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FALLS VILLAGE — “What he got was magic,” Skip Barber marveled as he recounted the history of the racetrack at Lime Rock Park on Tuesday, July 2, at the South Canaan Meetinghouse in Falls Village.

The event was the second of the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society’s First Tuesday At Seven summer lecture series.

Barber, the owner of Lime Rock Park, was referring to Jim Vaill’s design of the racetrack. Vaill, the owner of a gravel pit on the site of what is now Lime Rock Park, “knew nothing about cars and certainly nothing about...

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‘Rip Van Winkle’ wakes up

FALLS VILLAGE — The cast of the original musical, “Rip Van Winkle,” had just worked through a song, “Welcome Home,” and writer-director Michael Berkeley rose from the piano and approached the stage.
He reminded the performers that the song is supposed to be happy.
“You came in like you’re paying last respects.”
The cast regrouped and tried it again.

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Guest readers charm young students

FALLS VILLAGE
By Alexander Wilburn

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Maria Horn encourages student activism at Lee H. Kellogg School

FALLS VILLAGE — Four hours before facing a large crowd at the Falls Village Emergency Services Center, state Rep. Maria Horn (D-64) had a more congenial task: talking to teacher Amy Lake’s Social Studies class about a letter they wrote urging the banning of single-use plastic bags in Connecticut.
Horn congratulated the students for their activism.
“It really matters,” she said. “Writing letters has an impact.”
She said politics, especially at the national level, has “a bad name.”

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Sweet time at KCS chocolate fest

FALLS VILLAGE — The 24th Chocolate Festival at Kent Center School drew sweet-tooths of all ages on Thursday, Feb. 7. The line outside school was already swelling long before the doors opened at 3:30 p.m., and the excitement of children and adults alike was undeniable. 
Once inside the cafeteria, the real challenge arose: How to choose from the vast bounty of goodies. There were tempting chocolates, baked goods, and confections of every kind.

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Horn hears different views on control of race tracks

FALLS VILLAGE — A standing-room-only crowd came to the Emergency Services Center in Falls Village on Thursday, Feb. 7, to meet with state Rep. Maria Horn (D-64) and to discuss the relationship between the Lime Rock Park auto racing track and the community.
Two weeks ago word got out on social media that Horn had submitted a bill to allow local zoning commissions to regulate the time that racing may take place.

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The art of highly concentrated artworks

FALLS VILLAGE — Emily Rutgers Fuller revealed the secrets to her 12-by-12 inch abstract works at the David M. Hunt Library on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 3.
With an esoteric array of tools and supplies, ranging from woodworking knives to glow-in-the-dark glue, Fuller demonstrated how she creates the pieces.
She uses her own photographs of landscapes, and includes them in the pieces “to give a realistic grounding.”
For the remainder she uses thick, 140-pound paper, with either a rough or a smooth finish. 

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Region One calendar gets OK

FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education approved a revised calendar for the 2019-20 school year at its meeting Monday, Feb. 4, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
The major issue is the number of full weeks of school. There are 15 full weeks in the current school year.
Region One Superintendent Pam Vogel presented the board with two revised calendars. Option A had 18 full weeks, and option B had 20 full weeks.

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Rep. Maria Horn to meet with constituents in Falls Village

FALLS VILLAGE — There will be a meeting with state Rep. Maria Horn (D-64) at the Emergency Services Center on Route 7 in Falls Village Thursday, Feb. 7, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The meeting is billed as “A Discussion on Lime Rock Park.” 
Two weeks ago Horn introduced a bill in the General Assembly to allow local zoning commissions to regulate the hours of motor vehicle racing and subsequently withdrew it.
In the interim, word of the bill spread rapidly, especially on social media.

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And you thought YOU were cold

John Harney used a drone to capture this photo of the Great Falls in Falls Village and Salisbury at mid-day on Saturday, Feb. 2. The usually fast-flowing falls on the Housatonic River were almost completely frozen by the sub-zero temperatures brought by last week’s polar vortex. 
 

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Around and around the world they go at Geo Bee

FALLS VILLAGE — The Geo Bee season has begun, in Region One and across the nation.
Blaine Curtis, a sixth-grader, was the winner of the Lee H. Kellogg Geo Bee on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
There were 10 contestants. 
Katelin Lopes was the second-place finisher, and Birdie Boyden took third. They are also in sixth grade.

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