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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...

Falls Village

Medal for HVRHS at Geography Challenge

FALLS VILLAGE — A team of five students from Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) finished a strong third among a record number of teams at the Connecticut High School Geography Challenge at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain on Wednesday, May 22.  

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Student singers swing into spring with HVRHS concert

FALLS VILLAGE — Student musicians and singers at Housatonic Valley Regional High School presented a swinging summer concert on Wednesday, May 29, with selections from films, folk music, jazz and more.
In addition to the concert band and concert choir, performances were by the Night Choir, Heartbreakers and Sweethearts and Jazz Band. The groups are under the direction of Thomas Krupa and Alicia Simonetti Shpur; Sandy Kleisner was the evening’s accompanist.

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Falls Village’s role in an American war monument

FALLS VILLAGE — Apparently there’s always something new to learn about the second smallest town in Connecticut, even on a holiday like Memorial Day, when the village’s start-of-summer customs and traditions are at the forefront. 

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Fiendishly clever projects at Science Fair

FALLS VILLAGE — Jordan Haggard’s Science Fair project was fiendish. 
The ninth grader subjected 10 of her fellow students to an experiment designed to see if motor reflexes improved after ingesting sugar.
The sugar took the form of Pixy Sticks, a particularly unpleasant form of candy that is essentially flavored sugar in a paper tube.
Haggard explained the experiment to a reporter before the judging at the Science Fair on Tuesday, May 21, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

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Falls Village mill rate increases slightly

FALLS VILLAGE — The town and school budgets passed unanimously at the Falls Village annual town meeting on Thursday, May 23. The Board of Finance met immediately after the town meeting and set the mill rate at 24.6 mills, an increase of .7 mills.
The budget for town spending in the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1, is $1,957,800 (down $7,868 or .4%).
The budget for the Lee H. Kellogg School is $1,977,325 (up $92,655, or 4.92%).

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Hold your banners high!

Sunny skies greeted Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday, May 27, in the communities within our readership area. On individual town pages in this week’s issue you will find reports on parades, tributes, speeches and more. Seen at the Falls Village parade were, from left, Leo Martinez and Cecily and Gavin Clemons.

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FFA nurtures student interests

FALLS VILLAGE — The FFA program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School lets students explore aspects of agriculture they’re interested in, preparing them for careers. On Wednesday, May 22, students in the agriculture education program had a chance to showcase what the program has meant for them at an FFA open house.

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At HVRHS, the nooks and crannies of careers

FALLS VILLAGE — A group of more than 40 professionals representing several different careers spoke with students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Wednesday, May 8.

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The 1970s have become a historical era

Remember the 1970s?
Led Zeppelin? Gas lines? Three Mile Island? 
Not to mention “Charlie’s Angels” and the Ramones.
Students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School interviewed HVRHS alumni who graduated in the 1970s as part of an ongoing oral history project. The subjects and interviewers met in the high school cafeteria on Friday, May 10.
Social studies teacher Peter Vermilyea said the students are enrolled in a course that gives them credit both at HVRHS and at the University of Connecticut.

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A survivor bears witness to the horrors of the Holocaust

FALLS VILLAGE — Holocaust survivor Endre (Andy) Sarkany told his story to a group of students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Monday, May 13.
Sarkany, 82, described how he and other Jews were persecuted and exterminated in Hungary by the homegrown Nazis, the Arrow Cross, and later by the Germans themselves.

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