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FALLS VILLAGE — Michael Hanlon Jr., a junior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, is cleaning up a hometown hang-out spot in Falls Village one rhododendron at a time. As part of his community-minded Eagle Scout project, Hanlon decided to clear branches and debris from a public area around Falls Village’s visitors sign, a spot he says he often rides his bike past. The landscaping effort includes new plants in the area, as well as cleaning up the visitor signs so it can once again  become a welcoming for viewing town notices. 

Hanlon hopes to conclude this...

Falls Village

Beware the reddish fog at ShireCon

FALLS VILLAGE — Thom Wilson stood in the Center on Main on Saturday morning, Sept. 22, and surveyed the scene with satisfaction.
There were four or five long tables filled with participants in role-playing and board games, and it was Wilson’s first attempt at a gaming convention.
Wilson, a Falls Village resident, graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School and who works at Hamilton Books, said there are not a lot of opportunities for role-playing game enthusiasts in northwest Connecticut.

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A community pulls together to raise funds

A modified tractor participated in the Falls Village Truck Pull at the town Recreation Center on Saturday, Sept. 22. It was an exhibition pull, not part of the competition. Dave Jacobs of Falls Village won the Points Championship in the limited pro stock diesel category. About 800 people attended the event, a benefit for the Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department. There were other activities available at the truck pull, including vendors, goats, food and an excellent playground.

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64th, 30th District candidates to debate

FALLS VILLAGE — The Lakeville Journal and the League of Women Voters of Litchfield County will once again co-sponsor a candidates’ debate for those running for the state 64th House and 30th Senate districts. All are invited to attend this open and free event. 
It will be held at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Room 133 at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. The moderator of the debate will be Pat Donovan of Litchfield, a longtime member of the League, who has helped with previous debates held in the Northwest Corner and throughout the county. 

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At what point is the river flooding?

FALLS VILLAGE — The Great Falls on the Housatonic River in Falls Village and Salisbury were already roaring last week before the rains that came down on Tuesday morning, Sept. 18, on the edges of Hurricane Florence. 
There is an official gage that measures the height of the Housatonic River in Falls Village, below the power plant. On Tuesday at 8:15 a.m., while roads were flooding from the heavy rain, the river was at 3 feet, and was actually lower than it had been on Saturday, Sept. 15, when the water was at 3.39 feet. 

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Region One numbers are stable

FALLS VILLAGE — The unofficial number of students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) for the 2018-19 school year is 386. 
That is the number of students who showed up on the first day of school, Aug. 27, according to HVRHS Principal Ian Strever. Strever was reporting to the Region One Board of Education on Monday, Sept. 17.
Official enrollment for budgetary purposes is calculated in the first week of October. The numbers seem stable from last year, when the number was  364.

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CROP Walk on Sept. 30 fights world hunger

FALLS VILLAGE — “We walk because they walk.” That is, and has been for 35 years, the mantra behind the Northwest Connecticut CROP Hunger Walk, planned this year for Sunday, Sept. 30, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. 

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64th and 30th districts: Candidates will debate issues on Oct. 12

FALLS VILLAGE — The Lakeville Journal and the League of Women Voters of Litchfield County will once again co-sponsor a candidates’ debate for those running for the state 64th House and 30th Senate districts. All are invited to attend this open and free event. 
It will be held at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Room 133 at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. The moderator of the debate will be Pat Donovan of Litchfield, a longtime member of the League, who has helped with previous debates held in the Northwest Corner and throughout the county. 

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Before Tuesday’s storm

Hurricane Florence hadn’t yet touched down in North Carolina when this photo of the Great Falls was snapped on Thursday morning, Sept. 13. But heavy rains were already hitting the Northwest Corner by that time, and the falls were going gangbusters.To learn about river flooding, see At what point is the river flooding.

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Grading that is better for students, teachers

FALLS VILLAGE — Thomas Guskey of the University of Kentucky told an audience of Region One School District parents, school board members, teachers and administrators — and at least one student — that American grading practices compare unfavorably to those of other countries for a simple reason.
A single grade, whether expressed as a letter grade or a percentage, “requires integration of diverse information,” such as academic performance, the learning process itself and the progress the student has made.

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New leader for HYSB

FALLS VILLAGE — Laurie Collins is the new executive director of the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau (HYSB), a regional nonprofit that serves youth and families in the Region One School District. Her hiring was announced two weeks ago.
The HYSB offices are on the campus of Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

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