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Madeline Mechare and Charlotte Olsen were among children who lined up for a chance to sit on Santa Claus’ lap and whisper what they wished for in the holiday season, while others, like Olivia Lee, were happy just to plop down and enjoy the treats provided at the festive little Sunday night celebration at Canaan Senior Center in Falls Village on Dec. 2.

Falls Village

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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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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