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FALLS VILLAGE — A group of students in grades four through eight participated in a Code for a Cause event Saturday, March 9, at the Mahoney-Hewat Science and Technology Center at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

The idea was to design an application that would be helpful to a nonprofit group. The students broke up into six groups, each led by a high school volunteer and including a representative of the nonprofit.

Patrice Gans, of Random Hacks of Kindness, moved about the room, monitoring the progress.

The participating nonprofits were the 21st Century...

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Eastern mountain lions on their way

FALLS VILLAGE — Big cats are coming, wildlife expert Sue Morse told a packed house at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Friday evening, Feb. 22.
In fact, they’re already here.
Morse asked the audience members to indicate by show of hands if they’d seen a mountain lion. About half of the audience, approximately 200 people, raised their hands. The talk was sponsored by the Salisbury Association Land Trust, the Litchfield Hills Greenprint and the new Berkshire-Taconic Regional Conservation Partnership.

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HVRHS girls advance to BL finals

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Valley Regional High School girls basketball team handled Nonnewaug easily Tuesday night, Feb. 19, with a 52-21 victory.

The Mountaineers advanced to the Berkshire League tournament final against Northwestern, which will be on Friday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m. at Northwestern in Winsted.

Northwestern survived a semi-final game against Gilbert, 35-33, also on Tuesday night.

Mapping out a new town archive

FALLS VILLAGE — “Welcome to the basement!”
That was Town Clerk Mary Palmer’s greeting at Town Hall Monday afternoon, Feb. 11. She was referring to the maps that were piled on every available surface.
In 2018, Palmer applied for a grant of $4,500 to digitize old maps that had accumulated in the Falls Village Town Hall basement over the decades.
The grant money arrived, and now she is busy sorting through them, prior to the arrival of the company that is going to do the work.

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Midwinter melodies

Rebecca Bloomfield, Adam Sher and Brook Martinez played and sang at the D. M. Hunt Library’s “Midwinter’s Night in the Village” event Saturday, Feb. 16.

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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

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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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