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WINGDALE— Joining together with Housatonic Valley Association, Harlem Valley Homestead ushered in the month of November by inviting the community to a tree-planting party on Saturday, Nov. 3.

While the morning was clouded with dark skies and a burst of rain, volunteers were determined to set up roots along the Ten Mile River — rain or shine. By the afternoon, the weather warmed up and the sun came out, casting a light on the autumn colors. Open to all ages, volunteers planted flowers and trees.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the homestead organized a tulip-planting pre...

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Salisbury’s Rev. Carter joins Esty in Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) welcomed the Rev. John Carter, former Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury to the 66th Annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. 

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Recording meetings: Important, but how to do it best

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North East — One month after his role in securing equipment and funding to video record Town Board meetings was discussed at a Town Board meeting, Councilman John Midwood once again addressed the issue. 
Previously, a letter to the editor in this newspaper by North East resident Dean Nicyper, which ran on Jan. 11, praised Midwood for securing a grant to buy the necessary equipment. It was announced at the January board meeting that Midwood did not secure the funding, as he wasn’t on the board at the time. Rather, the board had secured the funding.

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I can. We will.: National FFA Week

This FFA Week embraces more than 90 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization’s future. More than 653,000 members will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels. These members have a passion for agriculture.

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For the love of reading, a Valentine’s Day Read Aloud

Five of the six towns in the Region One School District took part in Read Aloud Day on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Kent Center School did not participate but will hold its own community reading event in March.
Books this year were donated by The Draper Fund of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. Adults from the community come in and read the selected books to the children in their classrooms; the books are then donated to the schools’ libraries. 

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Taxes, zoning reviewed by town

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WASHINGTON — The Washington Town Board at its meeting on Thursday, Feb. 8, at Town Hall appointed Tara Kelly to the Planning Board to fill an unexpired position. Town Attorney Jeff Battistoni administered the oath of office to Kelly.
Kelly works for the Dutchess Land Conservancy and said she feels honored to have been asked, and looks forward to serving on the board.

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Goat Watch

Nigerian Dwarf Goats at South Kent School Center for Innovation on the snow day, Wednesday, Feb. 7.

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Lime Rock Park one step closer to Sunday racing

LIME ROCK, Conn. — Lime Rock Park (LRP) cleared one hurdle toward Sunday racing when Judge John D. Moore ruled last week that state law prevents the Salisbury Planning and Zoning Commission from regulating or limiting racing on Saturdays and Sundays.
Moore also ruled that LRP does not have to apply for a special permit to seek a change in or appeal the zoning regulations, under most circumstances.

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HILLSDALE— The month of January wrapped up with some sad news: Chad Malarchuk of Hillsdale had passed away on Sunday, Jan. 28, at the age of 46.
Born in Rhinebeck to Millerton residents Alexander and Pamela (Roche) Malarchuk, Malarchuk was well known for his happy-go-lucky nature, his generosity and his open rapport with everyone he met. To Hillsdale Highway Superintendent Richard Briggs, Malarchuk was a devoted husband. The two married in the fall of 2012.

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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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