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FALLS VILLAGE — The first thing you notice when you enter 100 Main, the new artisan shop in the center of Falls Village, is the smell. It makes you understand how bees and butterflies feel when they come across a patch of flowers in full bloom. It’s intoxicating. It’s delicious. 

It’s the soaps, explained store manager Christina van Hengel, and also the candles (which are hand-dipped in Litchfield). 

The scent dissipates somewhat once the large front windows have been open for a while, so shop early in the day if you really want to feel...

Falls Village

Ordinance adopted: Fine authorized for feeding bears

FALLS VILLAGE — A new ordinance in Falls Village prohibiting the intentional feeding of bears was one of seven agenda items that passed at the annual town meeting on Thursday, Jan. 10.
About 32 Falls Village residents came to Town Hall for the town meeting. It also attracted the attention of the NBC affiliate in Hartford, which sent a camera operator to film the meeting. The cameraman/reporter was interviewing First Selectman Henry Todd as people arrived for the meeting.
Pat Mechare was elected moderator.

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Maria Horn: On the frontier in Hartford

FALLS VILLAGE — State Rep. Maria Horn (D-64) was at the FFA banquet at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Friday night, Jan. 11, and took a few moments to report on her first week in the Connecticut General Assembly.
She said she is one of two vice chairs of the Legislature’s appropriations committee, and is also on the judiciary and environment committees.

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Craig Miner: Bears will surface again this year

FALLS VILLAGE — State Sen. Craig Miner (R-30) said he expects the state budget to be the top priority during the new session of the Connecticut General Assembly.
Miner was interviewed by phone on Saturday, Jan. 12.
He said revenue indicators are “promising” but that they will “come nowhere near” balancing the budget.
Miner said he believes marijuana legalization will be on the Legislature’s agenda, although he prefers the term “naturalization.”

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Robots, on your marks, get set …

FALLS VILLAGE — Members of the Who’sCTEKS, the robotics team at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, along with parents and other interested onlookers, watched carefully as a live video provided an overview of this year’s national competition, called “Destination: Deep Space.”
The group was at the Mahoney-Hewat Science and Technology Center at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Saturday morning, Jan.5.

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Vaping and the ‘game’ of test taking at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) Principal Ian Strever reported a mixed bag of results from the fall 2018 Preliminary SAT testing at the Monday, Jan. 7, meeting of the Region One Board of Education.
Strever said that 83 juniors and 12 sophomores took the test. The test has two sections, English Reading and Writing (ERW), and math. The state benchmark for the ERW is 460 (the top score is 760); for math it is slightly higher, at 510 (the top score is 760).

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FFA students travel to Midwest convention

FALLS VILLAGE — In October 2018, six members of the Housatonic Valley FFA Chapter from Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) traveled to Indianapolis, Ind., for the  National FFA Convention and Exposition. It was the 91st year of the event. 

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2018: 100 years since it was a one-room schoolhouse

FALLS VILLAGE — The 100th anniversary celebration of the closing of the Beebe Hill one-room schoolhouse in Falls Village featured bubbles, hot dogs, traditional fiddle tunes, history and a drone.
On Saturday morning, June 9, members of the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society were ready to show visitors around the venerable schoolhouse.
That it was a schoolhouse at all came as a surprise to one young visitor.
“I thought it was a shed,” she said.

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2018: Changing of guard at area schools

FALLS VILLAGE — There was considerable turnover in administrative positions in Region One in 2018, as several principals retired.
Ian Strever took over for Jose Martinez as principal at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. Steve Schibi, a newcomer to Region One, in turn replaced Strever as assistant principal. 
Michelle Mott is the new principal at Kent Center School, succeeding Florence Budge. 

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2018: Concerns over grading plan

FALLS VILLAGE — The 2017-18 school year at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) was dominated by controversy over grading practices.
At issue is the replacing of D and F grades with the designation NYP, for “not yet proficient.”  Students are allowed to make up work or retake tests in order to demonstrate proficiency (called “reassessments”).

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2018 elections turned out blue in Connecticut

FALLS VILLAGE — Democratic candidates largely dominated in Connecticut  in the 2018 elections
However, in the Connecticut General Assembly, State Senators Craig Miner (R-30) and Kevin Witkos (R-8) survived challenges, as did State Rep. Jay Case (R-63). First-term state Representative Brian Ohler (R-64) was narrowly defeated by Democrat Maria Horn.
Salisbury’s Thad Gray, a Republican running for state treasurer, lost to Democrat Shawn Wooden.

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