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 FALLS VILLAGE — The public hearing on the proposed spending plans for 2017–18 is Thursday, April 27, 7 p.m. at the Lee H. Kellogg School.

The Board of Education budget proposal (last updated April 12) is $1,840,732, an increase of $28,394 or 1.6 percent.

The town’s share of the Region One School District budget proposal (the subject of a referendum vote Tuesday, May 2) is  $1,312,857, an increase of $54,753 (4.4 percent).

Total education spending, should both proposals pass, will be $3,153,229, an increase of $83,147 (2.7 percent).

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Falls Village

Stage abuzz for ‘Drowsy Chaperone’

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — Rehearsals are underway for the Housatonic Musical Theatre Society’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone.”
The show stars Griffin Harney as “Man in Chair.” The star described the character: “He’s obsessed with old musical theater.”
Harney and co-directors Lori Belter and Michael Berkeley worked on the opening scene on Friday afternoon, Jan. 13, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS).

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2016 real estate market: Highs and lows in sales

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The real estate market had unexpected highs and lows, according to area brokers, but it was generally strong. And they all are looking forward to what Graham Klemm of Klemm Real Estate called “a robust 2017.”

“In the build-up to the election there was a lot of anxiety,” he said. “Election years are never great for real estate. But the stock market was strong and interest rates were low in 2016; and the stock market is even stronger and interest rates are still low, so the foundation is very good for a robust 2017.”

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Videographer Veden lets his subjects tell the story

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FALLS VILLAGE – Look around at any event in Falls Village. Chances are you’ll see the slight figure of Eric Veden holding a small Sony video camera, moving in and out of the sidelines of whatever is going on.
Or quite possibly you won’t notice Veden, who does everything possible to stay out of the limelight.

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State funds, old trees and the former firehouse

FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Selectmen took a look at the coming year during a quick regular meeting Monday, Jan. 9.
First Selectman Pat Mechare reported that the movement in state government to consolidate health districts had stalled after considerable blow back from towns. She said consolidation is not on the Legislature’s agenda, and that’s a good thing for Falls Village.

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Twin 2017 students of the week

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. 
 

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Year in Review 2016: Building bridges and firehouses, saving trees

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FALLS VILLAGE — Even as real estate prices dropped in 2016, affordable housing remained a challenge for many Northwest Corner residents. Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut helped out, with new projects at 86 Sand Road and 40 River Road. The house on River Road is one of four Habitat residences built from the ground up at the site.

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Cell tower and quarry permits get OK

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Planning and Zoning Commission approved two applications Thursday, Dec. 15, after two quick public hearings.
The commission approved the placement of a communications tower at 153 Wangum Road, the Aquarion water facility.
John Becker, representing Com-Tronics of Stratford, described a 100-foot tower that will support a radio antenna for the exclusive use of Aquarion Water Company employees.

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New life for old tree on Green

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FALLS VILLAGE — The town’s tree warden has decided to try to save the silver maple tree on the town Green.
In a Dec. 16 letter to the Board of Selectmen, Tree Warden Corey Bush wrote:

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A jazzy, jive-y Christmas

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FALLS VILLAGE — At the winter concert at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on a chilly Friday evening, Dec. 16, the sight of the Night Choir, bedecked in aloha shirts and sunglasses, was a little incongruous.
Until they started into an a capella version of the theme from “Hawaii Five-O.”
The Sweethearts group started the show, in Santa Claus headgear, with “Santa Baby.”

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Big crowd for small works of art

FALLS VILLAGE — Garth Kobal stood behind a couple of wooden chairs that served as a gate to the Art Wall and addressed the eager throng of art enthusiasts.
It was zero hour at the 12 x 12 art show at the David M. Hunt Library on Saturday evening, Dec. 10.
Kobal thanked everyone for coming, the artists for contributing, and the hors d’oeuvre makers for their goodies.
The art lovers were getting restless, so the chairs were whisked away and the crowd charged in.

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