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Logan Riley, an eighth-grader at the Lee H. Kellogg School, is a semifinalist, eligible to compete in the 2017 Connecticut National Geographic State Bee, which will be held at Central Connecticut State University on Friday, March 31.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition. Bees were held throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The top-scoring students compete in the state bees in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia,...

Falls Village

Elves hard at work on holiday greens at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — Students, alumni, parents and faculty clipped evergreen boughs and dragged trees around and shaped wreaths and consumed hot drinks and cookies and generally had a good time on Thursday evening, Dec. 1, at the first of two “production nights” at Housatonic Valley Regional High School’s agricultural education (HVRHS ag-ed) wing.
The school’s FFA chapter runs a holiday store, and the wreaths are a popular item.

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Group effort

Students and other volunteers assembled wreaths and Christmas decorations at a work bee at Housatonic Valley Regional High School  in Falls Village last week. Story, another photo, Click Here.

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Housatonic Valley Regional student of the week

FALLS VILLAGE —How does one become worldly without traveling extensively? Is it possible to cultivate urbane sensibilities without visiting cosmopolitan settings and far-flung destinations? One meeting with senior Sara Van Deusen confirms that it is. 

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At LHK, an antidote to top-down teaching

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FALLS VILLAGE — Parents, pupils and participants came to Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Saturday, Nov. 26 for the world premiere of “Passion to Teach,” a documentary film featuring Lee H. Kellogg School social studies teacher Amy Lake.
“Passion to Teach” was produced and directed by Sandria Parsons and Bart Nourse.
Introducing the film, Parsons drew attention to one line toward the end, where Lake tells a reporter that “there are thousands of good teachers out there.”

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How to truly protect the land

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FALLS VILLAGE — There was a small gathering at the Great Mountain Forest (GMF)office on Canaan Mountain Road Saturday, Nov. 12, to say goodbye to Hans Carlson, the executive director, who is leaving for a job in Maine.
Carlson took a few minutes to reflect on the current state of the environmental movement and how organizations like GMF fit in.
Asked if there is a split between well-known environmental groups such as the Sierra Club and advocates of traditional conservation, Carlson said yes.

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LHK’s Amy Lake is star of ‘Passion to Teach’

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FALLS VILLAGE — A documentary film featuring Lee H. Kellogg School (LHK) social studies teacher Amy Lake makes its world premiere at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 4 p.m.
“Passion to Teach” is a project of Sandria Parsons and Bart Nourse.

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Silver maple tree will be taken down

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Silver maple tree will be taken down

FALLS VILLAGE — The silver maple tree on the town Green will be coming down.

First Selectman Pat Mechare told the Board of Selectman on Monday, Nov. 14, that the town tree warden, Corey Bush, had determined the tree needs to be removed.

After the notice is posted, citizens have 10 days to request a public hearing.

Selectman Chuck Lewis said silver maples are brittle, and the more the tree spreads out, the likelier it is to drop limbs.

Farm to table at FFA banquet

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FALLS VILLAGE — Theresa Freund of Freund’s Farm Market in East Canaan briefly addressed a full cafeteria at Housatonic Valley Regional High School during the FFA banquet on Friday, Nov. 18.
When her daughter was in the FFA program, 14 years ago, she came to Freund and said the FFA needed a new caterer for the banquet.
Freund suggested herself.
Her daughter said, “No, we need someone who can make a really good meal.”
“I said, ‘Excuse me?’”

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Age, guile win at Turkey Olympics

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FALLS VILLAGE — This year’s seniors, the Class of 2017, won the annual Turkey Olympics at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Friday, Nov. 18.
The sophomores took second place, with the faculty squad finishing in third place. The freshmen came in fourth and the juniors fifth.
The Turkey Olympics is a series of competitions — some traditional, some fiendishly difficult, and all silly and fun.

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Input sought on new Region One leader

FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education will host two focus groups for the public on “the qualities, experiences, and characteristics desired” in a new assistant superintendent for the six-town, seven-school regional school district.
They are Wednesday, Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m. at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, and Tuesday, Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m. at Kent Center School.

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