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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. 

Hanlon hopes to conclude this...

Falls Village

Balance of power changing, Suarez warns

FALLS VILLAGE — Journalist and author Ray Suarez said that the demographic change in the United States  to “majority-minority” is imminent and inevitable.
“It’s too late to change that shift,” he said. “We have no control over it.”
But, he added, “We can control what the years of transition will be like.”
Suarez was the guest speaker at The Salisbury Forum on Friday, April 27, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

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Story in the details in town reports

FALLS VILLAGE — The town report for the town of Canaan/Falls Village 2016-17 fiscal year is out. Copies are available at Town Hall. 
The report, edited by Town Clerk Mary Palmer,  begins with the news that little Falls Village is going to be on national television. Dennis Gage of the “My Classic Car” program is coming to the Falls Village Car and Motorcycle Show this summer. The TV people will be in town for the weekend of July 7 and 8, and will film the town on Saturday and the car show on Sunday.

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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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