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FALLS VILALGE — Motor vehicles of every description lined the streets of downtown Falls Village for the Falls Village Car Show on Sunday, July 14.

There were 550 show cars registered, according to organizer Judy Jacobs.

Squads of volunteers roamed the streets on foot and in golf carts assisting with spectator parking and getting the show car people settled in.

Jacobs said in addition to Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department personnel, the volunteers came from fire departments in neighboring towns and from the show car owners themselves.

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A beauty, a beast, a play

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village Children’s Theater production of “Beauty and the Beast” played to packed houses at Housatonic Valley Regional High School last weekend.
Mairead Hodgkins starred as Belle opposite Alex Pecha as the Beast and Kyler Hall as Gaston, with strong support from the cast.
Elijah Stone was solid as Lefou, Gaston’s confidant and cheerleader. The “Gaston” number, featuring Gaston, Lefou and the Silly Girls, was a crowd-pleaser.

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Comments for and against pay raises in Region One

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education was divided on contract extensions and pay raises for top administrators at a special meeting Wednesday, March 28.
The board did vote to approve the 2012-13 proposed budget, including the administrative contracts, and to send it on to a public hearing Wednesday, April 4.
The vote was 4-2, with Chairman Phil Hart (Cornwall), Scooter Tedder (Salisbury), Vice Chairman Jonathan Moore (Kent) and Laura Freund (North Canaan) voting yes and Gale Toensing (Falls Village) and Marilyn Yerks (Sharon) voting no.
‘Extremely pleased’

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Glow sticks, telescope guides at Invention Convention

FALLS VILLAGE — Middle-school students at the Lee H. Kellogg School presented their invention ideas to a panel of judges at the school’s Invention Convention on Thursday, March 29.
Thirty-eight students in grades five through eight began an invention project in January. They identified a problem that could be solved, then went through the steps of designing, building, testing and revising invention ideas until they had a final prototype.
The 10 judges included local inventors, artists, librarians, science and math professionals and Board of Education members.

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Home repair grants offered

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Northwestern Connecticut Planning Collaborative is working on an application for the state’s Regional Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program. Jocelyn Ayer of the collaborative spoke to the Salisbury Affordable Housing Commission earlier this month about the program.
Ayer said the grants are for homeowners who need costly repairs for their homes to remain affordable.
She said the interest-free loans are essentially liens, to be repaid when the property is sold.

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Small-district penalty dropped from the education bill

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FALLS VILLAGE — A meeting with state Rep. Roberta Willis (D-64) and state Sen. Andrew Roraback (R-30) about education reform proposals was a little anti-climactic.
The meeting Tuesday, March 27, with the legislators and about 40 citizens was held at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, and was supposed to focus on an item in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s education reform proposal that would have penalized school districts with under 1,000 students as part of an effort to promote regionalization.

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Sci-tech center is named for Mahoney, Hewats

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FALLS VILLAGE — At a special meeting Wednesday, March 28, the Region One Board of Education voted unanimously to name the new science and technology building after Jack Mahoney and Diane and Donald Hewat.
The Advisory Board of the 21st Century Fund for Housatonic Valley Regional High School recommended the building be named The Mahoney-Hewat Science and Technology Center to honor Diane and Donald Hewat and the late Jack Mahoney.

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CSA goes ‘beyond organic’

FALLS VILLAGE — Spring is springing and for Janna Berger, field manager of Adamah, the farm division of the Isabella Freedman Retreat Center in Falls Village, that means getting ready for the fifth year of its CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.
“We’re planting in greenhouses and in the fields,” Berger said. “We’ll grow vegetables, fruits, herbs and salad greens — all certified organic — for about a hundred ‘share’ customers.”

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HVRHS students sign on to Irish artist’s project

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FALLS VILLAGE — Irish artist Patrick Dunning brought “The Signature Project” to Housatonic Valley Regional High School Friday, March 23.
Downing, who combines biography, storytelling, artistic vision and comedy in his multi-media presentation, is 20 years into the project — a mural 76 feet long and 36 feet high, depicting a stylized sun in the center and the earth, moon, stars, the galaxy and birds around it.
What is truly unusual about the project is that the basic building blocks are signatures — thousands of them, in different colors.

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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 — Our best students are versatile and multifaceted, with activities ranging from athletics to the arts to volunteerism. This week’s student of the week is a good student with an easy smile that brightens the halls of Housatonic.

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Apply for funds for home repairs

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Northwestern Connecticut Planning Collaborative is working on an application for the state’s Regional Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program. Jocelyn Ayer of the collaborative said the grants are for homeowners who need costly repairs for their homes to remain affordable.
To be income-eligible property owners must have a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median income.
To demonstrate to the state that there is a demand for the program in the eight collaborative towns, each town must collect three or four letters from homeowners by April 15.

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