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 FALLS VILLAGE — The public hearing on the proposed spending plans for 2017–18 is Thursday, April 27, 7 p.m. at the Lee H. Kellogg School.

The Board of Education budget proposal (last updated April 12) is $1,840,732, an increase of $28,394 or 1.6 percent.

The town’s share of the Region One School District budget proposal (the subject of a referendum vote Tuesday, May 2) is  $1,312,857, an increase of $54,753 (4.4 percent).

Total education spending, should both proposals pass, will be $3,153,229, an increase of $83,147 (2.7 percent).

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Falls Village

Not exactly picnic weather

Rugged weather was the big news this week in the Tri-state region. Rain and snowmelt elevated the Housatonic River to flood stage; water crept over the bank toward the picnic area at the Great Falls in Falls Village, in view of the power station. Millerton and North East residents and businesses lost power for most of Monday, March 7. Ice that coated trees was beautiful but took down branches and power lines. Residents of Wassaic and Kent had to be evacuated from their homes.

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Offer but no sale yet for White Hart Inn

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SALISBURY — The White Hart has not been sold, Realtor Pat Best said Friday, March 4, flatly contradicting rumors circulating around town earlier this week.
Best and her agency, Best and Cavallaro in Salisbury, have the listing for the inn, which closed suddenly last November. It is owned by part-time Salisbury residents Scott and Roxanne Bok.
The asking price for the inn is $5 million. Rumors have circulated in recent weeks that an offer of $4.1 million had been accepted.

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Region One superintendent’s contract extended

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education approved a one-year contract extension and a modest pay increase for Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain at the board’s regular monthly meeting Monday, March 7.
Chamberlain is regional superintendent for the elementary schools in North Canaan, Kent, Salisbury, Sharon, Cornwall and Falls Village, and for Housatonic Valley Regional High School, which serves all six towns.

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It’s time to revise the Town Plan How will Falls Village grow in the next 10 years?

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) has contracted with the Northwestern Connecticut Planning Collaborative to write the update to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development.
The town plan forms the basis of the planning and zoning regulations for every town in the state. It is the document that ultimately shapes how a town will grow and look. The state requires towns to update their town plan about once every 10 years.

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Chocolate and Chili served at library

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FALLS VILLAGE — More than 150 people came to the Senior Center Saturday night, Feb. 26, for the D.M. Hunt Library fundraiser Chocolate and Chili in the Village.
The first place winners of the chili competition were Jody Bronson and Frank Christinat, representing the Great Mountain Forest, who cooked up Canaan Mountain Venison and Maine Moose Chili.
Second place went to Noelle LaMuniere, representing the Falls Village Community Center, for her Southwest Pork and Green Chilis Chili.

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A philosopher travels the woods: talk on March 5

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FALLS VILLAGE — David K. Leff’s “Deep Travel: In Thoreau’s Wake on the Concord and Merrimack” is the subject of the next book talk in the Forest Lyceum series from Great Mountain Forest on Saturday, March 5, 4 p.m. at the Norfolk Library.
The Great Mountain is a working forest in Falls Village and Norfolk.
Leff is a former deputy commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection and was instrumental in securing Great Mountain’s Forest Legacy easement in 2003.

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Siting Council asks tower applicants tough questions

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By Patrick L. Sullivan
FALLS VILLAGE — The Connecticut Siting Council held a lengthy public hearing at the Lee H. Kellogg School on Feb. 17 about a cell tower proposed on Cobble Hill road.
The hearing was in two parts: an afternoon session from 3 to 5 p.m., and an evening session from 7 to around 9:30 p.m.
A planned site walk at 12:30 p.m. was canceled because of the deep snow covering the dirt road that makes its way up Cobble Hill from 8 Barnes Road, which is where the tower would be built if approved.

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Snow too much for depot roof

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FALLS VILLAGE — The roof over the platform in the rear of the former railroad depot in the center of town (now home to the Canaan-Falls Village Historical Society) collapsed Monday, Feb. 9.
Town historian Judy Jacobs said the tenant in the second floor apartment heard a loud noise and initially thought it was just snow sliding off the roof.
“Then he thought, ‘That’s a lot of snow,’ and looked outside.”
And saw one heck of a mess.

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End of an era as Hunt switches to computer catalog

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FALLS VILLAGE — A guessing game: There is something missing at the D.M. Hunt Library.
It’s large and heavy, and mostly made of wood.
And its twin is still there — for now. Give up? It’s the card catalog.
Library Director Erica Joncyk said about 9,000 titles of the library’s original collection of 27,000 titles have been entered into the new automated system. The effort is concentrated on new fiction, nonfiction, classics and children’s books.
It’s all done manually.
“We’re so behind,” sighed Joncyk. “But we’re having a good time.”

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Firehouse is a tight squeeze

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department has asked help from the town in financing the construction of a new firehouse on Route 7.
At a recent series of informational meetings, members of the all-volunteer fire department said their fundraising efforts have fallen far short of the amount needed — some $2.5 million.

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