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Logan Riley, an eighth-grader at the Lee H. Kellogg School, is a semifinalist, eligible to compete in the 2017 Connecticut National Geographic State Bee, which will be held at Central Connecticut State University on Friday, March 31.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition. Bees were held throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The top-scoring students compete in the state bees in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia,...

Falls Village

Boo to you

This scarecrow made an appearance on the oval outside Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Thursday, Oct. 13. Built by students in the after-school artgarage program, it features a thinker, a dog named Spenser (after the fictional private detective), an artist and a turtle.

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Bids fly at library silent auction

FALLS VILLAGE — The annual library auction for the David M. Hunt Library had 145 ticket holders milling around the tables at the Center on Main, bidding on silent auction items such as: the complete films of John Ford; the complete Far Side cartoons by Gary Larson; a baseball autographed by Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz; 10 yards of topsoil from Steve Dean; and two dozen chocolate mice made by Ann Bidou.

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Journal and League of Women Voters host candidate debate Oct. 21

FALLS VILLAGE -— For many, presidential debates are somewhat akin to a spectator sport, each of us rooting for our own side. The topics under discussion — some of them, anyway — are important, but most do not affect our day-to-day lives. And if you have a question about a candidate’s position on an issue, the odds against it being asked, and answered, are long.

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Domestic violence victims remembered

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FALLS VILLAGE — Domestic violence is “wrong, wrong, wrong,” said Judith Crouch of Sharon to a group of about 50 people gathered on the Green in Falls Village Tuesday, Oct. 4, for a candlelight vigil sponsored by Women’s Support Services (WSS). It is an annual event that rotates among the six Region One towns served by WSS. Crouch is the chairman of the organization’s board.
Betsey Mauro, WSS director, spoke of the experience of “Monica,” a woman with two children and an abusive husband.

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Trips, tours, baseballs at Hunt auction

FALLS VILLAGE — On Saturday, Oct. 15, the Hunt Library’s Auction in the Village (at the Center on Main, 5 to 8 p.m.) will feature the chance to bid on several new items, including a European Holiday Markets Viking River Cruise for two (to be taken by the end of 2016).
The eight-day cruise focuses on European holiday traditions both ancient and new. Destinations can include Paris and Normandy, Austria, Hungara, Germany and Slovakia along the Danube, Rhine or Seine rivers.

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Abstract art comes home for new show

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FALLS VILLAGE — Artist Robert Cronin drew attention to a canvas with what appeared to be a golf ball amid abstract shapes.
He said the painting dates from his student days at the Rhode Island School of Design in the 1950s.
The instructor took a dim view of it at the time.
“We don’t do that kind of thing here,” he told the young Cronin.

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Boarding house, junkyard or what?

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FALLS VILLAGE — At the Oct. 3 Board of Selectmen’s meeting, First Selectman Pat Mechare said she will get the town’s zoning official, fire marshal and the Torrington Area Health District together to address ongoing concerns about properties at 52 and 80 Dublin Road.
Mechare said the Planning and Zoning Commission is actively trying to sort out the issues surrounding the two properties. The issues include a junkyard and whether or not a building is being used as a boarding house.

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Housatonic student of the week

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Enrollment numbers are lower for Region One Schools

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FALLS VILLAGE — Enrollment numbers  were reported to the Region One Board of Education at its Oct. 3 meeting. 

The numbers are for the six elementary schools and for Housatonic Valley Regional High School. The numbers reflect student populations on Oct. 1; these numbers are used to calculate each town’s share of the region’s operating expenses.

The student population has decreased from last year, and is slightly smaller than what was anticipated.

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Residents asked to conserve water

FALLS VILLAGE — Residents who use the town’s water system have been asked to conserve water because of the ongoing drought.
The conservation measures are mandatory, and include a ban on watering lawns or gardens or washing cars.
Residents are asked to please keep showers short, do laundry elsewhere or consolidate laundry loads, and check water systems — especially toilets — for leaks.

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