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STANDFORDVILLE — When the new Stanford Free Library officially opened its doors on Aug. 3, it was thanks to dozens of citizens who have supported the effort for nearly a decade and a half. 

According to both Library Director Arlene Christensen and Board President Mark Williams, the proud day was the culmination of a 14 year community wide effort that involved residents — both full and part time — whose donations of time, effort and resources made it all happen. Of the first day Christensen said, “We had a great turnout. Everyone is singing our praises....

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Driver accused of killing Sheffield woman still held

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SHEFFIELD — No bond has been set for the Newtown, Conn., man blamed for the Feb. 28 Route 7 accident that claimed the life of a 24-year-old Sheffield woman and Hotchkiss School graduate, Moira Banks-Dobson.
Frederick Weller, 35, made his second appearance in Southern Berkshire District Court in Great Barrington March 8. The judge ordered that he remain incarcerated.

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Salisbury selectmen most highly paid in the region

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The Northwestern Connecticut Council of Governments (COG) has just released its annual listing of salaries paid to town employees in the region. Towns in the Northwest Corner often refer to the list as they enter into the annual budget planning season. Charts showing all the information can be found at The Lakeville Journal’s website at www.tricornernews.com.
The COG is an organization based in Warren, Conn., made up of the first selectmen from nine Litchfield County towns, including all six towns in the Region One school district.

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‘Hot’ jazz and blues tonight in Simsbury

SIMSBURY — The First Church of Christ’s Cornerstone Concert Series presents an evening of hot jazz to melt away winter and set the stage for spring tonight, Friday, March 9, at 7 p.m.
Connecticut pianist Matt DeChamplain, who recently relocated to Toledo, Ohio, returns to the state along with his wife, vocalist Atla DeChamplain, for the appearance. They will perform with guitarist Doug Maher and bassist Matt Dwonszyk.
First Church is located at 689 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. There is a special family price of $25.

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Peaceful in the center

Winchester Center Congregational Church stands proudly amid recent snow.

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Nygren of New Hartford wins honors with Post’s Western team

WATERBURY — Amanda Nygren of New Hartford had an excellent showing during the Post University’s Western team’s first show of the semester on Feb. 11 at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.
Nygren won her horsemanship class at the event and placed fourth in the second show later in the day. Her teammate, senior and team coach Brooke Fowler of Meriden, earned second and third place in reining, and also placed fourth in horsemanship. 

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Program for immigrants

HARLEM VALLEY — The Foundation for Community Health has funded an innovative and collaborative program to help the immigrant community in eastern Dutchess County.
The foundation has funded Catholic Charities Community Services to assemble various women’s groups of kinship circles in eastern Dutchess County. The groups will meet monthly and the women will be encouraged to see themselves as a resource to each other, sharing collective experiences and identifying the kinds of information that they want to learn through presentations that will be arranged by them and for them.

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‘Crazy’ new novel by local author Judy Marshall

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DOVER — Judy Marshall is finding success with her first novel, “Crazy: A True Love Story.” Marshall is a Dover resident; she’s the owner of the former Judy’s Flowers in Wassaic, which has evolved into the eclectic Hamlet Country Store, on Route 22.
“It’s heartwarming and heartbreaking,” she said.
The novel takes place throughout Dutchess County and follows the lives of a married couple, Julie and Dan. It’s a story of love, infidelity and how Julie overcomes Dan’s indiscretions to forge ahead in their relationship.

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Library Gala 2012

COPAKE — The weather outside may — or may not — be frightful, but a committee of volunteers is already thinking spring and making plans for Gala 2012, the popular annual fundraiser for the Roeliff Jansen Community Library.
Gala Committee Co-chairs Cathy Oates, Pat Pollok and Laurie Shnayerson announced that Saturday, June 2, will be the date of the Gala, and that it will take place, as it did last year, at Camp Pontiac in West Copake.

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Salisbury selectmen most highly paid in the region

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com, patricks@lakevillejournal.com

The Northwestern Connecticut Council of Governments (COG) has just released its annual listing of salaries paid to town employees in the region. Towns in the Northwest Corner often refer to the list as they enter into the annual budget planning season. Charts showing all the information can be found at The Lakeville Journal’s website at www.tricornernews.com.
The COG is an organization based in Warren, Conn., made up of the first selectmen from nine Litchfield County towns, including all six towns in the Region One school district.

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Driver pleads not guilty in Sheffield crash that killed Hotchkiss graduate

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SHEFFIELD — A Connecticut man charged in a fatal drunk driving accident in Sheffield on Feb. 28 has pled not guilty in a court arraignment.
Federick Weller, 35, of Sandy Hook, a section of Newtown, Conn., is facing his fifth drunk driving arrest. His license was suspended at the time of the accident, in which he drove his pickup truck into the southbound lane of Route 7 and hit four cars.

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