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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 “...

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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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Kicking off vintage weekend in a 1939 MG TB

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LIME ROCK — Prior to the Sept. 1 parade of classic race cars from Lime Rock to Falls Village, all I knew about MGs was that a college girlfriend of mine had one and she wouldn’t let me drive it.
I rode in the parade Sept. 1 in a 1939 MG TB, owned and operated by John Schieffelin of Northampton, Mass.
Schieffelin is a genial gent who used to run a motorcycle shop, worked in an automotive museum and was “born with a steering wheel in my hand, as my mother said.”

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Future for farm: energy, ag and the Grateful Dead

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FALLS VILLAGE — Tucked away in a quiet corner of a quiet town is the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, which runs a wide variety of programs encompassing the spiritual, the environmental — and, coming up, the Grateful Dead.
Executive director David Weisberg started at Isabella Freedman in May. A couple of weeks ago, he met with a group of interested parties to begin a discussion of how to broaden the scope and reach of the center.
The question of how to include the town and community is now on the table. Topics include sustainable agriculture and renewable energy.

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Irene aftermath delays first day of school

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FALLS VILLAGE — Hurricane Irene “delayed but did not dampen our spirits,” Region One School District Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain said of the decision to delay the first day of school, from Monday, Aug. 29, to Tuesday, Aug. 30.
Chamberlain said that as of Sunday evening three schools — Sharon Center School, Cornwall Consolidated School and Kent Center School — were without power.
Electricity was restored to Sharon Center on Monday morning, and Chamberlain expected that service would be restored at the other two locations before Tuesday.

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Voters down EMS bond

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FALLS VILLAGE — Voters rejected a $2.5 million bond to build a new emergency services center in a referendum voteTuesday, Aug. 23.
The vote was 230 against and 126 for — about a two to one ratio.
Voter turnout was high. Included in the totals were 31 absentee ballots.
Voting was open not only to registered voters in Falls Village but to those owning property worth $1,000 or more. The latter category accounted for 34 votes cast.

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Storm’s measure

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FALLS VILLAGE — The gauge in these photos measures the height of the Housatonic River at the power station in Falls Village. The photos were shot at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday (above left) and again at about 3:15 p.m. (above), from the opposite bank on the Salisbury side of the river. The flow of the river, measured by the United States Geological Service in cubic feet per second, was 3,450 cubic feet per second (cfs) at the time of the morning shot, and 7,300 cfs in the afternoon.

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Sharing old wisdom with youngsters

Lost Art Workshops
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FALLS VILLAGE — Joe Brien emerged from his workshop, tucked in the woods off Point of Rocks Road, in answer to a “Hello?”
Dusting himself ineffectually, he apologized for the state of things, explaining that after a big job he usually takes a day to straighten up.
But after a series of smaller projects, and in the midst of preparing for a workshop on constructing emergency shelters, stuff had piled up a bit.
It looked fine to the layman.

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The All-American Watson

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FALLS VILLAGE — For Lou Timolat, his 1959 A.J. Watson Roadster isn’t just a cool car or a masterpiece of design — it represents a uniquely American tradition of individual innovation and gumption.
Timolat described the postwar period in American motor sports and the divide between those who looked to European cars, drivers and tracks, and the American racing world, with a lot of local tracks and the Indianapolis 500 as the ultimate event of the year.

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Voters move to vote on firehouse

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FALLS VILLAGE — At an unusually well-attended meeting, voters overwhelmingly approved moving the question of bonding $2.5 million for a new emergency services center to a referendum. The town meeting vote was held Tuesday, Aug. 16.
The vote to hold the referendum was 112 to 22. A “no” vote would have removed the need for a referendum, and the Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department would have been forced to begin the process again.

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Hodgson’s paintings present an autistic view of the world

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FALLS VILLAGE — John Hodgson’s Rooftop Canvases show at the D.M. Hunt Library is unusual.
Hodgson, 23, is autistic, and according to neurologist Barry Gordon, only began speaking “meaningfully” at age 14.
Gordon began working with John at age 8, and helped the boy’s parents, David and Laurie Hodgson of Falls Village and New York City, with a flexible, home-based approach.
Gordon, who has an autistic son as well, was effusive. He described what John and his art teacher do as being similar to a coach and athlete.

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