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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

Johnnycakes and books at Hunt Library

FALLS VILLAGE — Jenny Schwartz from the Berkshire Co-op in Great Barrington visited the Hunt Library in Falls Village on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 21, to teach a group of 10 children how to make johnnycakes.
It took a few minutes to get everyone assembled. Some of them wandered into the stacks and had to be herded back out by children’s librarian Rita Delgado.
Then everyone had to go wash their hands. 
Reassembled, the freshly scrubbed youngsters were briefed on the art of the johnnycake —and of making their own butter.

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HVRHS freshmen given preview of the year to come

FALLS VILLAGE — The Class of 2022, about 80 of them, arrived at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) on Friday, Aug. 24, at 8:30 a.m. for orientation.
The first day of school was the following Monday, Aug. 27.
They were greeted by a group of “peer helpers,” easily identifiable by their bright yellow T-shirts and big smiles. 

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Dreaming of river days

FALLS VILLAGE — Joe Brien and his traveling workshop were at the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 16.
The mission: to teach youngsters how to make toy paddleboats.
“What’s rule number one?” asked Brien.
“Put on safety goggles!” chorused the students.
Half a dozen smallish children plus assorted parents and grandparents were on hand as Brien got the work areas set up.

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Sweet pickers

Raspberry pickers fill their buckets at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, a camp/farm that nourishes its clientele in many ways.

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The mysteries hidden below at Lake Champlain

Lakeville resident Donald Mayland, an economics teacher at The Hotchkiss School and avid scuba diver, delivered a talk for the Canaan Historical Society about old shipwrecks in Lake Champlain.
The lecture, which was part of this summer’s First Tuesday at 7 series, was given in chronological order. 
The first topic was a battle in the Revolutionary War. 

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Soul-2-soil: back to life and reality at Camp Freedman

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

Food nourishes our bodies of course but it also nourishes our souls and spirit. 
That’s part of the reason the farm-to-table movement has been so powerful in modern America: For young people who’ve grown up in a world that’s increasingly fragmented and existential, the farm movement offers a chance to connect deeply and meaningfully with the world around them, with the soil beneath their feet and with their own bodies and souls.

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Grieving the loss of three teenagers

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — About 40 people came to the football field at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Thursday, Aug. 9, for an evening of remembrance and healing for the three young people who died this summer in automobile accidents: Dg Blodgett, Lukas Kosko, and Deanna Silvernail.
The group included family members, friends, community members and teachers.
State Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) and his general election opponent, Democrat Maria Horn, both attended.

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HVRHS senior earns $40k visual art award

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HVRHS student dies in crash, third fatality this year

FALLS VILLAGE — Another Housatonic Valley Regional High School student has died in an automobile crash. This is the third such fatality this year.
Donald Blodgett, 17, a Sharon resident and a rising senior at the high school, was driving south on Route 7 in Falls Village at about 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 29. He was in a 1998 Subaru Forester registered to Clifford Wohlfert of North Canaan.

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Insurance snafu and other FV notes

FALLS VILLAGE — There was a mix-up regarding health insurance for town of Canaan (Falls Village) employees, First Selectman Henry Todd reported to the Board of Selectmen on Monday, July 16.
Both the Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance met on July 16 in special meetings, instead of their usual day, the second Monday of the month.
Todd told the selectmen that the town, along with the Region One School District employees, had decided to join the state’s Partnership Plan 2.0, a health insurance plan. 

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