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Madeline Mechare and Charlotte Olsen were among children who lined up for a chance to sit on Santa Claus’ lap and whisper what they wished for in the holiday season, while others, like Olivia Lee, were happy just to plop down and enjoy the treats provided at the festive little Sunday night celebration at Canaan Senior Center in Falls Village on Dec. 2.

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Environmental expert says climate can be fixed

FALLS VILLAGE — Joshua Ginsberg, president of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, said he believes there is reason for optimism when considering the environment. 
Ginbserg spoke at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Friday, Nov. 9, as part of the Salisbury Forum series of talks.

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The glory days of musical theater

Michael Berkeley put the cast of “Hooray for Hollywood!” through their paces at rehearsal Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Center on Main in Falls Village. 
The chairs were arranged as if the singers were on a train, and the song was “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe,” from the 1946 film “The Harvey Girls.” 

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Scout is leading a local town clean-up

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. 

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Art and artifacts of WWI in show at Hunt Library

FALLS VILLAGE — The D.M. Hunt Library hosted the opening of a new exhibit, “By Sea, By Air, By Land: Military Art and Artifacts 100 Years After The Great War” on Saturday, Oct. 20.
The show is a mix of contemporary artworks and, on loan, art and artifacts, including a cavalry uniform and an American Army gas mask.
Some of the artworks are for sale.
The show runs through Saturday, Nov. 24.
 

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High spirits and hair dye at LHK

FALLS VILLAGE — Good sports among the faculty and staff at the Lee. H. Kellogg School in Falls Village submitted to having their hair treated in festive Halloween colors at lunchtime on Friday, Oct. 26.
Michelle Hansen and Kristi Spear, from Shelley’s Hair Salon, did the honors, using a washable spray. Music teacher Brook Martinez squinched his eyes up as Spear started spraying.
Social studies teacher Amy Lake went with the full troll treatment, with a shock of hair bunched up on top of her head.

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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. 

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New town law: Please don’t feed the bears

FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village Board of Selectmen approved a town ordinance on the feeding of bears at the regular monthly meeting of the board on Monday, Oct. 15.
The ordinance is designed to discourage people from actively feeding bears, and gives the selectmen wide latitude in the matter of fines.
The ordinance will be one of several items on the agenda at a town meeting. First Selectman Henry Todd said he thinks the town meeting will be scheduled for early January 2019.

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Common-sense ideas for 5th District

FALLS VILLAGE — Jahana Hayes, the Democratic candidate for the 5th Congressional District, spoke to The Lakeville Journal by phone on Tuesday, Oct. 9, a few hours before she appeared at an event at Noble Horizons in Salisbury.
Asked about the possibility of a federal single-payer health insurance program, and how to pay for it, she said she would start by looking at federal tax laws. “There’s a lot of money we’re giving away.”

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Murphy stresses need to vote on Nov. 6

FALLS VILLAGE — The Lakeville Journal interviewed U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, the Democratic incumbent running for re-election, by phone on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
He was asked if Congress is casting a regulatory eye at Big Tech.
“There is a lot of interest in updating federal privacy laws,” said Murphy. He added there is also interest in looking at the size and power of tech companies, but “probably the first debate will be over privacy.”

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Fears of a world with not enough knowledge at Salisbury Forum

FALLS VILLAGE — Tom Nichols, author of “The Death of Expertise,” academic, and prominent conservative critic of Donald Trump, opened his Salisbury Forum talk Friday night, Oct. 19, by asking, “Why would I write a book with such an obnoxious title?”
He said that while experts have always been fair game for critics, “there is a kind of global attack on experts and expertise that is new.”
“People think they are smarter than experts.”

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