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FALLS VILLAGE — Lucille E. (Whitney) Marston, 94, formerly of Falls Village, was born in Binghamton, N.Y., on March 8, 1925, daughter of the late Elsie (Haner) and Luther Whitney.  

She died on Nov. 8, 2019.

She was the widow of Paul J. Marston and was predeceased by her son, Paul J. Marston Jr.  

She is survived by her daughter, Betsy L. Marston of Torrington; three granddaughters; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was involved in many community and church projects; the American Heart Association; and was a member and officer of Habitat for...

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Eric Veden’s latest video: Hidden corners of our area

FALLS VILLAGE — Filmmaker Eric Veden’s 21st episode of his series on Falls Village starts with this summer’s car show.
The chapter captures the mood of the day on July 14: Throngs of people wandering around town, looking at the cars and motorcycles and exchanging information. Snippets of conversations, with phrases like “four-barrel,” add to the atmosphere.
Plus there is magician Sandy Rhoades delighting a couple of small boys, and infants being towed around in wagons by determined parents.

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A box of papers opens a window on the Civil War

FALLS VILLAGE — Peter Vermilyea, the chairman of the social studies department at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, spoke about the African American soldiers who fought in the Civil War in the 29th Connecticut Volunteer Regiment at the final Tuesdays at Seven talk at the South Canaan Meeting House, on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
The series is sponsored by the Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society.

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Day trips to find the best handmade foods and more

FALLS VILLAGE — Cynthia Parzych, author of “Connecticut Made,” told an audience at the David M. Hunt Library on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 7, that Connecticut has a rich history of innovation and entrepreneurship.
The change from an industrial to a service and information-based economy hit the state hard, but there are plenty of homegrown businesses, many of them started since 2000.
And these businesses act as the glue that keeps communities healthy and thriving.

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Lawyer says region can hire public relations consultant

FALLS VILLAGE — At the regular meeting of the Region One Board of Education on Monday, Sept. 9, the board made public a legal opinion from attorney Thomas Mooney of Shipman and Goodwin, stating that the board is not in violation of state law by hiring the One Eleven Group to undertake a marketing campaign on behalf of the high school. 
The One Eleven Group is headed by Janet Carlson, who is married to John Sanders, the Region One board member from Cornwall. Sanders is the chief operations officer for the company.

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Celebrating the beauty of vintage cars with a parade

FALLS VILLAGE — At about a quarter to five on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 29, the vintage car parade from Lime Rock Park rolled into the downtown area of Falls Village, having completed the circuit through Salisbury and Lakeville.
Sophie Allen, on stilts and waving a black-and-white checkered flag, welcomed the drivers. Her mentor, Mark Alexander, stayed close, but the young stilt walker had it under control. Alexander is the head of the stilt-walking troupe known as Mortal Beasts and Deities.

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A village in Connecticut brings aid to blind children of Ethiopia

FALLS VILLAGE — Lee H. Kellogg School art teacher Chris Hanley recently returned from a trip to northern Ethiopia to check in on the Mekele Blind School.
Hanley has been involved with the school since 2006. She visits every two years.
The school serves between 100 and 130 children at any given time, from roughly ages 6 to 16. The students suffer from trauchoma (which scars the eyes) and from “river blindness” (caused by a parasite).

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Hayes speaks out on impeachment, ICE and more

FALLS VILLAGE — U.S. Representative Jahana Hayes (D-5) told an audience that she will support the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump when there is a resolution “supported by facts.”
Hayes spoke to a capacity crowd in the auditorium at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Tuesday, Aug. 27.
There were several questions about impeachment. 
Hayes said she voted against the most recent resolution, from Rep. Al Green of Texas, because it was about the president’s tweets.

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Monkeys but no spiders as children learn about bread

FALLS VILLAGE — Rita Delgado got her breadmaking group’s attention at the beginning of the session on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 15, at the David M. Hunt Library.
She brought out freshly baked dinner rolls and butter and everybody ate first.
Then the 10 or so children and four or five parents (the situation was fluid) settled in for a lesson in making what Delgado called “monkey bread”: balls of flour coated in butter, sugar and cinnamon.
The children got to try their hands at mixing up flour and water, and adding yeast.

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For children, the allure of small exotic animals is strong

FALLS VILLAGE — Jen Kotkin of Animal Embassy finished showing a group of children a red-eyed tree frog at the D.M. Hunt Library in Falls Village on Thursday, Aug. 22.
She paused before asking the children to simmer down before bringing out the next exhibit: a scorpion.
The children seemed eager to see a real scorpion. The adults looked apprehensive.
Kotkin assured everyone that the scorpion would not sting unless provoked, and that if everyone kept cool, the scorpion would reciprocate.

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Meet and talk to Rep. Jahana Hayes on Aug. 27

FALLS VILLAGE — Congresswoman Jahana Hayes will be holding a town hall-style meeting on the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. 
The meeting is from 6 to 7 p.m.; the doors open at 5:30 p.m.
This is an opportunity for 5th District residents to get a congressional update from and ask questions of Rep. Hayes. All are invited and welcome to attend, regardless of town, party or school district.

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