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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

Sewage and cyclists hold future for town’s economy

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — Wastewater treatment, the economic potential of bicyclists and better collaboration between town and merchants emerged as the main themes of a meeting Monday, July 11, sponsored by the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Northwestern Connecticut Regional Planning Collaborative.

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Classics on the bass guitar?

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

LAKEVILLE — Mention “electric bass guitar” and the music fan’s thoughts turn to John Entwhistle of The Who, maybe. Or Jaco Pastorius from Weather Report.
It’s unusual when someone decides to develop a classical repertoire for the electric bass, but that’s what John D’Ercole of Lakeville has done.
D’Ercole is performing at Music Mountain on Friday, July 22, 8 p.m., in the first of a new series of Friday night concerts at the venerable venue.

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HVRHS’s Harnett is ready to talk

New principal invites visits
patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The new principal at Housatonic Valley Regional High School is determined to avoid the kinds of problems that cast a shadow over the opening of school in August 2010.
Matthew J. Harnett said he has read the report by Jeffrey C. Pingpank on the circumstances surrounding the August 2010 resignations of then-Principal Gretchen Foster and Vice Principal Mary Ann Buchanan.
“A couple of times,” he said, with a smile.

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It’s in the wrist action: nuances of fly-fishing

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — “Fly-fishing is a frustrating and arduous sport,” said fly-fisherman (and Lakeville Journal reporter) Patrick Sullivan during his talk June 28 for the Tuesdays at Six lecture series.
The weekly summertime lectures are sponsored by the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society and are held in the stately white South Canaan Meeting House at the intersection of routes 7 and 63.

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Workshop meeting July 11 is to plan Town Plan for future

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The Planning and Zoning Commission invites residents for a second workshop on the future of the town Monday, July 11, 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Center.
The workshop will incorporate the responses to the Town Plan survey conducted in April. The focus is on identifying community-supported strategies to encourage economic development — including the lack of a public sewer system in the village center.
The workshop will provide information on options that other rural towns in the state have used to provide public wastewater treatment to their village centers.

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No decision yet on cell tower

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The Connecticut Siting Council closed the hearing on the proposed cell tower at 8 Barnes Road last week.
Ellery Sinclair, chairman of the Inland Wetlands Commission (one of three entities opposing the tower) said he has no “gut feeling” about what the council’s decision will be.
The proposed site is on the Route 63 side of Cobble Hill (an earlier version was on the very top). Access is via an old logging trail. The tower would be 150 feet tall.

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A pretty pickle at Isabella Freedman’s Farm Day

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FALLS VILLAGE — Frisbees flew, children jumped around in the pool, pickles were, uh, pickled and a juvenile goat made a bid for freedom during Farm Day at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center Sunday, June 25.
Many of the demonstrations were done with the help of young participants in the center’s Adamah program.
Adamah brings young people to the center to connect “to the land, to community, to Judaism and to themselves by providing educational programs and products in order to build a more sustainable world,” according to the center’s website.

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Naturalist’s efforts to keep natives, repel invasives

FALLS VILLAGE — David Gumbart, a naturalist and the assistant director of land management for the Connecticut chapter of The Nature Conservancy, spoke June 21 at the Tuesdays at Six lecture sponsored by the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society.
The historical society brings in a guest lecturer each Tuesday for nine weeks (until Aug. 16) from 6 to 7 p.m. to discuss a topic that affects the Northwest Corner.
Originally from North Haven, Gumbart now resides in Killingworth but he has spent a great deal of time in the Northwest Corner.

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Funds on agenda for town meeting

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — There is a special town meeting Thursday, June 30, 7 p.m. at Town Hall, to approve the transfer of a total of $12,846 from three town accounts for the following purposes:
• $7,450 from the Heavy Equipment Reserve Fund to the general fund in order to buy a new sander for the town’s highway department.
• $2,896 from the 107 Main St. Property Reserve Fund for the purpose of repairing the wiring on the second floor (the Senior Center).
• $2,500 from the Computer Reserve Fund, for digital mapping of the town, at the request of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

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Won’t increase taxes

New $2 million roof planned for HVRHS
patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — Region One School District officials are working on a request for proposals for a $2 million roof repair job at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Business Manager Sam Herrick said Monday, June 27, that the request for proposals would be ready by the end of this week or the beginning of next week.
The estimates for the cost of the project were prepared by W. Albert Jacunski of Jacunski Humes Architects of Berlin, Conn.
“They specialize in roofs,” Herrick said.

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