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Classrooms will see 16 new teachers when classes begin Aug. 26 in the Region One School District, which includes the elementary schools in Canaan/Falls Village, Cornwall, Kent, Sharon, Salisbury and North Canaan, as well as Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS). Not pictured are Audra Leach, Danielle Melino, Elizabeth Frost and Kiera Bisenius.

 

Maddie Cutler is the new fourth grade teacher at North Canaan Elementary...

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Straight from the Street: Looking forward to springing into 2019

HARLEM VALLEY — Now that spring is here — officially beginning on Wednesday, March 20 — residents across the Harlem Valley have emerged from their cozy homes to make the most of the longer days ahead of them. For some residents, the return of spring means it’s time to get reacquainted with familiar routines while for others, it’s a time to remember the simple joys of life.

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The 200th graduation of Connecticut K9 training troop

MERIDEN, CONN. — The Connecticut State Police K9 Unit announced the graduation of its 200th K9 Training Troop. 
The Troop consisted of seven K9 Teams from throughout the United States and specialized in Electronic Storage Device Detection. The graduation was held on Friday, March 15, at the State Police Academy in Meriden, Conn.
The Connecticut State Police K9 Unit trained the world’s first electronic storage device detection K9 in 2012 utilizing a proprietary training methodology and curriculum. 

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Racoon Watch

See that furry head and black snout poking out? Eagle-eyed Lake-ville Journal photographer Lans Christensen spotted this raccoon on Cobble Road in Kent on Wednesday morning, March 13. “This little guy was looking for a place to bed down and finally found a cozy spot under some tall grass cuttings,”  Christensen said. “He later scampered off in search of something more secure.”
— Alexander Wilburn

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Bear Watch

It might not feel like spring to those of us who don’t hibernate and weren’t born with fur coats. But the Northwest Corner bear population seems to know that winter is over and the ursines have begun to emerge from their cold-weather naps. Look for one at a birdfeeder near you. Photographer Lazlo Gyorsok snapped these photos of a bear at his feeder in Cornwall last week. 
— Cynthia Hochswender

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Board of Education nominating petitions now available

Pine Plains
Anyone interested in becoming a candidate for the Board of Education (BOE) of the Pine Plains Central School District may pick up a packet of information including nominating petitions from the district clerk at the district office or at a BOE meeting.
The election is for two members of the Board of Education: Both seats are for three-year terms commencing July 1, 2019 and ending on June 30, 2022.

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When winter hits: How utility companies restore power

HUDSON VALLEY — When storms hit, children may celebrate snow days and home owners may just grumble as they spend time digging out, but in the worst-case scenarios, foul weather can mean power outages, with all the accompanying headaches. 
For the workers at Central Hudson Gas and Electric, even the hint of bad weather means one thing: action.
Although weather forecasting is far from an exact science, before there may even be a cloud in the sky, potential emergencies are evaluated and an emergency plan implemented.

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Superintendent Award recipients in Region One School District in 2019

The Lakeville Journal congratulates this year’s Region One School District Superintendent Award winners. The elementary-age students are in eighth grade; the Housatonic Valley Regional High School students are seniors. The student descriptions, below, are provided by the schools. 

 

Lily Najdek

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Nature springs to life, even with March snow

In Kent, Lakeville Journal photographer Lans Christensen snapped this baby goat poking its head over the fence at South Kent School’s Center for Innovation on Wednesday, March 6.
In Sharon, John Brett and Jane Strong shared this photo of a North American river otter that they photographed in the pond near their home, on Monday, March 11. “It was munching down on a fish he/she had caught,” Brett reported. “This is the second year in a row this magnificent creature has stopped by for a brief stay.” 

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Area schools honor student achievements

The Region One schools have announced the names of students who have earned the annual Superintendent   Award. 
Region One and other districts in the state recognize one student at each elementary school and two at the high school, honor them with a certificate of excellence and celebrate their achievement at a dinner. The awards are based on community service and service to others; academic excellence (relative to the student’s ability); and leadership service to the school community. 

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Shimmering prisms and portents

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