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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

Voters down EMS bond

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FALLS VILLAGE — Voters rejected a $2.5 million bond to build a new emergency services center in a referendum voteTuesday, Aug. 23.
The vote was 230 against and 126 for — about a two to one ratio.
Voter turnout was high. Included in the totals were 31 absentee ballots.
Voting was open not only to registered voters in Falls Village but to those owning property worth $1,000 or more. The latter category accounted for 34 votes cast.

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Storm’s measure

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FALLS VILLAGE — The gauge in these photos measures the height of the Housatonic River at the power station in Falls Village. The photos were shot at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday (above left) and again at about 3:15 p.m. (above), from the opposite bank on the Salisbury side of the river. The flow of the river, measured by the United States Geological Service in cubic feet per second, was 3,450 cubic feet per second (cfs) at the time of the morning shot, and 7,300 cfs in the afternoon.

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Sharing old wisdom with youngsters

Lost Art Workshops
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FALLS VILLAGE — Joe Brien emerged from his workshop, tucked in the woods off Point of Rocks Road, in answer to a “Hello?”
Dusting himself ineffectually, he apologized for the state of things, explaining that after a big job he usually takes a day to straighten up.
But after a series of smaller projects, and in the midst of preparing for a workshop on constructing emergency shelters, stuff had piled up a bit.
It looked fine to the layman.

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The All-American Watson

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FALLS VILLAGE — For Lou Timolat, his 1959 A.J. Watson Roadster isn’t just a cool car or a masterpiece of design — it represents a uniquely American tradition of individual innovation and gumption.
Timolat described the postwar period in American motor sports and the divide between those who looked to European cars, drivers and tracks, and the American racing world, with a lot of local tracks and the Indianapolis 500 as the ultimate event of the year.

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Voters move to vote on firehouse

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FALLS VILLAGE — At an unusually well-attended meeting, voters overwhelmingly approved moving the question of bonding $2.5 million for a new emergency services center to a referendum. The town meeting vote was held Tuesday, Aug. 16.
The vote to hold the referendum was 112 to 22. A “no” vote would have removed the need for a referendum, and the Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department would have been forced to begin the process again.

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Hodgson’s paintings present an autistic view of the world

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FALLS VILLAGE — John Hodgson’s Rooftop Canvases show at the D.M. Hunt Library is unusual.
Hodgson, 23, is autistic, and according to neurologist Barry Gordon, only began speaking “meaningfully” at age 14.
Gordon began working with John at age 8, and helped the boy’s parents, David and Laurie Hodgson of Falls Village and New York City, with a flexible, home-based approach.
Gordon, who has an autistic son as well, was effusive. He described what John and his art teacher do as being similar to a coach and athlete.

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Finding balance

Chubby Bunny Farm begins the harvest
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FALLS VILLAGE — Yan Tutschka was a little surprised to have a visitor on a rainy Monday at Chubby Bunny Farm, at Undermountain and Cobble roads.
He had spent the morning picking vegetables and was relaxing in front of his seasonal home — a modest RV trailer downfield a ways from the barn.
Tutschka is one of four full-time apprentices at Chubby Bunny Farm, a community supported agriculture farm (or CSA) run by Dan and Tracy Hayhurst.
It is Tutschka’s third year working on farms, and his first at Chubby Bunny.

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Schools are ready. Are you?

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FALLS VILLAGE — It’s quiet now, but officials at Lee H. Kellogg are getting ready for the new school year, which begins Aug. 29. Teachers report back on Aug. 24.
Principal Maria Bulson was pleased to report an initial enrollment of 87 students at the kindergarten to grade eight school, up from 85 last year.
Two Kellogg teachers are celebrating 25 years of service: Jane McDermott (computers and math) and Eileen Gargan (third grade).
Kindergarten orientation is Thursday, Aug. 25, 10 to 11 a.m., and includes a tour of the school, locker assignments, a snack and a ride in a school bus.

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Falls Village pool lifeguard Jacob Horowitz took a minute out of his break to show Matthew Lopes, 10, a few soccer juggling moves. The first day of school for students in the Region One School District is Aug. 29. Until then, youngsters around the Northwest Corner are soaking up every bit of sun they can find, and enjoying moments of chilling out at places such as the town pool.

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OK for Sept. 1 parade, car show

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Selectmen approved a request from Colin Chambers to close off the  downtown area for a Sept. 1 parade and car show. The request was made at the board’s regular monthly meeting Monday, Aug. 8.
Chambers said he has planned, with Lime Rock Park, a parade of vintage race cars that will go through Salisbury and end in Falls Village. The cars will be parked in town and spectators will have a chance to look at them up close.

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