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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...

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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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Enrollments will set budgets for 2012

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FALLS VILLAGE — Enrollment figures for the Region One school district’s seven schools, as of Oct. 1, were released this week by the superintendent’s office.
The student population, as reported on Oct. 1, is used to determine how much each town will be charged in tuition in the next budget year. So the figures reported this month will determine the regional education budget for fiscal 2012, which begins next year on July 1.

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Community and children invited back to church

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FALLS VILLAGE — Michelle Wiltshire-Clement, the new pastor at the Falls Village Congregational Church, describes herself as “eclectic.”
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in Canada, her family moved to New York City because her mother was looking for a place to live “with more, and less flat.”
Her father is “very Catholic,’ her mother an Episcopalian. Further back she’s got a grandmother who is a Jehovah’s Witness, and a grandfather who was an Anglican deacon, traveling around Trinidad.

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Housatonic student of the week

FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School is located in the middle of the largest geographic school district in Connecticut, where it has the potential to be an island in a sea of picturesque hills and farms.
Thanks to programs such as American Field Study (AFS) and our sister school relationship with the Shendong Experimental High School in China, our students experience both the beauty of the immediate landscape and the wonder of the wide world.

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A lovely, lively day in Falls Village

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FALLS VILLAGE — It was wet and chilly on Saturday, Oct. 1 — but that didn’t stop most of the various activities scheduled around town.
The Farmer’s Market on the Green was canceled. (It was raining pretty hard in the morning.)
But Judy Jacobs was available for Housatonic Heritage walks, covering the Beebe Hill schoolhouse and the Canaan-Falls Village Historical Society exhibits at the Depot on Railroad Street.
The Depot is always a good place to drop in. There is always something new — if not to the people who work there, to the occasional visitor.

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Housatonic student of the week - Cassie Worthington

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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Lawson steps down after two decades on Board of Selectmen

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FALLS VILLAGE — The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Selectmen Monday, Oct. 3, was the last for longtime Selectman Peter Lawson.
First Selectman Pat Mechare thanked Lawson for his 24 years of service on the board — 18 as first selectman and eight as a selectman.
“We appreciate your devoted service to our town,” she said.

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Region One board meeting canceled, stirring rumors

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education meeting scheduled for Monday, Oct. 3, was canceled because four board members were unavailable.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 7.
Judge Manning (chairman of the board and the Sharon representative), Jill Gibbons (Salisbury), Gale Toensing (Falls Village) and Jonathan Moore (Kent) were unable to attend.
Reached by phone Monday, Manning said he had thought he would be able to attend but it didn’t work out. He also said he didn’t recall anything on the agenda that was of particular urgency.

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