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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.

Undeterred, O’Hara suited up...

Falls Village

Housatonic student of the week - Becket Harney

The Lakeville Journal congratulates honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. This week’s photo was taken by 11th-grader Caroline Sullivan.
FALLS VILLAGE — Some students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School must be operating on a 26-hour day, because there is no way that a normal teenager should be able to accomplish so much.

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28th annual C.R.O.P. Hunger Walk on Sept. 25

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FALLS VILLAGE — The 28th Annual Northwest Connecticut C.R.O.P. Hunger Walk will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Registration begins at 12:45 p.m. and the walk will start at 1:30 p.m. Participants may walk a quarter mile, 5 miles or 10 miles.
Walkers raise funds for this worthy cause through monetary pledges solicited from friends and family. Walkers may set up a “Walk on the Web” to solicit funds from friends and relatives via email. Visit www.cropwalkonline.org to register as a walker or to make a donation.

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Chestnuts toasted

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FALLS VILLAGE — A sure sign of the change of seasons is a visit to the American chestnut saplings with Ellery “Woods” Sinclair.
The hybrid, blight-resistant trees are part of a project to restore what Sinclair called “these magnificent, iconic trees” in the U.S.
A group of about 20 people gathered at the site, off Undermountain Road in Falls Village, to take part in one of that weekend’s Housatonic Heritage walks, a series of informative hikes sponsored by the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area.

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Mountaineers begin with a win, 36-20

FALLS VILLAGE — Victory number one is in the books. Scare number one is behind and all the questions that were asked have been answered ... sort of.
The Housatonic/Wamogo Mountaineers football team pounded out a 36-20 victory over Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby last Friday night, Sept. 16, under the lights at Housatonic Valley Regional High School behind the running of senior Jake Sutterlin (27 carries, 212 yards, four touchdowns).
But the score does not reflect how close this game really was.

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From ancient to modern times in a town in Kyrgystan

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FALLS VILLAGE — Entrails, fermented mare’s milk and sheeps heads were on the menu (so to speak) at the Hunt Library Friday, Sept. 9, as Mary Atwood read from her memoir, “I Drank My Tea.”
Mary and Tracy Atwood, plus their three teenage children, were with the Foreign Service in Kyrgystan from 1999-2003.
Formal education was a concern. Daughter Catherine, in the seventh grade at the time, turned out to have a flair for languages, so much so that she spent her eighth- and ninth-grade years at a Russian language school.

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Region One refund for towns

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FALLS VILLAGE — At the Sept. 12 meeting of the Region One Board of Education, Region One Business Manager Sam Herrick reported a surplus of $282,350 from the 2010-11 budget, which will be distributed to the six member towns in the form of a credit against their April 2012 assessment.
The six towns of the school district share costs for the regional high school and other regional education services. Each town’s share is based on the number of students it sends to the schools.
“We came out very favorably from a budget standpoint [this year],” Herrick said.

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Scenic values key

State rejects plan for FV cell tower
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FALLS VILLAGE — The Connecticut Siting Council has rejected AT&T’s application to build a 150-foot cell phone tower at 8 Barnes Road.

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Kicking off vintage weekend in a 1939 MG TB

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LIME ROCK — Prior to the Sept. 1 parade of classic race cars from Lime Rock to Falls Village, all I knew about MGs was that a college girlfriend of mine had one and she wouldn’t let me drive it.
I rode in the parade Sept. 1 in a 1939 MG TB, owned and operated by John Schieffelin of Northampton, Mass.
Schieffelin is a genial gent who used to run a motorcycle shop, worked in an automotive museum and was “born with a steering wheel in my hand, as my mother said.”

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Future for farm: energy, ag and the Grateful Dead

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FALLS VILLAGE — Tucked away in a quiet corner of a quiet town is the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, which runs a wide variety of programs encompassing the spiritual, the environmental — and, coming up, the Grateful Dead.
Executive director David Weisberg started at Isabella Freedman in May. A couple of weeks ago, he met with a group of interested parties to begin a discussion of how to broaden the scope and reach of the center.
The question of how to include the town and community is now on the table. Topics include sustainable agriculture and renewable energy.

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Irene aftermath delays first day of school

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FALLS VILLAGE — Hurricane Irene “delayed but did not dampen our spirits,” Region One School District Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain said of the decision to delay the first day of school, from Monday, Aug. 29, to Tuesday, Aug. 30.
Chamberlain said that as of Sunday evening three schools — Sharon Center School, Cornwall Consolidated School and Kent Center School — were without power.
Electricity was restored to Sharon Center on Monday morning, and Chamberlain expected that service would be restored at the other two locations before Tuesday.

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