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FALLS VILLAGE — The David M. Hunt Library and Toymakers Cafe unveiled a new Little Free Library on Saturday afternoon, May 19, on Main Street, right outside the coffee shop/restaurant owned by Greg and Ann Bidou. Fall Village’s Little Library is part of a national effort called Little Free Library, which encourages literacy and sharing through the exchange of books. 

Anyone passing by, whether a resident, a visitor or a thru-hiker, is encouraged either take a book to read or leave a book for someone else to find. 

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Falls Village

New chairman for Region One BOE

FALLS VILLAGE — Bob Whelan of Sharon is the new chairman of the Region One Board of Education.
The new board had its first regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 4, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS). 
Jonathan Moore of Kent is the vice chairman, John Sanders of Cornwall is secretary and Jennifer Weigel of Salisbury is treasurer.
HVRHS Principal Jose Martinez had four students working on “personalized learning” projects speak about what they are doing.

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For young offenders, a second chance

FALLS VILLAGE — Nick Pohl, executive director of the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau (HYSB), made a presentation to the Salisbury Board of Selectmen last week, giving the board (and its new members) an overview of HYSB’s activities.
Pohl had already made the presentation in Sharon and Falls Village, and will do the same in Cornwall this week.
Among the items in the presentation was a relatively new program that provides an alternative to the juvenile court system for minors.

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For a woman who never sits still, a bench on the Green

Recently retired Falls Village First Selectman Pat Mechare (with her grandchildren in the photo above) was honored with a bench and plaque in her honor in the center of town near the Green. The inscription thanks her for her 40 years of “selfless service to the town” on the Board of Selectmen and in many volunteer and elected capacities.

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Winter is here

Motorists faced snow, rain
FALLS VILLAGE — Despite snow and predicted freezing rain on Tuesday, Dec. 12, Region One schools were in session, a change from years when the slightest hint of inclement weather would have canceled classes. 
Region One Superintendent Pam Vogel said Region One “subscribes to a weather system, where we receive daily emails” with reports and predictions for the area.
When bad weather is expected, school officials and meteorologist John Bagioni hold a conference call at 4:15 a.m.

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Everyone pitches in to help with pine-scented fresh wreaths

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.

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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. 

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Festivities end with cocoa, gifts

FALLS VILLAGE — With the assistance of eighth-grade students from the Lee H. Kellogg school, the Falls Village Recreation Commission held a Christmas tree lighting on the town Green on Sunday, Dec. 3.
As darkness fell at around 5:30 p.m., people gathered around, were issued candles and song sheets, and followed the musical leadership of Brook Martinez, the music teacher at Kellogg.
Martinez had the crowd of more than 100 people warm up with some hearty “whoas” and “ho-ho-hos.”

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Thanksgiving preview at Housatonic Child Care Center

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Holiday greens & more at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — The  Housatonic Valley FFA chapter begins its annual holiday production sales on Monday, Dec. 3, through Saturday, Dec. 23. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week. The store is located on the south side of the Housatonic Valley Regional High School campus.
The holiday store sells trees, wreaths, poinsettias, Cabot cheese, local maple syrup, handmade tree stands and more. Trees start at $35, wreaths at $20.

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Celebrating the FFA

The annual FFA banquet at Housatonic Valley Regional High School was on Friday, Nov. 17. Lauren Murtagh, FFA chapter president, said, “This year’s banquet went really well. We had more than 200 members, parents  and guests who attended, and we were able to recognize all of those people who made an impact on our chapter in the past year.”

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