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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

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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Had trick, now about a treat?

A group of trick-or-treaters, determined to salvage something from the overall situation, made their way along Main Street, Falls Village, to the firehouse at dusk Monday, Oct. 31.

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For men, an affordable cut at Shelly’s

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FALLS VILLAGE — Men left adrift in a sea of bewildering haircutting options can go to Shelly’s Hair Salon on Beebe Hill Road and get a regular men’s cut for $12.
Owner Michelle McGuire said inquiries from men were up, and she’s glad to oblige.
Shelly’s has been open for business almost eight years now; in the spring, McGuire took on two new employees — Kristi Spear and Laraine Rega.
For women, Shelly’s is a full-service salon — perms, coloring, and cuts from McGuire and Spear, and manicures, pedicures and acrylic nails from Rega, the nail technician.

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Superintendent Award - Falls Village

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FALLS VILLAGE — Emma Okell and Russell Thompson are the winners of the 2011 Superintendent Award for Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Emma, 17, of Sharon is a musician, and composes what she calls “neoclassical” pieces, a process that is helped considerably by her perfect pitch.
“I was on the bus writing down the melodies I was hearing,” she said. She cited Mozart, Beethoven and Eric Whitacre as major influences.
She admitted cheerfully that she has “no idea what I want to do.” She hopes to find out at either Amherst or Yale.
Not the Berklee College of Music in Boston?

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Superintendent Award - Falls Village

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FALLS VILLAGE — Emily Hennessey, recipient of the 2011 Superintendent Award for the Lee H. Kellogg School, reads novels and stories by Ray Bradbury, Stephen King and anything that can be described as “creepy stuff.”
And she admits to the guilty pleasure of “tweeny love stories” — young adult fiction.
“They’re bad but I love them,” she said.
She draws the line at the teen/vampire subgenre, however.
“I read ‘Twilight’ and regretted it,” she said in her pull-no-punches style.

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Scarecrow contest features autumn art

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FALLS VILLAGE — Scarecrows were on display downtown on a crisp autmn afternoon Saturday, Oct. 22.
People wandered up and down Main Street, debating the relative merits of the entries. One man, looking at Willy Blass and Izzy Fitch’s “Scary,” commented, “That’s not a scarecrow, that’s art.”
Val Case was regarding her entry, “Steam Bride of Punkin’ Stein,” with a critical eye. “Needs more tubing,” she said, and disappeared.

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Candidate Profiles - Falls Village

    This week, The Lakeville Journal offers profiles of candidates in each town for the boards of selectmen and the Region One Board of Education (except in Cornwall and Kent, where the representative is appointed). Information in the profiles was provided by the candidates, at the newspaper’s request. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

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Retreat ends Jewish festival with Farm Day

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FALLS VILLAGE — Shamu Sadeh and Rachel Salloway led a group of visitors through the gate at the 5-acre farm at the intersection of Beebe Hill and Johnson roads on Oct. 16 — the final day of the Sukkafest, an annual retreat at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center that is part of the Jewish high holidays.
The final day of the three-day festival is Open Farm Day. Visitors are welcome to check out the goats that are raised there for their milk, share in a meal, grab a jar of pickles made on the premises from cucumbers grown on the farm, and enjoy themselves.

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Housatonic student of the week: Caroline Sullivan

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 student Sarah Brown.
FALLS VILLAGE — Certain students stand out from the crowd, some for their personalities, some for their performance, some for their appearance. This week’s student of the week, junior Caroline Sullivan, stands out for all three reasons.

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