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FALLS VILLAGE — Four hours before facing a large crowd at the Falls Village Emergency Services Center, state Rep. Maria Horn (D-64) had a more congenial task: talking to teacher Amy Lake’s Social Studies class about a letter they wrote urging the banning of single-use plastic bags in Connecticut.

Horn congratulated the students for their activism.

“It really matters,” she said. “Writing letters has an impact.”

She said politics, especially at the national level, has “a bad name.”

But politics “should mean...

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HVRHS Academic team is top in state and region

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Valley Regional High School Academic Bowl team is number one in Connecticut, number one in the region and 12th overall in the country.
The team competed in the national “3-2-1 Contest,” sponsored by Questions Unlimited, on Thursday, Dec. 6.
The Mountaineer squad scored 375 points out of a possible 480, or 78.1 percent. This earned Housatonic its top rankings in Connecticut, New England and the northeastern United States, and its top 20 spot  in the nation.

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Small (but mighty fine) art at 12x12

FALLS VILLAGE — When the curtain came down, the sale began. On Saturday, Dec. 8, the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village held its popular flash–sale fundraiser once again, this year titled “12x12: Beauty.” 
More than 50 artists from the Tri-state region contributed multiple works under the guidelines that each piece must be 12 inches by 12 inches.
There was even a small collection of work by 91-year-old illustrator and painter Robert Andrew Parker of Cornwall. 
All works were priced at $100.

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Songs from screen to stage in revue

FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village Children’s Theater production of “Hooray for Hollywood,” a revue of famous movie tunes, played over the weekend at the Center on Main, Dec. 8 and 9.
The songs included “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Over the Rainbow” and “A Hard Day’s Night.”
The show was created and directed by Michael Berkeley, who accompanied the cast on piano.
 

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Busy at Santa’s workshop making holiday greens

FALLS VILLAGE — Agriculture education teacher David Moran checked in with FFA President Maggie Baldwin and FFA alumnus Wayne Jenkins as they worked on a large holiday wreath during holiday production night at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
“When you’re done with that one can you get started on this?” he asked, waving an order from The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville.
They could.

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Greenery

FFA President Maggie Baldwin and alumnus Wayne Jenkins were among dozens of workers at Housatonic Valley Regional High School’s holiday wreath-making workshop last week. Story, more photos, see Busy at Santa’s workshop making holiday greens

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Wishing and hoping

Madeline Mechare and Charlotte Olsen were among children who lined up for a chance to sit on Santa Claus’ lap and whisper what they wished for in the holiday season, while others, like Olivia Lee, were happy just to plop down and enjoy the treats provided at the festive little Sunday night celebration at Canaan Senior Center in Falls Village on Dec. 2.

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Have a blue (cheese) Christmas

FALLS VILLAGE — Cheese isn’t automatically a good holiday gift. Even if you don’t agree with the health department when it says that all cheeses need to be refrigerated (contrary to what the French tell us), it’s still hard to be stealthy with a wedge of blue cheese hidden under the tree. Its fragrance announces its presence. 

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State Police: Keep an eye on your child’s online activity

FALLS VILLAGE — State Police trooper Samantha McCord warned a group of parents about online dangers to children during a talk at the Lee H. Kellogg School in Falls Village on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
McCord is a member of the State Police Computer Crimes Unit, which recently arrested a man in Manchester and charged him with operating a sex trafficking ring, in which young girls were recruited online.
McCord said that, in her experience, online predators are mostly interested in young girls.

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Wishing and hoping

Following a carol sing around the Christmas tree on the town Green near The Falls Village Inn on Sunday, Dec. 2, there was a special surprise waiting in the Town of Canaan Senior Center in Falls Village: jolly old St. Nick. 

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Housatonic student of the week

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. 
FALLS VILLAGE — One of the essential elements in a democracy is the free press, and as social media have come to impact and even supplant traditional journalism, students have become more aware of the importance of this institution. 

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