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FALLS VILLAGE — Taylor Hurley, aquatics director at the Falls Village pool, defined the mission: Pull everything out of storage, and clean it.

At noon on Saturday, June 17, a crew including Hurley and lifeguards Hayley Kozlowski, Ryan Nugent, Amanda Jacquier, Ashley DeMazza and Nick Boyden (with his children, Birdie and Hoyt), began the tedious but necessary process of getting the pool ready for opening day, Saturday, June 24.

Other volunteers arrived while the furniture was being brought out.

Hurley said the chemicals had already been added to the water, so...

Falls Village

‘My family, my friends are all safe.’

High and low points of a stay in America for Japanese student
patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — Shiho Tamaki, a Japanese exchange student attending Housatonic Valley Regional High School this year, had some anxious moments last month when the first massive earthquake and tsunami hit Japan.
The 17-year-old senior hails from Kamagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo and part of the greater Tokyo area.
She said she couldn’t get through by telephone for a couple of days, “but my family, my friends, are all safe.”
As the news broke, she watched on television and felt a strange sense of unreality.
“I couldn’t understand what was happening. Is this a movie?”

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History of logging industry is also a cautionary tale

Lessons in sustainability
patricks@lakevillejournal.com

NORFOLK — When Michael Palin of the British comedy group Monty Python sang, “I’m a lumberjack and I’m OK, I sleep all night and I work all day,” he was historically accurate.
Dr. Paul K. Barten, executive director of the Great Mountain Forest and professor of Forest Resources at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, painted a similar picture of life in American logging camps as part of his lecture on “The Myth of Inexhaustibility: 19th-Century Logging, 21st-Century Lessons.” The talk was on Saturday, April 9, at the Norfolk Library.

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Housatonic student of the week

Melody Sandquist

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Spring has arrived in the Housatonic Valley, and in addition to the six rams and two ewes that Nifty the dam recently added to our flock of sheep, Vivianne the pig is expecting nine piglets at any moment. Karen Davenport, the co-chair of the agricultural education department, with help from her classes, has introduced these toddlers into the fold, and according to her, one of the most helpful students was Melody Sandquist, our student of the week.

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Spring’s first blooms at flower farm

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FALLS VILLAGE — Tucked away on Kellogg Road is an oasis of calm, in the form of the Falls Village Flower Farm, where Roberta and Tom Scott have dozens of helleborus plants in pots waiting for buyers.
“They’re native to the Caucasus Mountains,” explained Roberta Scott, a whirlwind of energy. “The Romans brought them to England, and so on.”
Nice to look at, easy to care for, they get big and they establish well. Even an all-thumbs gardener (as opposed to a green thumb) should be able to handle a couple of these.

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Boards debate how to meet costs

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Finance will present a draft recommendation to reduce the Board of Education’s request for appropriations for 2011-12 by $24,000 to the April 25 budget public hearing.
At the regular meeting of the finance board Monday, April 11, Lou Timolat emphasized that the Board of Finance has two functions: to approve or disapprove purposes for spending, and to recommend appropriations.
For the Lee H. Kellogg School appropriation, the finance board can recommend a total bottom line amount but not specific items or amounts to add or cut.

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Legislators lay out dire economic picture for 2011-13

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FALLS VILLAGE — State legislators from the Northwest Corner provided a grim picture of the state’s economic outlook and heard from constituents during a meeting at Housatonic Valley Regional High School Thursday, March 31.
State Sen. Andrew Roraback (R-30) was the de facto host of the gathering. He was joined by state Representatives Roberta Willis (D-64) and John Rigby (R-63).

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New volunteers at Chubby Bunny farm

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FALLS VILLAGE — On a cold and wet Monday morning Dan Hayhurst was mapping out the plans for the day.
Listening were four volunteers, young people interested in learning about organic and sustainable farming practices.
Casey Clark, a native of New Jersey, and his wife, Tonya Taylor, a Mississippian, met in Malawi while in the Peace Corps.
Clark said they were both working “regular jobs” in New Jersey — teaching school for Clark, working for a nonprofit for Taylor — but they wanted to get into farming.

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Off the grid in Vermont, talk April 9 at Hunt

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FALLS VILLAGE — Philip Ackerman-Leist, author of “Up Tunket Road,” will tell his story of living for seven years in a small cabin in Vermont with no electricity or running water. His talk will be at the D.M. Hunt Library on Saturday, April 9, at 6 p.m.
Ackerman-Leist, his wife Erin, and their three small children still live at the site in Pawlet, Vt., but they made a few concessions and built a larger house nearby.

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14th Colony artists create fund for Housatonic’s artgarage

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The 14th Colony artists’ collective has formed a fund that will make annual donations to various art organizations and Housatonic Valley Regional High School’s artgarage received its first award, of $100.
The 14th Colony is an organization of artists in the Tri-state area of New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Its name was derived from the unique character of the region; it was said historically that the towns in these three corners of the state functioned like a 14th Colony, separate from the 13 original American colonies.

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Hat's Off

Dominic Sanchez (as the Cat in the Hat) and a cast of area youngsters in the Falls Village Children’s Theater production of “Seussical,” Sunday at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

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