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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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Falls Village

Town meeting will decide on LHK funds

FALLS VILLAGE — At the regular monthly meeting on Monday, Dec.11, the Falls Village Board of Finance agreed to ask a town meeting to approve a supplemental appropriation for the replacement of the elementary school’s phone system.
School board Chairman Pat Mechare and Lee H. Kellogg School Principal Lexy Juch explained that after Thanksgiving the 20-year-old phone system at Kellogg began to fail. Voice mail functions did not work, for instance, so when staff members were busy phone calls went unanswered.

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Halls alive with sound of music

FALLS VILLAGE — The winter concert at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Friday, Dec. 15, featured six separate student groups and a wide variety of musical styles.
The Night Choir performed the always-popular “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” the Jazz Band did Chuck Mangione’s “Bellavia,” and the Concert Choir handled “How Far I’ll Go” by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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Doing the Snoopy dance

Dylan Vadakin and friends performed some of the favorite songs by Vince Guaraldi from the beloved “A Charlie Brown Christmas” television special, which was first aired in 1965. The concert was held at the Center on Main in Falls Village on Saturday, Dec. 16, attracted a large, festive crowd and lasted for an hour.

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Holiday greens & goats at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — Santa Claus was at the FFA holiday store on Saturday night, Dec. 16, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. 
Santa (Jameason Russin) helped a small boy overcome a bout of nerves, and the resourceful FFA team was able to provide the child with an elf house, a rare treat that happened to be available at the FFA store that day. 

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HVRHS Honor Roll

FALLS VILLAGE — Jose Martinez announced the first quarter marking period Honor Roll at Housatonic Valley Regional High School for the 2017-18 school year. One hundred eighteen names appear on the high honor list for students with averages of A- or more; 119 students have received honors with averages of B or more.
High Honor Roll

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Vanishing ink (and oil paint) at 12x12 sale

FALLS VILLAGE —The flash art exhibit was gone in a flash. At “12 X12 2017,” the David M. Hunt Library’s pop-up gallery show (in its seventh year), the display was intact for mere minutes before it began disappearing. Such is the fleeting nature of the show every year.
Seventy-four artists from the community submitted work —sometimes offering multiple pieces — following the Falls Village library’s measurement requirements of 12 inches by 12 inches.

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New chairman for Region One BOE

FALLS VILLAGE — Bob Whelan of Sharon is the new chairman of the Region One Board of Education.
The new board had its first regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 4, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS). 
Jonathan Moore of Kent is the vice chairman, John Sanders of Cornwall is secretary and Jennifer Weigel of Salisbury is treasurer.
HVRHS Principal Jose Martinez had four students working on “personalized learning” projects speak about what they are doing.

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For young offenders, a second chance

FALLS VILLAGE — Nick Pohl, executive director of the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau (HYSB), made a presentation to the Salisbury Board of Selectmen last week, giving the board (and its new members) an overview of HYSB’s activities.
Pohl had already made the presentation in Sharon and Falls Village, and will do the same in Cornwall this week.
Among the items in the presentation was a relatively new program that provides an alternative to the juvenile court system for minors.

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For a woman who never sits still, a bench on the Green

Recently retired Falls Village First Selectman Pat Mechare (with her grandchildren in the photo above) was honored with a bench and plaque in her honor in the center of town near the Green. The inscription thanks her for her 40 years of “selfless service to the town” on the Board of Selectmen and in many volunteer and elected capacities.

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Winter is here

Motorists faced snow, rain
FALLS VILLAGE — Despite snow and predicted freezing rain on Tuesday, Dec. 12, Region One schools were in session, a change from years when the slightest hint of inclement weather would have canceled classes. 
Region One Superintendent Pam Vogel said Region One “subscribes to a weather system, where we receive daily emails” with reports and predictions for the area.
When bad weather is expected, school officials and meteorologist John Bagioni hold a conference call at 4:15 a.m.

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