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FALLS VILLAGE — Lucille E. (Whitney) Marston, 94, formerly of Falls Village, was born in Binghamton, N.Y., on March 8, 1925, daughter of the late Elsie (Haner) and Luther Whitney.  

She died on Nov. 8, 2019.

She was the widow of Paul J. Marston and was predeceased by her son, Paul J. Marston Jr.  

She is survived by her daughter, Betsy L. Marston of Torrington; three granddaughters; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was involved in many community and church projects; the American Heart Association; and was a member and officer of Habitat for...

Falls Village

‘Good people of Falls Village’ step up to help library

FALLS VILLAGE — The Center on Main in Falls Village was packed for the annual auction fundraiser for the David M. Hunt Library on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 5.
Students from the Lee H. Kellogg School circulated with trays of hors d’oeuvres. (The youngsters had to make frequent trips to the Senior Center next door to replenish the trays.)
Above the sound of people eating, drinking and socializing, Master of Ceremonies Adam Sher encouraged bidding on items in the silent auction.

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Continued growth at chestnut grove

FALLS VILLAGE — Ellery “Woods” Sinclair led a Housatonic Heritage hike at the American chestnut grove on Undermountain Road in Falls Village on Saturday, Sept. 21.
With stragglers, about 35 people attended.
Each autumn the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area celebrates the history and natural resources of the Tri-state region with paddling and cycling events, history tours and hikes.

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School enrollments mostly lower 2019-2020

FALLS VILLAGE — The numbers of students in the seven schools of the Region One School District for the 2019-20 school year were calculated as of Oct. 1.
The numbers are mostly lower this year than last year, although the numbers increase and decline slightly every year at all the schools. 
There are some schools where enrollment has increased this year. 
Cornwall’s elementary school, for example,  has 78 students this year, and had 73 last year (although it had 83 two years ago).

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Housatonic students strike for the planet

FALLS VILLAGE  — Several dozen Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS)students staged a walkout on Friday, Sept. 27, to protest inaction in the face of climate change. 
Carrying homemade signs with slogans like “No Planet B” and “Science Not Silence,” the students assembled on the grassy oval in front of the school. 
The protest came at the end of a week of worldwide demonstrations. On Sept. 20, the first day of protests around the world, an estimated 4 million people participated.  

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Domestic and exotic items at D.M. Hunt Library

FALLS VILLAGE — The D.M. Hunt Library’s annual auction is Saturday, Oct. 5, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Center on Main in Falls Village.
There is a silent auction from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a live auction that begins at 7:15 p.m. sharp.
Items in the live auction include an extended weekend at an apartment in Manhattan’s Upper West Side (close to Lincoln Center), paired with an outing from Real New York Tours, led by Falls Villagers Luke Miller and Amber Cameron.

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Harmony, fantasy and 12-sided dice at ShireCon

FALLS VILLAGE — Thom Wilson’s ShireCon returned to the Center on Main in Falls Village on Saturday, Sept. 21 — the same day as the increasingly popular truck pull (see story, Page A6).
The unofficial head count during the lunch break for the second annual convention was 80, give or take a couple of players.
Wilson said some people who had preregistered had not shown up, but walk-in players made up the difference.

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Smokin’

The Falls Village Food and Truck Fest held Saturday, Sept. 21, was chock full of, well, food and trucks, such as this smoke-belching Chevrolet. Story, Feats of strength and plenty of food at Truck Pull.

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Falls Village boards proceed with actions against school board

FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village Board of Finance and the Board of Selectmen voted to go ahead with two matters concerning the Region One School District at their regular meetings Monday, Sept. 9.
The first is to support the regional Board of Education in exploring the appointment of a part-time superintendent serving the Lee H. Kellogg School exclusively.

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The way it used to be, in Falls Village

FALLS VILLAGE — Dick Heinz, president of the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society, led a Housatonic Heritage Walk around downtown Falls Village on Saturday, Sept. 14.
About a dozen people attended.
The walk started at 11 a.m., from the Historical Society’s museum and general headquarters at the old railroad depot on Railroad Street. Heinz warned the group that he had to leave at 11:30 a.m. in order to get to a wedding.
The group followed Heinz as he ambled along, pointing at buildings and offering commentary.

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The fight continues against non-native invasive plants

FALLS VILLAGE — A group of about 30 municipal highway crew members and other interested parties heard about how to manage Japanese knotweed at a workshop at the Falls Village Emergency Services Center on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
The event was arranged by arborist Tom Zetterstrom of North Canaan.
Robert Gambino spoke about how to use glyphosate, the herbicide most people know as Roundup.
Gambino went over safety issues and environmental issues, and kept telling the group to read the labels on the chemical containers.

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