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FALLS VILLAGE — The Great Falls on the Housatonic River in Falls Village and Salisbury were already roaring last week before the rains that came down on Tuesday morning, Sept. 18, on the edges of Hurricane Florence. 

There is an official gage that measures the height of the Housatonic River in Falls Village, below the power plant. On Tuesday at 8:15 a.m., while roads were flooding from the heavy rain, the river was at 3 feet, and was actually lower than it had been on Saturday, Sept. 15, when the water was at 3.39 feet. 

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Falls Village

Veden video vérité

Documentary filmmaker Eric Veden is back with the 17th installment of his Falls Village series of videos (available for loan or for sale at the David M. Hunt Library).
The latest disc opens with a look at the inner workings of The Lakeville Journal, whose offices are now located in Falls Village. 
The segment shows a reporter in action, and the process of copy editing, layout, final reads and the weekly story meeting.

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Parade returns to Main Street

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At town meeting, funds for fix-ups

FALLS VILLAGE —Voters approved the proposed town of Canaan/Falls Village spending plans for 2018-19 at a town meeting on Tuesday, May 22.
The Board of Finance met immediately after and set the 2018-19 mill rate at 23.9, a 1.05 mill decrease from the current rate of 24.95.
The budget for town government is $1,965,668, down $55.92 (zero percent).

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Aiudi joins Lakeville Journal summer staff as an intern

FALLS VILLAGE — Molly Aiudi, 19, has joined The Lakeville Journal as an intern. Her first day was Monday, May 21.
Aiudi is a rising sophomore at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., where she is double majoring in creative writing and publishing and editing.
In the future, she hopes to work in editorial for a publishing house. Her dream is to publish her own creative work; she has always been passionate about reading and writing.

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Welcoming a little library

FALLS VILLAGE — The David M. Hunt Library and Toymakers Cafe unveiled a new Little Free Library on Saturday afternoon, May 19, on Main Street, right outside the coffee shop/restaurant owned by Greg and Ann Bidou. Fall Village’s Little Library is part of a national effort called Little Free Library, which encourages literacy and sharing through the exchange of books. 
Anyone passing by, whether a resident, a visitor or a thru-hiker, is encouraged either take a book to read or leave a book for someone else to find. 

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Dowd & Scarpa top two in HVRHS Class of 2018

FALLS VILLAGE — Molly Dowd and Jack Scarpa, both of Salisbury, are the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the class of 2018 at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Dowd, 18, is the daughter of Jon and Tracy Dowd. She will attend Suffolk University in Boston in the fall.
Scarpa is the son of Dana and Jeff Scarpa. He will attend the University of Connecticut (Storrs).
Both of these focused students already know what they plan to study. Dowd is going to major in actuarial science and math.

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Students educate public at HVRHS FFA Open House

FALLS VILLAGE — Every May at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, the Housatonic Valley FFA and agriculture department host their annual FFA Open House, where students participating in agricultural education classes demonstrate and present displays to the public, as well as judges. 
This year, the event took place on Wednesday, May 16, on a gray and rainy evening. Despite the weather, students greeted visitors indoors and out.

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Candidates for state contests

FALLS VILLAGE — The contests for the November statewide elections is shaping up.
Last week, state Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) and Democratic challenger Maria Horn of Salisbury received their party endorsements.
State Sen. Craig Miner (R-30) faces a rematch with Democrat David Lawson, the head of the school board in New Milford. Lawson was renominated Monday, May 21, in Bantam at that party’s convention.The state Republican convention endorsed Salisbury’s Thaddeus Gray for state treasurer. He will face Art Linares in the primary.

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Interviews illuminate the past for students

FALLS VILLAGE — On Friday morning, May 11, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS), students enrolled in U.S. History interviewed their elders on what their lives were like when they were high school students in the 1960s.
Teacher Peter Vermilyea  opened the event and provided some context.
“In the social studies department, we strive to make connections with the past,” Vermilyea said.
The idea is for the students to learn about national trends by looking at local history.

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Addiction talk quietly hits a nerve

FALLS VILLAGE — What John Morello does is not exactly comedy, although he does crack jokes. It’s not motivational speaking, but he does try to motivate people. He assumes multiple characters, but it’s not theater.
Whatever it is, Morello brought it to Region One on Thursday, May 10, with three shows at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) — in the morning for middle school students, in the afternoon for the high schoolers, and again in the evening for parents and community members.

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