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FALLS VILLAGE — The first thing you notice when you enter 100 Main, the new artisan shop in the center of Falls Village, is the smell. It makes you understand how bees and butterflies feel when they come across a patch of flowers in full bloom. It’s intoxicating. It’s delicious. 

It’s the soaps, explained store manager Christina van Hengel, and also the candles (which are hand-dipped in Litchfield). 

The scent dissipates somewhat once the large front windows have been open for a while, so shop early in the day if you really want to feel...

Falls Village

Numbers show steady HVRHS uptick in grades

FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) Principal Ian Strever presented more data indicating improvements in student achievement at the regular monthly meeting of the Region One Board of Education on Monday, April 1.
Strever showed a chart comparing the total number of grades below a 70 in the first two grading periods (i.e. first semester) from the 2013-14 school year to the present. 

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Learning to care for bees and communities

FALLS VILLAGE — Marleen Van Gulick and her husband, Dan Carr, are as inspired by bee communities today as they were when they met on a Brooklyn rooftop five years ago. 
Carr was the head beekeeper for Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture at the time and he was in the city teaching a beekeeping class that Van Gulick, already a beekeeper herself, was taking to brush up her skills. 

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Broadway classic from the FVCT

FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village Children’s Theater production of “Annie Get Your Gun” is at Housatonic Valley Regional High School starting Friday, March 29, at 7 p.m., with shows on Saturday, March 30, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 31, at 2 p.m.
At rehearsal at the Center on Main on Saturday, March 23, Director Becky Wilczak and Musical Director Michael Berkeley called the cast to order and started working on “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” 

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Spring brings Hellebores & more to life at Flower Farm

FALLS VILLAGE — The plants will be just coming out of dormancy when Tom Scott opens his Falls Village Flower Farm on Saturday, March 30. That’s because his plants aren’t imported and falsely bloomed up, as is the case at the big nursery chains. Scott’s specialty is perennials that he has been nurturing with love and professional care for two decades, and dividing in spring for his customers. 

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Falls Village sees 12.4% rise in school costs

FALLS VILLAGE — Education spending for Falls Village will increase by $371,641 (12.4 percent) to a total of $3,433,670 under the proposed spending plan for 2019-20, presented to the Board of Finance by Board of Education Chair Pat Mechare on Monday, March 25.
The bulk of the increase is in the towns assessment for Region One, which is $1,456,345, an increase of $278,986 (23.7 percent).
The increase for Lee H. Kellogg school, is for $92,655 (4.92 percent), for a total of $1,977,325.

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Falls Village plans big changes

FALLS VILLAGE — Falls Village residents will find the fee for the transfer station in their town tax bills in the future.
First Selectman Henry Todd broke the news to the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance at the regular monthly meetings Monday, March 11.
He said, “It’s the fairest thing to do. Everybody who owns property uses it [the transfer station] one way or another.”
Tax Collector Rebecca Juchert-Derungs asked the selectmen to wait another month until a software issue is resolved.

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How community and family make art grow

FALLS VILLAGE — “Can a couple married over 50 years speak to each other civilly?”
That was the opening of a public conversation between artist Kathy Wismar and her husband, writer CB Wismar, at the David M. Hunt Library on Saturday, March 16. There were about a dozen people in attendance.
Kathy Wismar’s paintings and pottery are on display at the library through April 13.
The artist was asked how she got started.

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‘Rip Van Winkle’ is a sleeper hit for HMTS

FALLS VILLAGE — The Housatonic Musical Theatre Society production of “Rip Van Winkle: The Musical!” wrapped up a four-performance run Saturday evening, March 16, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Joshua Shakeshaft turned in a consistently strong performance in the demanding title role, as did Abigail Dodge as Dame Van Winkle.
“Rip Van Winkle” is a complicated show, with lots of scene changes, dance routines and sound effects. The performance was seamless and professional.

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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 — Every few years, this column has featured a Matsudaira from Cornwall: first there was Matthew, then Marina, and now there is Ella. 
To say that Ella has had big shoes to fill is an understatement, but it is also what makes her uniquely fascinating among her siblings (she is the third of six). 

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Using their noodles

FALLS VILLAGE — Eighth-grade students at the Lee H. Kellogg School hosted their popular annual lasagna fundraiser at the Emergency Center on Route 7 on Friday, March 15. Funds raised at the dinner will help pay for the students’ class trip this spring. 
Organizer Joan Wingard said, “We served 340 meals, most within the first hour! We sold 385 tickets out of 425. We didn’t sell out as we usually do, but with smaller classes selling tickets this was still terrific.

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