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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.

Falls Village

At what point is the river flooding?

FALLS VILLAGE — The Great Falls on the Housatonic River in Falls Village and Salisbury were already roaring last week before the rains that came down on Tuesday morning, Sept. 18, on the edges of Hurricane Florence. 
There is an official gage that measures the height of the Housatonic River in Falls Village, below the power plant. On Tuesday at 8:15 a.m., while roads were flooding from the heavy rain, the river was at 3 feet, and was actually lower than it had been on Saturday, Sept. 15, when the water was at 3.39 feet. 

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Region One numbers are stable

FALLS VILLAGE — The unofficial number of students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) for the 2018-19 school year is 386. 
That is the number of students who showed up on the first day of school, Aug. 27, according to HVRHS Principal Ian Strever. Strever was reporting to the Region One Board of Education on Monday, Sept. 17.
Official enrollment for budgetary purposes is calculated in the first week of October. The numbers seem stable from last year, when the number was  364.

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CROP Walk on Sept. 30 fights world hunger

FALLS VILLAGE — “We walk because they walk.” That is, and has been for 35 years, the mantra behind the Northwest Connecticut CROP Hunger Walk, planned this year for Sunday, Sept. 30, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. 

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64th and 30th districts: Candidates will debate issues on Oct. 12

FALLS VILLAGE — The Lakeville Journal and the League of Women Voters of Litchfield County will once again co-sponsor a candidates’ debate for those running for the state 64th House and 30th Senate districts. All are invited to attend this open and free event. 
It will be held at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Room 133 at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. The moderator of the debate will be Pat Donovan of Litchfield, a longtime member of the League, who has helped with previous debates held in the Northwest Corner and throughout the county. 

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Before Tuesday’s storm

Hurricane Florence hadn’t yet touched down in North Carolina when this photo of the Great Falls was snapped on Thursday morning, Sept. 13. But heavy rains were already hitting the Northwest Corner by that time, and the falls were going gangbusters.To learn about river flooding, see At what point is the river flooding.

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Grading that is better for students, teachers

FALLS VILLAGE — Thomas Guskey of the University of Kentucky told an audience of Region One School District parents, school board members, teachers and administrators — and at least one student — that American grading practices compare unfavorably to those of other countries for a simple reason.
A single grade, whether expressed as a letter grade or a percentage, “requires integration of diverse information,” such as academic performance, the learning process itself and the progress the student has made.

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New leader for HYSB

FALLS VILLAGE — Laurie Collins is the new executive director of the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau (HYSB), a regional nonprofit that serves youth and families in the Region One School District. Her hiring was announced two weeks ago.
The HYSB offices are on the campus of Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

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Johnnycakes and books at Hunt Library

FALLS VILLAGE — Jenny Schwartz from the Berkshire Co-op in Great Barrington visited the Hunt Library in Falls Village on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 21, to teach a group of 10 children how to make johnnycakes.
It took a few minutes to get everyone assembled. Some of them wandered into the stacks and had to be herded back out by children’s librarian Rita Delgado.
Then everyone had to go wash their hands. 
Reassembled, the freshly scrubbed youngsters were briefed on the art of the johnnycake —and of making their own butter.

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HVRHS freshmen given preview of the year to come

FALLS VILLAGE — The Class of 2022, about 80 of them, arrived at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) on Friday, Aug. 24, at 8:30 a.m. for orientation.
The first day of school was the following Monday, Aug. 27.
They were greeted by a group of “peer helpers,” easily identifiable by their bright yellow T-shirts and big smiles. 

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Dreaming of river days

FALLS VILLAGE — Joe Brien and his traveling workshop were at the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 16.
The mission: to teach youngsters how to make toy paddleboats.
“What’s rule number one?” asked Brien.
“Put on safety goggles!” chorused the students.
Half a dozen smallish children plus assorted parents and grandparents were on hand as Brien got the work areas set up.

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