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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

CSA at Adamah sows seeds of new season

FALLS VILLAGE — On a chilly and blustery Friday morning, April 20, the people of the Adamah Farm CSA were busy spreading compost on the fields between Beebe Hill and Johnson roads near the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center main campus.
Farm manager Janna Siller was on the tractor. Everyone else was deploying hand tools and wheelbarrows.
Siller, who hails from Rockville, Md., has been at the farm for seven years.

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Hot drinks on a chilly Earth Day

FALLS VILLAGE — A sizable group, of about 40 people, came to Great Mountain Forest (GMF) headquarters in Falls Village on a chilly Saturday evening, April 21, for an Earth Day campfire and poetry reading event. Earth Day this year was April 22.
David Leff, a member of the GMF board, got the ball rolling with “Brook Foam,” written for GMF forest manager Jody Bronson.
Falls Village’s Lonnie Carter read Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29.

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How addiction starts

A panel representing nonprofits and the state Legislature spoke at Housatonic Valley Regional High School about the opioid problem on Friday, April 13. 

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Town moves ahead with 2018 budgets

FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village Board of Finance reviewed proposed spending plans for 2018-19 from the Board of Education and Board of Selectmen on Monday evening, April 9.
School board Chair Pat Mechare said the board was able to whittle the budget plan for the Lee H. Kellogg School down a bit from the previous budget draft.
First Selectman Henry Todd took 9 minutes and 43 seconds to present the spending plan for town government. The spending plan’s bottom line is almost the same as for 2017-18.

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Suarez on America’s future, April 27

FALLS VILLAGE — You heard him as host of “Talk of the Nation” on NPR, watched him as a senior correspondent on the PBS Newshour. Now Ray Suarez will bring his unique expertise on American issues — demographics, race and religion — to The Salisbury Forum on Friday, April 27, when he speaks about “Getting Ready for the Next America: The Fight Over Who We’ll Be.”

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Mapping a career path

FALLS VILLAGE — Friday the 13th (of April) was Science Day at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. A group of speakers, sponsored by the Northwest Corner’s Mad Gardeners, spoke to the students about their science careers, ranging from the National Park Service to cartography to the relationship between plants and wildlife.
Elizabeth Schrang, program administrator for the Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust in Kent, spoke candidly about her education and career path. She earned a B.S. degree in environmental science from Dickinson College.

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The five Ws and an H

Students in the journalism program at the Salisbury School visited The Lakeville Journal in Falls Village on Tuesday, April 10, during the newspaper’s weekly deadline day. With the paper’s full staff on hand, the students asked questions of the reporters and editors about writing, researching and doing interviews. The staff shared tips and lore such as including the five Ws and an H in every article near the top. (Those are who, what, when, where, why and how.)

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Unanimous choice: Strever to head HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — Ian Strever will be the new principal at Housatonic Valley Regional High School starting July 1.
Strever, the current assistant principal, succeeds Jose Martinez, who is retiring.

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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 — Goalies are a unique breed in sports. It takes a special kind of individual to stand as the last line of defense, as ready to accept responsibility for a loss as to share credit for a victory. 

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Parents voice concerns about Region One system

FALLS VILLAGE — A group of about 35 people met at the Center on Main in Falls Village on Wednesday evening, April 4, to discuss their dissatisfaction with the new grading system and schedule at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS).
Organizers Denise Cohn of Falls Village and Lynn Harrington of Kent led the meeting, with Cohn handling the bulk of the presentation.
The centerpiece of the discussion was the results of an online survey of parents. (The survey is still open, at www.regiononecommunity.com. The results are also available.)

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