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FALLS VILLAGE — The first thing you notice when you enter 100 Main, the new artisan shop in the center of Falls Village, is the smell. It makes you understand how bees and butterflies feel when they come across a patch of flowers in full bloom. It’s intoxicating. It’s delicious. 

It’s the soaps, explained store manager Christina van Hengel, and also the candles (which are hand-dipped in Litchfield). 

The scent dissipates somewhat once the large front windows have been open for a while, so shop early in the day if you really want to feel...

Falls Village

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the village

Several houses on Prospect Street in Falls Village, including the one on the left, are covered in holiday decorations. The Christmas tree on the town Green was sparkling on Sunday, Dec. 18.

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Regional grants, funds will help towns expand

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Northwestern Connecticut Regional Planning collaborative recently received a $13,000 grant from the Connecticut Main Street Center of Simsbury for its Village Center Economic Development Initiative.
Ruth Skovron, a member of the Falls Village Planning and Zoning Commission who has been actively working with the Collaborative’s Chris Woods and Jocelyn Ayer on several fronts, said the grant was for more than the amount requested — by $3,000.

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Geo Bee has a returning champ

FALLS VILLAGE — The Lee H. Kellogg Geography Bee champion, for the second straight year, is seventh-grader Julie Horowitz. Riley Simmons (grade eight) took second place, also for the second year in a row. In third place was Justin Fitch (grade seven).
Julie will take a test in January and if she’s one of the top 100 scorers in the state, she’ll compete at the state bee. 
The winning tiebreaker question:  Cologne Cathedral, the largest Gothic church in northern Europe, is located in the Rhineland of what country?  (Answer: Germany).

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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.
Raising a child is, in a limited sense, similar to growing a plant. With the right nurturing and supports, a child will grow up strong, straight and upright.

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Expenditures on agenda for town meeting Dec. 22

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FALLS VILLAGE — There is a special town meeting Thursday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. On the agenda are two appropriations of up to $10,900 and up to $28,300 for the highway department and the assessor’s office, respectively.
Also on the agenda will be an easement on town-owned property next to the Falls Village Children’s Theater at 103 Main St., and a new contract with the Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority for the transfer station.

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May the circle be unbroken

Crafting a holiday wreath

FALLS VILLAGE — A wreath is only as good as its foundation — which in the case of wreaths made on production night by the FFA, is a wire coat hanger, twisted into a circular shape.
Housatonic Valley Regional High School’s FFA students and alumni schedule two annual production nights each winter. Community members meet in the agricultural education rooms at the high school to create garlands, wreaths and other festive decorations, which are then sold on campus.

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Selectmen ready for winter and 2012

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Board of Selectmen made a series of appointments to town boards and commissions during the regular monthly meeting Monday, Dec. 12.
Tom Scott and Greg Bidou were reappointed as regular members to the Planning and Zoning Commission for five-year terms ending in December 2016. Ruth Skovron and Stephen Koshland were reappointed as regular members for five-year terms ending in May 2016. Vincent Inconiglios was reappointed as an alternate to a five-year term ending in May 2016.

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Tree bright

Candles, carols and a Christmas tree lighting — plus Santa on a firetruck — were the features of the annual tree lighting on the town Green Sunday, Dec. 4. After the outdoor festivities, everyone adjourned upstairs to the Senior Center for hot drinks.

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Police seek help in IDing victims of fatal crash

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FALLS VILLAGE — A fiery motor vehicle crash Monday, Dec. 12, on Route 63 left two people dead. As of Tuesday morning, police had still not been able to identify the victims.

Just before 1 p.m. that day, volunteer firefighters from Falls Village and Cornwall were dispatched to the scene. A 1995 Buick Regal had gone off the road near the intersection of Cobble Road. It crashed into a utility pole and caught fire.

Both occupants were pronounced dead at the scene. The car and any identification on the victims were destroyed by the fire.

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New contracts, health-care plan for Region One staff

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FALLS VILLAGE — Region One School District teachers have a new three-year contract that includes a 5.75 percent pay raise and an agreement to use the high-deductible plan as the base plan for health insurance.
The contract was ironed out in mediation Nov. 15, ratified by the teachers Nov. 29 and by the board Dec. 5, according to Region One Business Manager Sam Herrick.
It covers 89.2 full-time equivalent teachers at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, plus Pupil Services specialists and Title I teachers regionwide.

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