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This is the second part of a two-part series about David Bayersdorfer’s history of Prohibition at the First Tuesday at Seven lecture series on June 6.

 

FALLS VILLAGE — Bayersdorfer explained that, in 1874, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) was formed. Not only did it rapidly supersede the existing temperance groups, it provided the first major political platform for women in the U.S.

The WCTU was preceded by the establishment of the Washingtonian Society in 1840. This group of former alcoholics tried to reform drinkers...

Falls Village

Pohl to leave HYSB

FALLS VILLAGE — Nick Pohl, executive director of the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau (HYSB) since 2010, is leaving for a position at Concordia College. His last day is March 30.
Pohl replaced Cynthia Bianchi in 2010. During his tenure, the agency moved to new offices on the campus of Housatonic Valley Regional High School and expanded the range of services it offers children and families in the Region One School District.

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‘King and I’ a hit for HMTS

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Musical Theatre Society’s presentation of “The King and I” was a smash hit, with packed houses on all three nights (March 15 to 17) and a sold-out performance on Thursday, March 15.
The show was one of the three most popular in the high school theater troupe’s history (after “Chicago” and “South Pacific”).
The director was Michael Berkeley; Theatre Society founder Lori Belter was the production stage manager and assistant director. 

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Students embrace school safety

FALLS VILLAGE — Students gathered at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) on Wednesday, March 14, to honor the victims of the shooting at a Florida high school earlier this month and to discuss school safety.
Assistant Principal Ian Strever thanked the approximately 80 students for attending. He said the purpose of the gathering was not political.
“It’s about school safety,” he said. “It’s all about us paying more attention to each other.”

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No increase in Region One budget

FALLS VILLAGE — The proposed Region One School District spending plan for the 2018-19 school year is flat at $15,777,308 (a zero percent increase).
The draft proposal, dated Feb. 27, was discussed at a joint meeting of the Region One Board of Education and the All Boards Chairs committee on Monday, March 5.
There are some faculty reductions: part-time teaching positions in English, German and physical education. 
There is also a reduction of one full-time special education position via retirement.

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Orders up!

Cars were lined up along Route 7 on Friday, March 9, for the very popular annual fundraising lasagna dinner at the Lee H. Kellogg School, hosted by students in grades seven and eight. Lasagna was provided by the Falls Village Inn; desserts were donated by community members.
 

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Falling in love again with ‘The King and I’

FALLS VILLAGE — Young generations might be more familiar with music and plots from popular cartoon movies but it’s hard to imagine that they haven’t also grown up knowing (and perhaps loving) the classic songs and story of “The King and I,” one of the most enduring and beloved works by composer Richard Rodgers and dramatist Oscar Hammerstein II.

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Homegrown and far-flung student experiences

FALLS VILLAGE — It was busy at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Thursday morning, Feb. 22.
The FFA held its annual breakfast at 7 a.m., with pancakes, eggs, sausage, fruit and real maple syrup.
State Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) attended, and signed a proclamation of the state Legislature honoring FFA Week.
Ohler also met 16-year-old Guo Xixiang, a student from Shandong Experimental High School in China, who was with her student host, FFA member Alexa O’Connor of North Canaan.

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Getting to know ‘The King and I’

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Musical Theatre Society (HMTS) presents the “The King and I” at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m., Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 17, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Martinez will leave HVRHS at end of year

FALLS VILLAGE — Jose Martinez, principal of Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS), will be leaving the school as of June 30, 2018, the end of the school year.
Martinez made his announcement at a special meeting of the Region One Board of Education on Thursday, Feb. 22.
Martinez is in his fourth year at HVRHS.
He told the board he will focus on the school’s accreditation process this spring.

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Soup, snow and poems raise funds for Hunt

FALLS VILLAGE — As the snow began to fall on Saturday evening, Feb. 17, more than 80 people were already inside at the David M. Hunt library for A Midwinter’s Night in the Village.
There was lots of food and drink — including a toothsome Thai carrot soup from Rita Delgado.
Julia Panev, using Garth Kobal’s Polaroid Snap camera, took photos of party-goers and attached them to Hunt library bookmarks.

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