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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.

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Diplomas for 116 at HVRHS

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FALLS VILLAGE — The 116 members of the class of 2011 heard about perseverance, defining one’s own self, and the importance of giving back to the community at a graduation ceremony at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Friday, June 17.
The ceremony was held indoors because of the threat of heavy rain. Only a few graduations have been held out on the grassy oval in front of the school in recent years.

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Old-country tradition kept alive

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Morris Dancers brought their annual burst of color and sound to the Northwest Corner on Saturday, June 11. This year’s visit was, perhaps, even more of a respite from regular life than usual, as it came while many area residents struggled with a multi-day power outage caused by a potent thunderstorm the previous Thursday.

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Music Mountain season opens with jazz, classical

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FALLS VILLAGE — Music Mountain begins its 82nd season Sunday, June 19, 3 p.m. with pianist Misha Dichter and the Harlem String Quartet.
The program includes two pieces performed by the string quartet — Mozart’s String Quartet No.15 in D minor and Borodin’s String Quartet No. 2 in D major — and two with the quartet and Dichter — Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E Flat major, and Billy Strayhorn’s “Take the ‘A’Train” (arranged by Paul Chihara).

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Cookout, dance, tractor show for FFA alumni

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FALLS VILLAGE — “We get such amazing support from the community,” said Mark Burdick, co-chair of the agricultural education department at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, speaking of turnout for the June 11 FFA alumni dinner and contra dance.
About 180 barbecue dinners were sold, according to Bill Dinneen.
“The rain dampened it a little bit but we still had fun,” he said.
In addition to the cookout, there was also an antique tractor show, which featured about a dozen very old and relatively new vehicles.

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Bells on their ankles

Morris Dancers demonstrated their exuberant and precise (usually) traditional music and dance in Falls Village last weekend during their annual tour of the Tri-state region.

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Memorial pays tribute to Jack Mahoney

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FALLS VILLAGE — The two-hour memorial service held in his honor on June 10 was a snapshot of everything that mattered most to John Leo Mahoney, known to all as Jack, who died May 14, 2011, at the age of 73.

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HVRHS students inducted into National Honor Society June 2

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FALLS VILLAGE — Twenty-five students were inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) at a ceremony at Housatonic Valley Regional High School Thursday, June 2.
Guest speaker Ellery Sinclair (class of 1956 and a longtime English teacher at the high school) said he did not make it into the NHS as a student. He noted some similarities between the world as it was in his youth and what the young people onstage are facing today.
“You live in perilous times,” he said. “But only 40 years ago, my classmates were living in a time of atomic bombs.

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Music on the Mountain raises $2,500 for HYSB

FALLS VILLAGE — Music Mountain, the oldest continually operating summer music chamber festival in the country, hosted the annual fundraiser for the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau (HYSB), “Music on the Mountain,” Saturday, June 4.
The concert, which featured music students from the Northwest Corner, raised about $2,500 through sponsors and ticket sales. Students were chosen based on recommendations from either their school music teacher or an outside or private teacher.

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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.
When he earned the title of Mr. Housatonic a few weeks ago, Riley Lynch set himself apart from the rest of the contestants in the competition by virtue of his charm and talent.
Not only did he demonstrate impressive vocal range by performing the female part of a duet from “High School Musical 3,” but he also effectively bribed the judges with his homemade organic apple pie.
But who is the young man behind the moniker? Who is Mr. Housatonic?

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Kellogg students learn about live food

FALLS VILLAGE — Lee H. Kellogg School’s sixth- and seventh-grade science class recently went on a field trip to Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village to learn about how beneficial microbes are used in the production of foods such as cheese, sauerkraut and kim chi.
The cooks explained the preparation techniques, and students had a chance to taste several types of foods made with living cultures, such as goat cheese.
Students also visited a pond to study and classify aquatic organisms through field microscopes.

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