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A panel representing nonprofits and the state Legislature spoke at Housatonic Valley Regional High School about the opioid problem on Friday, April 13. 

The discussion was sponsored by the Northwest Corner Prevention Network. The panelists were Julie Schamberg, community grants director at the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation; John Simoncelli, executive director at Greenwoods Counseling Referrals in Litchfield; Maria Coutant-Skinner, executive director at the McCall Center for Behavioral Health in Torrington; and state Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64).

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Housatonic student of the week

FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School is located in the middle of the largest geographic school district in Connecticut, where it has the potential to be an island in a sea of picturesque hills and farms.
Thanks to programs such as American Field Study (AFS) and our sister school relationship with the Shendong Experimental High School in China, our students experience both the beauty of the immediate landscape and the wonder of the wide world.

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A lovely, lively day in Falls Village

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FALLS VILLAGE — It was wet and chilly on Saturday, Oct. 1 — but that didn’t stop most of the various activities scheduled around town.
The Farmer’s Market on the Green was canceled. (It was raining pretty hard in the morning.)
But Judy Jacobs was available for Housatonic Heritage walks, covering the Beebe Hill schoolhouse and the Canaan-Falls Village Historical Society exhibits at the Depot on Railroad Street.
The Depot is always a good place to drop in. There is always something new — if not to the people who work there, to the occasional visitor.

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Housatonic student of the week - Cassie Worthington

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.

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Lawson steps down after two decades on Board of Selectmen

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FALLS VILLAGE — The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Selectmen Monday, Oct. 3, was the last for longtime Selectman Peter Lawson.
First Selectman Pat Mechare thanked Lawson for his 24 years of service on the board — 18 as first selectman and eight as a selectman.
“We appreciate your devoted service to our town,” she said.

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Region One board meeting canceled, stirring rumors

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education meeting scheduled for Monday, Oct. 3, was canceled because four board members were unavailable.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 7.
Judge Manning (chairman of the board and the Sharon representative), Jill Gibbons (Salisbury), Gale Toensing (Falls Village) and Jonathan Moore (Kent) were unable to attend.
Reached by phone Monday, Manning said he had thought he would be able to attend but it didn’t work out. He also said he didn’t recall anything on the agenda that was of particular urgency.

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Team building at Nature’s Classroom

FALLS VILLAGE — Sixth- and seventh-grade students from the Lee H. Kellogg School spent four days, Sept. 13 to 16, in Becket, Mass., at Nature’s Classroom with students from Danbury. Together they learned many outdoor survival skills and natural history skills and practiced teambuilding to solve problems as a group.

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Grants help science center

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FALLS VILLAGE — The 21st Century Fund for Housatonic Valley Regional High School (a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation), has received a $20,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation to purchase equipment and develop programming for the new Science and Technology Center at the high school.
The fund’s secretary, Carol Schulz, said the plan is to buy equipment and develop educational kits for use in science classrooms throughout Region One, in grades four through eight.

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CRRA, firehouse at brief meeting

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FALLS VILLAGE — First Selectman Pat Mechare reported two resignations from the Recreation Commission at a very brief regular monthly meeting of the Board of Selectmen Monday, Sept. 12.
Suzanne Chinatti and Beth Grayson resigned from the commission. Mechare said that Chinatti had only been on the commission a short time and her schedule no longer allowed participation.

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CROP walk a reminder of others in need

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FALLS VILLAGE — Walkers old and young, two-legged and four-legged, took part in the 28th annual Northwest Connecticut CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, Sept. 25.
The Rev. Carl Franson, who has organized the walk for many years, estimated that about 240 people participate annually. Participants ranged from toddlers in strollers all the way up to seniors using walkers. Participants could walk a quarter mile, 5 miles or 10 miles.

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At Coverts, tips are given on chain saw safety

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FALLS VILLAGE — Larry Rousseau, a state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection service forester for western Connecticut, gently corrected this reporter’s pronunciation of “coverts.”
It’s “CUH-verts,” as in places where birds hide.
Not “COE-verts,” as in secret agent stuff.
The Great Mountain Forest hosted its annual Coverts education program for landowners over the weekend at the Yale Forestry camp, with lectures and demonstrations and lots of practical advice for people interested in preserving and managing forests and open space.

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