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FALLS VILLAGE — Congresswoman Jahana Hayes will be holding a town hall-style meeting on the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. 

The meeting is from 6 to 7 p.m.; the doors open at 5:30 p.m.

This is an opportunity for 5th District residents to get a congressional update from and ask questions of Rep. Hayes. All are invited and welcome to attend, regardless of town, party or school district.

Falls Village

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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And you thought YOU were cold

John Harney used a drone to capture this photo of the Great Falls in Falls Village and Salisbury at mid-day on Saturday, Feb. 2. The usually fast-flowing falls on the Housatonic River were almost completely frozen by the sub-zero temperatures brought by last week’s polar vortex. 
 

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Around and around the world they go at Geo Bee

FALLS VILLAGE — The Geo Bee season has begun, in Region One and across the nation.
Blaine Curtis, a sixth-grader, was the winner of the Lee H. Kellogg Geo Bee on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
There were 10 contestants. 
Katelin Lopes was the second-place finisher, and Birdie Boyden took third. They are also in sixth grade.

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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 — Although most of our students hail from families with deep roots in the area, the “gig” economy has brought some new students to the area with interesting talents and backgrounds. 
Brynn Scharte, a senior from Salisbury, came here this year from Fort Collins, Colo., where she lived for about seven years after leaving the Cleveland, Ohio, area. 

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Falls Village by the numbers in report

FALLS VILLAGE — The 2018 town report for the town of Canaan (Falls Village) is available at Town Hall, and as always it contains interesting reading.
And viewing. Faye Lawson’s cover photograph of the new Emergency Services Center on Route 7 received considerable praise at a recent town meeting.
If you are wondering about politics, Falls Village as of June 30, 2018, had 270 Democrats, 151 Republicans, 258 unaffiliated voters and five “others.”

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Bill to legalize marijuana introduced in Hartford

FALLS VILLAGE — There is a bill currently under consideration in the General Assembly that would legalize recreational marijuana.
Sponsored by Rep. Joshua Hall (D-7) and cosponsored by 40 other House members (all Democrats), HB 5585 permits retail marijuana sales to people 21 years of age or older.

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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 — If students only came to school and went home, we would not know a lot about their potential, and especially the character of students such as Mackenzie Hunter. 
The senior from Sharon is a mild-mannered student with strong academic performance, but as our Student Government Association president, her leadership skills have distinguished her from her peers. 

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Town eases property tax burden on farmers

FALLS VILLAGE — Both the Board of Finance and the Board of Selectmen in Falls Village approved a new town ordinance raising the property tax exemption on farm equipment to $200,000 at their regular monthly meetings on Monday, Jan. 14.
First Selectman Henry Todd explained that a new tractor costs around $130,000 and a new combine about $100,000 and said he didn’t think it would be fair to subject such items to property tax.
The boards agreed. The ordinance will be an agenda item at the next town meeting.

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