Latest Tri-State News Headlines Updated May 18 2022 5:00 AM

SALISBURY – Tremaine Gallery at Hotchkiss School was finally able to hold an in-person show after two years of being closed to the public due to the pandemic.

“Fragmentary Blue” is curated by Joan Baldwin, curator of special collections at the school, and Terri L. Moore, director of the gallery. The exhibit features 17 participating artists and highlights each of their responses to the color blue in various media. It borrows its title from Robert Frost’s poem “Fragmentary Blue,” which includes the lines: “Why make so much of fragmentary blue? In here and there a bird, or butterfly, or flower, or wearing-stone, or open eye, when heaven presents in sheets the solid hue?”

In her framed explanation of how the show came about, Baldwin writes about the many shades and meanings of blue she thought about after reading the poem. She asked the artists to interpret the color and collaborated with Abigail Doan, class of 1981, and Breece Honeycutt, “who gently clarified my original thought, while identifying possible artists.”

But then COVID-19 hit and the exhibit was postponed for two years. Baldwin said many of the artists used that time to reconnect with nature, specifically with water, which is seen in several works. Others took the color on other paths.

The show runs through June 19.

Pat Ryan to run in special 19th Congressional election before pursuing 18th seat

Before Pat Ryan runs to represent the 18th Congressional District in November, he’ll run to represent the 19th.

The Ulster County Executive announced he would run in the special election to fill the 19th district seat vacated by Antonio Delgado.

The Democrat would presumably face Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, who has been campaigning for most of the past year as the Republican challenger to Delgado, and said he plans to run for the 19th seat in both the special and regular elections.

Delgado recently opted to fill New York’s lieutenant governor vacancy, though he’s yet to formally resign. When he does, Gov. Kathy Hochul will need to schedule the special election

The announcement from Ryan comes one day after a new set of proposed district lines for the state were released, prompting a flurry of announcements from candidates and sitting congressmen. Among them, 18th District Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, announced he would run in the 17th District in November if the maps stand, and Ryan announced he would run for Maloney’s vacated seat.


Opening Reception: Friday, May 20th, 4 pm to 6pm.
Awards ceremony at 5 pm.
Show up through the end of the school year: June 17.
After May 20th, Please call Cindy Fuller in the Main Office to schedule a viewing

Head Intern: Ellie Wolgemuth. (Ellie short for Elinor)

Big Events:
• The gallery is officially changing its name. Going from ‘Two Walls Gallery’ to ‘The Kearcher-Monsell’ Gallery.
Honoring Lynn Kearcher for her years of dedication and service to the
Art program.

• Offical ‘unveiling’ of the new Tim Prentice sculpture in the Library Reading Room. It is a kinetic sculpture.

• First public showing of a documentary about the Prentice sculpture.
Created by Housy student, who is heading to film school after graduation.

• The awarding of prizes for student work.
This includes the newly named award:
The Tino and Susan Galluzzo Award for Excellence

• The Sharon Woman’s Club raffle.
Raffling a really beautiful quilt.

• Over 90 student works on display.
By current students and by students who graduated during
the last two covid years.

Hunt’s Homegrown Plant Sale

May 21 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Falls Village’s own growers, gardeners, and CSAs will provide a wide variety of plants, including a large selection of tomatoes, vegetables, annuals and perennials, and houseplants including geraniums from HVRHS in pots and hanging baskets. Proceeds benefit the Hunt Library and HVRHS.

To donate plants for sale, drop off is Friday, May 20, 2-5PM. Early drop-offs may be placed by the Library’s back door. Please name label and pot your plants.

Volunteers for set up and sale can sign up at the link below.

Douglas Library Plant Sale

MAY 04, 2022 – MAY 21, 2022

Saturday, May 21, 10-1PM. The plant sale will feature plants from Freund’s Farm Market as well as donated plants. Donated plants are most welcome, in pots, if possible.

Residents, staff express long-term concern for Sharon Hospital

FALLS VILLAGE — Sharon Hospital administrators once again heard concerns about the plan to close the labor and delivery department during a community forum Thursday, but they also were implored to work with emergency services personnel and volunteers on a better relationship.

The session was attended by 10 people. A transformation plan has been announced and citizens have been told the proposed changes are necessary for the survival of the small rural hospital. Recruiting staff has been a challenge and the hospital is losing money, according to leadership. The hospital has submitted answers to questions raised by the Office of Health Strategy and is waiting to hear about the next step.

Andrea Downs, a professional paramedic and EMS volunteer in Falls Village, told Dr. Mark Hirko, president of the hospital, and Dr. Mark Marshall, vice president of medical affairs, “The EMS community feels let down. We are getting no direction from the hospital and people are saying they don’t know who to call.” She said there is no one taking on the position of EMS director. “We were told we’d have an EMS coordinator, but we don’t have people in place to do the job. It’s not an efficient system-it doesn’t seem personal.”

Downs said the EMS crews would like to see the emergency room doctors become up-to-date on protocols relating to how ambulance squads and the hospital can work together.

Hirko said, like all other medical areas, emergency room staffing is down. Marshall said he’d be happy to facilitate a meeting between EMS volunteers and the emergency room staff because it will affect all squads.

“It’s already affecting all the squads,” Downs said. “It’s good to come up with a plan. It’s hard to find volunteers and we need to address key issues.”

Hirko took the opportunity to dispel the rumors that the emergency room was being cut back in hours or coverage. “It’s open 24/7, 365 days a year,” he said. When questioned about patients being sent elsewhere, Hirko acknowledged that during the pandemic, the hospital did have to limit some services and send people to other facilities in the Nuvance system.

COVID UPDATE: CT’s positivity rate is 13.05% over last 7 days

Gov. Ned Lamont said the state’s positivity rate is 13.05 percent in terms of PCR/NAAT tests over the last 7 days.

On Monday, 857,134 COVID-19 cases have been reported since the beginning of the pandemic, which is up 11,044 over the last 7 days. Officials say 84,626 tests were administered over the past 7 days, and 11,044 came back positive. That results in a positivity rate of 13.05%.

The current number of hospitalizations is at 331, up 55 over the last week.

The moths formerly known as gypsy moths are expected to be a problem for part of the state
The moths formerly known as the gypsy moths have state scientists and environmental officials concerned about one part of the state.

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection told residents in Litchfield County to anticipate a heavy presence of now named “spongy moth” caterpillars this spring.

They also said to expect significant defoliation of hardwood trees.

Spongy moth populations rose substantially in 2021 particularly in the Sharon-Cornwall area. Spongy moth caterpillars have now begun to emerge.

“Our 2021 state-wide gypsy moth egg mass survey, especially in northwestern Connecticut, showed large amounts of spongy moth egg masses, which leads us to believe there will be a continued hatch and extensive caterpillar activity in 2022,” said Dr. Victoria Smith, CAES deputy state entomologist.

Residents, arborists, and foresters have also reported large amounts of spongy moth egg masses.

“[Last year] was the first year of widespread defoliation in northwest Connecticut and most healthy trees refoliated in part due to sufficient summer rains. The energy required to refoliate places significant stress on trees increasing the risk of tree mortality in 2022,” said DEEP director of forestry Chris Martin.

Wet spring conditions should activate a naturally occurring soil borne fungus, entomophaga maimaiga, which is lethal to only spongy moth caterpillars and normally keeps their populations in check. Connecticut has experienced similar cyclical outbreaks, most recently in eastern Connecticut that resulted in widespread tree mortality after several dry springs and corresponding consecutive years of defoliation. Wet spring weather eventually returned favoring growth and effectiveness of the entomophaga maimaiga fungus and ending the infestation.

Good news in Salisbury!!!

After months of consideration Salisbury is finally able to suddenly install the flashing beacons at the Salisbury village crosswalks (2) and a third on town property at the Salmon Kill bike path crossing. The work has begun today and should be completed in 2-3 weeks. These will be solar charged and similar to the several Lakeville crosswalks.

Salisbury pro-abortion rally draws 200-plus women and men

SALISBURY – Mirroring protests around the country expressing opposition to the threat of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, more than 200 women and men gathered Saturday on the town Green to strongly voice their views.

The event was organized by town residents Barbara Maltby and Sophia deBoer, two activists who have rallied people over causes in the past.

Maltby brought up the idea of separation of church and state as is written in the Constitution, and said that relying on a minority to impose its beliefs on the majority is frightening. She used the opportunity to strongly encourage getting out the Democratic vote in November.

Norfolk couple donates former train station property to Litchfield

LITCHFIELD – Litchfield Land Trust added a new property to its portfolio Friday when it acquired 28 Russell St., a former train station that served as the northern terminus of Shepaug Railroad.

Peter and Susan Aziz of Norfolk donated the building and its roughly 2 acres to the trust. The deal was closed at the Cramer & Anderson law firm by attorneys representing the land trust and the Azizs.

“The building served us well back in the day but is no longer of use so we are happy to give it to the land trust,” Susan Aziz said during the closing.

The property had been in the Aziz family for about 40 years and featured a large oil tank associated with the family’s commercial fuel business. The tank, which had not been used for many years, was demolished and removed last December.

The Sharon Historical Society & Museum Announces Makeover grant

Sharon, CT: The Sharon Historical Society & Museum has been selected to receive a Museum Makeover grant for 2022. Museum Makeover is a program of Conservation ConneCTion and funded through a grant from CT Humanities to the Connecticut League of History Organizations. The program for 2022 received 63 applications and funded 15 projects.

The Museum Makeover grant provides Sharon Historical Society & Museum (SHS) with two site visits from expert museum curators. The expert curators will examine the SHS exhibit areas and collections, and work with staff on a small-scale proof-of-concept exhibit for implementation in October 2022. In addition, CT Humanities will provide up to $3,000 to help cover the costs of implementing the mini-exhibition. The focus of the proof-of-concept exhibit will be to explore a little-known story from Sharon’s iron and agricultural history, and to explore ways to engage visitors with the exhibit in-person and online. The outcomes of the Museum Makeover project will help to inform plans for a larger permanent exhibit.

Douglas Library Plant AND Book sale

The Douglas Library has added a Fill a Bag for $5 Book Sale to our Plant Sale event Saturday, May 21, from 10-1! Bags provided, upstairs books only.
Still accepting plant donations for our plant sale; please make sure they are in containers. Call the library at 860-824-7863 for further info.

Due to the overwhelming response of the HHW event held on May 7th, Columbia County will be holding another collection day on Sunday, June 5th 8 AM till 1 PM at the Fire Training Center, 50 Grandinetti Road, Ghent (located in the Commerce Park). The entrance for the event will be from the Route 66 side only (Bender Blvd) and those participating will then exit on Route 9H.

Blue And Gold At Housatonic

Opening Reception: At HVRHS Friday, May 20th, 4 pm to 6pm. Awards ceremony at 5 pm.
Show up through the end of the school year: June 17. After May 20th, Please call Cindy Fuller in the Main Office to schedule a viewing

The gallery is officially changing its name. Going from ‘Two Walls Gallery’ to ‘The Kearcher-Monsell’ Gallery. Honoring Lynn Kearcher for her years of dedication and service to the Art program.
Offical ‘unveiling’ of the new Tim Prentice sculpture in the Library Reading Room. It is a kinetic sculpture.
First public showing of a documentary about the Prentice sculpture.
Created by Housy student, who is heading to film school after graduation.
The awarding of prizes for student work. This includes the newly named award:
The Tino and Susan Galluzzo Award for Excellence
The Sharon Woman’s Club raffle.
Over 90 student works on display by current students and by students who graduated during the last two covid years.

Roe Jan Library Gala Returns on June 25, at New Location

Copake –- After being on hiatus for two years due to the pandemic, the Roeliff Jansen Community Library’s Gala returns this year from 5 pm to 7 pm on Saturday, June 25, in a new location, the Catamount Lodge at Catamount Mountain Resort, 78 Catamount Road in Hillsdale.

Food trucks will serve a selection of wood-fired pizzas, Korean-style tacos, savory rice balls, gelato and espresso. Attendees will enjoy wine and local craft beer, and those so inclined can dance to live music from local favorites, the Bash Bish Bluegrass Band, all to help ensure that the library can continue providing materials and services to the Roe Jan community. The Gala raises a substantial portion of the library’s annual operating budget each year.

Among the items to be auctioned this year are a $1,000 gift certificate from Express, the popular clothing store for women and men, along with a virtual wardrobe consultation with their Senior VP of Merchandising; a haircut by celebrity stylist Tommy Bucket; a half day of fly fishing on the Housatonic with fly-fishing expert Brian Green; NY Mets Baseball tickets; a Catamount season pass; and gift certificates from local restaurants.

Rep. Maria Horn endorsed for third term in 64th

State Rep. Maria Horn, D-Salisbury, thanked her supporters Wednesday after she was nominated for a third term representing the 64th House District. Horn was unanimously endorsed for a third term during the convention, where Cornwall First Selectman Gordon M. Ridgway gave the nominating speech. Calling her an effective voice for small towns, he noted the incredible time she gives to the position. He said she has taken on so many important issues and “is able to articulate a Connecticut approach to national issues.” He praised her for always keeping her constituents apprised on what is happening in Hartford.

‘A perfect storm’ percolating for brush fires in the Hudson Valley region, officials say

Spring conditions that are drier than usual, windy conditions further drying out grasses and leaves and spreading any flames that spark, are feeding a dangerous situation, say weather experts and emergency services officials. “We have had a low dew point,” explained AccuWeather senior meteorologist John Feerick. “We’ve had gusty breezes … you combine that and it’s kind of a breeding ground for brush fires to develop.” Add to that an increased enthusiasm for hiking nature walks fed during past pandemic restrictions, and as Thiells Fire Chief Daniel Coughlin says, this spring’s been “a perfect storm” for brush fires in the Hudson Valley region. In 2020, New York State Parks broke attendance records, only to have those topped in 2021, with many people finding recreation opportunities that allowed them to gather, safely, outside. “We are definitely concerned about the number of visitors who have less experience in the woods and who may not appreciate that a single lingering ember left from a campfire or cigarette can start a major blaze under the conditions we have right now,” said Joshua Laird, executive director of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. Park campgrounds currently restrict open fires, Laird said, amid the dry conditions and high winds.

Town leader seeks short-term rental restrictions for Great Barrington. Now the state says she has a conflict of interest

GREAT BARRINGTON — A standoff between Select Board members over regulating short-term rentals has taken a surprising turn with the state’s ruling this week that the board member driving the issue has a conflict of interest because she lives too close to an Airbnb location. “The Ethics Commission based its determination on the location of board members’ properties and the distance between those properties and the applicable short-term rental properties that were identified.” Closer, apparently, than two other board members in their neighborhoods. The State Ethics Commission this week informed the town’s attorney that Vice Chair Leigh Davis, who started the regulation talks, has a conflict. But the board’s chairman, Stephen Bannon, and member Ed Abrahams do not. “The Ethics Commission based its determination on the location of board members’ properties and the distance between those properties and the applicable short-term rental properties that were identified,” Bannon said, reading from a statement Wednesday. Upon commission advice this week, Bannon and Abrahams filed disclosures with the town clerk explaining their own potential for a conflict, and why they think they can deliberate objectively on a bylaw that could go before voters at annual town meeting next month. Davis told The Eagle she is frustrated, and has questions about the commission’s ruling. She can’t talk about the details.

Great Barrington has one beer and wine license left. Officials say no to a gas station owner, and mull Price Chopper’s request
Price Chopper to rebrand and renovate as Market 32

GREAT BARRINGTON — Just weeks after rejecting a gas station owner’s application for the town’s remaining beer and wine license, town officials are considering giving it to Price Chopper for its rebranded Market 32 store. Select Board members discussed the supermarket’s application Wednesday, but decided to push a decision back two weeks to give them time to visit a Market 32 store in another town to see how alcohol is displayed. The Price Chopper off Stockbridge Road is planning to expand, renovate and switch to the company’s more upscale store brand. With its larger space, it wants to display beer and wine to compete with Big Y, another supermarket across town that has an all-alcohol license. Alcohol licenses are prized — and hard to come by. The town has a total of eight, and all but one are spoken for. The board last month rejected a bid for that license by Ankit Patel, who owns a Shell station on Stockbridge Road. At Wednesday’s meeting, Patel asked why a convenience store should be treated differently from a supermarket. He noted he is TIPS certified, checks IDs and manages other gas stations in the state where beer and wine are sold, including a Mobil station in Stockbridge. In rejecting his application, board Vice Chair Leigh Davis and member Eric Gabriel raised concerns that selling beer and wine at a gas station could tempt people to consume on the go. And Chair Stephen Bannon said he worried about safety and security.

Residents of 3 counties told to mask up indoors

HARTFORD – People living and working in Hartford, Middlesex and New Haven counties should mask up indoors because COVID-19 is flaring up across each county again, Public Health Commissioner Manisha Juthani said Wednesday. Juthani cited advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last Thursday that exposure risks in the three counties are high because of the substantial level COVID-19 transmission. “Following the CDC’s COVID community levels, we are recommending indoor masking, particularly in New Haven, Middlesex and Hartford counties,” Juthani said after an appearance Wednesday with Gov. Ned Lamont in Hartford. “Going forward, we’ll see what the CDC updates on Thursday, but there’s a fair chance there will be more counties in Connecticut that fall in that category.” The CDC update from last Thursday placed the five other Connecticut counties – Fairfield, Litchfield, New London, Tolland and Windham – in its medium-risk category. Juthani said the main reason to recommend indoor masking in Hartford, Middlesex and New Haven counties is because high levels of transmission often translate into increases in hospitalizations and deaths.


ARPA aid stirs contention in Falls Village

FALLS VILLAGE – Over the objections of selectmen, who say they have been given the authority to make American Rescue Plan Act grants, the Board of Finance voted to seek town meeting approval for some of the requests. During a long and sometimes contentious meeting of the finance board Monday, First Selectman Henry Todd said ARPA funds are grants and the executive body of a town has the fiduciary responsibility to award them. He said he was uncomfortable with the selectmen having sole authority for that money so he wanted to apprise the Board of Finance of the money being given. But he was firm the final decision rests with the selectmen. Finance Chairman Richard Heinz urged that a plan for how the money is spent be formulated and member Dan Silverman said he wants to see that board have more of a role in the review process. He said the requests need to be sent to a town meeting “even if it’s not required. There’s not much harm in delaying.” Todd said his board is trying to approach the procedure “logically and appropriately. We want to use these funds to help keep the budget down.” Among the requests at issue is one for $14,700 from Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society for a new roof at its headquarters at the old railroad depot. When the finance board voted 5-1 to send the matter to a town meeting vote, Selectman Greg Marlowe said, “It’s a moot point since it has Board of Selectmen approval. I don’t believe you have the authority to send it to a town meeting.” Heinz told him he was out of order. The finance board also heard a request for $10,000 from the board of directors of D.M. Hunt Library, who said there is a dampness problem in the building’s basement. Silverman asked why the selectmen didn’t give finance members more information on this project. Once again, the board voted to send the request to a town meeting. When Todd, showing exasperation, said the finance board was wrong in its actions and members were wasting time discussing each request, Heinz said, “If I’m wrong, I’ll say so.” When the proposal for $3,000 in ARPA funds to install electric vehicle charging stations on Main Street came up, finance member Amy Wynn said she didn’t believe it needed to go to a town meeting, saying it was an infrastructure project that comes under the selectmen’s purview and was not a nonprofit. The finance board approved that going to a town meeting. Member Eric Carlson responded, saying, “We’re all over the place, talking about small projects or those for nonprofits. We need something in writing. We have no guidelines.” Wynn’s offer to draft guidelines on how to assess recommendations for ARPA funds was approved.

Sharon Center School getting new principal

SHARON – Carol Tomkalski has been named the new principal of Sharon Center School. The appointment was made at Monday’s meeting of the Board of Education. She will take on the position currently held by longtime administrator Karen Manning, who is retiring at the end of June. Tomkalski, a school counselor at Woodbury Middle School, was chosen from a pool of six candidates, narrowed down from 16 in total. She comes to Sharon with 23 years of experience in school counseling, including two years of administrative experience as the district coordinator of school counseling. She also held a yearlong interim assignment as assistant principal at Woodbury Middle School. Tomkalski will begin her new position July 1. The board approved an annual salary of $122,500.

Legislature requires hazardous tree plan

State Rep. Maria Horn (D-64) said Sunday, May 8, that a proposal requiring the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to develop and implement a hazard tree mitigation policy survived the legislative process, ultimately being included in Senate Bill 238. The requirement came about after DEEP cut trees at Housatonic Meadows State Park last year, sparking considerable backlash. Horn, a member of the committee, said in a phone interview the agency has until Aug.1 to come up with a plan for removing hazard trees. If the agency does not do so, Horn said the committee will take the matter up again in the next session.

Former Legislator Michael Kelsey released from prison

HUDSON — Former Dutchess County Legislator Michael Kelsey (R-25) was released from state prison Thursday, May 5, after serving six years for molesting two Boy Scouts during an August camping trip in 2014. The then 38-year-old Salt Point resident was sentenced to serve seven years in a Hudson prison for sexual abuse. At the time of the trial, District Attorney Mary Rain had asked for the maximum sentence of 11 years. Kelsey was an attorney who served on the Dutchess County Legislature in 2009, representing the towns of Amenia, Pleasant Valley and Washington, when charged with the crimes. He was also a leader of the Fishkill Boy Scout Troop 95 Venture Patrol when the crimes took place. Kelsey was found guilty on May 12, 2016, and was convicted on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree attempted sexual abuse, both felonies; misdemeanor counts of forcible touching; and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Millerton mulls over police options

The board met on May 2 at Village Hall at 6 p.m.; five residents attended. Mayor Jenn Najdek said some of the biggest questions asked at the hearing were how much contracting with the DCSO would cost and what hours the one deputy per shift would serve. Broaching a few key points, Najdek said, “I think we need to put the village first,” adding Millerton has, for years, funded the MPD to patrol throughout the village and the town, which bankrolls about 20% of the annual police budget, while the village takes on 100% of the financial burden and liabilities. Najdek predicted it’s likely the village’s contract with its part-time police force will not be renewed. If the board does continue it, she said there are items the board wants to work on with the town of North East.

Falls Village historical society dinner May 19

The Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society’s annual dinner and meeting returns after a two year hiatus on Thursday, May 19, at the Falls Village Emergency Services Center on Route 7. Doors open at 5 p.m. and a buffet dinner catered by Theresa Freund will be served at 5:30 p.m. Reservations in advance are required at a cost of $30 per person, which may be paid at the door. Call Kay Blass, 860-824-7259, or email her at Reservations must be received by May 14. This event is open to the public. Specialty baskets will be raffled off.

Raffle in Sharon Will Benefit art education 

The Sharon Woman’s Club raises money each year to give a cash award to a graduating senior pursuing an art education. The award will help in defraying the cost of art supplies. Raffle tickets are currently on sale for a handmade quilt made by a Sharon Woman’s Club member. The 60” x 60” quilt is on display at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. Tickets can be purchased for $5.00 each. The drawing will be May 20th at the high school art exhibit. Tickets can also be purchased by calling Kathy Fricker at 860-364-9890.

Blue & Gold returns May 20 

The Blue and Gold show of student art is returning after a two-year absence. This year’s show is at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. There will be an official unveiling of a new sculpture by Tim Prentice, and the first public screening of a documentary about the sculpture. The opening reception is Friday, May 20, 4 to 6 p.m. The awards ceremony is at 5 p.m.

Salisbury increases Grove pricing

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Board of Selectmen met Monday, May 2, to discuss tax collector refunds, increased town Grove pricing and the resolution for town crew chief Rodney Webb. First Selectman Curtis Rand began the meeting with a moment of silence, as the board does every year in May, for those that have made sacrifices in the name of the United States and democracy. Rand noted it felt especially appropriate this year given conflict happening globally. The board approved of the refunding of $4,181.76, primarily to Salisbury Bank and Trust, in tax refunds. The motion to refund this amount passed without issue and unanimously. The bulk of the meeting consisted of finishing pricing adjustments suggested by the town Grove for its services. The recommendation to the selectmen was for increases across the board: annual fees for non-residents to $400 from $300; senior citizens to $50 from $25; and residents to $100 from $50. Daily prices would rise to $15 from $10.

Volunteers needed at St. Thomas’ Food of Life Pantry 

The St. Thomas Episcopal Church’s Food of Life/ Comida de Vida Pantry needs volunteers to help get food to those struggling to make ends meet during these desperate times. St. Thomas has its own garden as well as a pantry and provides fresh and nonperishable food and other essential items for those living in the Harlem Valley and over the border in Connecticut. For more information or to sign up, go to www. Questions may be sent to the pantry’s volunteer coordinator at samantha@stthomasamenia. com.


Five students from Housatonic Valley Regional High School have attained national recognition for excellent performance on the National French Contest. Le Grand Concours is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students were evaluated for their written, oral and listening comprehension skills in French. More than 42,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2022 event. Freshman Lola Moerschell won a Silver Medal for Level 2. Silver medalists score above 85th percentile nationally.

Freshmen Lyn Yi Thung Cheong won a Bronze Medal for Level 1. Bronze medalists score at or
above the 75th percentile nationally.

The following HVRHS students received Honorable Mention for having scored at or above the
50th percentile nationally.
Level 1: Tess Marks
Level 2: Kyle Mccarron
Level 3: Zoey Greenbaum

They are students of Christiane Olson.