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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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Pride, hope and plans forming for future of industrial sites

The mills and industrial sites hidden even in the most rural towns in Northwest Connecticut are being collected and featured by the state Trust for Historic Preservation. 
This new collection follows previous ones featuring barns, town greens and historic districts (photos and data from those studies can be found online at www.cttrust.org).  

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Kildonan School’s first satellite tutoring center

STAMFORD, conn. — The Kildonan School in Amenia is opening its first satellite tutoring center. A private school for educating dyslexics, Kildonan now offers tutoring Monday through  Thursday, from 3 to 9 p.m., for those in the Stamford area at the Piccoli Family Tutoring and Consulting Center.

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North East Town Board authorizes agreements for Comprehensive Plan

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NORTH EAST — The North East Town Board took the time to review the progress made on updating the Comprehensive Plan at a meeting on Thursday, Dec. 14.

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Making the grade

Eugene Brooks Intermediate School students were recognized for being named Students of the Month at the December Webutuck Board of Education meeting. Back row, from left, Gabriela Arteaga, Zaina Aboueid and Nolan Krauss; front row, from left, William (James) Singleton III, Ashley Johnson and Violet Aufdenberg. The board congratulated the students on their accomplishments.

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The Young Person’s Guide to Orchestrating Gifts, Part 3: The classic lady about town

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Don’t wait, cut your ash trees now

The newest insect scourge threatening New England trees has recently appeared in the Tri-state region. The emerald ash borer, as its name implies, devastates ash trees, which make up about 5 percent of the state’s forests (and possibly more in the Northwest Corner).

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Adding old-fashioned fun to the holidays with new games

If you’re looking for the perfect gift that can bring families and friends together, consider picking up a board game or tabletop role-playing game this holiday season.
My friends and I host regular game nights where we will play a rotating lineup of titles. My current favorite is Dixit, which requires players to tell stories using beautifully illustrated cards. 

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Parade of lights brings the holiday spirit to Wassaic

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WASSAIC— With Christmas just around the corner, the hamlet of Wassaic rang in the holiday spirit by hosting its annual Parade of Lights and tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 10.
From 2 to 4 p.m., children were invited to visit with Santa at the Wassaic Firehouse while attending adults participated in the free raffle. After all vehicles had been accounted, a long line of brightly decorated fire trucks and floats made its way up the hill to get ready for the festivities ahead.

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A custom wheelchair for a wounded veteran

LIME ROCK — Army Staff Sgt. Stephen Valyou was presented with a customized, all-terrain wheelchair on Friday, Nov. 17, at Lime Rock Park. The presentation was by Freedom Alliance.
Valyou was paralyzed after he was shot in Iraq while conducting operations on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). He was medically retired in late 2007.

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Wassaic’s citizen of the year

From left, Councilwoman Vicki Doyle and Amenia town Supervisor Victoria Perotti presented the Citizen of the Year award to Peggy Ackerman, who accepted on behalf of the award’s recipient Tom Ackerman, and congratulated Santa and Ms. Claus on a job well done.  For full story and another photo, see Parade of lights brings the holiday spirit to Wassaic.

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