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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

HVRHS auditorium filled for state candidate debate

FALLS VILLAGE — A crowd of more than 400 people came to Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Friday evening, Oct. 12, for a debate among the four candidates for the Connecticut General Assembly for the 64th House District and the 30th Senate District.
The original site for the debate, Room 133, has about 200 seats; all were full and there was a line stretching down the hallway by about 6:15 p.m. 

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64th and 30th Candidates’ Debate

On Friday, October 12, The League of Women Voters of Litchfield County and The Lakeville Journal cosponsored a debate for the candidates running for State House in Connecticut's 64th District (Brian Ohler, Republican, and Maria Horn, Democrat) and State Senate in Connecticut's 30th District (David Lawson, Democrat, and Craig Miner, Republican).

Click through to watch the debate, courtesy of Robin Hood Radio TV/CATV 6.

HVRHS seeks input on students’ future

FALLS VILLAGE — Principal Ian Strever of Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) will host a Parent Partnership meeting on Monday, Oct. 15,  6:30 p.m. in Room 133 at the high school.
Strever reported to the Region One Board of Education last week that the school has gathered data about risk-taking behavior among HVRHS students. The purpose of the meeting is to get additional information and input from parents. All parents are invited and encouraged to attend.

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Candidate debate for 64th and 30th districts Oct. 12

FALLS VILLAGE — The Lakeville Journal and the League of Women Voters of Litchfield County will once again co-sponsor a candidates’ debate for those running for the state 64th House and 30th Senate districts. All are invited to attend this open and free event. 
It will be held at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Room 133 at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. The moderator of the debate will be Pat Donovan of Litchfield, a longtime member of the League, who has helped with previous debates held in the Northwest Corner and throughout the county. 

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Goodbye, Mr. Beebe — and come back soon

FALLS VILLAGE — Often there are tears at a retirement party, but there was only joy and good cheer at the retirement party for custodian Bill Beebe at the Lee H. Kellogg School on Friday, Sept. 28. 
In truth, it didn’t seem like anyone actually believed that Beebe would (seriously) leave the campus he has so lovingly cared for and the community of which he’s been such an integral part for the past quarter century.

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In Falls Village, fighting hunger, a step at a time

FALLS VILLAGE — Sporting stickers proclaiming “I am a Hunger Fighter,” more than 400 men, women and children from all walks of life participated in the 35th Northwest Connecticut CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, Sept. 30. 
The interdenominational event, held at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, drew faith and community leaders, as well as teams from area schools, businesses and civic organizations, all of whom walked together to raise funds and awareness to alleviate hunger through the power of inclusion.

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Helping HVRHS get better grade

FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School Principal Ian Strever said measures have been taken to make the new grading system more efficient and to reduce the number of “Not Yet Proficient” grades at the high school.
Strever spoke to the Region One Board of Education on Monday, Sept. 17, and explained further in an interview with The Lakeville Journal on Thursday, Sept. 20.

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True tales of false papers in staid Litchfield County

FALLS VILLAGE — Peter Vermilyea, author of “Wicked Litchfield County” and social studies teacher at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, said that Litchfield County was a counterfeiting hub during the Colonial and post-Revolutionary periods. 
Vermilyea was speaking about “Crime and Punishment in Litchfield County” at the South Canaan Meeting House on Tuesday, Sept. 5. The talk was the last in this year’s First Tuesday at Seven lecture series sponsored by the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society.

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Beware the reddish fog at ShireCon

FALLS VILLAGE — Thom Wilson stood in the Center on Main on Saturday morning, Sept. 22, and surveyed the scene with satisfaction.
There were four or five long tables filled with participants in role-playing and board games, and it was Wilson’s first attempt at a gaming convention.
Wilson, a Falls Village resident, graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School and who works at Hamilton Books, said there are not a lot of opportunities for role-playing game enthusiasts in northwest Connecticut.

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A community pulls together to raise funds

A modified tractor participated in the Falls Village Truck Pull at the town Recreation Center on Saturday, Sept. 22. It was an exhibition pull, not part of the competition. Dave Jacobs of Falls Village won the Points Championship in the limited pro stock diesel category. About 800 people attended the event, a benefit for the Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department. There were other activities available at the truck pull, including vendors, goats, food and an excellent playground.

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