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FALLS VILLAGE — The Inland Wetlands and Conservation Commission approved an application from the Falls Village Housing Trust for a multi-unit affordable housing development on River Road at the commission’s regular monthly meeting Thursday, April 18.

The parcel on River Road is about 14 acres and is within the Incentive Housing Zone.

The plan is for 28 units of rental housing in eight buildings, to be built in two stages.

The commission was primarily concerned with runoff, and after considerable discussion made switching up from 18 inch to 24 inch...

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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 — One of the essential elements in a democracy is the free press, and as social media have come to impact and even supplant traditional journalism, students have become more aware of the importance of this institution. 

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Lore and more in new Veden video

FALLS VILLAGE — Documentary filmmaker Eric Veden is back with Episode 19 of his series of videos about Falls Village.
The new video opens with a montage of bicyclists whizzing by on country lanes.
Then it’s Bill Beebe and Terry Blass, sitting on the porch and telling stories, such as the one about the old carnival that used to be held on the town Green.
Looking back, the two men marvel at the accomplishment of packing a lot of activity into a small area.

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Good marks, overall, for superintendent

FALLS VILLAGE — Last month the All Boards Chairs (ABC) committee of the Region One Board of Education finished the evaluation of Region One Superintendent Pamela Vogel, who is in the second year of a three-year contract.
The assessment was done by the seven combined school boards in Region One: the six town boards in Cornwall, Canaan/Falls Village, Kent, North Canaan, Salisbury and Sharon, and the regional board.
It was then compiled and presented by the ABC committee, which is made up of the chairmen of the seven boards.

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Hall of Fame grows by 10

FALLS VILLAGE — Ten people were inducted into the Housatonic Valley Regional High School Athletic Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the high school.
Ed Kirby introduced John O’Hara (Class of 1947).
O’Hara fondly recalled his high school days, where he excelled at basketball. And he remembered playing his last basketball game as a serviceman in Korea, as the Korean War was winding down.
He was accidentally knocked out by his team’s center when the latter was going for a rebound.

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Looking for a way forward at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — On Monday, Oct. 26, Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) Principal Ian Strever held two sessions, morning and evening, with Region One residents on what a graduate of the high school will look like in the year 2043.
Eight people (plus a reporter) attended the evening session.
Strever opened by noting that advances in technology have had a dramatic and unpredictable impact on the jobs Americans do and what jobs they can expect in the not-so-distant future. 

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Environmental expert says climate can be fixed

FALLS VILLAGE — Joshua Ginsberg, president of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, said he believes there is reason for optimism when considering the environment. 
Ginbserg spoke at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Friday, Nov. 9, as part of the Salisbury Forum series of talks.

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The glory days of musical theater

Michael Berkeley put the cast of “Hooray for Hollywood!” through their paces at rehearsal Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Center on Main in Falls Village. 
The chairs were arranged as if the singers were on a train, and the song was “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe,” from the 1946 film “The Harvey Girls.” 

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Scout is leading a local town clean-up

FALLS VILLAGE — Michael Hanlon Jr., a junior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, is cleaning up a hometown hang-out spot in Falls Village one rhododendron at a time. As part of his community-minded Eagle Scout project, Hanlon decided to clear branches and debris from a public area around Falls Village’s visitors sign, a spot he says he often rides his bike past. The landscaping effort includes new plants in the area, as well as cleaning up the visitor signs so it can once again  become a welcoming for viewing town notices. 

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Art and artifacts of WWI in show at Hunt Library

FALLS VILLAGE — The D.M. Hunt Library hosted the opening of a new exhibit, “By Sea, By Air, By Land: Military Art and Artifacts 100 Years After The Great War” on Saturday, Oct. 20.
The show is a mix of contemporary artworks and, on loan, art and artifacts, including a cavalry uniform and an American Army gas mask.
Some of the artworks are for sale.
The show runs through Saturday, Nov. 24.
 

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High spirits and hair dye at LHK

FALLS VILLAGE — Good sports among the faculty and staff at the Lee. H. Kellogg School in Falls Village submitted to having their hair treated in festive Halloween colors at lunchtime on Friday, Oct. 26.
Michelle Hansen and Kristi Spear, from Shelley’s Hair Salon, did the honors, using a washable spray. Music teacher Brook Martinez squinched his eyes up as Spear started spraying.
Social studies teacher Amy Lake went with the full troll treatment, with a shock of hair bunched up on top of her head.

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