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The weather was gray and gloomy on Saturday, April 13, when several towns hosted their annual Easter egg hunts. None of the children seemed to care. They weren’t looking up at the sky, their eyes were locked on the ground and the colorful plastic eggs scattered across the lawns of the Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury, Lawrence Field in North Canaan and the lawns in front of and behind Town Hall in Kent (children under 5 were in front of the municipal building, children 6 and older were in back).

There were tall, furry white rabbits at North Canaan and Kent, available...

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How to make your car trip safer

You are correct if you think that The Lakeville Journal is writing an awful lot of articles this winter on safe driving. 
The are two reasons. One is that there were 11 fatal auto crashes in the Northwest Corner last year. The other is that the area is fortunate to have an expert on safe driving who is willing to share tips with our readers. 
Bob Green is a former race car driver and a racing instructor at the Skip Barber Racing School. He is also the founder of the not-for-profit Survive the Drive, geared toward young drivers.

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Kevin Bacon pledges his support for Five Points plan

TORRINGTON —  Actor and Sharon resident Kevin Bacon has signed on as the honorary chairman for Five Points Gallery’s upcoming fundraising drive.
Five Points is a nonprofit organization in Torrington founded in 2012. It has a gallery and provides education programs at three sites in town. 
In December, the gallery group made a deal to purchase the former University of Connecticut campus in Torrington. The plan is to turn it into an arts education center.  

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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

TORRINGTON — A celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was held at the Workman Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church on Saturday, Jan. 12.
The civil rights icon would have been 90 years old on Jan. 15.
More than 50 people attended the event, which was sponsored by the Brotherhood of Diversity.

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Looking back at 2018: The Year in Review

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Part II
harlem valley — At the stroke of midnight, Jan. 1, residents across the Harlem Valley toasted the start of a new year, celebrating the end of 2018 and declared resolutions for 2019.
As The Millerton News looks forward to the stories yet to come, it’s a good time to reflect on the news that caught the community’s interest in the second half of 2018.
July

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Works for me

It’s surprising we’re not a healthier nation. Historically, we cured most common afflictions decades ago. In the 19th century, as now, we put stock in the experiences and recommendations of others — not necessarily physicians.
Samuel H. Jones of Salisbury gave testimony — I found it in the Dec. 11, 1821, issue of Vermont Watchman & State Journal — to the curative value of Anderson’s Cough Drops.

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Looking back on 2018: The Year in Review

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Part I
harlem valley — With the start of a new year comes the promise of better things ahead. Also comes a time for reflection — and a chance to look back on the events and activities residents of the Harlem Valley thought important. Throughout 2018, The Millerton News was there to cover the latest community news, and now looks back at what stories readers connected with over the last year.
January

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Moo-ve over Elsie, Delilah has arrived

MADISON, Wisc. — A real sweetheart of a cow, a Brown Swiss named Cutting Edge T Delilah, had plenty to celebrate when she turned 6 on Dec. 2. The beauty brought glory to Copake when she became the queen of all cows when she was named Supreme Champion of both the country and the entire world.

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2018: The Greatest Generation remains

There are still members of the Greatest Generation active in the Northwest Corner, who are able to participate in Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies in their towns.
For many years there has also been a ceremony at the Dough Boy statue on Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7, for North Canaan resident and Pearl Harbor survivor Isadore “Izzy” Tadiello (one of the last remaining survivors of the attack living in Connecticut). 

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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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