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FALLS VILLAGE — Cynthia Parzych, author of “Connecticut Made,” told an audience at the David M. Hunt Library on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 7, that Connecticut has a rich history of innovation and entrepreneurship.

The change from an industrial to a service and information-based economy hit the state hard, but there are plenty of homegrown businesses, many of them started since 2000.

And these businesses act as the glue that keeps communities healthy and thriving.

Parzych said she was inspired by the story of Forrest Pritchard, author of “...

Falls Village

Mill rate stands at 20.5

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — Budget season ended Tuesday, May 24, with the Board of Finance voting to raise the mill rate one mill, from 19.5 to 20.5, for the fiscal year 2011-12.
Combined with $133,876 from the town’s general fund, $24,000 the finance board subtracted from the Board of Education’s spending plan prior to the town meeting vote, plus $9,000 the school board has since found in additional savings, the mill rate increase will cover the cost of increased tuition at Housatonic Valley Regional High School this year.

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Long live the (prom) king and queen

Jacob Foley and Brianna Ongley, both from North Canaan, were the king and queen at the junior prom May 7 at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. The tradition of choosing prom royalty was only recently revived after a hiatus of many years.

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FFA Open House

Getting friendly with Georgia
patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — A crowd of some 800 people turned out Wednesday and Thursday, May 18 and 19, for the Agricultural Science and Technology Open House at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
On Thursday morning, seniors Arielle Betti of Cornwall and Alyssa Haddon of Falls Village were working with a very patient cow named Georgia, a 3-year-old Holstein from Laurel Brook Farm in East Canaan.
Georgia needed steady nerves for the onslaught of small, amateur fingers grasping her nether milking-type regions.

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Housatonic student of the week

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
The culture of Housatonic Valley Regional High School is rich with tradition. From its programs to the building itself, the school bestows the gift of education upon future generations and depends upon those students to pass that gift to subsequent classes.
Were it not for student leaders such as Sharon’s Hunter Prindle-Nelson, this week’s student of the week, beloved programs and events would fade like our yellowing yearbooks.

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Housatonic students excel at Envirothon in Old Lyme

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FALLS VILLAGE — Student teams from Housatonic Valley Regional High School took first and second place in the Connecticut Envirothon at Rocky Neck State Park in Old Lyme on Thursday, May 19.
The Agriscience team from Housatonic took first place, with top honors in the aquatics, forestry and wildlife categories. Team members include seniors Ryan Long and Emily Studer, junior Emma Okell and sophomores Becket Harney and Brian Saccardi.

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There’s still time to sign up for the Relay for Life June 4 & 5

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FALLS VILLAGE — Teams have already formed for the Housatonic Valley of Connecticut Relay for Life event, set for the weekend of June 4 and 5. But there’s still time for newcomers to sign up for the fourth annual relay, one of many that will be held across the nation to benefit the American Cancer Society.

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Incoming principal sees positives as he gets to know Housatonic H.S.

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FALLS VILLAGE — Matthew J. Harnett, the incoming principal at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS), said he is not worried about stepping into a job that has been the focal point of considerable controversy since August 2010.
That was when HVRHS Principal Gretchen Foster and Vice Principal Mary Ann Buchanan resigned — within a few days of each other and only a few weeks before the school year started.

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Old story on new roof: insurance wouldn’t pay

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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) has been rebuilt — no thanks to the insurance company.
Historical Society President Judy Jacobs said the new roof is just about finished — the contractors, Morck Brothers of Falls Village, are waiting for support beams to dry before painting.
The roof collapsed Feb. 9. Jacobs said the the tenant in the second floor apartment heard a loud noise and initially thought it was just snow sliding off the roof.

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‘A great and loyal friend’

Jack Mahoney: March 13, 1938 - May 14, 2011
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FALLS VILLAGE — This week, friends and colleagues shared their thoughts about Jack Mahoney, who died Saturday, May 14. (For a full obituary, turn to Page A10.)
“He was wonderful,” said Town Clerk Mary Palmer at Town Hall. “I think they should name the tennis courts after him.”
Mahoney, an avid tennis player and instructor, was instrumental in getting the tennis courts near Housatonic Valley Regional High School built.

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Towns adopt Region One budget for 2012

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The 2011-12 Region One budget passed by 40 votes in a referendum vote Tuesday, May 3.
The total for the six-town region, which includes Cornwall, Falls Village, Kent, North Canaan, Sharon and Salisbury, was 345 in favor and 305 opposed.
Three towns voted against the budget proposal — Falls Village (46 no votes to 29 yes votes), North Canaan (62-58) and Sharon (76-32).
The proposal was approved by voters in Cornwall (38 yes and 20 no), Kent (61-27) and Salisbury (117-74).

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