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FALLS VILLAGE — Cynthia Parzych, author of “Connecticut Made,” told an audience at the David M. Hunt Library on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 7, that Connecticut has a rich history of innovation and entrepreneurship.

The change from an industrial to a service and information-based economy hit the state hard, but there are plenty of homegrown businesses, many of them started since 2000.

And these businesses act as the glue that keeps communities healthy and thriving.

Parzych said she was inspired by the story of Forrest Pritchard, author of “...

Falls Village

State Police: Keep an eye on your child’s online activity

FALLS VILLAGE — State Police trooper Samantha McCord warned a group of parents about online dangers to children during a talk at the Lee H. Kellogg School in Falls Village on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
McCord is a member of the State Police Computer Crimes Unit, which recently arrested a man in Manchester and charged him with operating a sex trafficking ring, in which young girls were recruited online.
McCord said that, in her experience, online predators are mostly interested in young girls.

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Wishing and hoping

Following a carol sing around the Christmas tree on the town Green near The Falls Village Inn on Sunday, Dec. 2, there was a special surprise waiting in the Town of Canaan Senior Center in Falls Village: jolly old St. Nick. 

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Housatonic 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 — One of the essential elements in a democracy is the free press, and as social media have come to impact and even supplant traditional journalism, students have become more aware of the importance of this institution. 

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Lore and more in new Veden video

FALLS VILLAGE — Documentary filmmaker Eric Veden is back with Episode 19 of his series of videos about Falls Village.
The new video opens with a montage of bicyclists whizzing by on country lanes.
Then it’s Bill Beebe and Terry Blass, sitting on the porch and telling stories, such as the one about the old carnival that used to be held on the town Green.
Looking back, the two men marvel at the accomplishment of packing a lot of activity into a small area.

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Good marks, overall, for superintendent

FALLS VILLAGE — Last month the All Boards Chairs (ABC) committee of the Region One Board of Education finished the evaluation of Region One Superintendent Pamela Vogel, who is in the second year of a three-year contract.
The assessment was done by the seven combined school boards in Region One: the six town boards in Cornwall, Canaan/Falls Village, Kent, North Canaan, Salisbury and Sharon, and the regional board.
It was then compiled and presented by the ABC committee, which is made up of the chairmen of the seven boards.

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Hall of Fame grows by 10

FALLS VILLAGE — Ten people were inducted into the Housatonic Valley Regional High School Athletic Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the high school.
Ed Kirby introduced John O’Hara (Class of 1947).
O’Hara fondly recalled his high school days, where he excelled at basketball. And he remembered playing his last basketball game as a serviceman in Korea, as the Korean War was winding down.
He was accidentally knocked out by his team’s center when the latter was going for a rebound.

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Looking for a way forward at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — On Monday, Oct. 26, Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) Principal Ian Strever held two sessions, morning and evening, with Region One residents on what a graduate of the high school will look like in the year 2043.
Eight people (plus a reporter) attended the evening session.
Strever opened by noting that advances in technology have had a dramatic and unpredictable impact on the jobs Americans do and what jobs they can expect in the not-so-distant future. 

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Environmental expert says climate can be fixed

FALLS VILLAGE — Joshua Ginsberg, president of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, said he believes there is reason for optimism when considering the environment. 
Ginbserg spoke at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Friday, Nov. 9, as part of the Salisbury Forum series of talks.

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The glory days of musical theater

Michael Berkeley put the cast of “Hooray for Hollywood!” through their paces at rehearsal Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Center on Main in Falls Village. 
The chairs were arranged as if the singers were on a train, and the song was “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe,” from the 1946 film “The Harvey Girls.” 

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Scout is leading a local town clean-up

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. 

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