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More than 215 dedicated fans sat shivering through double overtime to watch the Housatonic Valley Regional High School girls’ soccer team’s sovereignty dashed in a tense and chilly state tournament quarterfinal match against Old Lyme on Saturday, Nov. 16. The Lady Mountaineers had entered with the best record in Class S, a remarkable .938 win percentage, and kept the Wildcats, who have won States four years running, scoreless before falling behind on penalty kicks. See details and another photo Cold competition as girls...

Falls Village

Falls Village boards proceed with actions against school board

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.

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The way it used to be, in Falls Village

FALLS VILLAGE — Dick Heinz, president of the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society, led a Housatonic Heritage Walk around downtown Falls Village on Saturday, Sept. 14.
About a dozen people attended.
The walk started at 11 a.m., from the Historical Society’s museum and general headquarters at the old railroad depot on Railroad Street. Heinz warned the group that he had to leave at 11:30 a.m. in order to get to a wedding.
The group followed Heinz as he ambled along, pointing at buildings and offering commentary.

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The fight continues against non-native invasive plants

FALLS VILLAGE — A group of about 30 municipal highway crew members and other interested parties heard about how to manage Japanese knotweed at a workshop at the Falls Village Emergency Services Center on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
The event was arranged by arborist Tom Zetterstrom of North Canaan.
Robert Gambino spoke about how to use glyphosate, the herbicide most people know as Roundup.
Gambino went over safety issues and environmental issues, and kept telling the group to read the labels on the chemical containers.

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Eric Veden’s latest video: Hidden corners of our area

FALLS VILLAGE — Filmmaker Eric Veden’s 21st episode of his series on Falls Village starts with this summer’s car show.
The chapter captures the mood of the day on July 14: Throngs of people wandering around town, looking at the cars and motorcycles and exchanging information. Snippets of conversations, with phrases like “four-barrel,” add to the atmosphere.
Plus there is magician Sandy Rhoades delighting a couple of small boys, and infants being towed around in wagons by determined parents.

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A box of papers opens a window on the Civil War

FALLS VILLAGE — Peter Vermilyea, the chairman of the social studies department at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, spoke about the African American soldiers who fought in the Civil War in the 29th Connecticut Volunteer Regiment at the final Tuesdays at Seven talk at the South Canaan Meeting House, on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
The series is sponsored by the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society.

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Day trips to find the best handmade foods and more

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.

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Lawyer says region can hire public relations consultant

FALLS VILLAGE — At the regular meeting of the Region One Board of Education on Monday, Sept. 9, the board made public a legal opinion from attorney Thomas Mooney of Shipman and Goodwin, stating that the board is not in violation of state law by hiring the One Eleven Group to undertake a marketing campaign on behalf of the high school. 
The One Eleven Group is headed by Janet Carlson, who is married to John Sanders, the Region One board member from Cornwall. Sanders is the chief operations officer for the company.

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Celebrating the beauty of vintage cars with a parade

FALLS VILLAGE — At about a quarter to five on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 29, the vintage car parade from Lime Rock Park rolled into the downtown area of Falls Village, having completed the circuit through Salisbury and Lakeville.
Sophie Allen, on stilts and waving a black-and-white checkered flag, welcomed the drivers. Her mentor, Mark Alexander, stayed close, but the young stilt walker had it under control. Alexander is the head of the stilt-walking troupe known as Mortal Beasts and Deities.

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A village in Connecticut brings aid to blind children of Ethiopia

FALLS VILLAGE — Lee H. Kellogg School art teacher Chris Hanley recently returned from a trip to northern Ethiopia to check in on the Mekele Blind School.
Hanley has been involved with the school since 2006. She visits every two years.
The school serves between 100 and 130 children at any given time, from roughly ages 6 to 16. The students suffer from trauchoma (which scars the eyes) and from “river blindness” (caused by a parasite).

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Hayes speaks out on impeachment, ICE and more

FALLS VILLAGE — U.S. Representative Jahana Hayes (D-5) told an audience that she will support the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump when there is a resolution “supported by facts.”
Hayes spoke to a capacity crowd in the auditorium at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Tuesday, Aug. 27.
There were several questions about impeachment. 
Hayes said she voted against the most recent resolution, from Rep. Al Green of Texas, because it was about the president’s tweets.

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