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FALLS VILLAGE — Students at the Lee H. Kellogg School (LHK) learned about proper nutrition via song and dance at a performance of “My Plate! The New Food Guide Musical” on Thursday afternoon, April 20.

Helen Butleroff Leahy of Falls Village teamed up with Roumel Reaux to create the show, which featured LHK students in grades two through five.

Leahy said before the show that after her career as a dancer on Broadway and with the Rockettes, she became a dietitian.

“My mission is to help children.”

With dancers Julia Karis and...

Falls Village

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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Students can now decide what matters most to them

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FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School is changing the way students, teachers and parents come together to consider student performance.
At the Region One Board of Education meeting Sept. 12, English teacher Damon Osora and social studies teacher John Lizzi explained the concepts of “personalized learning portfolios” (PLP) and “student-led conferences” (SLC) to the board.

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How Nellie Grace got her card and a town got a library

FALLS VILLAGE — The celebration of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the David M. Hunt Library continued Saturday, Sept. 17, with a book release party and the unveiling of restored portraits of founders Catherine and Wealthy Ann Hunt.
The book, “A Library for Nellie Grace,” was written by Betsy Howie, with illustrations by Robin Roraback and photographs by Patricia Decker, and with layout help from Sara Reynolds and Emelia Luz.

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Lighthouse Project defended by BOE

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education, during its Monday, Sept. 12, meeting, did not offer a formal apology to the Kent Education Association over a video presentation shown to all Region One teachers on Aug. 24 (see story, Page A6).
Board members did say that there was no intent to pick on teachers in general or the Kent Center School teachers in particular.
No need for an apology

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Progress report on emergency center construction

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FALLS VILLAGE — The new emergency services center on Route 7 is taking shape. First Selectman Pat Mechare said Tuesday, Sept. 13, that the frame is up and the walls are the next step.
At the Board of Finance meeting on Monday, Sept. 12, Mechare asked the board to take action on purchasing a new dumpster for paper and cardboard for the transfer station. 
The existing dumpster, a 1997 model, is worn out.
The replacement cost is $6,425.

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The new firehouse

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FALLS VILLAGE — Work on the  new (and long awaited) Emergency Services Center on Route 7 began in June.
Millennium Builders was the successful bidder for the contract in the second round of bids. The Board of Selectmen voted to accept Millenium’s bid of $2,477,000 at a meeting in September 2105.
On December 2013, the town had approved a $2.3 million bond in a referendum vote. A previous referendum for $2.5 million failed in 2011.

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Town sues schools

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Selectmen created a “Taxpayer Legal Defense Fund” to help with legal costs associated with an ongoing dispute with the Region One Board of Education. 
In June, the Board of Finance directed the selectmen to establish the legal fund, to be financed with donations. 

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The shows keep going on!

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Center on Main, home of the Falls Village Children’s Theater, offered a musical revue in August.
A cast of 23 children, working in hot, stuffy conditions, wowed the audience on Saturday, Aug. 13, with an afternoon performance of “Broadway Kids 2016 — Gotta Dance!” 
The show was arranged and directed by Michael Berkeley, and choreographed by Heather Holohan-Guarnieri.

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The back-to-school blues

In a song by students
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FALLS VILLAGE — Tracy Walton and Julia Autumn Ford, who perform together as Belle of the Fall, led a songwriting workshop at the Center on Main on Tuesday, Aug. 23.
Seven youngsters brainstormed and came up with lyrics for a blues song. Given the time of year, the subject matter was, broadly speaking, returning to school.

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