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LITCHFIELD — Michael Criss, first selectman of Harwinton and chairman of the Northwest Hills Council of Governments’ (NHCOG) legislative committee, told a group of state legislators that the 21 municipalities “are not asking for any more money.”

Criss was speaking at the legislative breakfast, sponsored by NHCOG and the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, at EdAdvance in Litchfield on Thursday morning, Feb. 1.

The NHCOG is an organization made up of the first selectmen from 21 area towns.

Criss asked the legislators to avoid shifting...

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Town searches for bookkeeper, learns of burglary at B and B

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WASHINGTON — The Town Board meeting on Thursday, July 12, was called to order at 7 p.m. by town Supervisor Gary Ciferri. 
The meeting began with public participation. Resident Denise Tebbins had questions about zoning; she was advised that she might want to find an attorney to help her with her specific issues.

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Reading to rescues

DUTCHESS COUNTY— The public is invited to take part in the  “Dutchess Reads” initiative, in which schoolchildren are encouraged to bring their favorite book to the Dutchess County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and read to animals awaiting adoption.
Accompanied by their parents, school-aged children can come to the Dutchess County SPCA, located at 636 Violet Ave. in Hyde Park, between 3 and 5 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and read to the animals.

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At your service once again

After several months of renovations that included installation of new gas pumps, the PATCO service station in Lakeville re-opened on Friday, July 6. Although some final fixes are still being made and not all the shelves are full yet, the station is open for business and hot coffee and copies of The Lakeville Journal are available. 

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Theft at Visionary by Mac Bandits

LAKEVILLE — The robbers who broke into Salisbury’s Visionary Computer appear to be part of a gang that specializes in breaking into Apple computer stores. 
Visionary was broken into at around 3 a.m. on Friday, July 6. Video surveillance footage shows two men wearing jumpsuits, with masks on their faces, smashing in the double-pane safety glass on the front entry door. 

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Town of Washington adopts solar law

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WASHINGTON — Local Law No. 1 of 2018 was passed by the Washington Town Board on Monday, June 25, by unanimous vote at a public meeting scheduled for that purpose. The turnout was small as it was presumed a foregone conclusion after the well-attended public hearing on June 14, when more than 25 people attended. 
The law was passed after intensive research done by the Solar Committee, headed by Councilmen Al De Bonis and Michael Murphy. They, along with Councilmen Robert Audia and Stephen Turletes and town Supervisor Gary Ciferri, voted to adopt the law.

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Music in the air at Riverton Fairgrounds fest

RIVERTON — The Still River Music Festival returned to the Riverton Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 23, with 15 Connecticut bands and musicians including Flipper Dave, Someone You Can Xray, Joey Sexton, Plywood Cowboy and Tapp’d. Thirty vendors also had tables at the event, some sharing information about their organizations and others selling products.  
The festival is the brainchild of Darcy Abbott, whose family has for many years been involved with the yearly Riverton Fair, which is also held at the Riverton Fairgrounds.

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New use for Chinese restaurant?

LAKEVILLE — The former Chinese restaurant on Main Street in Lakeville was the subject of a brief and informal discussion between Richard Gentile, Seth Churchill and the Salisbury Planning and Zoning Commission during the commission’s meeting on Monday, June 25.
Gentile, a developer who lives in Madison, Conn., said he has been in negotiations with the owner of the property and felt fairly confident he was close to making a deal to purchase it.
Gentile said his father ran the drugstore that used to be in the building until the late 1990s.

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North East works to line up grants

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NORTH EAST— The town of North East has a long list of projects and purchases it would like to accomplish — the issue, as for most municipalities, is where to get the money to afford them. That’s where grants come into the picture.
The Town Board discussed a number of those possible purchases and projects, and the grant applications that could make them possible, at a meeting on Thursday, June 14.

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Help for those who feel there is no hope

The news of two high-profile suicides in recent weeks coincided with a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of suicides in half of the U.S. has gone up by 30 percent since 1999. 
Connecticut’s suicide rate increased by 19.2 percent between 1999 and 2016. 
According to the state’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, in 1999 there were 283 suicides in Connecticut.

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Lakeville studio a center for health and wellness

LAKEVILLE — There is a new option for substance abuse counseling and treatment in Lakeville. 
Lighthouse Counseling Center, with its office at 9 Millerton Road, offers individual and group therapy related to substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.
Jason Sherman and Steve Haley are the two credentialed counselors at Lighthouse, which is located above the fitness center and restaurant at Studio Lake-ville. (Sherman is married to the owner of Studio Lakeville, Leslie Allmand-Sherman.)

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