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FALLS VILLAGE — Even without the accompanying music you would have heard them. The jingling ring of the bells strapped to their shins traveled up and down Main Street. The Morris dancers returned to Falls Village, leaping, twirling and gallivanting in front of Town Hall for an audience in the early evening on Saturday, June 15. 

Dressed in white to represent the freshness and purity of spring’s seasonal rebirth, each of the five troupes added on a distinguishing accent to differentiate their costumes, better known to the dancers as their “kits.” ...

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Accident victims identified

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE – Two people killed in a fiery car crash on Route 63 Dec. 12 have been identified.
Frank J. Peters, 51, of 89 Migeon Avenue in Torrington was the driver and registered owner of the gray 1995 Buick Regal involved in the crash. The passenger was Darrell Mulcunry, 62, of 122 Water Street, Room 305, in Torrington. Family members of both men have been notified.

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Housatonic student of the week

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
For all of its brutality, hockey has moments of grace and serenity, and watching senior Russell “R.J.” Thompson play defense for the Mountaineers, fans appreciate the way his strong, silent personality finds expression in the sport. The Cornwall native returned to the ice as a freshman after nearly a decade away from the sport, and he took to it like he takes to most challenges in life, with poise and composure.

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Towns must pay more for science center

Prevailing wage law will apply
patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The new Science and Technology Center at Housatonic Valley Regional High School is going to cost about $60,000 more than originally thought, because the state is requiring the school district to comply with prevailing wage laws on the project.
Region One School District Business Manager Sam Herrick delivered the bad news at the regular monthly meeting of the Region One Board of Education at the high school on Monday, Jan. 9.

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School administrator accuses broadcaster of electioneering

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FALLS VILLAGE — Region One Assistant Superintendent Diane Goncalves has filed a complaint against Marshall Miles and NPR radio station WHDD (Robin Hood Radio).
Miles brought up the matter during public comments at the January meeting of the Region One Board of Education at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, Monday, Jan.9.
Goncalves’ letter to the Federal Communications Commission, dated Nov. 8, 2011, alleges that Miles violated Section 399 of the FCC’s statutes during the elections in November.

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Not the year for a new emergency service center, but...

2011 A Year in Review
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FALLS VILLAGE — The biggest event in Falls Village for 2011 was actually something that didn’t happen: In a referendum on Aug. 23, voters rejected a $2.5 million plan to finance the building of a new emergency services center on Route 7 South.
The 230-126 vote forced the Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department, which had lobbied extensively for the plan, back to the drawing board.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the village

Several houses on Prospect Street in Falls Village, including the one on the left, are covered in holiday decorations. The Christmas tree on the town Green was sparkling on Sunday, Dec. 18.

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Regional grants, funds will help towns expand

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Northwestern Connecticut Regional Planning collaborative recently received a $13,000 grant from the Connecticut Main Street Center of Simsbury for its Village Center Economic Development Initiative.
Ruth Skovron, a member of the Falls Village Planning and Zoning Commission who has been actively working with the Collaborative’s Chris Woods and Jocelyn Ayer on several fronts, said the grant was for more than the amount requested — by $3,000.

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Geo Bee has a returning champ

FALLS VILLAGE — The Lee H. Kellogg Geography Bee champion, for the second straight year, is seventh-grader Julie Horowitz. Riley Simmons (grade eight) took second place, also for the second year in a row. In third place was Justin Fitch (grade seven).
Julie will take a test in January and if she’s one of the top 100 scorers in the state, she’ll compete at the state bee. 
The winning tiebreaker question:  Cologne Cathedral, the largest Gothic church in northern Europe, is located in the Rhineland of what country?  (Answer: Germany).

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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

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

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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