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HARLEM VALLEY — There are plenty of activities sure to spook and delight as Halloween draws near. Below is a list of what’s happening around the region in anticipation of All Hallows’ Eve.

Millerton

• NorthEast-Millerton Library, 75 Main St., Costume Parade to Farmers Market, Saturday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m.

• NorthEast-Millerton Library, 75 Main St., story hour and non-food Trick or Treat on Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 6 p.m. No Haunted House this year.

• Fire Company Block Party, ...

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Peony Watch

While the ants that typically cover peony buds may look alarmingly like an army of invaders, they are, in fact, the opposite. The peonies have invited them in, by secreting sweet nectar at bud stage for the express purpose of attracting ants. 
Once effectively lured, the ants act as tiny protectors, eating other insects that would otherwise harm the buds before they get the chance to bloom.

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Pathways for predators, prey, humans

One morning as I was walking down a country road, a bobcat crossed ahead of me. I barely saw it because, instead of running over the blacktop, it dashed under the road through a narrow culvert, pausing on the other side to watch my approach before disappearing into the deeper cover of the woods. The channel was dry and the diameter of the tunnel no wider than a large pizza. There was no barrier to it going over the top. It clearly preferred the option of keeping to the shadows.

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Learn the ins and outs of the theater through summer internship

ANCRAM — Stage struck opera enthusiasts and others interested in helping nonprofit organizations obtain funding have great opportunity to gain valuable experience while supporting the well known Ancram Opera House. 

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ANCRAM — Stage struck opera enthusiasts and others interested in helping nonprofit organizations obtain funding have great opportunity to gain valuable experience while supporting the well known Ancram Opera House. 

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In appreciation: Robert ‘Bullet’ Sherwood (1946-2019): A man of many talents

You didn’t have to be a Salisbury native to know who Robert “Bullet” Sherwood was. You only had to be paying just a little bit of attention to realize that there was a big, gruff, bearded guy with piercing blue eyes directing traffic at pretty much every car accident or fire in the area and at every marquee event in town, like the Fall Festival for example. 

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Farmers look for creative ways around mud

This past April was the second wettest on record in Connecticut. Farmers of all stripes have been contending with saturated land, unseasonably cool soil temperatures and wet leaves.
According to University of  Connecticut (UConn) Extension educator Shuresh Ghimere, “Planting has been delayed because growers could not get in with their equipment. Farmers across the state have been experiencing soil erosion and compaction on fields and access roads due to high rainfall. Plant growth has been slow.” 

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District voters cast ballots for school budget vote and BOE members

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HARLEM VALLEY — The blustery weather brought a strong showing of Harlem Valley voters to the polls last Tuesday, May 21, to cast their ballots in the annual school district budget vote and Board of Education (BOE) elections. 
Webutuck
Open from noon to 9 p.m., the North East (Webutuck) Central School District organized its annual school budget vote in the Webutuck High School gymnasium.

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Bear aggressive with state trooper

Photographer Scott Whalen snapped this very intimate photo of a large black bear on a warm early evening on Monday, May 20, in Lime Rock. 
While bears are becoming an increasingly common sight in the Northwest Corner, remember not to step too close for a photo or any other kind of interaction (long lenses are recommended for photos).
A bear attack was reported by the State Police at Troop L on that same day (May 20 at about 1:30 p.m.) in Burlington, which is just east of Torrington. 

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What the federal Farm Bill has to do with our dinner

What was affordable at the grocery store this week? Was there a farmers market nearby? If so, what mix of the market’s vendors were able to keep their businesses afloat this year? And could you afford to buy what they were selling? 
What ends up on our plates has a lot to do with a big piece of federal legislation called the Farm Bill. 

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Sketching out the Sharon Playhouse

Guernsey LePelley (1910-1990) was the Northwest Corner’s busiest cartoonist in the 1950s, providing the Christian Science Monitor with two drawings a day.
“We moved to Sharon in 1940 because we liked it,” LePelley told The Lakeville Journal in a story appearing June 8, 1950. That was a compliment to the town, considering the LePelleys had lived at one time or another in Cambridge, Mass., Highland Park,Ill., Los Angeles, Dallas and Venice, Fla. The LePelleys also lived in Salisbury before building a cottage in Sharon.

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