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State Representative-elect Maria Horn (D-64) and a contingent of Northwest Corner residents went to Danbury Tuesday, Dec. 4, to weigh in on the proposed merger of two health care providers at a public hearing of the state Office of Health Strategy.

In a phone interview Friday, Dec. 7, Horn said that while she has not formed an opinion on the merger — between Health Quest (which owns Sharon Hospital) and Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) — the concerns of the Northwest Corner were heard, loud and clear.

The Northwest Corner people who attended the hearing...

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New York combats tick-borne illnesses through legislation

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DUTCHESS COUNTY — With more people exploring the great outdoors this summer, residents of Dutchess County and beyond have been advised by New York state officials how to prevent tick bites to reduce the spread of Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses.

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Vacations for pets at Pooch Palace Resort

EAST CANAAN — At the front door of the Pooch Palace Resort in East Canaan visitors are greeted by a Pomeranian named Penelope, who has her spacious wooden playpen at the entry.
Since its opening on May 30, Pooch Palace owner Charlene Martel said, the business has been steadily growing on the strength of word-of-mouth publicity. It’s easy to find: The extensively renovated former motel now sports a striking paint job depicting a canine mural.  
The larger-than-life pooches are the creation of muralists Corey Pane and Reo Derusso.

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$125,000 grant secured for Hawthorne Valley Farm

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COLUMBIA COUNTY — Through the efforts of New York State Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-106) and her office, Hawthorne Valley Farm was presented with a $125,000 state grant this May to help the farm obtain a new yogurt filler machine.

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Love and passion on the list for Sharon library book signing Aug. 3

I’m scanning the list of authors and books that will be featured in this summer’s Hotchkiss Library of Sharon book signing and author event, which will be held on Friday, Aug. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. (the famous weekend booksale begins the next morning).
The list of authors is always diverse and impressive. The book titles aren’t really meant to have a theme; if anything, an effort is made to have something for everyone. 

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Bear Watch

It seems that the Salisbury bears are getting all the attention lately but of course all the area towns are seeing an uptick in bold ursines wandering into yards and village centers. This bear was photographed by David Chamberlain when it wandered through his backyard in Winsted on Thursday afternoon, July 19. Chamberlain’s photo is close enough to show the tracking collar around the animal’s neck; it’s also close enough to show a very large front tooth.
— Cynthia Hochswender

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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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