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State Representative-elect Maria Horn (D-64) and a contingent of Northwest Corner residents went to Danbury Tuesday, Dec. 4, to weigh in on the proposed merger of two health care providers at a public hearing of the state Office of Health Strategy.

In a phone interview Friday, Dec. 7, Horn said that while she has not formed an opinion on the merger — between Health Quest (which owns Sharon Hospital) and Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) — the concerns of the Northwest Corner were heard, loud and clear.

The Northwest Corner people who attended the hearing...

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DEC warns residents of statewide clean fill scam

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HUDSON VALLEY— As part of its crackdown on illegal waste dumping throughout the state, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has urged residents to exercise caution when offered free clean fill material.

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Stars help the Earth at the 28th annual HVA auction

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Christmas films to watch again and again

There are those among us who patiently wait for the Thanksgiving dishes to be cleaned and put away and who then sit down with a happy sigh and begin watching Christmas movies (which is of course much more pleasant than listening to Christmas pop hits on the radio and at the mall).
Even the most curmudgeonly among us has a favorite holiday film or two (surely even the Grinch loves to watch how he stole Christmas, year after year — and then redeemed his bad deeds with good ones).

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After eight years, pastor to leave

The Rev. Diane Monti-Catania of the Salisbury Congregational Church is leaving. Her last day is Jan. 15, 2019.
Interviewed on Friday, Nov. 16, in her office at the church, she said she has been at the church for eight years.
“It’s a little like politics,” she said. “Eight years is a good term.”
She continued: “I felt it was time — for new leadership here, and for me to explore new opportunities.”

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Harlem Valley holiday celebrations

HARLEM VALLEY— Volunteers from throughout the region — including numerous first responders who are lighting up their vehicles for weekend parades — are working hard throughout the area to provide holiday cheer in the coming weeks. Each town has unique events, so pick a few favorites, hitch the family reindeer to the sleigh and head out to make some priceless memories.
Amenia

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Horn still victorious after recanvass of 64th District

Following a recanvass of votes from the towns in the 64th District for state representative, the majority of votes still went to Maria Horn (D), who defeated incumbent Brian Ohler (R).
The final vote totals were 5,877 for Horn and 5,787 for Ohler. 
Horn had declared victory and Ohler had conceded in Facebook posts on Friday, Nov. 16. 

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2018 General Election: Voters pour in to cast ballots

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NEW YORK STATE — Dutchess County voters cast their ballots in this year’s general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at polling places throughout the Harlem Valley.
All across the county, voters visited their local polling place between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. to vote for state and county officials. Some had local elections as well. While they each had different opinions of the candidates running, they shared a similar thoughts about having their voices heard.

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Recounts and other oddities at local polling last week

This was an odd election in terms of reported results, and the oddities were somewhat more noticeable because of the close results of the race for the 64th District between newcomer Maria Horn (D) and  incumbent Brian Ohler (R).
Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill (who was re-elected on Nov. 6) has managed to get all towns to report their vote totals to the secretary of the state’s office on election night, unless there are extraordinary circumstances. 
This year, on Election Day, there were some extraordinary circumstances.

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Democrats prevail in towns

Northwest Corner towns mostly voted for Democratic candidates in the election of Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Governor/Lieutenant Governor: The Democratic team of Ned Lamont and Susan Bysiewicz won a narrow victory over Republican Bob Stefanowski and Joe Markley (Stefanowski conceded Wednesday morning, Nov. 7). 
Salisbury’s Thad Gray, a Republican running for state treasurer, lost to Democrat Shawn Wooden.

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Unknown territory in state politics post-election

GOSHEN — Betsy Gara from the Council of Small Towns (COST) told the Northwest Hills Council of Governments (COG) at the meeting Thursday, Nov. 8, that the upcoming session of the Connecticut General Assembly would be “challenging” for Northwest Corner towns.
The COG is an organization of the first selectmen from 21 Litchfield County towns, including all the towns in the Region One School District. 

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