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FALLS VILLAGE — The Great Falls on the Housatonic River in Falls Village and Salisbury were already roaring last week before the rains that came down on Tuesday morning, Sept. 18, on the edges of Hurricane Florence. 

There is an official gage that measures the height of the Housatonic River in Falls Village, below the power plant. On Tuesday at 8:15 a.m., while roads were flooding from the heavy rain, the river was at 3 feet, and was actually lower than it had been on Saturday, Sept. 15, when the water was at 3.39 feet. 

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Falls Village

No increase in Region One budget

FALLS VILLAGE — The proposed Region One School District spending plan for the 2018-19 school year is flat at $15,777,308 (a zero percent increase).
The draft proposal, dated Feb. 27, was discussed at a joint meeting of the Region One Board of Education and the All Boards Chairs committee on Monday, March 5.
There are some faculty reductions: part-time teaching positions in English, German and physical education. 
There is also a reduction of one full-time special education position via retirement.

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Orders up!

Cars were lined up along Route 7 on Friday, March 9, for the very popular annual fundraising lasagna dinner at the Lee H. Kellogg School, hosted by students in grades seven and eight. Lasagna was provided by the Falls Village Inn; desserts were donated by community members.
 

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Falling in love again with ‘The King and I’

FALLS VILLAGE — Young generations might be more familiar with music and plots from popular cartoon movies but it’s hard to imagine that they haven’t also grown up knowing (and perhaps loving) the classic songs and story of “The King and I,” one of the most enduring and beloved works by composer Richard Rodgers and dramatist Oscar Hammerstein II.

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Homegrown and far-flung student experiences

FALLS VILLAGE — It was busy at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Thursday morning, Feb. 22.
The FFA held its annual breakfast at 7 a.m., with pancakes, eggs, sausage, fruit and real maple syrup.
State Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) attended, and signed a proclamation of the state Legislature honoring FFA Week.
Ohler also met 16-year-old Guo Xixiang, a student from Shandong Experimental High School in China, who was with her student host, FFA member Alexa O’Connor of North Canaan.

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Getting to know ‘The King and I’

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Musical Theatre Society (HMTS) presents the “The King and I” at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m., Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 17, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Martinez will leave HVRHS at end of year

FALLS VILLAGE — Jose Martinez, principal of Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS), will be leaving the school as of June 30, 2018, the end of the school year.
Martinez made his announcement at a special meeting of the Region One Board of Education on Thursday, Feb. 22.
Martinez is in his fourth year at HVRHS.
He told the board he will focus on the school’s accreditation process this spring.

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Soup, snow and poems raise funds for Hunt

FALLS VILLAGE — As the snow began to fall on Saturday evening, Feb. 17, more than 80 people were already inside at the David M. Hunt library for A Midwinter’s Night in the Village.
There was lots of food and drink — including a toothsome Thai carrot soup from Rita Delgado.
Julia Panev, using Garth Kobal’s Polaroid Snap camera, took photos of party-goers and attached them to Hunt library bookmarks.

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Here comes ‘The King and I,’ March 15-17

FALLS VILLAGE — Dean Saccardi and Abby Dodge, playing Lun Tha and Tuptim respectively, worked on their duet, “I Have Dreamed,” during a rehearsal of “The King and I” at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 15.
The Housatonic Musical Theatre Society production opens Thursday, March 15, 7 p.m. at the high school. Additional shows are Friday, March 16, 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 17, 2 and 7 p.m.

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The real numbers on HVRHS NYP grades

FALLS VILLAGE — The numbers are in for the second grading period at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS), and there are five student athletes out of 106 who are ineligible to participate in sports because of their grades.
HVRHS Principal Jose Martinez made the announcement on Monday, Feb 19.
There has been considerable controversy this month about changes in grading practices and the impact on students who also participate in extracurricular activities — especially sports teams.

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Student inventors work to solve life’s problems

FALLS VILLAGE — Anyone who has ever slipped on ice while shoveling snow will appreciate Lee H. Kellogg school sixth-grader Logan Dean’s “Snow B Sandin’” invention.
It’s a lime spreader with a shovel blade attached to the front. Simply put some sand in the spreader and start moving snow. The sand provides much-needed traction.
This was one of 26 entries in the Invention Convention on display, along with eight Science Fair projects, at the school Tuesday evening, Feb. 6.

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