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FALLS VILLAGE — When the curtain came down, the sale began. On Saturday, Dec. 8, the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village held its popular flash–sale fundraiser once again, this year titled “12x12: Beauty.” 

More than 50 artists from the Tri-state region contributed multiple works under the guidelines that each piece must be 12 inches by 12 inches.

There was even a small collection of work by 91-year-old illustrator and painter Robert Andrew Parker of Cornwall. 

All works were priced at $100.

Notably, this year the...

Falls Village

A class with verve and zest moves into the future

FALLS VILLAGE — The class of 2018 bade farewell to Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) at the 79th annual commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 21. 

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Why Prohibition still resonates

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.

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Water will run through selectmen’s office now

FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Selectmen voted to ask a town meeting to rescind the existing ordinance concerning the Water Commission and adopt a new one making the commission directly responsible to the selectmen.
The board’s regular monthly meeting was Monday, June 11.
In a phone interview Monday, June 18, First Selectman Henry Todd said at present the commission operates as an independent entity, but the town is responsible for any debts the commission might incur.

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Schibi is AP at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — Steve Schibi, the new assistant principal at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, was at a meet-and-greet on Wednesday afternoon, June 13.
He takes over for Ian Strever, who is the new principal, replacing Jose Martinez, who will retire at the end of the school year.
Schibi comes from Region 10/Lewis Mills High School in Burlington, Conn., where he has been dean of students since 2012. 

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Details of a very different daily life in the 1950s

FALLS VILLAGE — Working with hours and hours of recorded conversations and pages and pages of transcripts, Abigail Adam came up with an 18-minute podcast on what it was like to be a teenager in the Region One School District in the 1950s.
The podcast was previewed at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) on Tuesday, June 12. The regional high school serves the towns of North Canaan, Falls Village, Sharon, Salisbury, Kent and Cornwall.

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Jose Martinez looks back on years at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) Principal Jose Martinez said goodbye at his final board meeting on Monday, June 4. Martinez is retiring after four years at HVRHS. Assistant Principal Ian Strever will succeed him.
This week Region One announced that it has hired Steven Schibi to be the new assistant principal. Schibi is currently the dean of students for the Region 10 School District, which is on the campus of Lewis Mills High School in Burlington, Conn.
Martinez said over his time at HVRHS there have been ups and downs. 

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A century since the one-room schoolhouse closed

FALLS VILLAGE — The 100th anniversary of the closing of the Beebe Hill one-room schoolhouse in Falls Village featured bubbles, hot dogs, traditional fiddle tunes, history and a drone.
On Saturday morning, June 9, members of the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society were ready to show visitors around the venerable schoolhouse.
That it was a schoolhouse at all came as a surprise to one young visitor.
“I thought it was a shed,” she said.

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HVRHS 2018 athletic awards

 
The Housatonic Valley Regional High School Athletic Department had their spring season and senior sports awards ceremony on Tuesday, June 5.  The following student-athletes were honored at the sports award ceremony:
Baseball
Most Valuable:  Connor Toffey. Most Improved:  Jack McAuliffe. Sportsmanship:  Caleb Shpur. JV Most Improved:  Eric Hickey. Stevenson Award for JV Sportsmanship:  Nick Dodge.
 Softball

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Why Prohibition continues to resonate today

FALLS VILLAGE — The First Tuesday at Seven series of talks got off to an entertaining start Tuesday, June 5, with David Bayersdorfer’s pocket history of the factors that led up to Prohibition and their repercussions today.
Bayersdorfer, a former social studies teacher at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, opened by citing his sources: “Last Call” by Daniel Okrent, the Ken Burns documentary series on Prohibition, and the Constitution of the United States, a copy of which he kept handy throughout his teaching career.

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Cavorting Morris men make lively demonstrations

FALLS VILLAGE —At about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, a large group of Morris dancers paraded into downtown. 
They came down Main Street to the area by Town Hall and the Senior Center building across the street, accompanied by musicians and a jester (or fool) leaping about in front of the procession.
There were six groups, from Great Barrington, Mass., Boston, Mass., New York City, Binghamton, N.Y., Albany, N.Y., and Seattle, Wash.

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