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FALLS VILLAGE — When the curtain came down, the sale began. On Saturday, Dec. 8, the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village held its popular flash–sale fundraiser once again, this year titled “12x12: Beauty.” 

More than 50 artists from the Tri-state region contributed multiple works under the guidelines that each piece must be 12 inches by 12 inches.

There was even a small collection of work by 91-year-old illustrator and painter Robert Andrew Parker of Cornwall. 

All works were priced at $100.

Notably, this year the...

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Superintendent Award - Falls Village

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FALLS VILLAGE — Emma Okell and Russell Thompson are the winners of the 2011 Superintendent Award for Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Emma, 17, of Sharon is a musician, and composes what she calls “neoclassical” pieces, a process that is helped considerably by her perfect pitch.
“I was on the bus writing down the melodies I was hearing,” she said. She cited Mozart, Beethoven and Eric Whitacre as major influences.
She admitted cheerfully that she has “no idea what I want to do.” She hopes to find out at either Amherst or Yale.
Not the Berklee College of Music in Boston?

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Superintendent Award - Falls Village

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FALLS VILLAGE — Emily Hennessey, recipient of the 2011 Superintendent Award for the Lee H. Kellogg School, reads novels and stories by Ray Bradbury, Stephen King and anything that can be described as “creepy stuff.”
And she admits to the guilty pleasure of “tweeny love stories” — young adult fiction.
“They’re bad but I love them,” she said.
She draws the line at the teen/vampire subgenre, however.
“I read ‘Twilight’ and regretted it,” she said in her pull-no-punches style.

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Scarecrow contest features autumn art

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FALLS VILLAGE — Scarecrows were on display downtown on a crisp autmn afternoon Saturday, Oct. 22.
People wandered up and down Main Street, debating the relative merits of the entries. One man, looking at Willy Blass and Izzy Fitch’s “Scary,” commented, “That’s not a scarecrow, that’s art.”
Val Case was regarding her entry, “Steam Bride of Punkin’ Stein,” with a critical eye. “Needs more tubing,” she said, and disappeared.

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Candidate Profiles - Falls Village

    This week, The Lakeville Journal offers profiles of candidates in each town for the boards of selectmen and the Region One Board of Education (except in Cornwall and Kent, where the representative is appointed). Information in the profiles was provided by the candidates, at the newspaper’s request. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

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Retreat ends Jewish festival with Farm Day

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FALLS VILLAGE — Shamu Sadeh and Rachel Salloway led a group of visitors through the gate at the 5-acre farm at the intersection of Beebe Hill and Johnson roads on Oct. 16 — the final day of the Sukkafest, an annual retreat at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center that is part of the Jewish high holidays.
The final day of the three-day festival is Open Farm Day. Visitors are welcome to check out the goats that are raised there for their milk, share in a meal, grab a jar of pickles made on the premises from cucumbers grown on the farm, and enjoy themselves.

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Housatonic student of the week: Caroline Sullivan

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 student Sarah Brown.
FALLS VILLAGE — Certain students stand out from the crowd, some for their personalities, some for their performance, some for their appearance. This week’s student of the week, junior Caroline Sullivan, stands out for all three reasons.

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Enrollments will set budgets for 2012

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FALLS VILLAGE — Enrollment figures for the Region One school district’s seven schools, as of Oct. 1, were released this week by the superintendent’s office.
The student population, as reported on Oct. 1, is used to determine how much each town will be charged in tuition in the next budget year. So the figures reported this month will determine the regional education budget for fiscal 2012, which begins next year on July 1.

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Community and children invited back to church

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FALLS VILLAGE — Michelle Wiltshire-Clement, the new pastor at the Falls Village Congregational Church, describes herself as “eclectic.”
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in Canada, her family moved to New York City because her mother was looking for a place to live “with more, and less flat.”
Her father is “very Catholic,’ her mother an Episcopalian. Further back she’s got a grandmother who is a Jehovah’s Witness, and a grandfather who was an Anglican deacon, traveling around Trinidad.

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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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