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FALLS VILLAGE — Michael Hanlon Jr., a junior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, is cleaning up a hometown hang-out spot in Falls Village one rhododendron at a time. As part of his community-minded Eagle Scout project, Hanlon decided to clear branches and debris from a public area around Falls Village’s visitors sign, a spot he says he often rides his bike past. The landscaping effort includes new plants in the area, as well as cleaning up the visitor signs so it can once again  become a welcoming for viewing town notices. 

Hanlon hopes to conclude this...

Falls Village

Starcraft to Pluto dominates HYSB Battle of the Bands

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FALLS VILLAGE — The group Starcraft to Pluto won both the first place and People’s Choice awards at the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau’s Battle of the Bands Saturday, April 30, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Starcraft to Pluto, with Ben Paley on guitar, Van Daalhuyzen on bass, Dylan Vadakin on drums and Michael Kenny on vocals won a total of $800, playing a set of two instrumental numbers and one with Kenny’s vocals.
Kenny played Sky Masterson in the high school’s spring production of “Guys and Dolls.”

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Lovingly restored 1927 canoe in raffle for Great Mountain Forest

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NORFOLK — On a recent morning, Jody Bronson, forest manager of the Great Mountain Forest in Falls Village and Norfolk, showed a visitor a gleaming, restored 1927 Old Town canoe at the forestry office in Norfolk.
It’s a remarkable sight, especially for those used to the more mundane fiberglass or aluminum versions.
Inside of the canoe is highly varnished mahogany, a floor deck that is removable and a movable backrest.

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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 — The songs of birds resound over the hills these days, whether it’s the chirping of a sparrow, the rat-a-tat-tat of a pileated woodpecker, or the resonant screech of a red-tailed hawk. Beautiful and multilingual, these individual harmonies contribute to the symphony of nature that makes this area remarkable.

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Questions on school budget at hearing

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FALLS VILLAGE — Voters heard the details of the proposed spending plans for the Lee H. Kellogg School and the town at a lengthy and sometimes contentious public hearing Monday evening, April 25, at the school.
Andrea Downs, chairman of the Board of Education, went through the budget manually, so to speak. (A computer presentation was scratched due to technical difficulties.)

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No vacation week at ag-ed: students care for piglets

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FALLS VILLAGE — The latest additions to the agricultural education department’s animal roster at Housatonic Valley Regional High School arrived Tuesday evening, April 19, as the lady pig who rejoices in the name Vivian Leigh gave birth to her first litter, a total of 13 piglets.
Ten survived past the first night; nine made it through the first few days.
Six days after the birth, there were eight piglets enthusiastically feeding in a stall in the barn at Housatonic Valley Regional High. The runt of the litter was taken home by Arielle Betti of Cornwall and is doing well.

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Rollover on Route 7

The driver of this Honda Civic, Steven Wingard, 17, of Falls Village and passenger Lindsey Olownia, 15, of North Canaan escaped injury in a crash and rollover on Route 7 in Falls Village the night of April 18. Wingard was driving south when he lost control just past the Under Mountain Road intersection. The car flipped onto its roof after hitting and snapping a utility pole. The car is registered to Jerri Wingard of Falls Village. Route 7 was closed between Sand Road in North Canaan and the Route 63 intersection in Falls Village until about 6 a.m. the following morning.

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Yahn’s 15 minutes on YouTube

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FALLS VILLAGE — Ellie Yahn, a senior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS), may now claim the title of International Recording Artist.
She joins 2,051 other people, from around the world, who comprise Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 2.0 and submitted YouTube video clips of themselves singing one of the parts to “Sleep.”
The video has been viewed more than 2 million times.
“Sleep” is the second virtual choir piece conducted — assembled — and created by Whitacre.
The first was a piece called “Lux Arumque,” with 185 singers from 12 countries participating.

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Atwood plans cycle trip for affordable housing

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FALLS VILLAGE — This summer the Atwood family will again be represented on the nation’s highways, as Catherine Atwood leads a team of about 30 bicylists on a 3,766-mile journey from Portland, Maine, to Santa Barbara, Calif., in support of affordable housing.
Bike & Build, based in Philadelphia, Pa., sponsors bicycle trips to rasie money for (and awareness of) affordable housing. The cyclists stop along the route once a week and help with building projects.
Atwood is in the process of raising $4,000 in donations. The money is distributed through Bike & Build’s grant program.

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Town must find money to meet Region One assessment

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FALLS VILLAGE — The question of how to come up with between $340,000 and $360,000 to cover an increase in the town’s regional education assessment is the primary issue for voters to consider at a public hearing Monday, April 25, 7 p.m. at the Lee H. Kellogg School.
Going into this year’s budget deliberations, the Board of Finance discussed several ideas for making up the difference caused by a spike in the number of students going from Kellogg to Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

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Vote on Region One budget will be May 3

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FALLS VILLAGE — The proposed 2011-12 budget for the Region One School District went through a public hearing Wednesday, April 6, with the only complaint being the difficulty of reading the numbers on the page with the totals.
That comment was from Carl Williams of Salisbury. Otherwise, the hearing was mostly Region One Business Manager Sam Herrick going through the budget for an audience of eight people.

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