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FALLS VILLAGE — Cynthia Parzych, author of “Connecticut Made,” told an audience at the David M. Hunt Library on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 7, that Connecticut has a rich history of innovation and entrepreneurship.

The change from an industrial to a service and information-based economy hit the state hard, but there are plenty of homegrown businesses, many of them started since 2000.

And these businesses act as the glue that keeps communities healthy and thriving.

Parzych said she was inspired by the story of Forrest Pritchard, author of “...

Falls Village

Mapping out a new town archive

FALLS VILLAGE — “Welcome to the basement!”
That was Town Clerk Mary Palmer’s greeting at Town Hall Monday afternoon, Feb. 11. She was referring to the maps that were piled on every available surface.
In 2018, Palmer applied for a grant of $4,500 to digitize old maps that had accumulated in the Falls Village Town Hall basement over the decades.
The grant money arrived, and now she is busy sorting through them, prior to the arrival of the company that is going to do the work.

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Midwinter melodies

Rebecca Bloomfield, Adam Sher and Brook Martinez played and sang at the D. M. Hunt Library’s “Midwinter’s Night in the Village” event Saturday, Feb. 16.

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‘Rip Van Winkle’ wakes up

FALLS VILLAGE — The cast of the original musical, “Rip Van Winkle,” had just worked through a song, “Welcome Home,” and writer-director Michael Berkeley rose from the piano and approached the stage.
He reminded the performers that the song is supposed to be happy.
“You came in like you’re paying last respects.”
The cast regrouped and tried it again.

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Guest readers charm young students

FALLS VILLAGE
By Alexander Wilburn

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Maria Horn encourages student activism at Lee H. Kellogg School

FALLS VILLAGE — Four hours before facing a large crowd at the Falls Village Emergency Services Center, state Rep. Maria Horn (D-64) had a more congenial task: talking to teacher Amy Lake’s Social Studies class about a letter they wrote urging the banning of single-use plastic bags in Connecticut.
Horn congratulated the students for their activism.
“It really matters,” she said. “Writing letters has an impact.”
She said politics, especially at the national level, has “a bad name.”

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Sweet time at KCS chocolate fest

FALLS VILLAGE — The 24th Chocolate Festival at Kent Center School drew sweet-tooths of all ages on Thursday, Feb. 7. The line outside school was already swelling long before the doors opened at 3:30 p.m., and the excitement of children and adults alike was undeniable. 
Once inside the cafeteria, the real challenge arose: How to choose from the vast bounty of goodies. There were tempting chocolates, baked goods, and confections of every kind.

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Horn hears different views on control of race tracks

FALLS VILLAGE — A standing-room-only crowd came to the Emergency Services Center in Falls Village on Thursday, Feb. 7, to meet with state Rep. Maria Horn (D-64) and to discuss the relationship between the Lime Rock Park auto racing track and the community.
Two weeks ago word got out on social media that Horn had submitted a bill to allow local zoning commissions to regulate the time that racing may take place.

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The art of highly concentrated artworks

FALLS VILLAGE — Emily Rutgers Fuller revealed the secrets to her 12-by-12 inch abstract works at the David M. Hunt Library on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 3.
With an esoteric array of tools and supplies, ranging from woodworking knives to glow-in-the-dark glue, Fuller demonstrated how she creates the pieces.
She uses her own photographs of landscapes, and includes them in the pieces “to give a realistic grounding.”
For the remainder she uses thick, 140-pound paper, with either a rough or a smooth finish. 

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Region One calendar gets OK

FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education approved a revised calendar for the 2019-20 school year at its meeting Monday, Feb. 4, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
The major issue is the number of full weeks of school. There are 15 full weeks in the current school year.
Region One Superintendent Pam Vogel presented the board with two revised calendars. Option A had 18 full weeks, and option B had 20 full weeks.

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Rep. Maria Horn to meet with constituents in Falls Village

FALLS VILLAGE — There will be a meeting with state Rep. Maria Horn (D-64) at the Emergency Services Center on Route 7 in Falls Village Thursday, Feb. 7, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The meeting is billed as “A Discussion on Lime Rock Park.” 
Two weeks ago Horn introduced a bill in the General Assembly to allow local zoning commissions to regulate the hours of motor vehicle racing and subsequently withdrew it.
In the interim, word of the bill spread rapidly, especially on social media.

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