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FALLS VILLAGE — It’s definitely the holiday season when the agriculture education wing of Housatonic Valley Regional High School fills up with students, parents, alumni and the scent of pine.

Thursday, Nov. 30, was the first production night, where wreaths are assembled for sale in the FFA Holiday Sale during December. The second production night is Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m.

In The Lakeville Journal’s annual check-in with North Canaan’s Wayne Jenkins, Class of 1962, he looked to be in mid-season form, calmly attaching pine boughs to a metal wreath...

Falls Village

No decision yet on cell tower

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Connecticut Siting Council closed the hearing on the proposed cell tower at 8 Barnes Road last week.
Ellery Sinclair, chairman of the Inland Wetlands Commission (one of three entities opposing the tower) said he has no “gut feeling” about what the council’s decision will be.
The proposed site is on the Route 63 side of Cobble Hill (an earlier version was on the very top). Access is via an old logging trail. The tower would be 150 feet tall.

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A pretty pickle at Isabella Freedman’s Farm Day

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FALLS VILLAGE — Frisbees flew, children jumped around in the pool, pickles were, uh, pickled and a juvenile goat made a bid for freedom during Farm Day at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center Sunday, June 25.
Many of the demonstrations were done with the help of young participants in the center’s Adamah program.
Adamah brings young people to the center to connect “to the land, to community, to Judaism and to themselves by providing educational programs and products in order to build a more sustainable world,” according to the center’s website.

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Naturalist’s efforts to keep natives, repel invasives

FALLS VILLAGE — David Gumbart, a naturalist and the assistant director of land management for the Connecticut chapter of The Nature Conservancy, spoke June 21 at the Tuesdays at Six lecture sponsored by the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society.
The historical society brings in a guest lecturer each Tuesday for nine weeks (until Aug. 16) from 6 to 7 p.m. to discuss a topic that affects the Northwest Corner.
Originally from North Haven, Gumbart now resides in Killingworth but he has spent a great deal of time in the Northwest Corner.

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Funds on agenda for town meeting

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FALLS VILLAGE — There is a special town meeting Thursday, June 30, 7 p.m. at Town Hall, to approve the transfer of a total of $12,846 from three town accounts for the following purposes:
• $7,450 from the Heavy Equipment Reserve Fund to the general fund in order to buy a new sander for the town’s highway department.
• $2,896 from the 107 Main St. Property Reserve Fund for the purpose of repairing the wiring on the second floor (the Senior Center).
• $2,500 from the Computer Reserve Fund, for digital mapping of the town, at the request of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

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Won’t increase taxes

New $2 million roof planned for HVRHS
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FALLS VILLAGE — Region One School District officials are working on a request for proposals for a $2 million roof repair job at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Business Manager Sam Herrick said Monday, June 27, that the request for proposals would be ready by the end of this week or the beginning of next week.
The estimates for the cost of the project were prepared by W. Albert Jacunski of Jacunski Humes Architects of Berlin, Conn.
“They specialize in roofs,” Herrick said.

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Students are reminded to ‘always do your best’

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FALLS VILLAGE — Emily Stairs said she was nervous on her first day as a new student in the seventh grade at the Lee H. Kellogg School. But “I saw the smiles on everyone’s faces and the open minds. I knew I’d fit in.”
The class of 2011 was promoted at a ceremony Tuesday, June 14.
The small class — just seven students — made frequent references to the group’s cohesiveness, and to the friendly atmosphere at Kellogg.

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Luck of the draw: Turkey hunter wins vintage canoe in raffle

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FALLS VILLAGE — A visiting turkey hunter from New Hampshire, who purchased just one ticket, won a restored 1927 Old Town canoe (and a handmade Adirondack pack basket) at a raffle sponsored by the Great Mountain Forest.
The winner, Larry Fortier of Bow, N.H., was chosen from 500 entries Saturday, June 18, at The Shelter in Norfolk — an open building that was originally attached to a golf course. The property was purchased by the Childs family and subsequently turned over to Great Mountain Forest, and the course itself has long since given way to trees.

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Diplomas for 116 at HVRHS

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FALLS VILLAGE — The 116 members of the class of 2011 heard about perseverance, defining one’s own self, and the importance of giving back to the community at a graduation ceremony at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Friday, June 17.
The ceremony was held indoors because of the threat of heavy rain. Only a few graduations have been held out on the grassy oval in front of the school in recent years.

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Old-country tradition kept alive

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Morris Dancers brought their annual burst of color and sound to the Northwest Corner on Saturday, June 11. This year’s visit was, perhaps, even more of a respite from regular life than usual, as it came while many area residents struggled with a multi-day power outage caused by a potent thunderstorm the previous Thursday.

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Music Mountain season opens with jazz, classical

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FALLS VILLAGE — Music Mountain begins its 82nd season Sunday, June 19, 3 p.m. with pianist Misha Dichter and the Harlem String Quartet.
The program includes two pieces performed by the string quartet — Mozart’s String Quartet No.15 in D minor and Borodin’s String Quartet No. 2 in D major — and two with the quartet and Dichter — Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E Flat major, and Billy Strayhorn’s “Take the ‘A’Train” (arranged by Paul Chihara).

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