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FALLS VILLAGE — Cynthia Parzych, author of “Connecticut Made,” told an audience at the David M. Hunt Library on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 7, that Connecticut has a rich history of innovation and entrepreneurship.

The change from an industrial to a service and information-based economy hit the state hard, but there are plenty of homegrown businesses, many of them started since 2000.

And these businesses act as the glue that keeps communities healthy and thriving.

Parzych said she was inspired by the story of Forrest Pritchard, author of “...

Falls Village

Voters approve municipal spending plans

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — Falls Village voters approved the municipal and school spending plans at the annual town meeting Tuesday, May 29, at the Lee H. Kellogg School.
The municipal budget for 2012-13 is up to $1,564,364. The education budget is up to $3,123,182 (Kellogg — $1,783,026; Region One — $1,340,156). The town meeting took place two days before voters approved the Region One budget at a second referendum vote May 31, and the town’s Region One assessment is $1,313,767.

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Some 200 take part in Relay for Life

FALLS VILLAGE — Relay for Life, a fundraising event to help cancer research, was held at Housatonic Valley Regional High School from Saturday, June 2, to Sunday, June 3.
There were 200 participants for the Housatonic Valley Relay for Life fundraiser. They pitched tents and made the infield of Housatonic’s track their temporary home for the entire 18-hour event.

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Housatonic 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 — With the pressure of finals and major projects, junior Caitlin Webb doesn’t have much time to spare, and one look at her term paper for U.S. History class shows why: Caitlin’s thesis is that the increased role of women in industry during the Great Depression led to a diminished role for women in 1950s America. With that kind of intellectual heavy lifting, it is no wonder that homework occupies a lot of Caitlin’s time.

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Lamb Watch

Students in the agricultural education program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village visited Noble Horizons in Salisbury May 29 with armfuls of lambs and kids. The visit “brightened the day and warmed the hearts of our residents,” said Caroline Burchfield, Noble’s director of community relations.

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Region One 2013 budget is accepted on second try

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One budget passed a second referendum vote Thursday, May 31, by a vote of 500-407. The budget is $14,689,096, which is up $10,000, or .07 percent, from the 2011-12 fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2012.

Turnout in the six member towns — Cornwall, Falls Village (town of Canaan), Kent, North Canaan, Salisbury and Sharon — was 907, down by 137 from the first vote on the budget, which was May 8. Salisbury was the only town with a higher turnout (253 on May 8 and 263 on May 31).

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Memories, close to home, for Memorial Day Ceremony

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The Rev. Cyril Wismar was not on hand for the Memorial Day service to deliver the invocation and benediction, as he has so many times in the past. The retired bishop passed away in January.
But his presence was felt, especially when his widow, Sylvia, was presented with a memorial award in her late husband’s honor.

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High marks earn field day for HVRHS students

FALLS VILLAGE — Nearly the entire student body at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) came out to the athletic fields on Thursday, May 24, for the school’s first-ever Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) field day.
The event started at 11:30 a.m. and featured a large bounce-house, a climbing wall supplied by the National Guard, a dunk tank, cotton candy, snow cones and a range of activities. Students seemed glad to be out of class on the warm spring day, and also seemed proud of the accomplishment that the event represented.

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Students learn civics lesson

FALLS VILLAGE — Students from Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) traveled to the state Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Thursday, May 24, to present a documentary film about Occupy Wall Street.
The students created the film as part of the Civic Life Project, an educational initiative that was started by Dominique Lasseur and Catherine Tatge, who are Cornwall residents, parents of recent HVRHS alumnus Julien Lasseur and award-winning documentary filmmakers.

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EPA update on PCB cleanup evokes anger

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The audience reaction was muted, at best, to a presentation Wednesday, May 23, from federal and state environmental officials on the plans for cleaning up PCB contamination in the Housatonic in Connecticut. The meeting was held at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Curt Spalding, the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) administrator for the New England region, went through the cleanup and remediation efforts in Massachusetts thus far, including extensive removal of contaminated soil in the Pittsfield area.

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Contracts are binding, says school board attorney

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — At a special meeting of the Region One Board of Education May 17, as the board discussed what to do in the wake of the proposed spending plan’s defeat at the May 8 referendum, both Scooter Tedder of Salisbury and Marilyn Yerks of Sharon expressed some frustration at not having an opinion of the board’s attorney handy on the question of whether or not the contracts for Region One administrators are valid.
In a May 22 email to board Chairman Phil Hart of Cornwall, board attorney Gary Brochu wrote:

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