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FALLS VILLAGE — “What he got was magic,” Skip Barber marveled as he recounted the history of the racetrack at Lime Rock Park on Tuesday, July 2, at the South Canaan Meetinghouse in Falls Village.

The event was the second of the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society’s First Tuesday At Seven summer lecture series.

Barber, the owner of Lime Rock Park, was referring to Jim Vaill’s design of the racetrack. Vaill, the owner of a gravel pit on the site of what is now Lime Rock Park, “knew nothing about cars and certainly nothing about...

Falls Village

It’s time to revise the Town Plan How will Falls Village grow in the next 10 years?

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) has contracted with the Northwestern Connecticut Planning Collaborative to write the update to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development.
The town plan forms the basis of the planning and zoning regulations for every town in the state. It is the document that ultimately shapes how a town will grow and look. The state requires towns to update their town plan about once every 10 years.

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Chocolate and Chili served at library

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FALLS VILLAGE — More than 150 people came to the Senior Center Saturday night, Feb. 26, for the D.M. Hunt Library fundraiser Chocolate and Chili in the Village.
The first place winners of the chili competition were Jody Bronson and Frank Christinat, representing the Great Mountain Forest, who cooked up Canaan Mountain Venison and Maine Moose Chili.
Second place went to Noelle LaMuniere, representing the Falls Village Community Center, for her Southwest Pork and Green Chilis Chili.

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A philosopher travels the woods: talk on March 5

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FALLS VILLAGE — David K. Leff’s “Deep Travel: In Thoreau’s Wake on the Concord and Merrimack” is the subject of the next book talk in the Forest Lyceum series from Great Mountain Forest on Saturday, March 5, 4 p.m. at the Norfolk Library.
The Great Mountain is a working forest in Falls Village and Norfolk.
Leff is a former deputy commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection and was instrumental in securing Great Mountain’s Forest Legacy easement in 2003.

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Siting Council asks tower applicants tough questions

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By Patrick L. Sullivan
FALLS VILLAGE — The Connecticut Siting Council held a lengthy public hearing at the Lee H. Kellogg School on Feb. 17 about a cell tower proposed on Cobble Hill road.
The hearing was in two parts: an afternoon session from 3 to 5 p.m., and an evening session from 7 to around 9:30 p.m.
A planned site walk at 12:30 p.m. was canceled because of the deep snow covering the dirt road that makes its way up Cobble Hill from 8 Barnes Road, which is where the tower would be built if approved.

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Snow too much for depot roof

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FALLS VILLAGE — The roof over the platform in the rear of the former railroad depot in the center of town (now home to the Canaan-Falls Village Historical Society) collapsed Monday, Feb. 9.
Town historian Judy Jacobs said the tenant in the second floor apartment heard a loud noise and initially thought it was just snow sliding off the roof.
“Then he thought, ‘That’s a lot of snow,’ and looked outside.”
And saw one heck of a mess.

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End of an era as Hunt switches to computer catalog

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FALLS VILLAGE — A guessing game: There is something missing at the D.M. Hunt Library.
It’s large and heavy, and mostly made of wood.
And its twin is still there — for now. Give up? It’s the card catalog.
Library Director Erica Joncyk said about 9,000 titles of the library’s original collection of 27,000 titles have been entered into the new automated system. The effort is concentrated on new fiction, nonfiction, classics and children’s books.
It’s all done manually.
“We’re so behind,” sighed Joncyk. “But we’re having a good time.”

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Firehouse is a tight squeeze

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department has asked help from the town in financing the construction of a new firehouse on Route 7.
At a recent series of informational meetings, members of the all-volunteer fire department said their fundraising efforts have fallen far short of the amount needed — some $2.5 million.

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Region One hires assistant principal

Ian Strever begins Feb. 28 at HVRHS
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FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School has a new assistant principal.
At a special meeting of the Region One Board of Education Thursday, Feb. 17, Region One Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain recommended the hiring of Ian A. Strever, currently an English teacher and department chairman in the Danbury public school system.
Chamberlain said the search committee narrowed the initial field of applicants to seven, and then to two finalists.

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Town may tap general fund to pay Region One expenses

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Finance discussed strategies for covering the cost of an unusually high enrollment at Housatonic Valley Regional High School during the regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 14.
Finance board member George Elling asked that the topic be added to the agenda. He provided a preliminary proposal to raise the $341,000 needed, including drawing down the town’s unexpended fund balance from just under 20 percent of the budget to 15 percent.

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Siting Council will hear town views on cell tower

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Selectmen voted to formally oppose the placement of a cell phone tower on Cobble Hill during the regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 14.
Selectman Chuck Lewis made the motion, citing three zoning regulations the tower would violate.
He pointed out that in the town’s guidelines for telecommunications towers, Cobble Hill in particular and Canaan Mountain in general are mentioned as inappropriate sites.

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