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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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Rev. Billy joins the rally against Cricket Valley Energy Center

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Drive-up theater

Drive-in movie theaters came into vogue in the early 1930s. But drive-up picture shows had a quarter-century head start. Ask folks in Salisbury.
“A moving picture company, who gave an entertainment in the Salisbury town hall Monday and Tuesday evenings of this week, provided a practical demonstration of the fact that the automobile can be made to ‘earn its salt,’ ” the Connecticut Western News said in its April 30, 1908, issue.

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Sun and fun on Fourth of July

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Helping farmers find farmland

The website www.Ctfarmlink.org is like a dating site without the romance. The goals are regional food security and keeping farmland productive. 
Landowners and land seekers create profiles that articulate what they have to offer and what they are looking for, then they browse the playing field. 
Connecticut Farmland Trust staff are available to help both parties in the potential relationship to think through their needs, navigate first meetings, and consider different types of legal agreements and programs.

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Free concerts for students and their families make for sweet music

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HARLEM VALLEY — Music is a way to express, a way to articulate one’s thoughts and feelings and an opportunity to appreciate all that is beautiful in life. Exposure to music can help in the development of minds in young and old alike. To help make that easier, Music Mountain in Falls Village, Conn., the oldest chamber music summer festival in the United States, is now offering free admission for public school students and their families in some Dutchess and Columbia County school districts.

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Black caps and the dreams of childhood

For many of us, the common black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis) was the first foraged food of childhood.
Known here in New England as “black caps,” their vines can prick and scratch but lack the fearsome barbs of the blackberry cane.
Our small fingers learned the soft touch required to loosen the fruit from the stem without squashing our prizes, though stained fingers (and sometimes clothing) was the customary price of our harvest.

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Harlem Valley candidates vie for a place on the ballot

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HARLEM VALLEY — Though Election Day is months away, candidates already have their sights set on getting onto the ballot. Local Republican and Democratic committees across the Harlem Valley have been holding caucuses, and filling out petitions. No local primaries were held. 
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The songs of summer 2019

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What are the qualities that, for you, make an ideal Song of Summer? 

I’m not enough of a musician to explain why I like what I like; all I can say is that I like music that makes me feel like I’m 20 years old and driving to a beach in southern California. 

A bittersweet adventure, as Catherine’s becomes Mielke’s

GREAT BARRINGTON — In the movie “Forrest Gump,” Tom Hanks’ character metaphorically compares life to a box of chocolates. “You never know what you’re gonna get.”
For Steven and Trent Kinney of Lenox, Mass., life unexpectedly led them from piloting attack helicopters to working with a whole lot of chocolate. An entire chocolate shop, to be exact.

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Torrington Savings Bank VP graduates

TORRINGTON — Kim Brown, Vice President of Residential Lending at Torrington Savings Bank, has recently graduated from the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking. 
ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking is the preeminent executive management school of the financial services industry.  The three-year program teaches recognizing challenges and implementing solutions in the everchanging business climate. 

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