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Mount Washington, Mass. — The body of a 21-year-old man from Ghent, N.Y., was located, but not removed, from a treacherous spot inside the Bash Bish Falls State Park on Sunday, July 30, on the Massachusetts side of the park.

Just after noon on Sunday, an underwater camera operated by emergency personnel located the body of Aiden Campion-Pratt. The location was deemed to be too dangerous to allow for the Columbia County man’s body to be brought to the surface, according to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office.

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Equality march at Coe Park

TORRINGTON —  Supporters of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual and queer) community rallied in Coe Park during a solidarity event with the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, June 11.
The celebratory rally featured three speakers, music by Jacque Williams and face painting by local artist Stephanie Burr.
“This is the Equality March for unity and pride,” event co-organizer Ann Gadwah said. “

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Still River Music festival to be on June 24

RIVERTON —  The first Still River Music Festival will be held on Saturday, June 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Riverton Fairgrounds.
The event will include bands and musical acts including Flipper Dave, The Joey Sexton Band, Soul Tsunami, The Kazoo Crew and Murderess Chanteuse.
This is the first time the Riverton Fairgrounds has been used for an outdoor music festival, according to organizer Darcy Abbott.
Abbott is the host of the radio show “The Hot Spot” on Torrington radio station WAPJ.

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First-ever Saturday in the Park event

TORRINGTON —  A Saturday in the Park arts and crafts fair event was held on Saturday, May 27 at Coe Park. It is expected to be an annual event.
The event, sponsored by the town’s Arts and Culture commission, featured 23 exhibitors and food vendors including Kelly’s Crystals and Snowden Barbeque. 
Families came out to shop, listen to live music and take a ride on the Mainstreet Marketplace Express, a very small train that circled the park.

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Shining stars and sweaty bodies: Trails Day is upon us

Connecticut Trails Day is coming up, on Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4.
There will be more than 200 events statewide, including some in the Northwest Corner. 
Community members will be able to bring out their adventurous side while hiking three miles at the Great Mountain Forest and along the Iron Trail in Falls Village; both hikes will offer one-of-a-kind views of the Housatonic River Valley. 

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Paws for a Cause helps animals in need

TORRINGTON —  Nonprofit organization, For the Love of Jack, held their first-ever Paws for the Cause auction benefit at the Knights of Columbus on Saturday, May 13.
Admission to the event included refreshments and a supply of tokens to bid on 80 different prize baskets and 50 gift cards, all donated by area businesses.
According to organization vice president Michelle Smedick, the auction was held to support the organization’s mission to help sick, injured and hungry pets.

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An invasive counteroffensive

Fifty people attended the two May 20 invasive workshops, including representatives from land trusts, and town commissions, and homeowners
Many were inspired to attend by the recent Doug Tallamy lecture, “How Native Plants Support Wildlife,” which is now available on the Salisbury Forum website.  at www.salisburyforum.org (scroll down for a list of video presentations). 
Half a dozen invasive-landscape professionals added to the rich discussion about mechanical and chemical management techniques. 

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Torrington celebrates John Brown’s legacy

TORRINGTON — To commemorate what would have been Torrington native John Brown’s 217th birthday, the Torrington Historical Society held a celebration of his life on Tuesday, May 9.
The event was held at the Carriage House Gallery, which is located in the society’s building at 192 Main St.
During the event, a proclamation was read by Mayor Elinor C. Carbone, and there were performances by the Rev. Sowatei Lomotey, pastor of the AME Zion Church, along with Kevin Johnson, who portrayed William Webb, a Civil War soldier from Hartford. 

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A damp weekend, perfect for buying plants

GOSHEN — The Northwest Conservation District’s annual sale/fundraiser was especially active this year, with many shoppers saying that they were there replacing perennials and shrubs that had not survived the drought of 2016.

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Wine tasting benefits LARC

TORRINGTON — On Friday, March 31, The Arc of Litchfield County (LARC) hosted its tenth annual Spring Wine Tasting event at the Torrington Elks Lodge 372. 
LARC Executive Director Larry Cassella said that approximately 375 people attended the event.
“This is a good turnout,” Cassella said. “We have 29 wine vendors and a dozen food vendors this year. All of the proceeds from tonight’s event will go to benefit LARC programs and the community we support.” 

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Schools honor student achievements

The Region One School District has announced the names of students who earned the annual Superintendent Award. Region One and other districts in the state recognize one student at each elementary school, honor them with a certificate of excellence and celebrate their achievement at a dinner. The awards are based on community service and service to others; academic excellence (relative to the student’s ability); and leadership service to the school community. 

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