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Route 7 in North Canaan and Falls Village is expected to open at around 4:30 p.m. today, Monday Aug. 19. The road has been closed since a fatal one-car accident at the intersection of Route 7 and Sand Road on Sunday night, Aug. 18, at about 10:30 p.m.

The road has been closed to allow the power company to repair electric wires that were damaged when a 2011 GMC Sierra driven by Matthew Holderman, 46, of North Canaan hit the power lines. A full account of the crash will appear in the Aug. 22 Lakeville Journal. Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Holderman family.

Falls Village

CRRA, firehouse at brief meeting

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FALLS VILLAGE — First Selectman Pat Mechare reported two resignations from the Recreation Commission at a very brief regular monthly meeting of the Board of Selectmen Monday, Sept. 12.
Suzanne Chinatti and Beth Grayson resigned from the commission. Mechare said that Chinatti had only been on the commission a short time and her schedule no longer allowed participation.

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CROP walk a reminder of others in need

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FALLS VILLAGE — Walkers old and young, two-legged and four-legged, took part in the 28th annual Northwest Connecticut CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, Sept. 25.
The Rev. Carl Franson, who has organized the walk for many years, estimated that about 240 people participate annually. Participants ranged from toddlers in strollers all the way up to seniors using walkers. Participants could walk a quarter mile, 5 miles or 10 miles.

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At Coverts, tips are given on chain saw safety

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FALLS VILLAGE — Larry Rousseau, a state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection service forester for western Connecticut, gently corrected this reporter’s pronunciation of “coverts.”
It’s “CUH-verts,” as in places where birds hide.
Not “COE-verts,” as in secret agent stuff.
The Great Mountain Forest hosted its annual Coverts education program for landowners over the weekend at the Yale Forestry camp, with lectures and demonstrations and lots of practical advice for people interested in preserving and managing forests and open space.

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Its feathers are ruffled but the chicken has returned

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FALLS VILLAGE — The chicken sign has come home to roost at P.D. Walsh’s Country Store.
The colorful sign of a chicken pointing the way into Falls Village went missing just about a year ago from its roost at the junction of routes 7 and 126.
The sign, made by Walsh’s cousin, Rob Daalhuyzen of Sharon, was spotted by a friend of Daalhuyzen’s who was driving in Colebrook.
The sign was leaning against a bush in the yard of an apparently abandoned house, Daalhuyzen said.

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Lesson in law

In observance of Constitution Day, Sept. 17, Judge John Danaher III spoke to eighth-graders at the Lee H. Kellogg School about the role the judicial branch plays in safeguarding the freedoms outlined in the U.S. Constitution. Danaher, a justice in the Connecticut Superior Court, served as the commissioner of the state Department of Public Safety and as a prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Students Gina Rocha and Kyler Hall-Stevenson are at right.

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At Xroads for now, only edible fuel

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FALLS VILLAGE — Michael Hodgkins wants people to know the Crossroads Deli is open for business — just not for gasoline.
On Monday, Sept. 19, crews were at work at the deli, located at the junction of routes 7 and 63, repairing a broken vapor recovery line.
The line broke last Thursday, which was unfortunate timing for Hodgkins, as Lime Rock Park was hosting a NASCAR event over the weekend.
Hodgkins said he had to send track customers to North Canaan for fuel, and lost a lot of business.
And the gas pumps won’t be fixed until Monday, Sept. 26.

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Housatonic student of the week - Becket Harney

The Lakeville Journal congratulates honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. This week’s photo was taken by 11th-grader Caroline Sullivan.
FALLS VILLAGE — Some students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School must be operating on a 26-hour day, because there is no way that a normal teenager should be able to accomplish so much.

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28th annual C.R.O.P. Hunger Walk on Sept. 25

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FALLS VILLAGE — The 28th Annual Northwest Connecticut C.R.O.P. Hunger Walk will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
Registration begins at 12:45 p.m. and the walk will start at 1:30 p.m. Participants may walk a quarter mile, 5 miles or 10 miles.
Walkers raise funds for this worthy cause through monetary pledges solicited from friends and family. Walkers may set up a “Walk on the Web” to solicit funds from friends and relatives via email. Visit www.cropwalkonline.org to register as a walker or to make a donation.

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Chestnuts toasted

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FALLS VILLAGE — A sure sign of the change of seasons is a visit to the American chestnut saplings with Ellery “Woods” Sinclair.
The hybrid, blight-resistant trees are part of a project to restore what Sinclair called “these magnificent, iconic trees” in the U.S.
A group of about 20 people gathered at the site, off Undermountain Road in Falls Village, to take part in one of that weekend’s Housatonic Heritage walks, a series of informative hikes sponsored by the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area.

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Mountaineers begin with a win, 36-20

FALLS VILLAGE — Victory number one is in the books. Scare number one is behind and all the questions that were asked have been answered ... sort of.
The Housatonic/Wamogo Mountaineers football team pounded out a 36-20 victory over Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby last Friday night, Sept. 16, under the lights at Housatonic Valley Regional High School behind the running of senior Jake Sutterlin (27 carries, 212 yards, four touchdowns).
But the score does not reflect how close this game really was.

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