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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 “...

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This year’s trade fair gets serious about business

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — This year’s Tri-State Chamber of Commerce trade festival reflected a significant change in what business looks like here in the Northwest Corner.
The Tri-State Chamber represents businesses and organizations in New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut. For two decades the chamber has hosted an annual spring trade fair, to give business owners a chance to meet potential clients and vice versa.

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New pastor welcomes all

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village Congregational Church officially welcomed the Rev. Michelle Wiltshire-Clement at an installation service Sunday, March 18 that was attended by clergy from around the region.
The Rev. Cynthia Jackson said in her sermon, “When there is a relationship of trust we are able to rely on God to bring us to a safe place.
“As you start this journey remember that God is with you every step of the way.
“Can I get an ‘amen?’”

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‘South Pacific’ on stage

The Seabees bemoaned the lack of female companionship.

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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 — A common theme among our students of the week has been the proliferation of Renaissance men and women. Rarely are these students parochial in their interests; they study the arts and sciences with equal passion. The danger, of course, is that such students never explore any one area deeply. That is not the case, however, with senior Rebekah Purdy.

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Magician to raise spirits and more

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FALLS VILLAGE — Veteran magician Sandy Rhoades comes to the Lee H. Kellogg School Saturday, March 24, with an old-fashioned magic show — including the spectacular “lady floating in mid-air” illusion.
Rhoades demonstrated the trick in front of the school Friday afternoon, with the assistance of Lydia Downs.
Rhoades said he first saw the floating lady illusion in 1947, from a magician named Jack Gwynne, who was based in Chicago.
He built his own version from scratch. “Nobody has one like this,” he said. “You can’t buy what’s in my car.”

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AFS students compare Falls Village to their homes

From the outside, looking in
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FALLS VILLAGE — Three exchange students staying with Falls Village families gave presentations on their home countries — and the differences between life there and here — at the D.M. Hunt Library Wednesday, March 14.
Merna Mohamed (living with Dave and Becky Seney) said that in Egypt, lunch is the big meal of the day, generally taken between 2 and 5 p.m.
She demonstrated the clothing designed for modesty that young women wear when they go out in Cairo.

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BOE to name sci-tech center and plan for 2012 spending

Meeting is March 28
patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The annual Region One School District budget referendum will have two questions this year — one for the school district budget and a separate question for raising the money needed to repair the roof at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS), and, possibly, to pay for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
“The roof has been talked about for at least 10 years,” Region One Business Manager Sam Herrick said in an interview Thursday, March 14. The project in question is the sloping slate roof on the original building, which was constructed in 1939.

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Housatonic students of the week

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
FALLS VILLAGE — This year’s leads in the Housatonic Musical Theater Company production of “South Pacific” (see story, Page A14) both come from strong theater backgrounds, and both of them hope that this is not just a flirtation with the stage, but a lifelong love affair.

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Fire siren idea alarms the neighbors

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — A proposal from the Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department to reinstall an emergency siren on town property drew quick criticism from Sue Sweetapple and Colin Chambers of the Falls Village Inn during the March meeting of the Board of Selectmen Monday, March 12.
The siren that was on the roof of the Senior Center at 107 Main St. was removed about five years ago because of a leak in the roof, and never replaced.

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LHK considers hiring a part-time principal

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Finance got a first look at the proposed spending plan from the Board of Education during the regular monthly meeting Monday, March 12.
The school board submitted two proposals, with the major difference being the role of the principal at Lee H. Kellogg School.
Principal Maria Bulson is retiring Dec. 31. One proposal replaces the current full-time position with a part-time position beginning in July. The other keeps Bulson in place full-time until she retires, and a part-time replacement finishing out the school year.

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