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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

Lighthouse Project defended by BOE

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education, during its Monday, Sept. 12, meeting, did not offer a formal apology to the Kent Education Association over a video presentation shown to all Region One teachers on Aug. 24 (see story, Page A6).
Board members did say that there was no intent to pick on teachers in general or the Kent Center School teachers in particular.
No need for an apology

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Progress report on emergency center construction

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FALLS VILLAGE — The new emergency services center on Route 7 is taking shape. First Selectman Pat Mechare said Tuesday, Sept. 13, that the frame is up and the walls are the next step.
At the Board of Finance meeting on Monday, Sept. 12, Mechare asked the board to take action on purchasing a new dumpster for paper and cardboard for the transfer station. 
The existing dumpster, a 1997 model, is worn out.
The replacement cost is $6,425.

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The new firehouse

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FALLS VILLAGE — Work on the  new (and long awaited) Emergency Services Center on Route 7 began in June.
Millennium Builders was the successful bidder for the contract in the second round of bids. The Board of Selectmen voted to accept Millenium’s bid of $2,477,000 at a meeting in September 2105.
On December 2013, the town had approved a $2.3 million bond in a referendum vote. A previous referendum for $2.5 million failed in 2011.

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Town sues schools

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Selectmen created a “Taxpayer Legal Defense Fund” to help with legal costs associated with an ongoing dispute with the Region One Board of Education. 
In June, the Board of Finance directed the selectmen to establish the legal fund, to be financed with donations. 

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The shows keep going on!

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Center on Main, home of the Falls Village Children’s Theater, offered a musical revue in August.
A cast of 23 children, working in hot, stuffy conditions, wowed the audience on Saturday, Aug. 13, with an afternoon performance of “Broadway Kids 2016 — Gotta Dance!” 
The show was arranged and directed by Michael Berkeley, and choreographed by Heather Holohan-Guarnieri.

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The back-to-school blues

In a song by students
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FALLS VILLAGE — Tracy Walton and Julia Autumn Ford, who perform together as Belle of the Fall, led a songwriting workshop at the Center on Main on Tuesday, Aug. 23.
Seven youngsters brainstormed and came up with lyrics for a blues song. Given the time of year, the subject matter was, broadly speaking, returning to school.

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Purring, growling engines for vintage party

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FALLS VILLAGE — The vintage race car parade rolled into downtown Falls Village late on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 1.
The party was well under way as the first cars made their way down Main Street from Route 7 a little before 5 p.m.
Richard Mille of Salina, Kan., driving his 1939 Lagonda — a massive, sleek green machine with a V-12 engine — shut off his engine and asked, “What happens now?”
“We eat,” he was told. “We listen to music. 

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Silent Llama attends first day of new school year at Lee H. Kellogg

FALLS VILLAGE — It was 8:24 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, and Lee K. Kellogg School  Principal Jennifer Law was waiting in front of the building as the first students arrived, dropped off by their parents.
As the number of students slowly grew, Law kept them up on the sidewalk. “We’re going to greet the buses,” she told the youngsters as she asked them about their vacations.

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From the bowels of the Historical Society: an unexpected treasure

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FALLS VILLAGE — An interesting artifact, unearthed from the bowels of the South Canaan meeting house, is now at the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society.
It is a child’s potty seat, fashioned from a wooden crate used to ship liquids to the E.W. Spurr hardware store in the late 19th century. According to Judy Jacobs of the Historical Society, the hardware store was located where Toymakers Café is today.

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A parade, a pond and potluck for library birthday party

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FALLS VILLAGE — As The Lakeville Journal’s reporter parked at the Congregational Church on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 21, he waved to an acquaintance taking it easy on a bench.
“Lotta food down there,” said the acquaintance.
He was referring to the potluck picnic in honor of the 125th anniversary of the 1891 founding of the David M. Hunt Library by Catherine and Wealthy Ann Hunt, and named for their brother.

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