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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

Puttin’ on the dog with Bunny Williams

FALLS VILLAGE — It would be a treat for any guest to tour the geometrically designed parterre garden of interior designer and tastemaker Bunny Williams on the property she shares with her husband, antiques dealer John Rosselli, in Falls Village. 
On Saturday evening, July 22, Williams invited guests, a miniature parade of floral frocks and pastel button-ups under blue blazers, not just for drinks, not just for dinner, but also a show. 

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Blood and fur fly as bears fight

FALLS VILLAGE — Bear sightings in the Northwest Corner seem to be increasing this summer. It’s hard to know whether that means there are more bears or that the bears are becoming bolder and are stepping out of the woods and onto people’s lawns more frequently.
Most humans would choose not to tangle with a bear over property rights.
But what happens when two bears both feel they have the right to ramble over a particular piece of territory?

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At GMF: Study in scarlet efts

FALLS VILLAGE — High school students from New York City presented the results of their two-week stay at the Yale Forestry Camp in Great Mountain Forest (GMF) on Saturday, July 22.
The 12 students came to GMF, which is in Norfolk and Falls Village, under the auspices of the Christodora Foundation.
On arrival at the secluded camp, the students, after exploratory hikes, brainstormed ideas for science experiments that could be completed within the two-week period.

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It’s out with the old at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — Three large dumpsters filled with old desks, cabinets and other ephemera outside Housatonic Valley Regional High School are the result of the initial demolition stage of the $5.75 million building project approved by Region One voters last June.
Region One Business Manager Sam Herrick said on Tuesday, July 11, that the next stage is preparing for installation of new plumbing and electrical systems in six classrooms in the science wing.

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The world, old and new, in Veden video

FALLS VILLAGE — Documentarian Eric Veden is back with the 15th episode in his series on Falls Village.
The new disc begins with Joshua Stone talking about his Songbook World project.
“Songs connect people in different places,” explains Stone, and later in the sequence Kartikeya Vashist, a musician from India, teaches a group of students at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) a song via Skype.

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Isabella Freedman — how it began

FALLS VILLAGE — “I’m offering this as a challenge to all history buffs,” Adam Sher told the audience. “we cannot find a picture of Isabella Freedman, anywhere. See you if can find one.” 
Sher is the general manager of the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, a 400-acre retreat in Falls Village. In the Tuesday, July 4, First Tuesday Summer Lecture Series presented by the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society, Sher answered the question “Who Was Isabella Freedman Anyway?” 

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Check is in mail for finished project

FALLS VILLAGE — First Selectman Pat Mechare reported that the final paperwork for the $200,000 state grant for the foundation of the new Falls Village emergency services center has been submitted and the town can expect a check before the end of the month.
Mechare reported to both the Board of Finance and the Board of Selectmen at their regular meetings on Monday, July 10.

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Wheels to wheels

Visitors to the auto show in Falls Village last weekend could compare generations of pickup trucks and cars. Story, another photo, Fred Sanford is long gone, but his pickup truck was here.

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To serve and protect

FALLS VILLAGE — The new Emergency Services Center in Falls Village on Route 7 officially opened for business on Friday, June 30.
The firetrucks and ambulance left the old firehouse at 35 Railroad St. and proceeded to the Route 7 location around 6 p.m. on Friday evening. They arrived with sirens blaring and lights flashing, as members of the fire and ambulance squads recorded the event on their cell phones and congratulated each other.

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Class of 2017 says farewell: HVRHS’s 78th commencement

FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) said goodbye to its 78th class of graduates on the evening of Tuesday, June 20, as well as to Region One School District Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain. The evening was warm and sunny, perfect weather for the outdoor ceremony.

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