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FALLS VILLAGE — Cynthia Parzych, author of “Connecticut Made,” told an audience at the David M. Hunt Library on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 7, that Connecticut has a rich history of innovation and entrepreneurship.

The change from an industrial to a service and information-based economy hit the state hard, but there are plenty of homegrown businesses, many of them started since 2000.

And these businesses act as the glue that keeps communities healthy and thriving.

Parzych said she was inspired by the story of Forrest Pritchard, author of “...

Falls Village

A feast for all the senses at 100 Main

FALLS VILLAGE — The first thing you notice when you enter 100 Main, the new artisan shop in the center of Falls Village, is the smell. It makes you understand how bees and butterflies feel when they come across a patch of flowers in full bloom. It’s intoxicating. It’s delicious. 
It’s the soaps, explained store manager Christina van Hengel, and also the candles (which are hand-dipped in Litchfield). 

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A feast for all the senses at 100 Main

Christina van Hengel, right, is the manager of the just opened 100 Main in Falls Village, which is a project of famed designer Bunny Williams, left. The store opened Aug. 9. To learn more about the shop and its owner, see A feast for all the senses at 100 Main.

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Here and now important to playwright Lonnie Carter

FALLS VILLAGE — “It’s really a love story.”
Celebrated playwright Lonnie Carter is reflective as he enjoys a warm summer day on the porch of Toymaker’s Cafe, just down the street from his home in Falls Village. His “two hander” play has recently been performed, also  just down the street, at The Center on Main, and the audience response reinforced what he’s known all along.

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Swimmer drowns in Housatonic near Great Falls

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SALISBURY — The Connecticut State Police reported on Wednesday, July 31, at 3:30 p.m. that they had recovered the body of a Brooklyn man who had drowned in the Housatonic River near the Great Falls. 

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Veden returns with a new look at old traditions in town

FALLS VILLAGE — Filmmaker Eric Veden is back with episode 20 of his documentary series on Falls Village.
The new disc features Paul Ramunni, Mark Alexander and Dick Heinz (plus a quick tour of a section of the Mohawk Trail).
Ramunni, author of “Accordion Stories from the Heart,” is shown at a presentation at the David M. Hunt Library.
He plays his accordion and then starts with the stories and jokes.
He said he grew up on Long Island. (“I’ll admit it publicly.”)

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Falls Village Workshops to open Aug. 9

FALLS VILLAGE — Christina van Hengel and celebrated decorator Bunny Williams have been putting the finishing touches on Falls Village Workshops, which will officially open its doors on Friday, Aug. 9. 

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Advocating for a separate superintendent of schools

FALLS VILLAGE — Lou Timolat and Dick Heinz asked the Falls Village Board of Education to look into the possibility of the town hiring its own school superintendent. The two spoke at the board’s meeting of Thursday, July 25.

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It’s easy to learn when there’s a goat

FALLS VILLAGE — Seven youngsters learned about food and food production at the David M. Hunt Library on Thursday afternoon, July 18.
The learning was cunningly disguised in game form by 4-H interns Shelby Jacquier and Sarah Ammirato, who started the group off with cards, some adorned with foods and some with where the foods come from, all face down on the table.
It was a memory exercise. A child picks up a card with a tomato on it, and then turns over another card. 

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An old-school art class for talented teens

FALLS VILLAGE — You could hear a pin drop in Housatonic Valley Regional High School’s (HVRHS) Science and Technology Center on Tuesday, July 16, as budding young artists listened intently to instructor Dan Howe. 
Howe, a contemporary realist painter and illustrator, was conducting a week-long Figurative Arts Program at the high school. 
“Painting is really just good decisions,” Howe said. 

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What is the ‘game changer’ for Falls Village?

A group of economic development consultants gave a presentation to elected officials, volunteers and interested citizens at the Center on Main in Falls Village on Thursday, July 11.
Courtney Hendricson and Sarah Ficenec from the Connecticut Economic Resource Center and Patrick McMahon of Connecticut Main Street Center were the speakers.
About 40 people attended.

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