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FALLS VILLAGE — Cynthia Parzych, author of “Connecticut Made,” told an audience at the David M. Hunt Library on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 7, that Connecticut has a rich history of innovation and entrepreneurship.

The change from an industrial to a service and information-based economy hit the state hard, but there are plenty of homegrown businesses, many of them started since 2000.

And these businesses act as the glue that keeps communities healthy and thriving.

Parzych said she was inspired by the story of Forrest Pritchard, author of “...

Falls Village

The subtleties of FOI are explained

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — Bruce Adams, first selectman of Kent, asked if, by carpooling with his fellow selectmen, he had convened an illegal meeting of the board.
“No” was the answer from Tom Hennick, the public education officer for the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission.
Hennick was at Housatonic Valley Regional High School Tuesday, Jan. 24, to talk about the rules and responsibilities of members of boards and commissions under the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), passed in 1975.

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Housatonic student of the week - Will Perotti

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

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Students return, report on life in ‘real world’

FALLS VILLAGE — In an annual tradition, Housatonic Valley Regional High School was proud to welcome nine graduates of the class of 2011 back to speak to this year’s seniors about their experiences in college and the work force.
Josh Toomey, who took a gap year, reminded the students that they need to keep their grades up throughout senior year if they plan on applying to college after the end of senior year.
“I didn’t realize that my rank in class would be affected by my end-of-year grades,” Toomey said.

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With new leader, HVRHS is ready to move forward

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NEASC update Feb. 6

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Dreams come to life as Sci-Tech Center nears completion

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Science and Technology Center at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) is almost complete, with contractors putting on the finishing touches and volunteers manning the paint brushes.
John Perotti of the 21st Century Fund for HVRHS and Patricia Chamberlain, Region One superintendent, showed a few visitors around last week.

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Emails a concern for Region One board

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FALLS VILLAGE — At the Jan. 9 meeting of the Region One Board of Education, Chairman Phil Hart asked board members to think about relations between the board and the Regional Schools Services Center (RSSC, aka the Region One Central office) and how they could be improved.

He read a statement lamenting the “withering array of emails” and the back-and-forth over requests from board members for copies of documents and legal opinions. He said the issue would be on the agenda for the February board meeting, which is Monday, Feb. 6.

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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.
FALLS VILLAGE — This week’s student of the week at Housatonic Valley Regional High School could also appear under the dictionary definition of “soft-spoken.”

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Vote for town historian in Genealogy Idol

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FALLS VILLAGE — Elizabeth Clark, curator and archivist at the Depot Museum of the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society, and the town historian, is one of four finalists competing in the first-ever Genealogy Idol competition on Thursday, Feb. 2.
Clark is one of two finalists who will present, live, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (The other two will participate via the Internet.)

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Housy FFA performs well at UConn competition

FALLS VILLAGE —The Housatonic Valley FFA Chapter recently sent four career development event teams to the University of Connecticut to compete in forestry, equine judging, floriculture and nursery/landscape.
These four-member teams participated in specific events related to their disciplines.

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Lecture series begins with details on ‘the most interesting animal’

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NORFOLK — An overflow crowd packed into the Norfolk Library Saturday, Jan. 14, for Stephen DeStefano’s talk on “The Life and Habits of the North American Beaver,” the first lecture in the Great Mountain Forest’s Forest Lyceum series of lectures this winter and spring.
The subtitle of the lecture is “The most interesting animal to-day extant” — a phrase taken from the introduction to A. Radclyffe Dugmore’s 1914 book, “The Romance of the Beaver.”

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