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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.”

But politics “should mean...

Falls Village

Falls Village by the numbers in report

FALLS VILLAGE — The 2018 town report for the town of Canaan (Falls Village) is available at Town Hall, and as always it contains interesting reading.
And viewing. Faye Lawson’s cover photograph of the new Emergency Services Center on Route 7 received considerable praise at a recent town meeting.
If you are wondering about politics, Falls Village as of June 30, 2018, had 270 Democrats, 151 Republicans, 258 unaffiliated voters and five “others.”

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Bill to legalize marijuana introduced in Hartford

FALLS VILLAGE — There is a bill currently under consideration in the General Assembly that would legalize recreational marijuana.
Sponsored by Rep. Joshua Hall (D-7) and cosponsored by 40 other House members (all Democrats), HB 5585 permits retail marijuana sales to people 21 years of age or older.

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Student of the week

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. 
FALLS VILLAGE — If students only came to school and went home, we would not know a lot about their potential, and especially the character of students such as Mackenzie Hunter. 
The senior from Sharon is a mild-mannered student with strong academic performance, but as our Student Government Association president, her leadership skills have distinguished her from her peers. 

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Town eases property tax burden on farmers

FALLS VILLAGE — Both the Board of Finance and the Board of Selectmen in Falls Village approved a new town ordinance raising the property tax exemption on farm equipment to $200,000 at their regular monthly meetings on Monday, Jan. 14.
First Selectman Henry Todd explained that a new tractor costs around $130,000 and a new combine about $100,000 and said he didn’t think it would be fair to subject such items to property tax.
The boards agreed. The ordinance will be an agenda item at the next town meeting.

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FFAers sit for annual meal

FALLS VILLAGE — The annual banquet of the Housatonic Valley FFA, snowed out in November, was held Friday evening, Jan. 11, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Theresa Freund, working her 17th banquet, hollered, “It’s ready!” at 5:30 p.m.
Karlee McGhee, a freshman from Sharon, was asked why she joined FFA.
“Because I enjoy it,” she said. “I love animals, and I care about their well-being.”

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An art show that is truly Earnest

FALLS VILLAGE — Art by Carl Chaiet of Sharon is on display in the library at Housatonic Valley Regional High School through the end of February.
The pen-and-ink artworks are illustrations from the three Earnest and Telford children’s books, written by Lynn Kearcher (who is married to Chaiet.)
Also on display are some of the props — sneakers, roller skates — that appear in the illustrations.

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Ordinance adopted: Fine authorized for feeding bears

FALLS VILLAGE — A new ordinance in Falls Village prohibiting the intentional feeding of bears was one of seven agenda items that passed at the annual town meeting on Thursday, Jan. 10.
About 32 Falls Village residents came to Town Hall for the town meeting. It also attracted the attention of the NBC affiliate in Hartford, which sent a camera operator to film the meeting. The cameraman/reporter was interviewing First Selectman Henry Todd as people arrived for the meeting.
Pat Mechare was elected moderator.

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Maria Horn: On the frontier in Hartford

FALLS VILLAGE — State Rep. Maria Horn (D-64) was at the FFA banquet at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Friday night, Jan. 11, and took a few moments to report on her first week in the Connecticut General Assembly.
She said she is one of two vice chairs of the Legislature’s appropriations committee, and is also on the judiciary and environment committees.

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Craig Miner: Bears will surface again this year

FALLS VILLAGE — State Sen. Craig Miner (R-30) said he expects the state budget to be the top priority during the new session of the Connecticut General Assembly.
Miner was interviewed by phone on Saturday, Jan. 12.
He said revenue indicators are “promising” but that they will “come nowhere near” balancing the budget.
Miner said he believes marijuana legalization will be on the Legislature’s agenda, although he prefers the term “naturalization.”

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Robots, on your marks, get set …

FALLS VILLAGE — Members of the Who’sCTEKS, the robotics team at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, along with parents and other interested onlookers, watched carefully as a live video provided an overview of this year’s national competition, called “Destination: Deep Space.”
The group was at the Mahoney-Hewat Science and Technology Center at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Saturday morning, Jan.5.

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