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LITCHFIELD — Michael Criss, first selectman of Harwinton and chairman of the Northwest Hills Council of Governments’ (NHCOG) legislative committee, told a group of state legislators that the 21 municipalities “are not asking for any more money.”

Criss was speaking at the legislative breakfast, sponsored by NHCOG and the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, at EdAdvance in Litchfield on Thursday morning, Feb. 1.

The NHCOG is an organization made up of the first selectmen from 21 area towns.

Criss asked the legislators to avoid shifting...

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Letter to the editor causes confusion: Town councilman sets the record straight

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NORTH EAST — It’s always nice to be praised for work well done — but it needs to be accurate. A letter to the editor from North East resident Dean Nicyper that ran in the Jan. 11 edition of The Millerton News seems to have had some details incorrect.
The letter praised town Councilman John Midwood for “securing the funding needed for video equipment that will enable the Town Board to video record its meetings and post them on the town’s website.”

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Tolls, spending and the upcoming legislative session

LITCHFIELD — Michael Criss, first selectman of Harwinton and chairman of the Northwest Hills Council of Governments’ (NHCOG) legislative committee, told a group of state legislators that the 21 municipalities “are not asking for any more money.”
Criss was speaking at the legislative breakfast, sponsored by NHCOG and the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, at EdAdvance in Litchfield on Thursday morning, Feb. 1.
The NHCOG is an organization made up of the first selectmen from 21 area towns.

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Register for school

STANFORDVILLE — The Pine Plains Central School District will hold pre-kindergarten and kindergarten registration for district children who will be 4 years of age on or before Dec. 1, 2018. 
Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten registration will be held on Thursday and Friday, March 1 and 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Registration is at Cold Spring Early Learning Center, 358 Homan Road, Stanfordville.  

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Electric vehicle charging station installed in Hillsdale

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HILLSDALE — Through the dedication of the town’s Clean Energy Committee, Hillsdale now has a fully operational electric vehicle charging station available to residents and visitors in the parking lot adjacent to Hillsdale Town Hall.

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Community attends annual Wassaic Project Mill Warming

WASSAIC— Tucked away in the hamlet of Wassaic, Maxon Mills was aglow with activity as The Wassaic Project held the opening of its winter exhibition, “What We Don’t Realize When We See Things,” at the third annual Mill Warming on Saturday, Jan. 27. 

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Volunteers sought for town positions

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NORTH EAST — The Town Board discussed a variety of issues at its January board meeting — the first regular meeting with newly elected Councilmen Chris Kennan and Ralph Fedele. The need for volunteers was an issue that came up more than once.

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Two sexual assaults, two arrestsm

NORTH EAST— Thirty-four-year-old Christopher McGhee, a resident of the town of North East, was arrested on Saturday, Jan. 20, for the sexual assault of a minor.
The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office is in charge of the investigation. It took McGhee into custody on the 20th. He was charged with one count of predatory sexual assault against a child.
According to Captain John Watterson, the victim and the suspect are known to each other. 

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Case and Witkos: Legislators hope to avoid partisan fights in 2018

The regular season of this year’s General Assembly is scheduled to start on Wednesday, Feb. 7, and is scheduled to end on May 9.
In interviews with The Lake-ville Journal, both state Rep. Jay Case (R-63) and state Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-8) said that their top priority this year will be the state’s budget.
In 2017, it took until the end of October for legislators to pass a budget for fiscal 2017-18, which began on July 1.
Neither Case nor Witkos foresees similar delays this year. 

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Ohler and Miner: Optimistic plans for state’s short session

Both state Sen. Craig Miner (R-30) and state Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) said that the state budget is the top issue going into the session of the Connecticut General Assembly that starts Feb. 7.
“We’re still chasing a balanced budget,” Miner said in a phone interview Jan. 26. “The deficit is smaller than in the past, in terms of midterm adjustment. So we are getting a hold on it.”
The deficit figure most often cited is $220 million.

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Mavis/Dunkin’ Donuts project goes before the ZBA

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NORTH EAST— Just before the new year, the North East Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) turned its attention to a request for an interpretation by the Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) regarding the redevelopment of the former Getty gas station property on Route 44 East to include a Mavis Discount Tire and Dunkin’ Donuts.

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