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FALLS VILLAGE — It’s definitely the holiday season when the agriculture education wing of Housatonic Valley Regional High School fills up with students, parents, alumni and the scent of pine.

Thursday, Nov. 30, was the first production night, where wreaths are assembled for sale in the FFA Holiday Sale during December. The second production night is Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m.

In The Lakeville Journal’s annual check-in with North Canaan’s Wayne Jenkins, Class of 1962, he looked to be in mid-season form, calmly attaching pine boughs to a metal wreath...

Falls Village

Falls Village fire trucks have a home

FALLS VILLAGE — Andrea Downs, the vice president of the Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department, said she recently came across the minutes of a meeting at which it was decided to go ahead with building a new firehouse.
That meeting was held in April 1996.
“It only took 21 years!”
Downs was speaking at the dedication of the new Emergency Services Center on Route 7 on Sunday, Sept. 10.
Fire Chief Tim Downs said, “We finally have all our equipment in one building.”

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How and why these towns got their namesHow and why these towns got their names

FALLS VILLAGE — Sometimes the names of places — hamlets, bridges, hills, rivers — refer to dimly remembered people or events or activities.
Sometimes it’s quite clear why something has a particular name.
Sometimes it’s not.
And sometimes nobody has the slightest idea.

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Emergency services center opens

State Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) congratulated Falls Village residents and EMTs on the completion of their new emergency services center, at a ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 10. For a story, visit Falls Village fire trucks have a home.

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Fifteen new faces in Region One School District

FALLS VILLAGE — Fifteen new hires were welcomed to the Region One School District at a regionwide orientation meeting at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) on Tuesday, Aug. 22.

The first day of school in the district this year was Monday, Aug. 28. 

The Lakeville Journal welcomes all the new teachers and wishes faculty, students and staff an excellent school year.

 

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New teaching format could help raise scores in Region 1

FALLS VILLAGE — Results from the statewide Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) testing are in and they are disappointing.
The 2016-17 SBAC tests were the third year of the new testing regimen in Connecticut.
The testing is done in two major areas — English Language Arts and math — in grades three through eight.
The results are grouped in four levels, with levels 3 and 4 representing “proficient” and “advanced.”

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Farm-market fry up

FALLS VILLAGE — Finding healthy, locally grown food is no longer a problem in the Tri-state region. There seem to be daily farm markets in area towns, with a long list of farmers producing a colorful array of everything from kohlrabi to carrots and beef to beets. 
But what is a child to do with a raw carrot? Or an unpeeled potato? 

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18th-century rogue who helped create modern Salisbury

FALLS VILLAGE — More than 30 people crowded into the South Canaan Meeting House on Tuesday, Aug. 8, to attend Lou Bucceri’s First Tuesday’s at 7 lecture on Thomas Lamb, one of the earliest settlers in Salisbury.
The talk is part of a series sponsored by the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society. 
Bucceri, a former history teacher at Salisbury Central School and historical interpreter at the Salisbury Cannon Museum, is known not only for his expertise in local history but also for his ability to project his voice across any room. 

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Disney songs, dances at FVCT

FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village Children’s Theater presents “Disney: Stage and Screen,” on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 18 and 19.
The show is the result of a three-week workshop run by Michael Berkeley and Heather Holohan-Guarnieri.
On Thursday morning, Aug. 3, 15 cast members were milling about as Berkeley checked the sheet music and Holohan-Guarnieri was attending to logistical tasks.
Then the children were called to order, and after some discussion, got themselves together for a group photograph.

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North Canaan’s Juch will step in at LHK

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The Board of Education has chosen Alexandra “Lexie” Juch as the interim principal for the Lee H. Kellogg School (LHK) in Falls Village, effective Aug. 1.
The elementary school’s principal, Jennifer Law, resigned for health reasons earlier this year.
Juch has been a media specialist at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) since 2010. Before that, she worked in the Grantham school district in New Hampshire.

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Solving the riddle of shrinking class size

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A small group of students, working rapidly over the course of one week, put together a 10-and-a-half minute video on declining enrollment at the Lee H. Kellogg elementary school in Falls Village.
The documentary, “Falls Village: Dawn of Decline,” was produced by students ages 13 to 17 who participated in the Civic Life Project’s summer camp.
The film was shown to an audience of about 25 people at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) on Friday, July 28.

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