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This is the second part of a two-part series about David Bayersdorfer’s history of Prohibition at the First Tuesday at Seven lecture series on June 6.

 

FALLS VILLAGE — Bayersdorfer explained that, in 1874, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) was formed. Not only did it rapidly supersede the existing temperance groups, it provided the first major political platform for women in the U.S.

The WCTU was preceded by the establishment of the Washingtonian Society in 1840. This group of former alcoholics tried to reform drinkers...

Falls Village

Police seek help in IDing victims of fatal crash

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FALLS VILLAGE — A fiery motor vehicle crash Monday, Dec. 12, on Route 63 left two people dead. As of Tuesday morning, police had still not been able to identify the victims.

Just before 1 p.m. that day, volunteer firefighters from Falls Village and Cornwall were dispatched to the scene. A 1995 Buick Regal had gone off the road near the intersection of Cobble Road. It crashed into a utility pole and caught fire.

Both occupants were pronounced dead at the scene. The car and any identification on the victims were destroyed by the fire.

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New contracts, health-care plan for Region One staff

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FALLS VILLAGE — Region One School District teachers have a new three-year contract that includes a 5.75 percent pay raise and an agreement to use the high-deductible plan as the base plan for health insurance.
The contract was ironed out in mediation Nov. 15, ratified by the teachers Nov. 29 and by the board Dec. 5, according to Region One Business Manager Sam Herrick.
It covers 89.2 full-time equivalent teachers at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, plus Pupil Services specialists and Title I teachers regionwide.

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Boughs and wire

Ricky Boardman was in charge of shaping wire coat hangers into perfect circles for wreaths during an FFA workshop last week.

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Greens to go

Shop FFA for trees, wreaths

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Valley FFA annual holiday sales are now open every day from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Dec. 23. Students are selling wreaths (some of which are hand-tied), poinsettias, roping, Christmas trees, boxwood trees, kissing balls, garland, potted plants, floral centerpieces and Cabot cheese.
In addition, the FFA alumni are selling amaryllis.
Customers can select from a variety of fir and spruce trees. Special orders are taken for specialty wreaths, trees and floral pieces.

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A lovely day for a walking tour of historic houses

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FALLS VILLAGE — Perfect weather and lovely old architecture combined to make a succesful house tour last Sunday to benefit the Canaan-Falls Village Historical Society.
Judy Jacobs and Elizabeth Clark offered an introduction to the tour at P.D. Walsh’s Country Store. Ticket holders then took a self-guided tour of five houses, all within walking distance of the center of town.
One, at 55 Belden St., was built around 1730 by Peter Hogoboom, one of the original Dutch settlers who founded the area in 1722. The property is currently owned by Sergei and Zoe Fedorjaczenko.

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It’s been a STEAP learning curve for town selectmen

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FALLS VILLAGE — A look at the agendas of the monthly meetings of the Board of Selectmen this year reveals that certain items are usually present: vacancies on town boards or commissions, reports from regional entities such as the Northwestern Connecticut Council of Governments, and updates on Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grants.

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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. This week’s student portrait was taken by HVRHS 11th-grader Caroline Sullivan.
Students today grow up in a very different environment than they did even a decade ago. Global recessions, terrorism, and all manner of international issues have necessitated a more expansive understanding of the world. While this can be daunting, for the right student, it can spell opportunity.

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Hart chairs Region One board of ed

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FALLS VILLAGE — The new chairman of the Region One Board of Education is Phil Hart of Cornwall, a 10-year veteran of the board and vice-chairman of the previous board.
Hart was picked by the board over Gale Toensing of Falls Village at the regular monthly meeting Monday, Dec. 5, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS).
Jonathan Moore of Kent was elected vice-chairman (over newcomer Marilyn Yerks of Sharon); Scooter Tedder, the new member from Salisbury, was unopposed for treasurer, as was Laura Freund of North Canaan as secretary.

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’Tis the season for debating when the tree will go up

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FALLS VILLAGE — The official Falls Village Christmas tree lighting and subsequent festivities are Sunday, Dec.4, which alert readers will note is a full three weeks before Christmas.
Inspired by a Facebook post from Mike DeMazza, noting that the 2011 tree at his Main Street home is up, The Lakeville Journal poked around town, asking two crucial questions: When does your Christmas tree go up, and is it live or artificial?
Ellery “Woods” Sinclair said his family’s tree is not only live, it’s more or less permanent — a Norfolk Island pine they have had for some years now (in a pot).

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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. This week’s student portrait was taken by HVRHS 11th-grader Caroline Sullivan.
This was a thrilling and unprecedented season for our boys soccer team, and much of the reason for their success was the leadership of the upperclassmen.

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