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FALLS VILLAGE — “What he got was magic,” Skip Barber marveled as he recounted the history of the racetrack at Lime Rock Park on Tuesday, July 2, at the South Canaan Meetinghouse in Falls Village.

The event was the second of the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society’s First Tuesday At Seven summer lecture series.

Barber, the owner of Lime Rock Park, was referring to Jim Vaill’s design of the racetrack. Vaill, the owner of a gravel pit on the site of what is now Lime Rock Park, “knew nothing about cars and certainly nothing about...

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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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Broadway classic from the FVCT

FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village Children’s Theater production of “Annie Get Your Gun” is at Housatonic Valley Regional High School starting Friday, March 29, at 7 p.m., with shows on Saturday, March 30, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 31, at 2 p.m.
At rehearsal at the Center on Main on Saturday, March 23, Director Becky Wilczak and Musical Director Michael Berkeley called the cast to order and started working on “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” 

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