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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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DEP says dead mountain lion is not proof

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News reports of a mountain lion struck and killed early Saturday morning by a motorist on the Wilbur Cross Parkway (Route 15) in Milford are sparking renewed talk here of a controversial subject.
Many area residents claim they have seen the elusive cats, which are distinguished by their size and their long tails. The one killed last weekend weighed 140 pounds.
The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has long denied the cats live here or that the agency has ever released any here. In March, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service deemed the eastern mountain lion extinct.

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Lions Club flea market draws enthusiastic crowd

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TORRINGTON — From beads to belt buckles to posters of Bettie Page, the annual Lions Club summer flea market held at Brodie Park on Saturday, June 4, offered a little bit of everything.
According to Judy Stewart, secretary for the club, the event has been held since 1991.
“We always hold this event every year, rain or shine,” Stewart said. “If we have bad weather, we usually get 1,000 people. But when it’s a beautiful day, we get more than 2,000.”
Fortunately, the weather was nice and sunny on Saturday, with the field at Brodie Park surrounded with people looking for bargains.

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Capitol Report

Sweeping changes passed
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HARTFORD — Several pieces of landmark legislation have been passed in the Connecticut General Assembly this month, underscoring the common ground being enjoyed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Democrat-controlled Legislature, allowing for swift changes.

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Memorial Day in Wingdale

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Cautious optimism as real estate market begins to move

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It feels like there’s some new juice flowing through the real estate market. Last month, Stony Batter Farm in Cornwall was sold after about five years on the market (listed first with Klemm Real Estate and then with Litchfield Hills Sotheby’s International Realty).
Described as a “gentleman’s farm,” Stony Batter has a large main house, a guest cottage built as a tenant farmer’s home, more than 100 acres with ponds and a remote setting. It sold for $2.325 million — not quite the asking price of $2.995 million, but still a notable sale.

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B.O.M.B. goes off in Hartford

HARTFORD — Connecticut’s summer music season started this year with a bang. The B.O.M.B Fest (Bring Back Our Music) was held Memorial Day weekend at the Comcast Theater in Hartford, featuring dozens of bands from the Constitution state, along with regional acts and top-billed acts Weezer and Snoop Dogg.

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Caught in the act

Ripping it up

Blues legend Buddy Guy mixed sweet singing with blistering guitar licks May 20 at the Warner Theatre in Torrington. An enthusiastic crowd was entertained both by the 74-year-old’s musicianship and his quick wit, which he displayed in banter between songs. Guy remains one of the most recognized blues men in the world, with multiple Grammy awards under his hat. He’ll be performing at music festivals across the United States this summer.

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Bears sightings increase

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While news of a black bear killing pigs at a Winchester farm made statewide headlines this week, other sightings have been less violent. Kim Marchand recently spotted this mama bear and baby cubs in the front yard of her home on Glendale Avenue. Police were called to the scene, but since they were dealing with a mother and her babies, they did not approach the bears. Instead, an officer flashed his lights and used his cruiser’s siren to encourage the family to scamper away.

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Youthful artists earn awards

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PINE MEADOW — Students at the Ann Raymond Center for the Arts recently won awards in the Paul G. Keough Earth Arts Program.
According to Raymond, 13 of her students, who are from Winsted, Colebrook, Barkhamsted, New Hartford and Canton, submitted conservation-themed artwork to the program. The program, which takes artwork from students from kindergarten through sixth grade, is sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“Children are more into recycling, saving energy and water much more than adults are,” Raymond said.

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State House approves wind regulations bill

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HARTFORD — The state House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Tuesday, May 24, to require regulations for wind-turbine projects in Connecticut.
HB 6249, An Act Requiring a Moratorium on the Siting of Wind Projects Until the Adoption of Regulations, passed by a vote of 132-6, suggesting state representatives are as concerned as residents about possible environmental hazards and the impact on natural resources and quality of life that the turbines might pose.

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