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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

Class of 2019 has strong work ethic

FALLS VILLAGE — The 114 members of the Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) Class of 2019, plus family, faculty and staff, enjoyed the cover of a spacious tent on the grassy oval in front of the school for the 80th commencement of the high school’s history on June 18.
HVRHS Principal Ian Strever noted that the tent was the result of a series of last-minute efforts by class co-presidents Brierley Lloyd and Victor Flores,  senior class advisors Anne MacNeil and Letitia Garcia-Tripp, and staff members Julie Lang and Jeff Lloyd.

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HVRHS alumnus Steven Wingard, 25: Death in a diving accident

FALLS VILLAGE — Steven Wingard, 25, a graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School in the Class of 2012, died on Friday morning, June 21, from what an autopsy report described as “blunt force trauma” while diving at a hydropower plant in Greenwich, N.Y.
Wingard was a commercial diver employed by Commercial Diving Services of North Franklin, Conn. He had been sent down to clear a drain valve at the Dahowa Hydro Plant in Middle Falls, N.Y., according to coverage in the Post-Star newspaper by reporter Don Lehman. 

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A rite of spring with the Morris men

FALLS VILLAGE — Even without the accompanying music you would have heard them. The jingling ring of the bells strapped to their shins traveled up and down Main Street. The Morris dancers returned to Falls Village, leaping, twirling and gallivanting in front of Town Hall for an audience in the early evening on Saturday, June 15. 

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A very personal farewell to the 10 in Class of 2019

FALLS VILLAGE — The girls held long-stemmed yellow roses. The boys had each been given a golden-petaled boutonnière. They looked the part, but were the members of Lee H. Kellogg School’s Class of 2019 ready to leave their school as they lined up to have their photo taken at the promotion ceremony on Friday, June 14? 

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On air

Is a new generation of Morris dancer ready to leap into the air? One young jumper at a Morris dance performance in Falls Village on Saturday, June 15, showed that the tradition of English folk dance is for people of all ages.

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HVRHS marketing firm seeks new students

FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education voted to hire the One Eleven Group to create a marketing campaign for Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS). The discussion  and action was part of the board’s regular monthly meeting Monday, June 3.
The vote was unanimous, with John Sanders of Cornwall abstaining because he is married to the chief executive officer of the One Eleven Group, Janet Carlson, and is the chief operating officer.
The contract is for one year and for $13,000.

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HVRHS marketing firm seeks new students

FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education voted to hire the One Eleven Group to create a marketing campaign for Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS). The discussion  and action was part of the board’s regular monthly meeting Monday, June 3.
The vote was unanimous, with John Sanders of Cornwall abstaining because he is married to the chief executive officer of the One Eleven Group, Janet Carlson, and is the chief operating officer.
The contract is for one year and for $13,000.

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Planning for the future? Help is here

FALLS VILLAGE — There are two times in your life when you’re likely to think about estate planning: when you first have children and after you retire.
Warren Whitaker, a trust and estates attorney with a home in Falls Village, and Steven Essex, executive vice president of Salisbury Trust Wealth Advisory Services of Salisbury Bank and Trust Co., will present estate planning basics at the D. M. Hunt Library on Saturday, June 29, at 3:30 p.m.

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The top 10 students named at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — The top 10 students of the class of 2019 at Housatonic Valley Regional High School gathered for a photo in the guidance office on Monday, June 3.
Here’s where they are going to college in the fall.

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Housing group pulls application for Falls Village rental units

FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village Housing Trust has withdrawn its application to build affordable housing on River Road.
The application was withdrawn last week.
The plan for 28 rental units to be built in two phases was the subject of a contentious public hearing that began April 25 and was continued on May 29 before the Planning and Zoning Commission. The hearing was scheduled to continue June 27.
Zoning Enforcement Officer Tom Scott confirmed the application was officially withdrawn.

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