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GOSHEN —  Town leaders who were at the Northwest Hills Council of Governments (NHCOG) meeting on Thursday, Feb. 14, expressed their concerns about three bills currently being deliberated in the state Legislature.

The first proposed bill SB-454 was introduced in January by Senate President Martin M. Looney (D-11) and, if passed, would create a commission to implement the regional consolidation of school districts.

The commission would develop a plan to realign school districts that have a total student population of fewer than 40,000 students, except for regional...

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Making green energy affordable

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

There are only a couple of weeks left for residents to apply for solar-electric installations through DCS Energy. This is the same program through which many area towns and nonprofits are getting free installations.
Schools, libraries, churches, transfer stations and the like will be able to produce some or all of their electrical needs for free, thanks to one portion of the program that is, however, no longer being offered. It was underwritten in part by federal stimulus funds, which are gone, explained DCS’s Bob Oberle.

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Riverton Fair back for 102nd year

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RIVERTON — The 102nd annual Riverton Fair will be held this weekend — on Friday, Oct. 7, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 9, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The fair will include a large variety of rides, agricultural exhibits, band performances, contests, livestock contests and plenty of amusements and family fun for everyone.
Contests include wood chopping, sawing, ax throwing, oxen pulling, baking and pie eating.
Al Jones is a fair organizer and said he has attended it since he was a baby.

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Cold weather season is here and so is potential for a chimney fire

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

With temperatures dropping and autumn officially here, many area residents are using their fireplaces and wood stoves to add some heat to their homes.
As a result, local fire companies have had to put out several chimney fires in the past few days.
Most if not all chimney fires are caused by a buildup of creosote on the chimney lining, according to local fire officials —who note that often it falls to the volunteer firefighters to scrape off the sticky substance, a job that is better performed by a professional chimney cleaner.

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Rigby criticizes Malloy

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HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed two controversial executive orders last week, establishing a working group to study the possibility of unionization for day care workers and personal care attendants. The move, which follows the failure of similar measures to make it to the floor of the state Senate, drew immediate criticism from political opponents, who said the governor is showing favoritism to unions.

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Ahead of 2012:

Growing field of Senate candidates
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Two years after the election of Connecticut’s first new senator in more than two decades, the field of candidates is growing in the battle for outgoing Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s seat.

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Candidates selected at primaries and caucuses

The results are in:
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HARLEM VALLEY — Primary and caucus results have been tallied for North East, Amenia, Pine Plains, Washington and Millbrook, as follows:
North East
The Democratic Caucus held on Saturday, Aug. 27 determined which candidates would be backed by the party for the open supervisor and town council positions.
Incumbent Dave Sherman won the Democratic nomination for the town supervisor race, beating John Merwin. Sherman is also endorsed by the Republicans.

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Threat of closure lurks behind Harlem Valley post offices

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HARLEM VALLEY — There are few conveniences like having a post office right in one’s own hometown. Take the tiny hamlet of Wassaic, for instance: It’s had its own post office for generations, smack in the middle of its business district just feet from the railroad that used to deliver the mail back in bygone days.
These days that post office continues to serve the residents of Wassaic, providing essential services like mail delivery and post office boxes to its many customers.

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Connecticut lawmakers pay staffers $1.2 million

HARTFORD — Connecticut’s five congressmen paid $1.2 million to 104 employees in the second quarter, according to the website Legistorm, including 14 who made more than $20,000.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-3) had the most expensive staff, $267,900, while Rep. John Larson (D-1) had the most employees who made more than $20,000 during the quarter: five, including two executive assistants.
Rep. Chris Murphy (D-5) paid 18 employees a total of $221,782. He is on track to pay his staff just over $900,000 this year, the least costly of the delegation.

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Reapportionment Committee misses Sept. 15 deadline

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HARTFORD — Taking advantage of an available option that was expected to be used this year, the state Reapportionment Committee formally decided Tuesday to extend the decennial redistricting process and form a new committee to complete the task of redrawing state and national legislative districts.

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Napolitano: ‘We are not leaving’

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CONNECTICUT — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano assured Connecticut residents last week that FEMA is here for the long haul, after touring the state with Gov. Dannel Malloy to survey damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene last month.

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