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FALLS VILLAGE — Even without the accompanying music you would have heard them. The jingling ring of the bells strapped to their shins traveled up and down Main Street. The Morris dancers returned to Falls Village, leaping, twirling and gallivanting in front of Town Hall for an audience in the early evening on Saturday, June 15. 

Dressed in white to represent the freshness and purity of spring’s seasonal rebirth, each of the five troupes added on a distinguishing accent to differentiate their costumes, better known to the dancers as their “kits.” ...

Falls Village

Historic house holiday tour is on Dec. 4

FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society will offer a Holiday Historic House Tour on Sunday, Dec. 4.
The tour will begin with a welcome and introduction to the five houses on the tour at P.D. Walsh’s Country Store (107 Main St.) at 11:30 a.m.
At noon, tour pass holders may begin their self-guided tour with guidance from the society’s brochure and map.
The tour coincides with the village’s annual tree lighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. and visit from Santa Claus later in the day.

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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. This week’s student portrait was taken by HVRHS 11th-grader Caroline Sullivan.

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My chair, no mine!

The annual Turkey Olympics competition at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, on Friday, Nov. 18, resulted in a rare win for the faculty team. The final results were : first place, faculty, followed by seniors, juniors, freshmen and sophomores.The teams competed with great enthusiasm. Musical Chairs was particularly hard-fought.

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Housatonic Valley hosts German exchange students

Ryan Brown (left) worked with David Zeikau of Hamburg, Germany, on an assignment in Kimberly Durley’s German class at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Oct. 28. A group of German exchange students stayed with Region One families for two weeks.

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Boomerang science lesson

Boomerang expert Pat Surdam talked to students at Lee H. Kellogg School on Oct. 28 as part of their science unit on force and motion. Above, he displayed a hunting stick as used by Australian aborigines. Left, he demonstrated his boomerang skills.

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Perfect weather for Culligan 5K

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FALLS VILLAGE — On the beautiful autumn morning of Nov. 5, 40 hardy souls ventured forth on the Ed McGuire Culligan Cannonball Run, a 5-kilometer road race and an annual event in Falls Village. It is named in honor of the former fire chief of Falls Village, who was also proprietor of the area Culligan water company.
The winner this year was Ethan Gasta, 15, of South Windsor, Conn., with a time of 17:29 . The record for the race was set in 2008 by Eamon Dempsey, who had a time of 16:18.

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Propane heater fire leads to tragic end for 30 cats

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FALLS VILLAGE — A fire Friday evening, Nov. 4, killed 30 cats and destroyed two buildings and a maintenance shed at The Last Post, an animal sanctuary and cat retirement home on Belden Street.
Last Post business manager Susan Gregan was on the scene Monday morning, surveying the damage.
She said a preliminary report from fire marshal Stan MacMillan stated the cause of the fire was a wall-mounted propane heater.

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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. This week’s student portrait was taken by HVRHS 11th-grader Caroline Sullivan.

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Storm leaves town in dark, but community perseveres

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FALLS VILLAGE — The snowstorm that hit the area on Saturday, Oct. 29, left the town without power. Heavy, wet snow took down numerous limbs from trees, and people with generators became very popular.
The Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department quickly set up a warming center on the second floor of the firehouse. Monday morning, Hazel McGuire and First Selectman Pat Mechare were among the eight people at the warming center, taking a break before heading back out.

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Conservation Commission takes on Siting Council (again)

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Inland Wetlands and Conservation Commission voted Monday night, Oct. 17, to have Chairman Ellery Sinclair write a letter to the Connecticut Siting Council to request a public hearing on proposed regulation changes regarding cellphone towers.
Sinclair said the change would make it more difficult for nonprofit organizations to take a position on issues such as the recent proposal from New Cingular Wireless (ATT) for a tower on Cobble Hill.

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