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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

Enrollment numbers are lower for Region One Schools

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — Enrollment numbers  were reported to the Region One Board of Education at its Oct. 3 meeting. 

The numbers are for the six elementary schools and for Housatonic Valley Regional High School. The numbers reflect student populations on Oct. 1; these numbers are used to calculate each town’s share of the region’s operating expenses.

The student population has decreased from last year, and is slightly smaller than what was anticipated.

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Residents asked to conserve water

FALLS VILLAGE — Residents who use the town’s water system have been asked to conserve water because of the ongoing drought.
The conservation measures are mandatory, and include a ban on watering lawns or gardens or washing cars.
Residents are asked to please keep showers short, do laundry elsewhere or consolidate laundry loads, and check water systems — especially toilets — for leaks.

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You can tell it’s autumn by the apple pies

FALLS VILLAGE — If you were in a pie frame of mind, the Falls Village Congregational Church was the place to be Saturday, Oct. 1.
Avoiding the baked goods was impossible. The table, piled high with apple pies and other comestibles, was cunningly placed immediately to the left of the door to the church hall.
Five dollars bought a bowl of chili and unlimited little corn muffins. A steady stream of commentary from Lou Timolat was free.

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HVRHS teachers weigh in on video controversy

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FALLS VILLAGE — The faculty at Housatonic Valley Regional High School added their voice to the criticism of the Region One Board of Education for a video presentation that was part of the Lighthouse project,  during the board’s regular monthly meeting Monday, Oct. 3.
Beth Foulds, the faculty association president, read a letter to the board.
She said that the faculty members participated in a survey of teachers “willingly and honestly.

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Pulling hard to raise funds for fire company

FALLS VILLAGE — It was touch and go the morning of Saturday, Oct. 1.
Judy Jacobs said the organizers of the Falls Village Truck Pull kept checking the forecast and then looking outside, looking outside and then checking the forecast some more.
“Finally, at about 3 p.m., we just said ‘It’s a go.’”

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Rolling coal

Upward of 500 spectators took in the roar-and-smoke Falls Village Truck Pull last Saturday, Oct. 1, in a field near the town’s Recreation Center.  Smoke-belching pickup trucks and drivers came from four states. The event was a fundraiser for the Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department. Story, photos, Click Here.

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Astronomy, geometry, philosophy: A walk in the woods with Plantin’ Seeds

FALLS VILLAGE — For many of us, the official first day of fall, Sept. 22, is an anticlimax. The weather may not have changed much yet, but school has started, the sweet corn and tomatoes have stopped appearing on our plates and the J. Crew catalog has arrived at the post office advertising topcoats and turtlenecks. 
The equinox occurs when the sun travels across the celestial equator, which marks the division between the northern and southern hemispheres. 

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Canaan Mountain revealed in Heritage walk

FALLS VILLAGE — In the second weekend of the 2016 Housatonic Heritage Walks, Hans Carlson, director of the Great Mountain Forest, guided a sizable group of hikers up to the Canaan Mountain plateau. 
It was Saturday morning, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. when more than 20 people from the Tri-state area gathered in a circle near Great Mountain Forest’s East Gate office. 

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At Lime Rock Park, two wheels instead of four

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LIME ROCK — A group of students from Salisbury Central School (SCS) received newly rebuilt bicycles from employees of Ferrari’s North American division at Lime Rock Park on Friday afternoon, Sept. 23.
SCS Principal Lisa Carter said eight students were chosen to receive the bikes by a lottery system.
Employees at Ferrari took part in a team-building program run by Impact 4 Good, which specializes in such programs for businesses, with a focus on community-based activities.

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Mansoor opens the 34th annual CROP Walk

FALLS VILLAGE — The front lawn at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) overflowed with youthful energy before the start of the 34th annual Northwest Connecticut CROP Hunger Walk held on Sunday, Sept. 25.
The Rev. Heidi Truax of Trinity Lime Rock Episcopal church and organizer of this year’s CROP Walk, estimated the total number of participants to be around 300 people.  She expected it to raise between $30,000 and $35,000, which will be used to address hunger both internationally and locally.

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