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2018: More beer? We’ll drink to that!

Craft beer breweries have now opened all across the Tri-state region. The original in the area was Big Elm in Sheffield. It was joined in 2015 by Kent Falls Brewing, which is on a farm in Kent where the brewers grow some of their own hops (as well as apples destined to become hard cider). 

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2018: Epic ice jams on the Housatonic River

It wasn’t even as rainy and wet in 2017 as it had been in 2018; nonetheless, the Housatonic River not only overflowed but also had epic ice jams at the beginning of the year. 
The river froze deeply in January and when the ice began to break up it did so with massive blocks of multi-layered ice. 

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2018: Fatal car crashes a recurring tragedy

Last year saw what would seem an unusually high number of fatal motor vehicle accidents in the area. Eleven people, both drivers and passengers, lost their lives due to motor vehicle crashes in Northwest Corner towns, beginning in May and continuing into December. 

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2018: Sex abuse accusations continue

It had seemed as though the reason why there were so many sex abuse cases reported in the Northwest Corner was that there are so many private boarding schools here. 
In 2018, however, a new incident was brought to light by a man who moved to Salisbury at a young age and had been put by his mother in the care of the town’s recreation director, Art Wilkinson. Robert Wallingford announced in August that, in the 1960s when he was about 12 years old, Wilkinson had sexually abused him. 

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2018: A year for speaking truth to power

Northwest Corner residents are rarely shy about expressing their concerns and confronting the Powers That Be.
It was a particularly active year for activism, even by Litchfield County standards. There were marches and protests large and small in nearly every town in the region last year, with much of the focus on actions taken by President Donald Trump. 

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2018: Creating a sense of safety for the Jewish community

The shooting and mass killing at a synagogue in Pittsburgh in November was as disturbing to members of the Tri-state Jewish community as it was to Jewish residents of larger cities. 
Anti-semitism didn’t seem to be an issue in northwest Connecticut in the second half of the 20th century. But in 2017 there were several threatening incidents here and in nearby New York state, disturbing the general sense of peace, safety and community that usually pervades this part of the world.

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Farmhouse chic

In the grocery store checkout line one morning, I noticed a magazine near the chocolate bar rack. Christmas Farmhouse. Turns out, there is a slew of these periodicals. Farm House Magazine. American Farmhouse Style.  Country Farmhouse Decor. 
This decor is often weathered mirror frames or whitewashed pine tables or sandblasted butter molds — things you wouldn’t find in a real farm house today.

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Dutchess voters approve BOCES $36.8 million capital project

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DUTCHESS COUNTY— The Dutchess Board of Cooperative Educational Services’ (BOCES)  capital project was met with approval from Dutchess County voters on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

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Five Points OK to buy former UConn campus

TORRINGTON — The University of Connecticut Board of Directors voted unanimously on Monday, Dec. 17, to allow Torrington’s Five Points Center for the Visual Arts to purchase the University of Connecticut’s (UConn) Torrington campus. 
UConn closed the Torrington campus in April 2016 due to declining enrollment. In May 2018, the university put out a Request for Expressions of Interest  (RFEI) in the 95-acre property; at that time, it seemed likely that EdAdvance would purchase the land and three buildings on it.

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Legislators see priorities for Connecticut in 2019

LITCHFIELD — Northwest Corner legislators were split on the prospects for the 2019 legislative session, but were unanimous in urging municipal officials to stay in touch with them and on top of issues that will affect the 21 towns of the Northwest Hills Council of Governments (NHCOG).
The occasion was the annual legislative breakfast, held at EdAdvance in Litchfield on Monday, Dec. 17.

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