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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...

Falls Village

Voters move to vote on firehouse

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FALLS VILLAGE — At an unusually well-attended meeting, voters overwhelmingly approved moving the question of bonding $2.5 million for a new emergency services center to a referendum. The town meeting vote was held Tuesday, Aug. 16.
The vote to hold the referendum was 112 to 22. A “no” vote would have removed the need for a referendum, and the Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department would have been forced to begin the process again.

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Hodgson’s paintings present an autistic view of the world

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FALLS VILLAGE — John Hodgson’s Rooftop Canvases show at the D.M. Hunt Library is unusual.
Hodgson, 23, is autistic, and according to neurologist Barry Gordon, only began speaking “meaningfully” at age 14.
Gordon began working with John at age 8, and helped the boy’s parents, David and Laurie Hodgson of Falls Village and New York City, with a flexible, home-based approach.
Gordon, who has an autistic son as well, was effusive. He described what John and his art teacher do as being similar to a coach and athlete.

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Finding balance

Chubby Bunny Farm begins the harvest
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FALLS VILLAGE — Yan Tutschka was a little surprised to have a visitor on a rainy Monday at Chubby Bunny Farm, at Undermountain and Cobble roads.
He had spent the morning picking vegetables and was relaxing in front of his seasonal home — a modest RV trailer downfield a ways from the barn.
Tutschka is one of four full-time apprentices at Chubby Bunny Farm, a community supported agriculture farm (or CSA) run by Dan and Tracy Hayhurst.
It is Tutschka’s third year working on farms, and his first at Chubby Bunny.

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Schools are ready. Are you?

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FALLS VILLAGE — It’s quiet now, but officials at Lee H. Kellogg are getting ready for the new school year, which begins Aug. 29. Teachers report back on Aug. 24.
Principal Maria Bulson was pleased to report an initial enrollment of 87 students at the kindergarten to grade eight school, up from 85 last year.
Two Kellogg teachers are celebrating 25 years of service: Jane McDermott (computers and math) and Eileen Gargan (third grade).
Kindergarten orientation is Thursday, Aug. 25, 10 to 11 a.m., and includes a tour of the school, locker assignments, a snack and a ride in a school bus.

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Falls Village pool lifeguard Jacob Horowitz took a minute out of his break to show Matthew Lopes, 10, a few soccer juggling moves. The first day of school for students in the Region One School District is Aug. 29. Until then, youngsters around the Northwest Corner are soaking up every bit of sun they can find, and enjoying moments of chilling out at places such as the town pool.

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OK for Sept. 1 parade, car show

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Selectmen approved a request from Colin Chambers to close off the  downtown area for a Sept. 1 parade and car show. The request was made at the board’s regular monthly meeting Monday, Aug. 8.
Chambers said he has planned, with Lime Rock Park, a parade of vintage race cars that will go through Salisbury and end in Falls Village. The cars will be parked in town and spectators will have a chance to look at them up close.

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Numbers explained for firehouse plan

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FALLS VILLAGE — Members of the Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department made their pitch for bonding for a new firehouse again (this time in the meeting room on the second floor of the current firehouse) on Tuesday, Aug. 2.
There is a town meeting on the subject Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Lee H. Kellogg School. The plan is to adjourn the meeting to a referendum vote the following Tuesday, Aug. 23.

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Students from China visit HVRHS during busy U.S. tour

FALLS VILLAGE—Luggage in hand, 28 students from the Shandong Experimental High School in the Chinese province of Shandong walked through the doors of Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Aug. 2 for the first time.
The natural chaos of arriving en masse in a foreign place after much travel was combined with excitement and high spirits that had the school buzzing.

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Canaan/Falls Village Candidates for 2011 Elections

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Dining and donating at FV Inn

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FALLS VILLAGE — The first installment of a monthly fundraiser for local charities raised more than $1,200 for the Falls Village Children’s Theater.
On Thursday, July 28, the Falls Village Inn served lunches, Marshall Miles and Jill Goodman did a live broadcast on WHDD radio, and children who have participated in past productions of the children’s theater entertained the guests.
Colin Chambers, an owner of the inn, said that the proceeds from the lunch were $240, and Denise Cohn from the theater said the silent auction raised more than $1,000.
“We were ecstatic,” she said.

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