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MERIDEN — Four K-9 Teams specially trained to detect the presence of firearms graduated on Friday, Oct. 25, at the Connecticut State Police K-9 Training Unit as part of the very first Firearm Detection K-9 Training Class.  

The four graduating K-9s have been specially trained to detect and alert their handlers to the presence of firearms and spent ammunition shell casings. These K-9 teams will assist police in combating gun violence.

Graduating K9 Teams are as follows: Connecticut State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations-Organized Crime Task Force Detective...

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Amenia, Dover and North East/Millerton negotiate with NDP: Harlem Valley towns pursue joint EMS coverage

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HARLEM VALLEY — The issue of regional ambulance service has been discussed by the municipalities of Amenia, Dover and North East/Millerton for more than a year — emergency services are facing a volunteer shortage and the Harlem Valley is feeling the pinch. 
The matter came up for discussion again at a North East Town Board meeting on Thursday, Aug. 8. According to North East town Supervisor George Kaye, a Request for Proposals (RFP) for ambulance service was recently distributed. The response, he said, was somewhat disappointing.

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Cold Spring Principal Jay Glynn retires

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STANFORDVILLE — Following an 18-year career in the Pine Plains Central School District, Cold Spring Early Learning Center Principal Jay Glynn decided to retire. His retirement went into effect at the end of the 2018-19 school year.

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Bear near elementary school

 This photo taken by Kelly Casey may be hard to make out, but at approximately 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, July 27, a black bear was spotted walking up the driveway of Sharon Center School. The driveway leads up to the school’s playground. Students will return to the elementary school for the first day of class on Monday, Aug. 26.

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Back to school in Region One on Aug. 26

The first day of classes for the seven schools in the Region One School District is Monday, Aug. 26. 
New teachers will be welcomed to the region at the annual meeting at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Monday, Aug. 19, and their photos and short bios will be featured in The Lakeville Journal issue of Aug. 22.

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Nature waits quietly for us to notice

It seems odd that I have not yet seen a bear this year. There are plenty around, and I know from the state of my bird feeders and trash bins in early spring that at least one bear paid my house a visit during the night, but our paths have yet to cross. 
Last year I saw four of them, including one that ambled down our street at twilight and others that lumbered across various highways and back roads before my approaching car.

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Suspect found naked following barn fire

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ANCRAM — Police are still scratching their heads about why an arson, kidnapping and burglary suspect was discovered naked when he was apprehended. 
According to the New York State Police, Livingston barracks, 56-year-old Henry C. Harasymczuk of Ancram was arrested on Tuesday, July 23, and charged with kidnapping in the second degree (a class B felony), burglary in the second degree (a class C felony) and arson in the third degree (a class C felony).

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Lessons learned from the storms of 2018

GOSHEN — Paul Gibb, special projects coordinator for the state Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) Region 5, spoke on lessons learned from the storms of May 15, 2018, at the Northwest Hills Council of Governments meeting in Goshen on Thursday, July 11.
Region 5 includes 43 towns. The southern part of the region includes towns in northern Fairfield and New Haven counties; the northern section of Region 5 is all of Litchfield County.

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Read the can’s label

This week in This Old Window, we replace the brittle screening in a 36-by-48-inch wood-sash window.
Our subject window is in a rear sunporch on a circa 1920s Sears, Roebuck bungalow. Its first owner was a professional carpenter who later built the porch from scratch.

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Plant for fall under the summer sun

It is 90 degrees out and the jewels of summer are starting to ripen in the form of tomatoes, cantaloupe and red peppers. Who has head space for planning out their Thanksgiving menu? 
Full-season gardeners have an almost surreal relationship with time. We have to be fully present to stay on top of the zucchini harvest lest the fruits double in size while we turn our heads, but we have to simultaneously be sketching out the next season to maintain succession plantings.

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Heavy labor in heavy wool in a heatwave

I spent last weekend dressed in natural fibers: woolen broadcloth, checked linen and alum-tanned deerskin. This is not an unusual occurrence for me, because in addition to my professional and personal interests in environmental conservation I am an avid reenactor of 18th-century American history. 
What was unusual was the extreme heat and humidity. A wiser or more cautious individual might have decided to stay at home. I, of course, went to Fort Ticonderoga.

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