house burned down on Main Street in Falls Village on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 20.
The cause of the fire has not been revealed yet but it’s possible that a space heater started the blaze in the blue stucco house across the street from the Lee H. Kellogg School. 
The house is owned by Luke Mittaud, who inherited it from his father, Marc, and had done extensive renovations on the circa 1900 building. 

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The 21st Century Fund brings student dreams to life

FALLS VILLAGE — The 21st Century Fund for Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) is now in its 25th year of providing support for projects and activities “that are not in the normal school budget” for HVRHS, fund Chairman David Bayersdorfer said in an interview at the Mahoney-Hewat Science and Technology Center on Thursday, Feb. 7.
The fund has provided 116 grants for a total of $212,000, in amounts ranging from $200 to $3,000.

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The 21st Century Fund brings student dreams to life

FALLS VILLAGE — The 21st Century Fund for Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) is now in its 25th year of providing support for projects and activities “that are not in the normal school budget” for HVRHS, fund Chairman David Bayersdorfer said in an interview at the Mahoney-Hewat Science and Technology Center on Thursday, Feb. 7.
The fund has provided 116 grants for a total of $212,000, in amounts ranging from $200 to $3,000.

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Lincoln is front and center again at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — Abraham Lincoln is once again greeting visitors to Housatonic Valley Regional High School from a prominent position in the front hall. 
HVRHS Principal Ian Strever said that, “The vestibule is truly transformed as a result of the removal of the old desk and the installation of Abe. 

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HVRHS robotics team journeys into ‘Deep Space’

FALLS VILLAGE — The Who’sCTEKS robotics team at Housatonic Valley Regional High School took advantage of the February break to put the finishing touches on their robot for an upcoming competition.
On Saturday, Feb. 16, Andy Brockway, Dennis Fallon and Isaac Freund (HVRHS ’08 and a robotics veteran) supervised and advised as John Purdy, Ken Zeng, Zy Huggan and Xiaohan Ye tested their robot’s ability to pick up a flat disc and a ball and put the items where they need to go.

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Eastern mountain lions on their way

FALLS VILLAGE — Big cats are coming, wildlife expert Sue Morse told a packed house at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Friday evening, Feb. 22.
In fact, they’re already here.
Morse asked the audience members to indicate by show of hands if they’d seen a mountain lion. About half of the audience, approximately 200 people, raised their hands. The talk was sponsored by the Salisbury Association Land Trust, the Litchfield Hills Greenprint and the new Berkshire-Taconic Regional Conservation Partnership.

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