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FALLS VILLAGE — Even without the accompanying music you would have heard them. The jingling ring of the bells strapped to their shins traveled up and down Main Street. The Morris dancers returned to Falls Village, leaping, twirling and gallivanting in front of Town Hall for an audience in the early evening on Saturday, June 15. 

Dressed in white to represent the freshness and purity of spring’s seasonal rebirth, each of the five troupes added on a distinguishing accent to differentiate their costumes, better known to the dancers as their “kits.” ...

Falls Village

Its feathers are ruffled but the chicken has returned

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The chicken sign has come home to roost at P.D. Walsh’s Country Store.
The colorful sign of a chicken pointing the way into Falls Village went missing just about a year ago from its roost at the junction of routes 7 and 126.
The sign, made by Walsh’s cousin, Rob Daalhuyzen of Sharon, was spotted by a friend of Daalhuyzen’s who was driving in Colebrook.
The sign was leaning against a bush in the yard of an apparently abandoned house, Daalhuyzen said.

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Lesson in law

In observance of Constitution Day, Sept. 17, Judge John Danaher III spoke to eighth-graders at the Lee H. Kellogg School about the role the judicial branch plays in safeguarding the freedoms outlined in the U.S. Constitution. Danaher, a justice in the Connecticut Superior Court, served as the commissioner of the state Department of Public Safety and as a prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Students Gina Rocha and Kyler Hall-Stevenson are at right.

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At Xroads for now, only edible fuel

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FALLS VILLAGE — Michael Hodgkins wants people to know the Crossroads Deli is open for business — just not for gasoline.
On Monday, Sept. 19, crews were at work at the deli, located at the junction of routes 7 and 63, repairing a broken vapor recovery line.
The line broke last Thursday, which was unfortunate timing for Hodgkins, as Lime Rock Park was hosting a NASCAR event over the weekend.
Hodgkins said he had to send track customers to North Canaan for fuel, and lost a lot of business.
And the gas pumps won’t be fixed until Monday, Sept. 26.

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Housatonic student of the week - Becket Harney

The Lakeville Journal congratulates honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. This week’s photo was taken by 11th-grader Caroline Sullivan.
FALLS VILLAGE — Some students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School must be operating on a 26-hour day, because there is no way that a normal teenager should be able to accomplish so much.

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28th annual C.R.O.P. Hunger Walk on Sept. 25

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FALLS VILLAGE — The 28th Annual Northwest Connecticut C.R.O.P. Hunger Walk will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Registration begins at 12:45 p.m. and the walk will start at 1:30 p.m. Participants may walk a quarter mile, 5 miles or 10 miles.
Walkers raise funds for this worthy cause through monetary pledges solicited from friends and family. Walkers may set up a “Walk on the Web” to solicit funds from friends and relatives via email. Visit www.cropwalkonline.org to register as a walker or to make a donation.

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Chestnuts toasted

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FALLS VILLAGE — A sure sign of the change of seasons is a visit to the American chestnut saplings with Ellery “Woods” Sinclair.
The hybrid, blight-resistant trees are part of a project to restore what Sinclair called “these magnificent, iconic trees” in the U.S.
A group of about 20 people gathered at the site, off Undermountain Road in Falls Village, to take part in one of that weekend’s Housatonic Heritage walks, a series of informative hikes sponsored by the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area.

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Mountaineers begin with a win, 36-20

FALLS VILLAGE — Victory number one is in the books. Scare number one is behind and all the questions that were asked have been answered ... sort of.
The Housatonic/Wamogo Mountaineers football team pounded out a 36-20 victory over Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby last Friday night, Sept. 16, under the lights at Housatonic Valley Regional High School behind the running of senior Jake Sutterlin (27 carries, 212 yards, four touchdowns).
But the score does not reflect how close this game really was.

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From ancient to modern times in a town in Kyrgystan

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FALLS VILLAGE — Entrails, fermented mare’s milk and sheeps heads were on the menu (so to speak) at the Hunt Library Friday, Sept. 9, as Mary Atwood read from her memoir, “I Drank My Tea.”
Mary and Tracy Atwood, plus their three teenage children, were with the Foreign Service in Kyrgystan from 1999-2003.
Formal education was a concern. Daughter Catherine, in the seventh grade at the time, turned out to have a flair for languages, so much so that she spent her eighth- and ninth-grade years at a Russian language school.

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Region One refund for towns

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FALLS VILLAGE — At the Sept. 12 meeting of the Region One Board of Education, Region One Business Manager Sam Herrick reported a surplus of $282,350 from the 2010-11 budget, which will be distributed to the six member towns in the form of a credit against their April 2012 assessment.
The six towns of the school district share costs for the regional high school and other regional education services. Each town’s share is based on the number of students it sends to the schools.
“We came out very favorably from a budget standpoint [this year],” Herrick said.

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Scenic values key

State rejects plan for FV cell tower
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FALLS VILLAGE — The Connecticut Siting Council has rejected AT&T’s application to build a 150-foot cell phone tower at 8 Barnes Road.

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