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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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Lasagna dinner is March 24

FALLS VILLAGE — The Lee H. Kellogg School seventh- and eighth-grade students and parents will host their annual lasagna dinner fundraiser at the school on Friday, March 24, starting at 5:30 p.m. with continuous serving through 7:30 p.m. (The snow date is Saturday, March 25, same time.)
Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for children 10 and under. Prepurchasing tickets is strongly recommended as this popular event, serving 400-plus dinners, may sell out. 

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Rough start, but all is well with new piglets

FALLS VILLAGE – Two sows gave birth to litters on the frigid weekend of March 4-5 at the barn in the rear of the Housatonic Valley Regional High School campus.
Volunteers sat up with the pigs, and rigged a heating system in the unheated barn.

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Dreams, goals help to fight drug abuse

Rebecca Sakl, director of Clinical Services at the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau (HYSB), was working with a group of students at the Lee H Kellogg School on Thursday, March 2, trying to help the students understand the difference between realistic goals for self-improvement, and wishful thinking.
She told the students that goals should be realistic, manageable, measurable and meaningful.
The children jumped in with suggestions.
A desire to be taller was rejected as unrealistic.

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Threat at HVRHS deemed ‘not credible’

Parents of students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School were notified by email on Wednesday, March 1, of a threat from a student to shoot another student.
The email from HVRHS Principal Jose Martinez read:
“This correspondence is to inform you of a concerning message received by an HVRHS student. That message was relayed to me this morning. The message made reference to a student shooting another student. 

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Region One: Budget takes back seat to schedule

FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education and the All-Boards Chairs committee met jointly Monday, March 6, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School to take their first look at the Region One budget proposal for 2017-18.
The All-Boards Chairs committee, as its name suggests, is made up of the chairmen of the six town school boards and the regional board of education.

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More secrets from Falls Village

Eric Veden’s latest episode in his Falls Village documentary series is now available. It’s especially useful if you’re curious about baking bread and/or which parts of a sheep to avoid at a feast.
“Baking Bread” follows Gloria Tatsapaugh as she prepares to bake bread in an old, but functional, wood-burning stove and oven.
Her partner, Leon Harris, points out the stove was designed to burn either coal or wood; if using the latter, it has to be in small lengths: 12 to 14 inches.

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