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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

Dreaming of river days

FALLS VILLAGE — Joe Brien and his traveling workshop were at the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 16.
The mission: to teach youngsters how to make toy paddleboats.
“What’s rule number one?” asked Brien.
“Put on safety goggles!” chorused the students.
Half a dozen smallish children plus assorted parents and grandparents were on hand as Brien got the work areas set up.

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Sweet pickers

Raspberry pickers fill their buckets at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, a camp/farm that nourishes its clientele in many ways.

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The mysteries hidden below at Lake Champlain

Lakeville resident Donald Mayland, an economics teacher at The Hotchkiss School and avid scuba diver, delivered a talk for the Canaan Historical Society about old shipwrecks in Lake Champlain.
The lecture, which was part of this summer’s First Tuesday at 7 series, was given in chronological order. 
The first topic was a battle in the Revolutionary War. 

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Soul-2-soil: back to life and reality at Camp Freedman

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

Food nourishes our bodies of course but it also nourishes our souls and spirit. 
That’s part of the reason the farm-to-table movement has been so powerful in modern America: For young people who’ve grown up in a world that’s increasingly fragmented and existential, the farm movement offers a chance to connect deeply and meaningfully with the world around them, with the soil beneath their feet and with their own bodies and souls.

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Grieving the loss of three teenagers

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FALLS VILLAGE — About 40 people came to the football field at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Thursday, Aug. 9, for an evening of remembrance and healing for the three young people who died this summer in automobile accidents: Dg Blodgett, Lukas Kosko, and Deanna Silvernail.
The group included family members, friends, community members and teachers.
State Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) and his general election opponent, Democrat Maria Horn, both attended.

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HVRHS senior earns $40k visual art award

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HVRHS student dies in crash, third fatality this year

FALLS VILLAGE — Another Housatonic Valley Regional High School student has died in an automobile crash. This is the third such fatality this year.
Donald Blodgett, 17, a Sharon resident and a rising senior at the high school, was driving south on Route 7 in Falls Village at about 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 29. He was in a 1998 Subaru Forester registered to Clifford Wohlfert of North Canaan.

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Insurance snafu and other FV notes

FALLS VILLAGE — There was a mix-up regarding health insurance for town of Canaan (Falls Village) employees, First Selectman Henry Todd reported to the Board of Selectmen on Monday, July 16.
Both the Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance met on July 16 in special meetings, instead of their usual day, the second Monday of the month.
Todd told the selectmen that the town, along with the Region One School District employees, had decided to join the state’s Partnership Plan 2.0, a health insurance plan. 

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A sometimes comical trip back in time

FALLS VILLAGE — Eric Veden’s latest video chronicle of life in Falls Village starts with the 100th anniversary of the closing of the Beebe Hill schoolhouse on Saturday, June 9. 
Veden uses a combination of handheld camera and drone footage from collaborator Bradd Ober. 
The segment catches the fun outside the schoolhouse -— hot dogs, blowing bubbles, croquet — and people learning about the schoolhouse inside.
Only at the end of the segment does Veden add a voiceover, and that is one sentence, identifying the event.

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Potter intern at Journal

FALLS VILLAGE — Arthur Potter, 18, has joined The Lake-ville Journal as an intern. His first day was Tuesday, July 17.
Potter is a rising senior at St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Del. He lives primarily on Undermountain Road in Salisbury — although he also spends time in New York City, where he grew up. 
He would like to learn more about journalism and hopes to further his skills in writing, photography and editing. 

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