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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.

The phone system was assessed and ultimately replaced by...

Falls Village

New schedule, at last, for HVRHS students

FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School will go to a new schedule for the 2017-18 academic year.
Principal Jose Martinez said in a phone interview Thursday, May 25, that the new schedule is a six-day rotation, as opposed to the four-day rotation in the current schedule.
On the first two days, there are four 75-minute classes — courses A,B,C and D on day one, and E,F,G and H on day two.
For the remaining four days, there are six 50-minute periods.

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Finding the true meaning of Memorial Day

FALLS VILLAGE — For the second year in a row, rain forced the cancellation of the Memorial Day parade, and the ceremony was held at the Lee H. Kellogg School on Monday morning, May 29.
First Selectman Pat Mechare, presiding over her final Memorial Day as the top elected official in town, opened the ceremony by noting that despite the poor weather, “I think the spirit of the day is with us as we remember those who have fallen for us.”

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Solving everyday problems at HVRHS science fair

FALLS VILLAGE — Seventy-four students at Housatonic Valley Regional High school participated in this year’s science fair on Tuesday, May 23. 
In biology, Christina Winburn earned first place for “Which method is most effective for cleaning cell phones?”
Anna Coon took second place with “Salt in the wound: How do ice melters affect plant life?”
In third place was Carly Tygart’s “Does chewing gum affect cognitive function?”

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Students compete in Region One meet

FALLS VILLAGE — At the Region One track meet on Thursday, May 18, students from the six regional schools came together on the field at Housatonic Valley Regional High School to compete in eight different track and field events.
It was a very warm day, with temperatures at about 91 degrees before noon as the events were getting underway. 
The six schools that make up Region One are North Canaan, Cornwall, Falls Village, Kent, Salisbury and Sharon. 

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Flora and fauna shown at FFA open house

FALLS VILLAGE — The annual Housatonic Valley FFA Open House was held on Wednesday, May 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday, May 18, in the agricultural education (ag-ed) wing of Housatonic Valley Regional High School. As always, the milkshakes (also known as jetshakes), petting zoo and big tractors were highlights.

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Easing the anxiety for incoming freshmen at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — Three students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) have started a program to provide incoming ninth-graders with the transition to high school.
Sophomores Victor Flores of North Canaan, Manuella Matsudaira (Cornwall) and Caroline Hurlburt (Cornwall) came up with the idea in response to an announcement last November from HVRHS Principal Jose Martinez, inviting students to submit proposals for a new competition sponsored by the 21st Century Fund for HVRHS: the annual Ingenuity Competition.

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A little off the side

A crowd gathered around sophomore Maggie Baldwin as she demonstrated how to correctly clip a Brown Swiss cow during the annual Housatonic Valley FFA open house last week in the agricultural education (ag-ed) wing of Housatonic Valley Regional High School. Story, see Flora and fauna show at FFA open house.

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Hands-on learning: invasives workshops on May 20

Two field workshops are scheduled for Saturday, May 20, and will demonstrate landscape management options to reverse invasive impact and encourage native plant ecosystems. 

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Learning about the past, first hand

FALLS VILLAGE — Peter Vermilyea’s social studies students interviewed people who were at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS)in the 1950s as part of an oral history project.
The interviews took place in the school cafeteria on Friday, May 12.
Eli Hill and Jared Taylor interviewed former HVRHS Principal and Region One Superintendent Ed Kirby, a Sharon native and resident. The time period was stretched a little with Kirby, who graduated from HVRHS in 1945.

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LHK students learn about the environment

FALLS VILLAGE — Sixth-graders at Lee H. Kellogg School are participating in a program called Project TREE (Teaching Regional Environmental Education) funded through EdAdvance in Litchfield. 
Through this program, students participate in four field trips to environmental education centers across the state.
In the fall they visited White Memorial Foundation and Indian Rock Nature Preserve. 

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