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More than 215 dedicated fans sat shivering through double overtime to watch the Housatonic Valley Regional High School girls’ soccer team’s sovereignty dashed in a tense and chilly state tournament quarterfinal match against Old Lyme on Saturday, Nov. 16. The Lady Mountaineers had entered with the best record in Class S, a remarkable .938 win percentage, and kept the Wildcats, who have won States four years running, scoreless before falling behind on penalty kicks. See details and another photo Cold competition as girls...

Falls Village

Reasons to be proud of HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — Ten graduates of Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) were added to the Wall of Honor at a ceremony at the high school on Sunday, Nov. 3.
There was a technical glitch at the beginning of the program, when the national anthem failed to materialize out of the public address system.
The crowd of some 150 people simply sang the anthem a capella.

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New contract for trash hauler will save town funds

FALLS VILLAGE —Falls Village First Selectman Henry Todd reported that the town has a new contract for trash hauling from the transfer station. He made the announcement at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, Oct. 21. 
The new contractor is Paine’s Inc. 
This was prompted by the former hauler, Welch, asking for a rate hike, from $178 per ton to $325. Paine’s agreed to do the job at $278 per ton.

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Helicopters will be overhead

FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village selectmen agreed at their meeting on Monday, Oct. 21, to allow the town garage to be used for temporary overnight housing of stray animals, and to allow Eversource to use the Town Farm property (where the town pool is) to land helicopters. 
Eversource is installing fiber optic lines on their equipment (with the help of helicopters) to better pinpoint power outages. Area residents may see and hear them for the next few weeks.

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FV water company could be sold to Aquarion

FALLS VILLAGE — Falls Village First Selectman Henry Todd informed the Board of Finance at their meeting on Monday, Oct. 21, that Aquarion Water Company has offered to buy the town’s water operations. Todd said the water company told him they would install a “low-level chlorination” system within a couple of years of taking over.
That prompted an unequivocal objection from a resident who uses the town’s water service. “I don’t want my water chlorinated.”

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Objections to inn’s firehouse requests

FALLS VILLAGE — Falls Village First Selectman Henry Todd reported to the Board of Selectmen at their meeting on Monday, Oct. 21, that an agreement with Great Falls Properties on the old firehouse is “99% complete.”
However, there was immediate push back from members of the public.
Great Falls Properties (which owns the Falls Village Inn) owns an inches-wide section of the back wall of the old firehouse building on Railroad Street. 

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Learning the newspaper trade

The Lakeville Journal was visited on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 23, by six young Salisbury and Kent members of the Girls Rock after-school group and group leader Lenore Mallett. The young women have been visiting businesses to see what kinds of careers women have chosen in the Northwest Corner. After they took a tour of the newspaper’s office on Route 7 in Falls Village, they all worked on producing their own small newspapers. 
The next day, they visited Freund’s Farm in East Canaan. 
— Cynthia Hochswender

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Steve Blass retires from booth after 60 years with the Pirates

FALLS VILLAGE — Steve Blass Day was celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 28, in Pittsburgh, Pa., as officially proclaimed by Mayor Bill Peduto. 
The Pirates organization and 21,084 fans at PNC Park paid tribute to his more than a half century of dedication to the team. The 1971 World Series hero has been a color commentator for the Pirates since the conclusion of his playing days. 

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Wall of Honor unveiling is Nov. 3

FALLS VILLAGE — Ten graduates of Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS)will be added to the Wall of Honor in a ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The public is invited.
The Wall of Honor was established in 2017 by the Alumni Association “to honor HVRHS graduates with strong character traits, who have made significant contributions and modeled high standards of excellence in their personal and/or professional lives, in employee, public, and/or volunteer service or as a Friend of Regional School District #1.”

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Warming welcome to autumn

Akke Jasmine sold her handmade warm woolen hats at the Falls Village Congregational Church on Saturday, Oct. 19. Craft items were for sale, along with chili, cornbread and other baked goods. 

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Why polls didn’t show Trump was going to win in 2016 election

FALLS VILLAGE — Douglas Schwartz, director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, described polls as “pieces of data woven together to tell stories about who we are as a country at any given time.”
Schwartz spoke at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Friday, Oct. 18, as part of the Salisbury Forum series of talks.
Schwartz said the current political atmosphere is “unprecedented and complex.”

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