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More than 215 dedicated fans sat shivering through double overtime to watch the Housatonic Valley Regional High School girls’ soccer team’s sovereignty dashed in a tense and chilly state tournament quarterfinal match against Old Lyme on Saturday, Nov. 16. The Lady Mountaineers had entered with the best record in Class S, a remarkable .938 win percentage, and kept the Wildcats, who have won States four years running, scoreless before falling behind on penalty kicks. See details and another photo Cold competition as girls...

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Monkeys but no spiders as children learn about bread

FALLS VILLAGE — Rita Delgado got her breadmaking group’s attention at the beginning of the session on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 15, at the David M. Hunt Library.
She brought out freshly baked dinner rolls and butter and everybody ate first.
Then the 10 or so children and four or five parents (the situation was fluid) settled in for a lesson in making what Delgado called “monkey bread”: balls of flour coated in butter, sugar and cinnamon.
The children got to try their hands at mixing up flour and water, and adding yeast.

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For children, the allure of small exotic animals is strong

FALLS VILLAGE — Jen Kotkin of Animal Embassy finished showing a group of children a red-eyed tree frog at the D.M. Hunt Library in Falls Village on Thursday, Aug. 22.
She paused before asking the children to simmer down before bringing out the next exhibit: a scorpion.
The children seemed eager to see a real scorpion. The adults looked apprehensive.
Kotkin assured everyone that the scorpion would not sting unless provoked, and that if everyone kept cool, the scorpion would reciprocate.

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Meet and talk to Rep. Jahana Hayes on Aug. 27

FALLS VILLAGE — Congresswoman Jahana Hayes will be holding a town hall-style meeting on the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. 
The meeting is from 6 to 7 p.m.; the doors open at 5:30 p.m.
This is an opportunity for 5th District residents to get a congressional update from and ask questions of Rep. Hayes. All are invited and welcome to attend, regardless of town, party or school district.

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Route 7 to reopen after fatal crash

Route 7 in North Canaan and Falls Village is expected to open at around 4:30 p.m. today, Monday Aug. 19. The road has been closed since a fatal one-car accident at the intersection of Route 7 and Sand Road on Sunday night, Aug. 18, at about 10:30 p.m.

A feast for all the senses at 100 Main

FALLS VILLAGE — The first thing you notice when you enter 100 Main, the new artisan shop in the center of Falls Village, is the smell. It makes you understand how bees and butterflies feel when they come across a patch of flowers in full bloom. It’s intoxicating. It’s delicious. 
It’s the soaps, explained store manager Christina van Hengel, and also the candles (which are hand-dipped in Litchfield). 

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A feast for all the senses at 100 Main

Christina van Hengel, right, is the manager of the just opened 100 Main in Falls Village, which is a project of famed designer Bunny Williams, left. The store opened Aug. 9. To learn more about the shop and its owner, see A feast for all the senses at 100 Main.

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Here and now important to playwright Lonnie Carter

FALLS VILLAGE — “It’s really a love story.”
Celebrated playwright Lonnie Carter is reflective as he enjoys a warm summer day on the porch of Toymaker’s Cafe, just down the street from his home in Falls Village. His “two hander” play has recently been performed, also  just down the street, at The Center on Main, and the audience response reinforced what he’s known all along.

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Swimmer drowns in Housatonic near Great Falls

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SALISBURY — The Connecticut State Police reported on Wednesday, July 31, at 3:30 p.m. that they had recovered the body of a Brooklyn man who had drowned in the Housatonic River near the Great Falls. 

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Veden returns with a new look at old traditions in town

FALLS VILLAGE — Filmmaker Eric Veden is back with episode 20 of his documentary series on Falls Village.
The new disc features Paul Ramunni, Mark Alexander and Dick Heinz (plus a quick tour of a section of the Mohawk Trail).
Ramunni, author of “Accordion Stories from the Heart,” is shown at a presentation at the David M. Hunt Library.
He plays his accordion and then starts with the stories and jokes.
He said he grew up on Long Island. (“I’ll admit it publicly.”)

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Falls Village Workshops to open Aug. 9

FALLS VILLAGE — Christina van Hengel and celebrated decorator Bunny Williams have been putting the finishing touches on Falls Village Workshops, which will officially open its doors on Friday, Aug. 9. 

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