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Madeline Mechare and Charlotte Olsen were among children who lined up for a chance to sit on Santa Claus’ lap and whisper what they wished for in the holiday season, while others, like Olivia Lee, were happy just to plop down and enjoy the treats provided at the festive little Sunday night celebration at Canaan Senior Center in Falls Village on Dec. 2.

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End of an era as Hunt switches to computer catalog

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

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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Region One hires assistant principal

Ian Strever begins Feb. 28 at HVRHS
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FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School has a new assistant principal.
At a special meeting of the Region One Board of Education Thursday, Feb. 17, Region One Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain recommended the hiring of Ian A. Strever, currently an English teacher and department chairman in the Danbury public school system.
Chamberlain said the search committee narrowed the initial field of applicants to seven, and then to two finalists.

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Town may tap general fund to pay Region One expenses

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Finance discussed strategies for covering the cost of an unusually high enrollment at Housatonic Valley Regional High School during the regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 14.
Finance board member George Elling asked that the topic be added to the agenda. He provided a preliminary proposal to raise the $341,000 needed, including drawing down the town’s unexpended fund balance from just under 20 percent of the budget to 15 percent.

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Siting Council will hear town views on cell tower

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Selectmen voted to formally oppose the placement of a cell phone tower on Cobble Hill during the regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 14.
Selectman Chuck Lewis made the motion, citing three zoning regulations the tower would violate.
He pointed out that in the town’s guidelines for telecommunications towers, Cobble Hill in particular and Canaan Mountain in general are mentioned as inappropriate sites.

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Board taking action on Pingpank report

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FALLS VILLAGE — Region One School District Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain has offered five recommendations in response to last month’s report on the circumstances surrounding the resignation last summer of the two top administrators at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Chamberlain read her recommendations to the Region One Board of Education at its regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 7, at the high school.

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Cell tower public meeting Feb. 17

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Connecticut Siting Council, which determines where telecommunications towers are placed, meets with the public at the Lee H. Kellogg school Thursday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m.
It will be a long day, starting with a hike to the site from 8 Barnes Road at 12:30 p.m. (Be advised that the trek is about 3000 feet in length — not to mention the climb and the snow.)

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Kent, Cornwall are Region One basketball champs

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One boys and girls basketball seasons ended with back-to-back championship games on Monday, Feb. 7, at the gymnasium of Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
The six Region One schools competed in playoff games the previous week. For the girls, Kent Center School and Salisbury Central School met in the championships. The boys playoffs came down to North Canaan Elementary School and Cornwall Consolidated School.

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Despite down economy, upbeat message from Murphy

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FALLS VILLAGE — Congressman Chris Murphy (D-5) talked mostly about the economy during a Congress On Your Corner event at the Lee H. Kellogg School Monday, Feb. 7.
Murphy, who announced last month his candidacy for the Democratic nomination to succeed U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), said that while the economic news is slowly getting better, “the problem is that a sustained and gradual recovery could take years.”
And while the federal government’s official unemployment rate fell sharply last month, from 9.4 to 9 percent, “no one is celebrating.”

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Housatonic ahead of state curve in course offerings

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FALLS VILLAGE — Three department chairs made presentations to the Region One Board of Education during the regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 7, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Nur Abdulhayoglu, speaking for the Science Department, said the science teachers as a group hold a wide range of certifications — including biology, earth science, chemistry, physics and general science.
And she said Housatonic is ahead of a new state curriculum requirement that high school students must take three years of science. That is scheduled to take effect in 2018.

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