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FALLS VILLAGE — As the snow began to fall on Saturday evening, Feb. 17, more than 80 people were already inside at the David M. Hunt library for A Midwinter’s Night in the Village.

There was lots of food and drink — including a toothsome Thai carrot soup from Rita Delgado.

Julia Panev, using Garth Kobal’s Polaroid Snap camera, took photos of party-goers and attached them to Hunt library bookmarks.

There was music from Brook Martinez and Theresa Braccio, and Joshua Stone ran his popular “Name That Tune” game for prizes.

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Falls Village

North Canaan’s Juch will step in at LHK

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

The Board of Education has chosen Alexandra “Lexie” Juch as the interim principal for the Lee H. Kellogg School (LHK) in Falls Village, effective Aug. 1.
The elementary school’s principal, Jennifer Law, resigned for health reasons earlier this year.
Juch has been a media specialist at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) since 2010. Before that, she worked in the Grantham school district in New Hampshire.

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Solving the riddle of shrinking class size

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A small group of students, working rapidly over the course of one week, put together a 10-and-a-half minute video on declining enrollment at the Lee H. Kellogg elementary school in Falls Village.
The documentary, “Falls Village: Dawn of Decline,” was produced by students ages 13 to 17 who participated in the Civic Life Project’s summer camp.
The film was shown to an audience of about 25 people at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) on Friday, July 28.

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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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