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Class of 1969 returns to school

FALLS VILLAGE — Over 80 alumni from the Housatonic Valley Regional High School Class of 1969 returned “home” for their 50th year reunion at the Grove in Lakeville on Saturday, Sept. 14. 

Alumni returned from as far away as Oregon, California, Missouri, Florida, Maine and the United Kingdom. The event was preceded by a tour of the school by Principal Ian Strever and a Memorial Service honoring the 33 deceased members of the class. Classmate Rev. Douglas McArthur presided over the...

Falls Village

From furnace to Ferraris, the history of Lime Rock Park

FALLS VILLAGE — “What he got was magic,” Skip Barber marveled as he recounted the history of the racetrack at Lime Rock Park on Tuesday, July 2, at the South Canaan Meetinghouse in Falls Village.
The event was the second of the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society’s First Tuesday At Seven summer lecture series.

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Car show is July 14

FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village Car and Motorcycle Show returns on Sunday, July 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.
It is the 10th year of the show, which is held in the center of town.
This year’s theme is “A Really Big Show in a Really Small Town.”
Last year’s show attracted some 850 show vehicles and thousands of spectators.

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Ups, downs for GOP in state senate

FALLS VILLAGE — In December 2018, while meeting with members of the Northwest Hills Council of Governments at the COG’s annual legislative breakfast, state Sen. Craig Miner (R-30) warned the assembled first selectmen, mayors and town managers that the Democrats would have a super-majority in the state, a comfortable majority in the state Senate, and an incoming Democratic governor when the Connecticut General Assembly convened in 2019.
“They’ll be able to do pretty much whatever they want,” he said at the time.

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Superintendent contract on agenda for meeting

FALLS VILLAGE — The All Boards Chair committee of the Region One Board of Education will meet in executive session for the “Purpose of Discussion of Evaluation and Administrative Contract for Superintendent.”
It is the final item on the agenda for the special meeting Thursday, July 11, 7 p.m. in the conference room at the Regional Schools Services Center at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

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Awards for HVRHS seniors

The following awards and scholarships were presented at the Housatonic Valley Regional High School senior awards ceremony on June 17.
Taconic Learning Center, Great Decisions: Madison Rinehart
Viafore-Sammartini  ArtsAlive@KCS Award: Sadie Grusauski
Housatonic Musical Theatre Society Award: Carianne Callinan, Joshua Shakeshaft
Kent Center School Scholarship Fund:
• The Moira Dolan Award: Sammantha Starr
• The Kent Grange Award: Emma Franks
• The James Gadiel Award: Elijah Johnson

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Two wheeling in Connecticut

FALLS VILLAGE — Sleep in on a Sunday? Not an option for bicycling enthusiasts, apparently. 
At 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 23, cyclists were registering their bikes on the Falls Village town Green as part of the 2019 Discover Connecticut Bicycle Tour. 
Not to be confused with a race, this was a true tour in the sense that it wasn’t about endurance or race times. It was an outing on what proved to be a beautiful Sunday, with many route options for riders depending on their skill level and experience. 

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Inside, outside, upside down with Mailer

FALLS VILLAGE — Artist Danielle Mailer said that, as a child, she was surrounded by art, especially South American art.
Mailer was interviewed by C.B. Wismar on Saturday, June 15, as part of an ongoing series of salon talks at the David M. Hunt Library.
“My mother was Peruvian,” she said. “Every corner had some kind of artifact.”
She said she was “steeped in the South American palette.”
Mailer is the daughter of artist Adele Morales and writer Norman Mailer.

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Class of 2019 has strong work ethic

FALLS VILLAGE — The 114 members of the Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) Class of 2019, plus family, faculty and staff, enjoyed the cover of a spacious tent on the grassy oval in front of the school for the 80th commencement of the high school’s history on June 18.
HVRHS Principal Ian Strever noted that the tent was the result of a series of last-minute efforts by class co-presidents Brierley Lloyd and Victor Flores,  senior class advisors Anne MacNeil and Letitia Garcia-Tripp, and staff members Julie Lang and Jeff Lloyd.

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HVRHS alumnus Steven Wingard, 25: Death in a diving accident

FALLS VILLAGE — Steven Wingard, 25, a graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School in the Class of 2012, died on Friday morning, June 21, from what an autopsy report described as “blunt force trauma” while diving at a hydropower plant in Greenwich, N.Y.
Wingard was a commercial diver employed by Commercial Diving Services of North Franklin, Conn. He had been sent down to clear a drain valve at the Dahowa Hydro Plant in Middle Falls, N.Y., according to coverage in the Post-Star newspaper by reporter Don Lehman. 

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A rite of spring with the Morris men

FALLS VILLAGE — Even without the accompanying music you would have heard them. The jingling ring of the bells strapped to their shins traveled up and down Main Street. The Morris dancers returned to Falls Village, leaping, twirling and gallivanting in front of Town Hall for an audience in the early evening on Saturday, June 15. 

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