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FALLS VILLAGE — Michael Hodgkins was alert during the silent auction and party phase of the Auction in the Village at the Center on Main on Saturday, Oct. 14.

He scanned the crowd until he found what he was looking for: a young woman bearing a tray of shrimp.

Hodgkins darted off in pursuit. Shrimp is serious stuff.

The auction, now in its 16th year, is the main fundraising event for the David M. Hunt Library.

More than 150 people attended, and pored over the silent auction items: gift certificates from area restaurants; opportunities to go rock...

Falls Village

New house is blessed and is a blessing

FALLS VILLAGE — To not know where your home is, where your future is, said Carly Brazee, is “one of the scariest feelings in life.”
After losing her father in 2015 and the family’s home in Salisbury soon after, Brazee and her boyfriend, Chris Anderson, looked at local housing markets with trepidation.
After finding themselves at Moore Brook Farm in Salisbury, Serena Granbery, owner of Moore Brook and vice president of the Northwest Corner’s branch of Habitat for Humanity, suggested the two apply for a home through Habitat.

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HVRHS announces second quarter honor roll

FALLS VILLAGE — Principal Jose Martinez has announced the second quarter marking period honor roll at Housatonic Valley Regional High School for the 2016-17 school year. One hundred three names appear on the high honor list for students with averages of A- or more, while 87 students have received honors with averages of B or more.
High honor roll
 Grade nine

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Spending plan up 2.57 %

FALLS VILLAGE – The proposed spending plan for 2017–18 from the Board of Selectmen calls for $49,187.82 in new spending, which is an increase of 2.57 percent over the current year.
At a special meeting of the Board of Finance on Monday, March 27, First Selectman Pat Mechare presented the Board of Selectmen’s proposal.
The plan includes 3 percent pay raises for Town Hall employees, including the first selectman (but not the other two selectmen).
That first selectman will not be Mechare, who is retiring.

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Plan for 4x4 schedule put on shelf

FALLS VILLAGE — After two lengthy meetings with students, parents, teachers (current and former) and residents of the six Region One School District towns, Region One Assistant Superintendent Pamela Vogel has dropped the plan for a new schedule for the 2018–19 school year at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS).
At a meeting on Tuesday, March 21, a group of teachers and administrators from four different schools (most of them outside of Region One) discussed their experiences with schedule changes similar to what was proposed for HVRHS.

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Learn about Region One budget at hearing April 6

FALLS VILLAGE — The public hearing on the proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year for the Region One School District is Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m. at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
The Region One Board of Education will meet immediately after the hearing, make any adjustments deemed necessary, and vote to send the budget proposal to a referendum vote on Tuesday, May 2 (voting at the town halls in the six Region One towns will be from noon to 8 p.m.)

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Riley headed to state Geo Bee championship

Logan Riley, an eighth-grader at the Lee H. Kellogg School, is a semifinalist, eligible to compete in the 2017 Connecticut National Geographic State Bee, which will be held at Central Connecticut State University on Friday, March 31.

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Lively presentation of ‘Drowsy Chaperone’

FALLS VILLAGE – Griffin Harney was onstage for almost the entirety of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” this year’s production of the Housatonic Musical Theatre Society at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, which was performed on March 16 to 18.
His character, Man in Chair, introduces the fictional musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” and plays the vinyl record for a visitor.
Meanwhile the show acts itself out in his “room.”

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Into the wilds of ‘Madagascar’ with FVCT

FALLS VILLAGE – The first thing that a visitor noticed at the Center on Main on Sunday afternoon, March 19, was what appeared to be a row of steaks hanging from a garment rack.
A quick word with “Madagascar” director and choreographer Becky Sawicki confirmed it.
“What are those red things?” she was asked.
“Steak costumes,” she replied.

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BOE budget for LHK shows 1.6% rise

FALLS VILLAGE – The proposed spending plan for 2017-18 from the Board of Education calls for spending $1,840,569 at Lee H. Kellogg School, an increase of $$28.591 (1.6 percent).
The plan was presented to the Board of Finance on Monday, March 13.
The plan does not include the cost to the town — about $173,000 — of a proposal to have municipalities pay one-third of teacher pension costs.
The Region One assessment for Falls Village in the proposed spending plan is $1,314,652, an increase of $56,548 (4.5 percent).

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‘Drowsy Chaperone’ on stage soon

FALLS VILLAGE – The cast of “The Drowsy Chaperone” was seated in the first few rows of the auditorium at Housatonic Valley Regional High School Thursday afternoon, March 9.
Producer Lori Belter thanked the group for a productive rehearsal the previous evening.
“You’ve got a show,” she said.
“Now we’re going to nitpick.”

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