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FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village Board of Finance and the Board of Selectmen voted to go ahead with two matters concerning the Region One School District at their regular meetings Monday, Sept. 9.

The first is to support the regional Board of Education in exploring the appointment of a part-time superintendent serving the Lee H. Kellogg School exclusively.

Region One is made up of the elementary schools for Cornwall, North Canaan, Kent, Salisbury, Sharon and Falls Village (the Kellogg School). All six towns share the regional high school, which is also in Falls...

Falls Village

Boomerang science lesson

Boomerang expert Pat Surdam talked to students at Lee H. Kellogg School on Oct. 28 as part of their science unit on force and motion. Above, he displayed a hunting stick as used by Australian aborigines. Left, he demonstrated his boomerang skills.

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Perfect weather for Culligan 5K

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FALLS VILLAGE — On the beautiful autumn morning of Nov. 5, 40 hardy souls ventured forth on the Ed McGuire Culligan Cannonball Run, a 5-kilometer road race and an annual event in Falls Village. It is named in honor of the former fire chief of Falls Village, who was also proprietor of the area Culligan water company.
The winner this year was Ethan Gasta, 15, of South Windsor, Conn., with a time of 17:29 . The record for the race was set in 2008 by Eamon Dempsey, who had a time of 16:18.

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Propane heater fire leads to tragic end for 30 cats

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FALLS VILLAGE — A fire Friday evening, Nov. 4, killed 30 cats and destroyed two buildings and a maintenance shed at The Last Post, an animal sanctuary and cat retirement home on Belden Street.
Last Post business manager Susan Gregan was on the scene Monday morning, surveying the damage.
She said a preliminary report from fire marshal Stan MacMillan stated the cause of the fire was a wall-mounted propane heater.

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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.

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Storm leaves town in dark, but community perseveres

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FALLS VILLAGE — The snowstorm that hit the area on Saturday, Oct. 29, left the town without power. Heavy, wet snow took down numerous limbs from trees, and people with generators became very popular.
The Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department quickly set up a warming center on the second floor of the firehouse. Monday morning, Hazel McGuire and First Selectman Pat Mechare were among the eight people at the warming center, taking a break before heading back out.

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Conservation Commission takes on Siting Council (again)

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Inland Wetlands and Conservation Commission voted Monday night, Oct. 17, to have Chairman Ellery Sinclair write a letter to the Connecticut Siting Council to request a public hearing on proposed regulation changes regarding cellphone towers.
Sinclair said the change would make it more difficult for nonprofit organizations to take a position on issues such as the recent proposal from New Cingular Wireless (ATT) for a tower on Cobble Hill.

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Had trick, now about a treat?

A group of trick-or-treaters, determined to salvage something from the overall situation, made their way along Main Street, Falls Village, to the firehouse at dusk Monday, Oct. 31.

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For men, an affordable cut at Shelly’s

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FALLS VILLAGE — Men left adrift in a sea of bewildering haircutting options can go to Shelly’s Hair Salon on Beebe Hill Road and get a regular men’s cut for $12.
Owner Michelle McGuire said inquiries from men were up, and she’s glad to oblige.
Shelly’s has been open for business almost eight years now; in the spring, McGuire took on two new employees — Kristi Spear and Laraine Rega.
For women, Shelly’s is a full-service salon — perms, coloring, and cuts from McGuire and Spear, and manicures, pedicures and acrylic nails from Rega, the nail technician.

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Superintendent Award - Falls Village

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FALLS VILLAGE — Emma Okell and Russell Thompson are the winners of the 2011 Superintendent Award for Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Emma, 17, of Sharon is a musician, and composes what she calls “neoclassical” pieces, a process that is helped considerably by her perfect pitch.
“I was on the bus writing down the melodies I was hearing,” she said. She cited Mozart, Beethoven and Eric Whitacre as major influences.
She admitted cheerfully that she has “no idea what I want to do.” She hopes to find out at either Amherst or Yale.
Not the Berklee College of Music in Boston?

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Superintendent Award - Falls Village

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FALLS VILLAGE — Emily Hennessey, recipient of the 2011 Superintendent Award for the Lee H. Kellogg School, reads novels and stories by Ray Bradbury, Stephen King and anything that can be described as “creepy stuff.”
And she admits to the guilty pleasure of “tweeny love stories” — young adult fiction.
“They’re bad but I love them,” she said.
She draws the line at the teen/vampire subgenre, however.
“I read ‘Twilight’ and regretted it,” she said in her pull-no-punches style.

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