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FALLS VILLAGE — Both the Board of Finance and the Board of Selectmen in Falls Village approved a new town ordinance raising the property tax exemption on farm equipment to $200,000 at their regular monthly meetings on Monday, Jan. 14.

First Selectman Henry Todd explained that a new tractor costs around $130,000 and a new combine about $100,000 and said he didn’t think it would be fair to subject such items to property tax.

The boards agreed. The ordinance will be an agenda item at the next town meeting.

Mary Palmer, the town clerk, asked the Board...

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Murphy stresses need to vote on Nov. 6

FALLS VILLAGE — The Lakeville Journal interviewed U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, the Democratic incumbent running for re-election, by phone on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
He was asked if Congress is casting a regulatory eye at Big Tech.
“There is a lot of interest in updating federal privacy laws,” said Murphy. He added there is also interest in looking at the size and power of tech companies, but “probably the first debate will be over privacy.”

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Fears of a world with not enough knowledge at Salisbury Forum

FALLS VILLAGE — Tom Nichols, author of “The Death of Expertise,” academic, and prominent conservative critic of Donald Trump, opened his Salisbury Forum talk Friday night, Oct. 19, by asking, “Why would I write a book with such an obnoxious title?”
He said that while experts have always been fair game for critics, “there is a kind of global attack on experts and expertise that is new.”
“People think they are smarter than experts.”

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Salisbury Rotary Club honors intern scholarship winners at Lakeville Journal

FALLS VILLAGE — Each August the Salisbury Rotary Club holds its scholarship awards dinner, at which the club presents local college-bound students with $1,000 scholarships, as well as giving two $1,000 Back-To-School Awards for Vocational Education. 
In 2014 the Salisbury Rotary Club established an additional scholarship to be awarded each year —   the Robert Estabrook Internship Scholarship.

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Doughnuts, fun and helping hands for the area’s FFAs

FALLS VILLAGE — Students from the FFA District One gathered at Housatonic Valley Regional High School to attend the annual district social on Thursday, Sept. 27.  There were 143 students and FFA members from Wamogo, Nonnewaug, and Northwest Regional high school participating in the evening’s events. 
The purpose of the district social is to allow members to meet those in the chapters around them and learn how other agricultural education departments are run, to better their own chapters. 

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Cool stuff, good food, what could be better at the D.M. Hunt Library

FALLS VILLAGE — The Center on Main was packed on Saturday night, Oct. 13, for the D.M. Hunt Library’s annual “Auction in the Village” fundraiser.
The silent auction ran from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a live auction, with Dave Barger as auctioneer.

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HVRHS auditorium filled for state candidate debate

FALLS VILLAGE — A crowd of more than 400 people came to Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Friday evening, Oct. 12, for a debate among the four candidates for the Connecticut General Assembly for the 64th House District and the 30th Senate District.
The original site for the debate, Room 133, has about 200 seats; all were full and there was a line stretching down the hallway by about 6:15 p.m. 

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64th and 30th Candidates’ Debate

On Friday, October 12, The League of Women Voters of Litchfield County and The Lakeville Journal cosponsored a debate for the candidates running for State House in Connecticut's 64th District (Brian Ohler, Republican, and Maria Horn, Democrat) and State Senate in Connecticut's 30th District (David Lawson, Democrat, and Craig Miner, Republican).

Click through to watch the debate, courtesy of Robin Hood Radio TV/CATV 6.

HVRHS seeks input on students’ future

FALLS VILLAGE — Principal Ian Strever of Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) will host a Parent Partnership meeting on Monday, Oct. 15,  6:30 p.m. in Room 133 at the high school.
Strever reported to the Region One Board of Education last week that the school has gathered data about risk-taking behavior among HVRHS students. The purpose of the meeting is to get additional information and input from parents. All parents are invited and encouraged to attend.

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Candidate debate for 64th and 30th districts Oct. 12

FALLS VILLAGE — The Lakeville Journal and the League of Women Voters of Litchfield County will once again co-sponsor a candidates’ debate for those running for the state 64th House and 30th Senate districts. All are invited to attend this open and free event. 
It will be held at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Room 133 at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. The moderator of the debate will be Pat Donovan of Litchfield, a longtime member of the League, who has helped with previous debates held in the Northwest Corner and throughout the county. 

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Goodbye, Mr. Beebe — and come back soon

FALLS VILLAGE — Often there are tears at a retirement party, but there was only joy and good cheer at the retirement party for custodian Bill Beebe at the Lee H. Kellogg School on Friday, Sept. 28. 
In truth, it didn’t seem like anyone actually believed that Beebe would (seriously) leave the campus he has so lovingly cared for and the community of which he’s been such an integral part for the past quarter century.

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