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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

Greens to go

Shop FFA for trees, wreaths

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Valley FFA annual holiday sales are now open every day from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Dec. 23. Students are selling wreaths (some of which are hand-tied), poinsettias, roping, Christmas trees, boxwood trees, kissing balls, garland, potted plants, floral centerpieces and Cabot cheese.
In addition, the FFA alumni are selling amaryllis.
Customers can select from a variety of fir and spruce trees. Special orders are taken for specialty wreaths, trees and floral pieces.

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A lovely day for a walking tour of historic houses

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FALLS VILLAGE — Perfect weather and lovely old architecture combined to make a succesful house tour last Sunday to benefit the Canaan-Falls Village Historical Society.
Judy Jacobs and Elizabeth Clark offered an introduction to the tour at P.D. Walsh’s Country Store. Ticket holders then took a self-guided tour of five houses, all within walking distance of the center of town.
One, at 55 Belden St., was built around 1730 by Peter Hogoboom, one of the original Dutch settlers who founded the area in 1722. The property is currently owned by Sergei and Zoe Fedorjaczenko.

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It’s been a STEAP learning curve for town selectmen

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FALLS VILLAGE — A look at the agendas of the monthly meetings of the Board of Selectmen this year reveals that certain items are usually present: vacancies on town boards or commissions, reports from regional entities such as the Northwestern Connecticut Council of Governments, and updates on Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grants.

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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. This week’s student portrait was taken by HVRHS 11th-grader Caroline Sullivan.
Students today grow up in a very different environment than they did even a decade ago. Global recessions, terrorism, and all manner of international issues have necessitated a more expansive understanding of the world. While this can be daunting, for the right student, it can spell opportunity.

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Hart chairs Region One board of ed

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FALLS VILLAGE — The new chairman of the Region One Board of Education is Phil Hart of Cornwall, a 10-year veteran of the board and vice-chairman of the previous board.
Hart was picked by the board over Gale Toensing of Falls Village at the regular monthly meeting Monday, Dec. 5, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS).
Jonathan Moore of Kent was elected vice-chairman (over newcomer Marilyn Yerks of Sharon); Scooter Tedder, the new member from Salisbury, was unopposed for treasurer, as was Laura Freund of North Canaan as secretary.

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’Tis the season for debating when the tree will go up

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FALLS VILLAGE — The official Falls Village Christmas tree lighting and subsequent festivities are Sunday, Dec.4, which alert readers will note is a full three weeks before Christmas.
Inspired by a Facebook post from Mike DeMazza, noting that the 2011 tree at his Main Street home is up, The Lakeville Journal poked around town, asking two crucial questions: When does your Christmas tree go up, and is it live or artificial?
Ellery “Woods” Sinclair said his family’s tree is not only live, it’s more or less permanent — a Norfolk Island pine they have had for some years now (in a pot).

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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. This week’s student portrait was taken by HVRHS 11th-grader Caroline Sullivan.
This was a thrilling and unprecedented season for our boys soccer team, and much of the reason for their success was the leadership of the upperclassmen.

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Wreaths, roping and fellowship at FFA holiday production

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FALLS VILLAGE — It’s time again for the Holiday Production Nights with the Housatonic FFA.
FFA members and alumni create wreaths, evergreen roping and an extraordinary atmosphere of fellowship and community on Thursday, Dec. 1, and Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in the agriculture education wing.
Anyone feeling disillusioned, disappointed or just down in the dumps should check out this event. The sight of young people working together and having a ball — and doing it without cussing — warms the grinchiest heart.

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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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