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 FALLS VILLAGE — The public hearing on the proposed spending plans for 2017–18 is Thursday, April 27, 7 p.m. at the Lee H. Kellogg School.

The Board of Education budget proposal (last updated April 12) is $1,840,732, an increase of $28,394 or 1.6 percent.

The town’s share of the Region One School District budget proposal (the subject of a referendum vote Tuesday, May 2) is  $1,312,857, an increase of $54,753 (4.4 percent).

Total education spending, should both proposals pass, will be $3,153,229, an increase of $83,147 (2.7 percent).

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Falls Village

Age, guile win at Turkey Olympics

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

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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Helping children cope with the stresses of the holiday season

cythiah@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The holidays add an extra stress to family life that is unique to the late 20th and early 21st centuries. In these modern times, it’s more common than not for both parents to have full-time jobs (and sometimes to have more than one job). Holidays and vacations create a different family dynamic because, for more than an hour or two at a time, the whole family is together in one place.

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Debate competition convenes at HVRHS

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FALLS VILLAGE — About 100 students from seven high schools participated in the debate competition at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) on Saturday, Nov. 12.
The competition began at 10 a.m. and didn’t wind up until about 6 p.m. “It’s a full day,” said social studies teacher and debate coach John Lizzi.
HVRHS  had seven students competing. German Sharabok had the greatest success, going 3-0  with his partner, Irene Soteriou, a student at East Catholic High School.

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Robotics team is ready to rumble

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Valley Regional High School robotics teams (known as the WhosCTEKS but also as Robotics Team 716) took part in a pre-season competition at Ballston Spa High School in Ballston Spa, N.Y., on Nov. 5.
At what was called the New York Tech Valley Robot Rumble, 11 teams took their custom-made robots through their paces.
In January, teams from all over North America will get instructions for the 2017 FIRST Robotics competition, and will begin to customize their robots and train their team members.

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Cannonball Run in its 16th year

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FALLS VILLAGE — The runners got set behind the start line on Main Street, just up from Prospect Street, and Will Graustein of Greystone Racing gave his final instructions.
“I’ll wave my hat, the cannon will explode, and …”
He waved the hat, the cannon duly boomed, and the participants in the Ed McGuire Memorial Cannonball Run took off on the 5-kilometer course at noon on Saturday, Nov. 5.

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Hidden treasures (as always) in new, 13th video by Eric Veden

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FALLS VILLAGE — Episode number 13 of Eric Veden’s video series about Falls Village is now available.
The video covers the construction of the new emergency services center; the Falls Village Flower Farm; beekeeper Dan Carr; the Falls Village Truck Pull; and a visit with Juliet Moore.
The construction segment is quite lengthy and covers the progress between foundation and putting the walls on.
Veden offers no commentary at all, allowing the images to speak for themselves.

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Region One mulls need for EL teacher

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education held off on approving a new regional position for a teacher to work with students learning English, at the regular monthly board meeting Monday, Nov. 7.

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Where art and science collide (with happy results)

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FALLS VILLAGE — The artgarage and the Mahoney-Hewat Science and Technology Center (STC) at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) held an open house on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 30. The two share a building and provide after-school programs for students.
Bernie Re, one of the artgarage mentors, said that when students come in, he asks to see what they are working on, and takes it from there.
“If we can help, we do. Or we get out of the way.”

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Ahoy there, or a hair there!

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FALLS VILLAGE — They caught a pirate lurking about at the Lee H. Kellogg School on Friday, Oct. 21, at lunchtime.
The interloper, scowling furiously and saying rude things that began with “arrgh,” was brought to the multipurpose room as the students were digging into pizza.
The pirate (Principal Jennifer Law) was bound securely to a chair by office manager Kristen Panzer.

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