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Madeline Mechare and Charlotte Olsen were among children who lined up for a chance to sit on Santa Claus’ lap and whisper what they wished for in the holiday season, while others, like Olivia Lee, were happy just to plop down and enjoy the treats provided at the festive little Sunday night celebration at Canaan Senior Center in Falls Village on Dec. 2.

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The All-American Watson

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FALLS VILLAGE — For Lou Timolat, his 1959 A.J. Watson Roadster isn’t just a cool car or a masterpiece of design — it represents a uniquely American tradition of individual innovation and gumption.
Timolat described the postwar period in American motor sports and the divide between those who looked to European cars, drivers and tracks, and the American racing world, with a lot of local tracks and the Indianapolis 500 as the ultimate event of the year.

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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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