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FALLS VILLAGE — The Inland Wetlands and Conservation Commission approved an application from the Falls Village Housing Trust for a multi-unit affordable housing development on River Road at the commission’s regular monthly meeting Thursday, April 18.

The parcel on River Road is about 14 acres and is within the Incentive Housing Zone.

The plan is for 28 units of rental housing in eight buildings, to be built in two stages.

The commission was primarily concerned with runoff, and after considerable discussion made switching up from 18 inch to 24 inch...

Falls Village

Housatonic student of the week

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Raising a child is, in a limited sense, similar to growing a plant. With the right nurturing and supports, a child will grow up strong, straight and upright.

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Expenditures on agenda for town meeting Dec. 22

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FALLS VILLAGE — There is a special town meeting Thursday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. On the agenda are two appropriations of up to $10,900 and up to $28,300 for the highway department and the assessor’s office, respectively.
Also on the agenda will be an easement on town-owned property next to the Falls Village Children’s Theater at 103 Main St., and a new contract with the Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority for the transfer station.

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May the circle be unbroken

Crafting a holiday wreath

FALLS VILLAGE — A wreath is only as good as its foundation — which in the case of wreaths made on production night by the FFA, is a wire coat hanger, twisted into a circular shape.
Housatonic Valley Regional High School’s FFA students and alumni schedule two annual production nights each winter. Community members meet in the agricultural education rooms at the high school to create garlands, wreaths and other festive decorations, which are then sold on campus.

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Selectmen ready for winter and 2012

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Selectmen made a series of appointments to town boards and commissions during the regular monthly meeting Monday, Dec. 12.
Tom Scott and Greg Bidou were reappointed as regular members to the Planning and Zoning Commission for five-year terms ending in December 2016. Ruth Skovron and Stephen Koshland were reappointed as regular members for five-year terms ending in May 2016. Vincent Inconiglios was reappointed as an alternate to a five-year term ending in May 2016.

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Tree bright

Candles, carols and a Christmas tree lighting — plus Santa on a firetruck — were the features of the annual tree lighting on the town Green Sunday, Dec. 4. After the outdoor festivities, everyone adjourned upstairs to the Senior Center for hot drinks.

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Police seek help in IDing victims of fatal crash

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FALLS VILLAGE — A fiery motor vehicle crash Monday, Dec. 12, on Route 63 left two people dead. As of Tuesday morning, police had still not been able to identify the victims.

Just before 1 p.m. that day, volunteer firefighters from Falls Village and Cornwall were dispatched to the scene. A 1995 Buick Regal had gone off the road near the intersection of Cobble Road. It crashed into a utility pole and caught fire.

Both occupants were pronounced dead at the scene. The car and any identification on the victims were destroyed by the fire.

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New contracts, health-care plan for Region One staff

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FALLS VILLAGE — Region One School District teachers have a new three-year contract that includes a 5.75 percent pay raise and an agreement to use the high-deductible plan as the base plan for health insurance.
The contract was ironed out in mediation Nov. 15, ratified by the teachers Nov. 29 and by the board Dec. 5, according to Region One Business Manager Sam Herrick.
It covers 89.2 full-time equivalent teachers at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, plus Pupil Services specialists and Title I teachers regionwide.

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Boughs and wire

Ricky Boardman was in charge of shaping wire coat hangers into perfect circles for wreaths during an FFA workshop last week.

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Greens to go

Shop FFA for trees, wreaths

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Valley FFA annual holiday sales are now open every day from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Dec. 23. Students are selling wreaths (some of which are hand-tied), poinsettias, roping, Christmas trees, boxwood trees, kissing balls, garland, potted plants, floral centerpieces and Cabot cheese.
In addition, the FFA alumni are selling amaryllis.
Customers can select from a variety of fir and spruce trees. Special orders are taken for specialty wreaths, trees and floral pieces.

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A lovely day for a walking tour of historic houses

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FALLS VILLAGE — Perfect weather and lovely old architecture combined to make a succesful house tour last Sunday to benefit the Canaan-Falls Village Historical Society.
Judy Jacobs and Elizabeth Clark offered an introduction to the tour at P.D. Walsh’s Country Store. Ticket holders then took a self-guided tour of five houses, all within walking distance of the center of town.
One, at 55 Belden St., was built around 1730 by Peter Hogoboom, one of the original Dutch settlers who founded the area in 1722. The property is currently owned by Sergei and Zoe Fedorjaczenko.

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