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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

In photo show, beauty is precarious

FALLS VILLAGE — Photographer Tara Nugent’s exhibit, “The Presence of Absence,” is at the Two Walls Gallery in the library at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) through March 16.
Nugent, who graduated from HVRHS in 2009, said she sees “something beautiful” in ordinary objects, such as precariously tilting outhouses, or a fence made of old, warped boards.
“I know the moment could be gone in minutes.”
Nugent does much of her work in medium-format film — specifically, 120 size film.

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Concerns over grades at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — Concerns about the number of students with poor grades, and the effect on participation in their extracurricular activities, surfaced last week at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS).
On Thursday, Jan. 25, Principal Jose Martinez sent a letter to parents explaining the situation.
There is a new grading system at the high school and it is in its first year of full implementation.

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Frustration and uncertainty in D.C.

FALLS VILLAGE — “It’s an extraordinary time in the nation’s history,” said U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-5) at the start of a wide-ranging interview with The Lakeville Journal on Friday, Jan. 26, at the paper’s new office in Falls Village.
“I feel like I’m back in school and have been given a blue book. ‘Congress: explain. Trump: explain,’” Esty said.

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Geo Bee close call

FALLS VILLAGE - — Lee H. Kellogg School teacher Amy Lake reported the eighth grade Geo Bee on Wednesday, Jan. 10, was “one of our biggest nail-biters in a long time. A real battle for third place, and then neck and neck between the two finalists.” 
The champion was Natalie Wadsworth, with Alex Lopes in second place and Avery Tripp in third. 

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Housatonic Student of the Week: Dean Saccardi

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. 
 

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Corner ready to join 21st century?

FALLS VILLAGE -— If you’re a resident of rural Connecticut, it is all too easy to imagine, especially in winter, driving down an unpopulated road lined with trees and finding the aftermath of car accident. Equally easy to imagine is checking on the driver, pulling out your phone to call for help, and finding you have no signal. Calling 911 at that moment is not an option. Do you wait with the injured party hoping someone else will drive by in time? Or do you leave so you can eventually make it to an area with service? 

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Town meeting will decide on LHK funds

FALLS VILLAGE — At the regular monthly meeting on Monday, Dec.11, the Falls Village Board of Finance agreed to ask a town meeting to approve a supplemental appropriation for the replacement of the elementary school’s phone system.
School board Chairman Pat Mechare and Lee H. Kellogg School Principal Lexy Juch explained that after Thanksgiving the 20-year-old phone system at Kellogg began to fail. Voice mail functions did not work, for instance, so when staff members were busy phone calls went unanswered.

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Halls alive with sound of music

FALLS VILLAGE — The winter concert at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Friday, Dec. 15, featured six separate student groups and a wide variety of musical styles.
The Night Choir performed the always-popular “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” the Jazz Band did Chuck Mangione’s “Bellavia,” and the Concert Choir handled “How Far I’ll Go” by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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Doing the Snoopy dance

Dylan Vadakin and friends performed some of the favorite songs by Vince Guaraldi from the beloved “A Charlie Brown Christmas” television special, which was first aired in 1965. The concert was held at the Center on Main in Falls Village on Saturday, Dec. 16, attracted a large, festive crowd and lasted for an hour.

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Holiday greens & goats at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — Santa Claus was at the FFA holiday store on Saturday night, Dec. 16, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. 
Santa (Jameason Russin) helped a small boy overcome a bout of nerves, and the resourceful FFA team was able to provide the child with an elf house, a rare treat that happened to be available at the FFA store that day. 

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