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FALLS VILLAGE — The Great Falls on the Housatonic River in Falls Village and Salisbury were already roaring last week before the rains that came down on Tuesday morning, Sept. 18, on the edges of Hurricane Florence. 

There is an official gage that measures the height of the Housatonic River in Falls Village, below the power plant. On Tuesday at 8:15 a.m., while roads were flooding from the heavy rain, the river was at 3 feet, and was actually lower than it had been on Saturday, Sept. 15, when the water was at 3.39 feet. 

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Falls Village

Despite down economy, upbeat message from Murphy

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — Congressman Chris Murphy (D-5) talked mostly about the economy during a Congress On Your Corner event at the Lee H. Kellogg School Monday, Feb. 7.
Murphy, who announced last month his candidacy for the Democratic nomination to succeed U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), said that while the economic news is slowly getting better, “the problem is that a sustained and gradual recovery could take years.”
And while the federal government’s official unemployment rate fell sharply last month, from 9.4 to 9 percent, “no one is celebrating.”

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Housatonic ahead of state curve in course offerings

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FALLS VILLAGE — Three department chairs made presentations to the Region One Board of Education during the regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 7, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Nur Abdulhayoglu, speaking for the Science Department, said the science teachers as a group hold a wide range of certifications — including biology, earth science, chemistry, physics and general science.
And she said Housatonic is ahead of a new state curriculum requirement that high school students must take three years of science. That is scheduled to take effect in 2018.

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Snow on school roofs is a ‘fluid’ situation

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FALLS VILLAGE — Region One School District Business Manager Sam Herrick and structural engineer Joe Marchetti went to all seven schools in Region One Friday to check on roofs — especially flat roofs bearing large amounts of heavy, wet snow.
Herrick said he and Marchetti started out Friday morning, Feb. 4, at Cornwall Consolidated School.
Marchetti inspected attics on the buildings that have them, checked ceilings for signs of cracking or distress and visually inspected exteriors.
The biggest worry is a flat roof that covers a wide area — such as a gymnasium, auditorium or cafeteria.

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