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FALLS VILLAGE — Michael Hodgkins was alert during the silent auction and party phase of the Auction in the Village at the Center on Main on Saturday, Oct. 14.

He scanned the crowd until he found what he was looking for: a young woman bearing a tray of shrimp.

Hodgkins darted off in pursuit. Shrimp is serious stuff.

The auction, now in its 16th year, is the main fundraising event for the David M. Hunt Library.

More than 150 people attended, and pored over the silent auction items: gift certificates from area restaurants; opportunities to go rock...

Falls Village

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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Falls Village budgets

FALLS VILLAGE — About 23 people, many of them elected officials, came to the Thursday, April 27, public hearing on the proposed spending plans for town government and education spending.
The proposal from the Board of Selectmen is for a total of $1,959,484, an increase of $50,933 (2.66 percent).
That figure includes debt service payments of $290,617. 
The school board’s proposal is for $1,840,372, an increase of $28,394 (1.6 percent).

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Land whispering, and Trade Secrets

FALLS VILLAGE — Dale McDonald knew she had stumbled upon something special when she bought her 27-acre property in Falls Village in 2007. Situated along the Housatonic River, the property, now known as Pom’s Cabin Farm, is a magical landscape full of whimsy, sunshine and life.
Shortly after purchasing the farm, McDonald met Robin Zitter, a horticulturalist and “land whisperer” who has helped guide the process of transforming the landscape. 

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