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FALLS VILLAGE — A group of more than 40 professionals representing several different careers spoke with students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Wednesday, May 8.

Christian Allyn, a specialist in invasive plants (and a North Canaan selectman), spoke as an entrepreneur. He is a graduate of Housatonic and is also a recent graduate of the University of Connecticut.

He told a group of students that it is very important to set up a business correctly.

“If you don’t do things legitimately, you’ll get in trouble with taxes....

Falls Village

Kudos, awards given to FFA members

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic FFA Banquet was held Friday, Nov. 18, to celebrate the accomplishments of the FFA from the past year at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
The FFA is a youth organization that promotes leadership, personal growth and career success in its members.  
Greenhand and Chapter Degrees were awarded to the following members: Cassidy Considine, Star Greenhand; Marissa Larson, Chapter Star Farmer; Matt Aragi, Chapter Star in Agricultural Placement; Brian Saccardi, Chapter Star in Agriscience.

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Town meeting was on money matters

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FALLS VILLAGE — The selectmen agreed on four agenda items for a town meeting (which will probably be called for early December) during their regular monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 14.
The call for the town meeting will include: two appropriations — of up to $10,900 and up to $28,300 — for the highway department and the assessor’s office, respectively. The appropriations requests received a thumbs up from the Board of Finance at their meeting immediately before the selectmen’s meeting (see story this page).

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‘Hot box’ a hot topic for finance board

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Finance approved two requests from First Selectman Pat Mechare to move appropriations recommendations to town meeting.
The approval was given at the regular monthly finance meeting Monday, Nov. 14. It was the first meeting for new member Brenda L. Nielson, who replaces George Elling.
The appropriations are: up to $10,900 for a 2-ton slip-in asphalt hot patcher for the town crew; and up to $28,300 for a statistical revaluation (from the assessor’s office).

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Historic house holiday tour is on Dec. 4

FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society will offer a Holiday Historic House Tour on Sunday, Dec. 4.
The tour will begin with a welcome and introduction to the five houses on the tour at P.D. Walsh’s Country Store (107 Main St.) at 11:30 a.m.
At noon, tour pass holders may begin their self-guided tour with guidance from the society’s brochure and map.
The tour coincides with the village’s annual tree lighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. and visit from Santa Claus later in the day.

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Housatonic students of the week

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. This week’s student portrait was taken by HVRHS 11th-grader Caroline Sullivan.

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My chair, no mine!

The annual Turkey Olympics competition at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, on Friday, Nov. 18, resulted in a rare win for the faculty team. The final results were : first place, faculty, followed by seniors, juniors, freshmen and sophomores.The teams competed with great enthusiasm. Musical Chairs was particularly hard-fought.

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Housatonic Valley hosts German exchange students

Ryan Brown (left) worked with David Zeikau of Hamburg, Germany, on an assignment in Kimberly Durley’s German class at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Oct. 28. A group of German exchange students stayed with Region One families for two weeks.

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Boomerang science lesson

Boomerang expert Pat Surdam talked to students at Lee H. Kellogg School on Oct. 28 as part of their science unit on force and motion. Above, he displayed a hunting stick as used by Australian aborigines. Left, he demonstrated his boomerang skills.

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Perfect weather for Culligan 5K

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FALLS VILLAGE — On the beautiful autumn morning of Nov. 5, 40 hardy souls ventured forth on the Ed McGuire Culligan Cannonball Run, a 5-kilometer road race and an annual event in Falls Village. It is named in honor of the former fire chief of Falls Village, who was also proprietor of the area Culligan water company.
The winner this year was Ethan Gasta, 15, of South Windsor, Conn., with a time of 17:29 . The record for the race was set in 2008 by Eamon Dempsey, who had a time of 16:18.

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Propane heater fire leads to tragic end for 30 cats

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FALLS VILLAGE — A fire Friday evening, Nov. 4, killed 30 cats and destroyed two buildings and a maintenance shed at The Last Post, an animal sanctuary and cat retirement home on Belden Street.
Last Post business manager Susan Gregan was on the scene Monday morning, surveying the damage.
She said a preliminary report from fire marshal Stan MacMillan stated the cause of the fire was a wall-mounted propane heater.

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