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FALLS VILLAGE — Taylor Hurley, aquatics director at the Falls Village pool, defined the mission: Pull everything out of storage, and clean it.

At noon on Saturday, June 17, a crew including Hurley and lifeguards Hayley Kozlowski, Ryan Nugent, Amanda Jacquier, Ashley DeMazza and Nick Boyden (with his children, Birdie and Hoyt), began the tedious but necessary process of getting the pool ready for opening day, Saturday, June 24.

Other volunteers arrived while the furniture was being brought out.

Hurley said the chemicals had already been added to the water, so...

Falls Village

Dreams, goals help to fight drug abuse

Rebecca Sakl, director of Clinical Services at the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau (HYSB), was working with a group of students at the Lee H Kellogg School on Thursday, March 2, trying to help the students understand the difference between realistic goals for self-improvement, and wishful thinking.
She told the students that goals should be realistic, manageable, measurable and meaningful.
The children jumped in with suggestions.
A desire to be taller was rejected as unrealistic.

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Threat at HVRHS deemed ‘not credible’

Parents of students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School were notified by email on Wednesday, March 1, of a threat from a student to shoot another student.
The email from HVRHS Principal Jose Martinez read:
“This correspondence is to inform you of a concerning message received by an HVRHS student. That message was relayed to me this morning. The message made reference to a student shooting another student. 

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Region One: Budget takes back seat to schedule

FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education and the All-Boards Chairs committee met jointly Monday, March 6, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School to take their first look at the Region One budget proposal for 2017-18.
The All-Boards Chairs committee, as its name suggests, is made up of the chairmen of the six town school boards and the regional board of education.

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More secrets from Falls Village

Eric Veden’s latest episode in his Falls Village documentary series is now available. It’s especially useful if you’re curious about baking bread and/or which parts of a sheep to avoid at a feast.
“Baking Bread” follows Gloria Tatsapaugh as she prepares to bake bread in an old, but functional, wood-burning stove and oven.
Her partner, Leon Harris, points out the stove was designed to burn either coal or wood; if using the latter, it has to be in small lengths: 12 to 14 inches.

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Anger and some progress at HVRHS meeting

FALLS VILLAGE — After a very long and often contentious meeting attended by about 155 parents, students and a few teachers, incoming Region One Superintendent Pamela Vogel agreed to meet with a group of students the week of March 6 to get their feedback on proposed changes to the teaching method at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS).
Near the end of the meeting, Vogel was asked by a parent, “Is this change happening, regardless, next year?” She responded, “I’m not saying at this point.”

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Teachers object to new schedule at high school

Teachers at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) are not happy about the new schedule planned for the high school for the 2017-18 school year.
Damon Osora (English department chair), Nur Abdulhayoglu (science department chair), John Lizzi (social studies teacher) and Vance Cannon (library media specialist) met with The Lakeville Journal on Friday, Feb. 17.

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Regional middle school students perform

Rob Nellson, band director at Salisbury Central School, introduced the group of middle-school band and chorus students at the Region One Music Festival at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) on Wednesday evening, Feb.15, praising the students’ work ethic during rehearsals.
“It’s top-notch,” he said.
The Regional Band then charged ahead in a spirited rendition of Mark Williams’ “Plaza de Toros.”
The regional band and chorus each performed four pieces.

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Carter new assistant superintendent

FALLS VILLAGE —The Region One Board of Education has hired Salisbury Central School (SCS) Principal Lisa Carter as the new assistant superintendent for the Region One School District.
It was made official on Thursday, Feb. 16.
Carter took over at SCS in 2011. Before that she was a social studies teacher at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
She has also worked for the U.S. State Department and in the corporate world.

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Serious reading, serious fun at Read Aloud

“This is a serious book,” said Ellery “Woods” Sinclair as he read “Separate is Never Equal” (by Duncan Tonatiuh) to the seventh grade at the Lee H. Kellogg School in Falls Village during Read Aloud day on Wednesday, Feb. 8.
Sinclair’s grandson, Kneeland Munson, was sitting next to him.

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Schools budget shows 2.97 % rise (so far)

The Region One School District draft budget proposal for 2017-18 contains an increase of 2.97 percent, according to budget committee members Jonathan Moore of Kent and Robert Whalen of Sharon.
A 2.97 percent increase over the current budget of $15,494,235 is about $460,000.
The two reported to the Region One Board of Education during the regular meeting Monday, Feb. 6.
Moore said the 2017-18 budget proposal was the most challenging he has experienced in his seven years on the board.

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