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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. 

Hanlon hopes to conclude this...

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Housatonic student of the week: Caroline Sullivan

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. This week’s student portrait was taken by HVRHS student Sarah Brown.
FALLS VILLAGE — Certain students stand out from the crowd, some for their personalities, some for their performance, some for their appearance. This week’s student of the week, junior Caroline Sullivan, stands out for all three reasons.

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Enrollments will set budgets for 2012

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FALLS VILLAGE — Enrollment figures for the Region One school district’s seven schools, as of Oct. 1, were released this week by the superintendent’s office.
The student population, as reported on Oct. 1, is used to determine how much each town will be charged in tuition in the next budget year. So the figures reported this month will determine the regional education budget for fiscal 2012, which begins next year on July 1.

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Community and children invited back to church

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FALLS VILLAGE — Michelle Wiltshire-Clement, the new pastor at the Falls Village Congregational Church, describes herself as “eclectic.”
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in Canada, her family moved to New York City because her mother was looking for a place to live “with more, and less flat.”
Her father is “very Catholic,’ her mother an Episcopalian. Further back she’s got a grandmother who is a Jehovah’s Witness, and a grandfather who was an Anglican deacon, traveling around Trinidad.

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Housatonic student of the week

FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School is located in the middle of the largest geographic school district in Connecticut, where it has the potential to be an island in a sea of picturesque hills and farms.
Thanks to programs such as American Field Study (AFS) and our sister school relationship with the Shendong Experimental High School in China, our students experience both the beauty of the immediate landscape and the wonder of the wide world.

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A lovely, lively day in Falls Village

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FALLS VILLAGE — It was wet and chilly on Saturday, Oct. 1 — but that didn’t stop most of the various activities scheduled around town.
The Farmer’s Market on the Green was canceled. (It was raining pretty hard in the morning.)
But Judy Jacobs was available for Housatonic Heritage walks, covering the Beebe Hill schoolhouse and the Canaan-Falls Village Historical Society exhibits at the Depot on Railroad Street.
The Depot is always a good place to drop in. There is always something new — if not to the people who work there, to the occasional visitor.

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Housatonic student of the week - Cassie Worthington

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. This week’s student portrait was taken by HVRHS 11th-grader Caroline Sullivan.

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Lawson steps down after two decades on Board of Selectmen

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FALLS VILLAGE — The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Selectmen Monday, Oct. 3, was the last for longtime Selectman Peter Lawson.
First Selectman Pat Mechare thanked Lawson for his 24 years of service on the board — 18 as first selectman and eight as a selectman.
“We appreciate your devoted service to our town,” she said.

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Region One board meeting canceled, stirring rumors

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education meeting scheduled for Monday, Oct. 3, was canceled because four board members were unavailable.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 7.
Judge Manning (chairman of the board and the Sharon representative), Jill Gibbons (Salisbury), Gale Toensing (Falls Village) and Jonathan Moore (Kent) were unable to attend.
Reached by phone Monday, Manning said he had thought he would be able to attend but it didn’t work out. He also said he didn’t recall anything on the agenda that was of particular urgency.

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Team building at Nature’s Classroom

FALLS VILLAGE — Sixth- and seventh-grade students from the Lee H. Kellogg School spent four days, Sept. 13 to 16, in Becket, Mass., at Nature’s Classroom with students from Danbury. Together they learned many outdoor survival skills and natural history skills and practiced teambuilding to solve problems as a group.

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Grants help science center

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FALLS VILLAGE — The 21st Century Fund for Housatonic Valley Regional High School (a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation), has received a $20,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation to purchase equipment and develop programming for the new Science and Technology Center at the high school.
The fund’s secretary, Carol Schulz, said the plan is to buy equipment and develop educational kits for use in science classrooms throughout Region One, in grades four through eight.

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