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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

Journal office is now in Falls Village

FALLS VILLAGE —As we were clearing out our old desks and file cabinets in preparation for moving The Lakeville Journal from Lakeville to its new home in Falls Village, we came across old photos and past issues that sparked our memories and imaginations. 
For this special issue, produced during the days when we are settling into our new space, we thought we would share the fun with you of our travels through our community’s past, as captured on our pages. 

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Auction items promise the world at Hunt

FALLS VILLAGE — Michael Hodgkins was alert during the silent auction and party phase of the Auction in the Village at the Center on Main on Saturday, Oct. 14.
He scanned the crowd until he found what he was looking for: a young woman bearing a tray of shrimp.
Hodgkins darted off in pursuit. Shrimp is serious stuff.
The auction, now in its 16th year, is the main fundraising event for the David M. Hunt Library.

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Falls Village: Tough talk about closing the school

Perceptions differed but one thing was clear: Falls Village likes having its own school.
A crowd of 60-plus people filled the Senior Center on Wednesday evening, Oct. 11, for a special Board of Education meeting designed to get residents thinking about the future of the town’s elementary school, the Lee H. Kellogg School.
The meeting was a “structured community discussion,” with Jonathan Costa of EdAdvance as facilitator.

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Housatonic student of the week

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. 
 
There are myriad opportunities for students to broaden their horizons during their time at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, and few students take advantage of them as fully as North Canaan’s Victor Flores. 

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Following death of Gordon, Music Mountain continues on

FALLS VILLAGE — Nick Gordon, the longtime president of Music Mountain, has died, age 89. His widow, Estelle Gordon, said this week that Artistic Director Oskar Espina-Ruiz and Gordon had worked together to plan the 2018 season and the schedule is complete. 
Gordon was president of Music Mountain for 45 years but was involved with it for most of his life; his father, Jacques Gordon, founded it in 1929.

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Renovation almost done at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education took a look at the new science labs at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) before the regular board meeting Monday, Oct. 2.
The labs are 95 percent finished, HVRHS Principal Jose Martinez said. The locker rooms are still three to four weeks from completion.

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The show goes on despite chill winds

FALLS VILLAGE — “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles played over the public address system at 4 p.m. sharp on Saturday, Sept. 30, as the block party got underway at the town Green.
It was a chilly afternoon, in sharp contrast to the week of summer-like weather that preceded it.
But Falls Villagers are a sturdy bunch, and by 5 p.m. there was a pretty good crowd of people enjoying the music of Two Guys in Suits and Ties, with special guests Joshua Stone on keyboards and Elijah Stone on vocals.

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Tough football loss to Thames River

FALLS VILLAGE — The Thames River Crusaders and their new offense dominated MCW United 38-0 on Saturday, Sept. 30, at Connecticut Technical Conference action at home at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
The visitors had been a running a spread offense, heavily reliant on passing, with little success in their first two games. (Both clubs came into the game with 0-2 records.)
The MCW defense held the visitors at bay in Thames River’s first possession.

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Pine Grove and more explained in new video

FALLS VILLAGE — Episode 16 of Eric Veden’s video series about Falls Village starts off in Gloria Tatsapaugh’s extensive gardens, with some deep stuff about hydrangeas. 
Discussing flowering tobacco plants, which keep their flowers year-round, she says, “If you garden in New England, you’ll do anything for winter interest.”
Some people drop by her home to drop off a plant, and the camera keeps rolling. A dog trots by.

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Fond words for Mechare as she moves onward to new challenges

FALLS VILLAGE — More than 160 people came to downtown Falls Village on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 23, to honor retiring First Selectman Pat Mechare.
Among them was Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-5), who said, “Pat leads with her heart and her head.
“She is a true public servant, and we need that.”
Esty had a statement of congratulations that was published in the Congressional Record.
Similarly, state Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) brought a citation from the state Legislature.

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