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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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Falls Village

Farm-market fry up

FALLS VILLAGE — Finding healthy, locally grown food is no longer a problem in the Tri-state region. There seem to be daily farm markets in area towns, with a long list of farmers producing a colorful array of everything from kohlrabi to carrots and beef to beets. 
But what is a child to do with a raw carrot? Or an unpeeled potato? 

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18th-century rogue who helped create modern Salisbury

FALLS VILLAGE — More than 30 people crowded into the South Canaan Meeting House on Tuesday, Aug. 8, to attend Lou Bucceri’s First Tuesday’s at 7 lecture on Thomas Lamb, one of the earliest settlers in Salisbury.
The talk is part of a series sponsored by the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society. 
Bucceri, a former history teacher at Salisbury Central School and historical interpreter at the Salisbury Cannon Museum, is known not only for his expertise in local history but also for his ability to project his voice across any room. 

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Disney songs, dances at FVCT

FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village Children’s Theater presents “Disney: Stage and Screen,” on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 18 and 19.
The show is the result of a three-week workshop run by Michael Berkeley and Heather Holohan-Guarnieri.
On Thursday morning, Aug. 3, 15 cast members were milling about as Berkeley checked the sheet music and Holohan-Guarnieri was attending to logistical tasks.
Then the children were called to order, and after some discussion, got themselves together for a group photograph.

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North Canaan’s Juch will step in at LHK

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The Board of Education has chosen Alexandra “Lexie” Juch as the interim principal for the Lee H. Kellogg School (LHK) in Falls Village, effective Aug. 1.
The elementary school’s principal, Jennifer Law, resigned for health reasons earlier this year.
Juch has been a media specialist at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) since 2010. Before that, she worked in the Grantham school district in New Hampshire.

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Solving the riddle of shrinking class size

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A small group of students, working rapidly over the course of one week, put together a 10-and-a-half minute video on declining enrollment at the Lee H. Kellogg elementary school in Falls Village.
The documentary, “Falls Village: Dawn of Decline,” was produced by students ages 13 to 17 who participated in the Civic Life Project’s summer camp.
The film was shown to an audience of about 25 people at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) on Friday, July 28.

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Puttin’ on the dog with Bunny Williams

FALLS VILLAGE — It would be a treat for any guest to tour the geometrically designed parterre garden of interior designer and tastemaker Bunny Williams on the property she shares with her husband, antiques dealer John Rosselli, in Falls Village. 
On Saturday evening, July 22, Williams invited guests, a miniature parade of floral frocks and pastel button-ups under blue blazers, not just for drinks, not just for dinner, but also a show. 

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Blood and fur fly as bears fight

FALLS VILLAGE — Bear sightings in the Northwest Corner seem to be increasing this summer. It’s hard to know whether that means there are more bears or that the bears are becoming bolder and are stepping out of the woods and onto people’s lawns more frequently.
Most humans would choose not to tangle with a bear over property rights.
But what happens when two bears both feel they have the right to ramble over a particular piece of territory?

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At GMF: Study in scarlet efts

FALLS VILLAGE — High school students from New York City presented the results of their two-week stay at the Yale Forestry Camp in Great Mountain Forest (GMF) on Saturday, July 22.
The 12 students came to GMF, which is in Norfolk and Falls Village, under the auspices of the Christodora Foundation.
On arrival at the secluded camp, the students, after exploratory hikes, brainstormed ideas for science experiments that could be completed within the two-week period.

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It’s out with the old at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — Three large dumpsters filled with old desks, cabinets and other ephemera outside Housatonic Valley Regional High School are the result of the initial demolition stage of the $5.75 million building project approved by Region One voters last June.
Region One Business Manager Sam Herrick said on Tuesday, July 11, that the next stage is preparing for installation of new plumbing and electrical systems in six classrooms in the science wing.

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The world, old and new, in Veden video

FALLS VILLAGE — Documentarian Eric Veden is back with the 15th episode in his series on Falls Village.
The new disc begins with Joshua Stone talking about his Songbook World project.
“Songs connect people in different places,” explains Stone, and later in the sequence Kartikeya Vashist, a musician from India, teaches a group of students at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) a song via Skype.

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