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FALLS VILLAGE — Santa made an appearance at the annual tree lighting and holiday party on Saturday, Dec. 7. 

The Falls Village Recreation Commission organized and hosted this event, as it has done for the past 20 years. 

It all began on the Green with the tree lighting and the singing of Christmas carols. About 75 people showed up, a robust number for such a small town.

Then the group trooped over to the Center on Main, to warm up with some hot chocolate and cookies. 

Santa invited children to sit on his lap and tell them their Christmas...

Falls Village

Lecture series begins with details on ‘the most interesting animal’

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NORFOLK — An overflow crowd packed into the Norfolk Library Saturday, Jan. 14, for Stephen DeStefano’s talk on “The Life and Habits of the North American Beaver,” the first lecture in the Great Mountain Forest’s Forest Lyceum series of lectures this winter and spring.
The subtitle of the lecture is “The most interesting animal to-day extant” — a phrase taken from the introduction to A. Radclyffe Dugmore’s 1914 book, “The Romance of the Beaver.”

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HVRHS student of the week: Sheri Rybczyk

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
FALLS VILLAGE — In speaking about her favorite teachers at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, senior Sheri Rybczyk has a clear formula in mind: “They are charismatic, personable and knowledgeable about their subject.”

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Our intrepid reporter searches the town for signs of winter ice

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FALLS VILLAGE — It being January, The Lakeville Journal recently set out to search Falls Village for signs of winter.
Winter was conspicuously absent at the Hollenbeck Preserve along Page Road on the clear, sunny afternoon, with the temperature in the upper 30s and not much wind. The dominant leitmotif was brown.
The valley between Undermountain Road and Route 63 was similarly unwintry, although the color scheme here tends more toward the khaki, interspersed with green.

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Lost yellow Labs found with help of Facebook

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FALLS VILLAGE — It was late Sunday evening, Jan. 15. Folks in the area were still chatting on Facebook about the New York Giants’ win when a post popped up in a string of comments started by Marshall Miles, co-owner of National Public Radio Station WHDD in Sharon.
The plea from Falls Village Animal Control Officer Mary Palmer alerted Facebookers that two yellow Labrador retrievers, visiting with their owners from Pound Ridge, N.Y., had taken off about 4:30 p.m. from a home at the corner of routes 126 and 63.

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Accident victims identified

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FALLS VILLAGE – Two people killed in a fiery car crash on Route 63 on Dec. 12 have been identified.
Frank J. Peters, 51, of 89 Migeon Avenue in Torrington was the driver and registered owner of the gray 1995 Buick Regal involved in the crash. The passenger was Darrell Mulcunry, 62, of 122 Water Street, Room 305, in Torrington. Family members of both men have been notified.

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Accident victims identified

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

FALLS VILLAGE – Two people killed in a fiery car crash on Route 63 Dec. 12 have been identified.
Frank J. Peters, 51, of 89 Migeon Avenue in Torrington was the driver and registered owner of the gray 1995 Buick Regal involved in the crash. The passenger was Darrell Mulcunry, 62, of 122 Water Street, Room 305, in Torrington. Family members of both men have been notified.

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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.
For all of its brutality, hockey has moments of grace and serenity, and watching senior Russell “R.J.” Thompson play defense for the Mountaineers, fans appreciate the way his strong, silent personality finds expression in the sport. The Cornwall native returned to the ice as a freshman after nearly a decade away from the sport, and he took to it like he takes to most challenges in life, with poise and composure.

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Towns must pay more for science center

Prevailing wage law will apply
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FALLS VILLAGE — The new Science and Technology Center at Housatonic Valley Regional High School is going to cost about $60,000 more than originally thought, because the state is requiring the school district to comply with prevailing wage laws on the project.
Region One School District Business Manager Sam Herrick delivered the bad news at the regular monthly meeting of the Region One Board of Education at the high school on Monday, Jan. 9.

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School administrator accuses broadcaster of electioneering

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FALLS VILLAGE — Region One Assistant Superintendent Diane Goncalves has filed a complaint against Marshall Miles and NPR radio station WHDD (Robin Hood Radio).
Miles brought up the matter during public comments at the January meeting of the Region One Board of Education at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, Monday, Jan.9.
Goncalves’ letter to the Federal Communications Commission, dated Nov. 8, 2011, alleges that Miles violated Section 399 of the FCC’s statutes during the elections in November.

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Not the year for a new emergency service center, but...

2011 A Year in Review
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FALLS VILLAGE — The biggest event in Falls Village for 2011 was actually something that didn’t happen: In a referendum on Aug. 23, voters rejected a $2.5 million plan to finance the building of a new emergency services center on Route 7 South.
The 230-126 vote forced the Falls Village Volunteer Fire Department, which had lobbied extensively for the plan, back to the drawing board.

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