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FALLS VILLAGE — Ten people were inducted into the Housatonic Valley Regional High School Athletic Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the high school.

Ed Kirby introduced John O’Hara (Class of 1947).

O’Hara fondly recalled his high school days, where he excelled at basketball. And he remembered playing his last basketball game as a serviceman in Korea, as the Korean War was winding down.

He was accidentally knocked out by his team’s center when the latter was going for a rebound.

Undeterred, O’Hara suited up...

Falls Village

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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CRRA, firehouse at brief meeting

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FALLS VILLAGE — First Selectman Pat Mechare reported two resignations from the Recreation Commission at a very brief regular monthly meeting of the Board of Selectmen Monday, Sept. 12.
Suzanne Chinatti and Beth Grayson resigned from the commission. Mechare said that Chinatti had only been on the commission a short time and her schedule no longer allowed participation.

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CROP walk a reminder of others in need

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FALLS VILLAGE — Walkers old and young, two-legged and four-legged, took part in the 28th annual Northwest Connecticut CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, Sept. 25.
The Rev. Carl Franson, who has organized the walk for many years, estimated that about 240 people participate annually. Participants ranged from toddlers in strollers all the way up to seniors using walkers. Participants could walk a quarter mile, 5 miles or 10 miles.

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At Coverts, tips are given on chain saw safety

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FALLS VILLAGE — Larry Rousseau, a state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection service forester for western Connecticut, gently corrected this reporter’s pronunciation of “coverts.”
It’s “CUH-verts,” as in places where birds hide.
Not “COE-verts,” as in secret agent stuff.
The Great Mountain Forest hosted its annual Coverts education program for landowners over the weekend at the Yale Forestry camp, with lectures and demonstrations and lots of practical advice for people interested in preserving and managing forests and open space.

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Its feathers are ruffled but the chicken has returned

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FALLS VILLAGE — The chicken sign has come home to roost at P.D. Walsh’s Country Store.
The colorful sign of a chicken pointing the way into Falls Village went missing just about a year ago from its roost at the junction of routes 7 and 126.
The sign, made by Walsh’s cousin, Rob Daalhuyzen of Sharon, was spotted by a friend of Daalhuyzen’s who was driving in Colebrook.
The sign was leaning against a bush in the yard of an apparently abandoned house, Daalhuyzen said.

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Lesson in law

In observance of Constitution Day, Sept. 17, Judge John Danaher III spoke to eighth-graders at the Lee H. Kellogg School about the role the judicial branch plays in safeguarding the freedoms outlined in the U.S. Constitution. Danaher, a justice in the Connecticut Superior Court, served as the commissioner of the state Department of Public Safety and as a prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Students Gina Rocha and Kyler Hall-Stevenson are at right.

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At Xroads for now, only edible fuel

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FALLS VILLAGE — Michael Hodgkins wants people to know the Crossroads Deli is open for business — just not for gasoline.
On Monday, Sept. 19, crews were at work at the deli, located at the junction of routes 7 and 63, repairing a broken vapor recovery line.
The line broke last Thursday, which was unfortunate timing for Hodgkins, as Lime Rock Park was hosting a NASCAR event over the weekend.
Hodgkins said he had to send track customers to North Canaan for fuel, and lost a lot of business.
And the gas pumps won’t be fixed until Monday, Sept. 26.

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