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The Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service (SVAS) has started a “Campaign for a New Ambulance.”

The SVAS volunteers want to buy a new ambulance on a Ford F-450 chassis. The price is steep: $250,000.

The ambulance that SVAS wishes to replace is 20 years old, does not meet new state standards, and lacks updated technology.

And, according to Pat Barton, the SVAS chief of service, the undercarriage is rusty.

“Nobody wants to be Fred Flintstone,” she said in an interview on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Upgrading the current...

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Acoustic concert series is underway

TORRINGTON —  Despite chilly, winter weather on the evening of Friday, Jan. 13, around 50 people came out to Coe Park Auditorium to enjoy the first installment of the Winter Showcase Acoustic Concert Series, sponsored by Torrington Parks and Recreation and On Deck Sound Studio. 
The free event featured the music of folk musician Brian Dolzani of Fairfield and Torrington’s Jay Roberts. 
Roberts has been playing guitar for more than 20 years and stays active in the local scene.

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Climate change vigils

Tri-state region — The faith communities of the Tri-state region will hold two interfaith prayer vigils to bring attention to the climate crisis.
The first vigil will be Friday, Jan. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the corner of Routes 22 and 44 in Amenia.
The second vigil will be Sunday, Jan. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the lawn of The White Hart inn in Salisbury, Conn.
These events are free and open to the public.

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Birth Notice

Gwendolyn Jane Muzzulin
TORRINGTON — A daughter, Gwendolyn Jane Muzzulin, was born Dec. 12, 2016, at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to Molly Inman and Jonathan Muzzulin of Torrington.
Grandparents are Doreen Dunlap, Paula Muzzulin and Sean Muzzulin.
Great-grandparents are Donald and Geraldine Ryan and the late Rose Jane and Jack Dunlap Sr.
Great-great-grandparents are John R. Muzzulin, Maude Caperchio and the late Lynn Muzzulin.

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Holiday party held at Grange

RIVERTON — The Riverton Grange held its annual Christmas Party on Friday, Dec. 16. The event featured live music from Gilbert School musicians, snacks, games and grab bag prizes. 
Following their regular monthly meeting, Grange members sang Christmas carols and got ready to hear the students play their personal arrangements of traditional Christmas songs.

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Hospital affiliation process goes forward

NORTHWEST CORNER  —  Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) and Hartford HealthCare have submitted a formal application for affiliation to the Department of Public Health.
The application is the next step in the process of a merger of the organizations.
Both organizations investigated a potential affiliation in late February, and an affiliation was approved by the boards of both organizations in early August.

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Holiday help for those in need with Adopt-A-Family

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MILLERTON — Stacey Moore, of Moore and More Printing in Millerton, has run the Adopt-A-Family program for the last 20 years. Begun as a tribute to the late Mariley Najdek, who ran a similar program, Adopt-A-Family offers new winter clothing and toys to children up to 16 years old.  
“There are a lot of low-income families throughout our towns barely making rent or insurance or getting food on the table. So when it’s time to do Christmas, it’s a little tight,” Moore said. 

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Two new Four Brothers inns to open soon

Harlem Valley — The former Simmons Way Village Inn on Main Street in Millerton is being transformed by its new owner, Peter Stefanopoulos, to the Four Brothers Inn.

Stefanopoulos, who owns the Four Brothers restaurant chain, bought the building about two years ago and has been renovating it for the past seven months. 

The new inn will have 11 rooms and a Mediterranean-themed restaurant.

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Pastor holds postelection ‘Unity Rally’

TORRINGTON —  On Saturday, Nov. 26, residents gathered in Coe Park for a postelection “Unity Rally” which was organized by Pastor Peter Aduba of St. Joseph’s Old Catholic Church.
At the rally, participants marched through the park with signs promoting various social issues, spoke their mind to other participants and all prayed together.
Aduba said that the event was an effort to promote peace and equality in a postelection world, where many are frightened their community may fall victim to violence and racism.

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NW Corner residents take part in protest

TORRINGTON —  On Friday, Nov. 25, more than 100 residents from the Northwest Corner took part in a protest at Coe Park against the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.
The pipeline, if built, will be 1,172 miles long and run through western North Dakota to southern Illinois and cross beneath the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, along with Lake Oahe, which is located near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. 

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Good Company coffee shop serving it up

TORRINGTON —  The  Good Company Coffee House opened for business in early November at 33 Franklin Street. 
At the coffee house, owners Michelle Wall and Sarah Kennedy-Berge offer a wide variety of bakery items and coffee blends.
Good Company boasts a comfortable, roomy seating area with a good view of downtown Torrington.

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