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FALLS VILLAGE — Even without the accompanying music you would have heard them. The jingling ring of the bells strapped to their shins traveled up and down Main Street. The Morris dancers returned to Falls Village, leaping, twirling and gallivanting in front of Town Hall for an audience in the early evening on Saturday, June 15. 

Dressed in white to represent the freshness and purity of spring’s seasonal rebirth, each of the five troupes added on a distinguishing accent to differentiate their costumes, better known to the dancers as their “kits.” ...

Falls Village

Trade Fest: Write it on the calendar for March 25

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — There’s no need to go to online sites such as craigslist.com to find, for example, someone to do your landscaping, someone to list your house for sale, a reputable and welcoming retirement home for yourself or a loved one. All those resources and more can be found at the annual spring festival of the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce.

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‘South Pacific’ onstage at HVRHS March 15-17

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Musical Theatre Society’s production of “South Pacific” is March 15 to 17 at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. On Thursday and Friday, March 15 and 16, showtime is 7:30 p.m., and there are two shows Saturday, March 17, at 1 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. On Friday night only, balcony seats are $5. For more information visit www.hmts.org.

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Town report contains tidbits of town lore

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The 2011 annual town report is printed and available at Town Hall. The annual town meeting is Thursday, March 22, 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
Some stats from the report:
• The population of Falls Village is 1,099, spread out over 33.4 square miles.
• The Town of Canaan, which is the town’s official title, is now in the 64th State Assembly District and represented in the state House of Representatives by Roberta Willis (D). Prior to redistricting, the town was in the 63rd District and represented by John Rigby (R).

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Below deck

Engineers working for the state Department of Transportation were inspecting the Iron Bridge (if you’re from Falls Village) or the Amesville Bridge (the Salisbury name) on Monday.

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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 — When Felicitas Eckert left Offenberg, Germany, to spend a year living in Falls Village with the Downs family, she had no idea how appropriate a placement it would be. But with a name like hers (after the Roman goddess of good fortune), she was bound to get lucky. The Downs family is like her own in many ways, explains Feli: both are gregarious and musical, with a passion for public service.

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Regional budget workshop is March 28

Final vote is May 8
patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The current draft of the 2012-13 Region One budget calls for spending of $14,962,621, an increase of $283,525, or 1.93 percent. The budget was presented at a regional board meeting March 5.
The Region One Budget is divided into three parts: Housatonic Valley Regional High School, Pupil Services (which includes special education) and the Regional Schools Services Center (commonly known as the Central Office).
In the current draft the bulk of the increase — $238,605 — is at the high school, for a total of $8,487,544, an increase of 2.89 percent.

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Honoring the past, studying community at Region One meeting

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education heard from the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau board on a recent survey of students; from student Christian Allyn on a proposal for a memorial grove;and received a recommendation on naming the new science and technology building during a regular meeting Monday, March 5.
Housatonic Youth Service Bureau Director Nick Pohl and Lynn Marlow, a social worker, gave a preview of the recent survey of students in grades seven, nine and 11. This is the same survey of “assets” that was given to students in 2008-09.

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Hunger Banquet teaches sobering lesson

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — One group of students sat at an ordinary cafeteria table. A smaller group sat at a much fancier table, with a tablecloth and proper place settings.
And the largest group sat on the floor.
It was all designed to illustrate the problem of world hunger, and the students making the point were members of the FFA and American Field Service organizations at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. The Hunger Banquet was held Wednesday, Feb. 22.

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Parents warned of Internet perils

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — In response to a sexting incident at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in which inappropriate photographs were forwarded to a large number of students, Erin Curry from the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau, HVRHS Principal Matt Harnett and Lt. David Rice of the Connecticut State Police led a presentation and discussion of technology and children on Feb. 22 at the high school.

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Grant enabled library to purchase children’s books

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The D.M. Hunt Library recently received a grant that allowed the library to buy 49 new children’s books.
Hunt Librarian Erica Joncyk said the Libri Foundation of Eugene, Ore., provided a two-to-one matching grant of $500. The library raised $250, so it was able to purchase $750 worth of books for $250.
“I’m tickled because it’s been hard to increase our budget,” Joncyk said. “We’ve been getting by with what he have.”
The titles run the gamut from picture books for very young children, to books for children just learning to read, to juvenile and young adult titles.

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