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STANDFORDVILLE — When the new Stanford Free Library officially opened its doors on Aug. 3, it was thanks to dozens of citizens who have supported the effort for nearly a decade and a half. 

According to both Library Director Arlene Christensen and Board President Mark Williams, the proud day was the culmination of a 14 year community wide effort that involved residents — both full and part time — whose donations of time, effort and resources made it all happen. Of the first day Christensen said, “We had a great turnout. Everyone is singing our praises....

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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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The Harlem Valley recognizes Veterans Day

HUDSON VALLEY — Veterans Day observations this year will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of “The War to End all Wars.”  

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Tree-planting party takes root along Ten Mile River

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WINGDALE— Joining together with Housatonic Valley Association, Harlem Valley Homestead ushered in the month of November by inviting the community to a tree-planting party on Saturday, Nov. 3.
While the morning was clouded with dark skies and a burst of rain, volunteers were determined to set up roots along the Ten Mile River — rain or shine. By the afternoon, the weather warmed up and the sun came out, casting a light on the autumn colors. Open to all ages, volunteers planted flowers and trees.

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Town by Town Veterans Day tributes

Veterans Day on Sunday, Nov. 11, will be observed at many area towns and at some area schools. Following is a list of information from some area towns.
Cornwall
Nov. 11, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. To help recognize this significant anniversary, the Cornwall Historical Society will host a Community Conversation on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. with Richard Schlesinger at Town Hall. Light refreshments will be served.

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De Rham new arts council director

TORRINGTON — Rufus de Rham of Kent will be the new executive director for the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council. His first day on the job is Nov. 12. 
The council has its office in Torrington but it offers support to artists in communities throughout Litchfield County.
Prior to accepting the full-time position, de Rham was the programming operations manager at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, where he managed the print traffic and technical projection operations at one of the largest nonprofit film organizations in the country.

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A home of one’s own with Habitat

One of the constant topics of conversation in the Northwest Corner is the need for affordable housing. And yet often when affordable homes become available through one of the local housing trusts or through Habitat for Humanity, there are very few applications for ownership. 

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Jewish community reacts to Pittsburgh shootings

On Oct. 27, 11 people were killed and six were injured at a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa.
According to published reports, suspect Robert Bowers entered the synagogue while both Shabbat morning services and a bris were being held.
Law enforcement officials said that Bowers shouted about his desire to “kill Jewish people” as he started gunning down synagogue members with a semi-automatic assault rifle and three semi-automatic pistols.

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A homestead Halloween

WINGDALE — Harlem Valley Homestead found a way to help the community facilitate a deeper connection to the land by organizing its first Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 20. Located on Old Forge Road in Wingdale, the festival ran from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., welcoming more than 70 guests throughout the day. 
Guests sampled tastes of the harvest season with the festival’s variety of farm-fresh foods: freshly made squash donuts, hand-pressed apple cider, homemade pumpkin pie and coal-roasted vegetables. 

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