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FALLS VILLAGE — Ten people were inducted into the Housatonic Valley Regional High School Athletic Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the high school.

Ed Kirby introduced John O’Hara (Class of 1947).

O’Hara fondly recalled his high school days, where he excelled at basketball. And he remembered playing his last basketball game as a serviceman in Korea, as the Korean War was winding down.

He was accidentally knocked out by his team’s center when the latter was going for a rebound.

Undeterred, O’Hara suited up...

Falls Village

Fond words for Mechare as she moves onward to new challenges

FALLS VILLAGE — More than 160 people came to downtown Falls Village on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 23, to honor retiring First Selectman Pat Mechare.
Among them was Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-5), who said, “Pat leads with her heart and her head.
“She is a true public servant, and we need that.”
Esty had a statement of congratulations that was published in the Congressional Record.
Similarly, state Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) brought a citation from the state Legislature.

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Student CROP Walk-ers raise funds for hurricane survivors

FALLS VILLAGE — A 34th anniversary might not seem like a particularly notable milestone, but this year’s Northwest Connecticut CROP Hunger Walk held a special feeling in the air, drawing an enormous crowd of students from numerous schools and parishioners from numerous churches on the front lawn of Housatonic Valley Regional High School. 

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Two key positions now named, not elected in FV

FALLS VILLAGE — The positions of town clerk and tax collector in Falls Village will be appointed by the Board of Selectmen rather than elected, starting in 2019 for the tax collector and in 2022 for the town clerk. Both positions will be four-year terms.
This was decided at a town meeting Wednesday, Sept. 6, attended by about 35 electors.
The vote on the town clerk item was 21-9. There were also nine “no” votes on the tax collector item.
The Board of Selectmen will decide on the terms of employment for both positions.

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The most beautiful school in the state: HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — The iconic design magazine Architectural Digest has released its list of the most beautiful public high schools in America, with one choice for each of the 50 states. In Connecticut, that choice is Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS). 

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HVRHS upgrades almost complete

FALLS VILLAGE — The work on the science wing at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) should be completed, and students in the new labs, by the end of the month, Region One School District Business Manager Sam Herrick reported to the Region One Board of Education on Monday, Sept. 11.
The new locker rooms should be ready for use a week after that, he added.

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Mid-century arrives in Falls Village at new shop

FALLS VILLAGE — The former bank building at 105 Main St. in Falls Village is now hosting “Mid Century and More,” a small shop with mid-century American furniture and furnishings, run by Michael Klemens, who bought  the building primarily as an office for his consulting business.
At the low-key opening Sunday, Aug. 20, Klemens chatted with shoppers, made a couple of sales, and revealed that he uses the functional bank vault as a broom closet. 
The building required considerable renovation, which is still happening upstairs.

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Falls Village fire trucks have a home

FALLS VILLAGE — Andrea Downs, the vice president of the Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department, said she recently came across the minutes of a meeting at which it was decided to go ahead with building a new firehouse.
That meeting was held in April 1996.
“It only took 21 years!”
Downs was speaking at the dedication of the new Emergency Services Center on Route 7 on Sunday, Sept. 10.
Fire Chief Tim Downs said, “We finally have all our equipment in one building.”

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How and why these towns got their namesHow and why these towns got their names

FALLS VILLAGE — Sometimes the names of places — hamlets, bridges, hills, rivers — refer to dimly remembered people or events or activities.
Sometimes it’s quite clear why something has a particular name.
Sometimes it’s not.
And sometimes nobody has the slightest idea.

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Emergency services center opens

State Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) congratulated Falls Village residents and EMTs on the completion of their new emergency services center, at a ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 10. For a story, visit Falls Village fire trucks have a home.

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Fifteen new faces in Region One School District

FALLS VILLAGE — Fifteen new hires were welcomed to the Region One School District at a regionwide orientation meeting at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) on Tuesday, Aug. 22.

The first day of school in the district this year was Monday, Aug. 28. 

The Lakeville Journal welcomes all the new teachers and wishes faculty, students and staff an excellent school year.

 

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