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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

Hot time, great tunes at the Center on Main

FALLS VILLAGE — A cast of 23 children wowed the audience under difficult conditions at the Saturday, Aug. 13, afternoon performance of “Broadway Kids 2016 — Gotta Dance!” at the Center on Main.
It was hot inside the building, and only the regular lighting was used. Stage lighting would have made the temperature unbearable.

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Beyond individuality, in church and in life

LIME ROCK — The Rev. Heidi Truax is an individual who wears two hats.
As a citizen in a democracy, she feels strongly about her right to express her political opinions and to cast a ballot.
But as a religious leader, she attempts to provide shelter from the storm of heated political debate and anger within the walls of her church, Trinity Lime Rock Episcopal.

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Always a way to bake bread

FALLS VILLAGE — The David M. Hunt Library doesn’t have an oven. For some, this fact may discourage the words “bread baking” and “library” from ever being linked together, but not for Rita Delgado.
Delgado, the Hunt Library’s children’s librarian, worked around the building’s non-existent oven in order to host a hands-on workshop for local children focused on the wonders of baking bread.

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Gray line between human culture, natural environment

FALLS VILLAGE — For environmentalists, conservation and preservation are not necessarily the same thing. That’s what Hans Carlson, director of the Great Mountain Forest (GMF), explained at the beginning of a guided walk through GMF’s forests on Sunday, Aug. 7.
The walk began on the land’s east gate entrance in Norfolk. Eight hikers followed Carlson’s lead in a roughly 4-mile hike on an old road and wooded trails.

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Learning the lost art of making things

FALLS VILLAGE — “I may ask you for body parts,” said Joe Brien. 
“Don’t take it the wrong way.”
Brien was demonstrating how to make what he calls “blockheads” — figures made out of bits of wood and other odds and ends — at the D.M. Hunt Library on Wednesday afternoon, July 27.

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Things are lovely in Glocca Morra and Falls Village

FALLS VILLAGE — Students of musical theater began their three-week summer program with Michael Berkeley at the Center on Main on Monday morning, July 25.
The program, “Broadway Kids,” teaches students music, dance and singing. The group of 24 students meets five days a week, with performances Aug. 12 and 13. 
The program is one of the summer workshops sponsored by the Falls Village Children’s Theater.
Berkeley is the director; Heather Holohan-Guarnieri is the choreographer.

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Into the woods, for city science students at Yale camp

FALLS VILLAGE — The first thing the 14 New York City high school students had to do on arriving at the Yale Forestry camp in Great Mountain Forest (GMF) was surrender their cell phones.
Two weeks later, they all had survived.
Judith Rivkin, executive director of Christodora Foundation in New York City, was on hand Thursday, July 21, for the last day of camp and the presentation of research projects — not to mention the return of the phones.

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New book describes the darker side of old Litchfield County

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FALLS VILLAGE — Peter Vermilyea,  author of  2014’s “Hidden History of Litchfield County” and the chairman of the Social Studies department at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, is back with a new book, “Wicked Litchfield County,” published by The History Press and available July 18.
Vermilyea said in a phone interview that the publisher was happy with the success of “Hidden History” and wanted a follow-up.

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Art classes at Sci Tech center

FALLS VILLAGE — The model, a tall, dark-haired young woman in a lightweight top and shorts, twisted herself around.
“Oh, I love that pose!” said teacher Dan Howe.
“Whenever the model twists around, pay attention.”
Howe was starting off a week-long drawing and painting class at the Mahoney-Hewat Science and Technology Center at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Monday morning, July 18.

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Legal Defense Fund gains support

FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Selectmen will create a Taxpayer Legal Defense Fund to help with legal costs associated with an ongoing dispute with the Region One Board of Education.

The selectmen had their regular monthly meeting Monday, July 11.

Last month, the Board of Finance directed the selectmen to establish the legal fund, to be financed with donations. 

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