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FALLS VILLAGE — A group of students in grades four through eight participated in a Code for a Cause event Saturday, March 9, at the Mahoney-Hewat Science and Technology Center at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

The idea was to design an application that would be helpful to a nonprofit group. The students broke up into six groups, each led by a high school volunteer and including a representative of the nonprofit.

Patrice Gans, of Random Hacks of Kindness, moved about the room, monitoring the progress.

The participating nonprofits were the 21st Century...

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Wishing and hoping

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.

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Have a blue (cheese) Christmas

FALLS VILLAGE — Cheese isn’t automatically a good holiday gift. Even if you don’t agree with the health department when it says that all cheeses need to be refrigerated (contrary to what the French tell us), it’s still hard to be stealthy with a wedge of blue cheese hidden under the tree. Its fragrance announces its presence. 

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State Police: Keep an eye on your child’s online activity

FALLS VILLAGE — State Police trooper Samantha McCord warned a group of parents about online dangers to children during a talk at the Lee H. Kellogg School in Falls Village on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
McCord is a member of the State Police Computer Crimes Unit, which recently arrested a man in Manchester and charged him with operating a sex trafficking ring, in which young girls were recruited online.
McCord said that, in her experience, online predators are mostly interested in young girls.

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Wishing and hoping

Following a carol sing around the Christmas tree on the town Green near The Falls Village Inn on Sunday, Dec. 2, there was a special surprise waiting in the Town of Canaan Senior Center in Falls Village: jolly old St. Nick. 

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Housatonic student of the week

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. 
FALLS VILLAGE — One of the essential elements in a democracy is the free press, and as social media have come to impact and even supplant traditional journalism, students have become more aware of the importance of this institution. 

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Lore and more in new Veden video

FALLS VILLAGE — Documentary filmmaker Eric Veden is back with Episode 19 of his series of videos about Falls Village.
The new video opens with a montage of bicyclists whizzing by on country lanes.
Then it’s Bill Beebe and Terry Blass, sitting on the porch and telling stories, such as the one about the old carnival that used to be held on the town Green.
Looking back, the two men marvel at the accomplishment of packing a lot of activity into a small area.

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Good marks, overall, for superintendent

FALLS VILLAGE — Last month the All Boards Chairs (ABC) committee of the Region One Board of Education finished the evaluation of Region One Superintendent Pamela Vogel, who is in the second year of a three-year contract.
The assessment was done by the seven combined school boards in Region One: the six town boards in Cornwall, Canaan/Falls Village, Kent, North Canaan, Salisbury and Sharon, and the regional board.
It was then compiled and presented by the ABC committee, which is made up of the chairmen of the seven boards.

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Hall of Fame grows by 10

FALLS VILLAGE — Ten people were inducted into the Housatonic Valley Regional High School Athletic Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the high school.
Ed Kirby introduced John O’Hara (Class of 1947).
O’Hara fondly recalled his high school days, where he excelled at basketball. And he remembered playing his last basketball game as a serviceman in Korea, as the Korean War was winding down.
He was accidentally knocked out by his team’s center when the latter was going for a rebound.

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Looking for a way forward at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — On Monday, Oct. 26, Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) Principal Ian Strever held two sessions, morning and evening, with Region One residents on what a graduate of the high school will look like in the year 2043.
Eight people (plus a reporter) attended the evening session.
Strever opened by noting that advances in technology have had a dramatic and unpredictable impact on the jobs Americans do and what jobs they can expect in the not-so-distant future. 

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Environmental expert says climate can be fixed

FALLS VILLAGE — Joshua Ginsberg, president of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, said he believes there is reason for optimism when considering the environment. 
Ginbserg spoke at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Friday, Nov. 9, as part of the Salisbury Forum series of talks.

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