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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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Back in business

Five months after closing, the Pleasant Valley General Store has re-opened. The store, which sits at the corner of River and Ripley Hill roads, was closed unexpectedly at the end of 2010. A story about the grand re-opening of the store will be in next week’s issue of The Winsted Journal.

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Passed state budget is missing pieces

First layoff notices go out to state employees
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HARTFORD — Marathon sessions last week in the state Senate and House of Representatives resulted in the swift passage of the Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed two-year 2011-13 budget, but details regarding specific spending cuts remained unclear this week as the governor negotiated givebacks from state employees.
As expected, Malloy began issuing layoff notices to state employees Tuesday morning, in preparation for the possibility of a stalemate.

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Fate of FOI commission still uncertain

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The passage and signing of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s 2011-13 biennial budget last week did not ease uncertainty for many state employees and entire commissions, which stand to be reduced and/or eliminated when lawmakers begin figuring out how to distribute the money — and supporters of at least one commission are hoping to survive the shuffle.

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No closure yet on new state budget

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First layoff notices go out to state employees
HARTFORD — Marathon sessions last week in the state Senate and House of Representatives resulted in the swift passage of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed two-year 2011-13 budget, but details regarding specific spending cuts remained unclear this week as the governor negotiated givebacks from state employees.
As expected, Malloy began issuing layoff notices to state employees Tuesday morning, in preparation for the possibility of a stalemate.

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Artists mingle at clay exhibit

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LAKEVILLE — Local artists and those connected to the arts gathered to mix and mingle at the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council’s mixer on Wednesday, May 4.
The mixer was held at The Hotchkiss School’s Tremaine Gallery, where a new exhibit of South African pottery, entitled “Clay — The Art of Earth and Fire,” has recently opened.

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Stamping out hunger, one package at a time

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HARLEM VALLEY — Rural post offices throughout the region are determined to help the hungry. On Saturday, May 14, mail carriers will collect nonperishable food left beside mailboxes, which they will then deliver to area food banks, all as part of the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
“Even if people only leave out one or two items, it’s helping out in a big way,” said Wassaic postal clerk Karen Ricapito. “You wouldn’t believe the amount of stuff that comes in when people do that — it really does add up and it’s for those who really need it.”

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BOE budget and school board vote May 17

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HARLEM VALLEY — Residents throughout the region will soon have the opportunity to vote for or against their schools’ proposed budgets for the 2011-12 academic year. Tuesday, May 17, is the date for the annual school district election and vote, when in addition to the budget voters get to cast their ballots in favor of candidates running for their district’s Board of Education.
Polling places are open from noon until 9 p.m. in the Webutuck and Millbrook districts, and from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. in the Pine Plains district. Polling locations are as follows:

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State budget passes swiftly

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HARTFORD — The Connecticut General Assembly quickly passed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget this week, with the Senate voting 19-17 early Tuesday morning and the House quickly following with an 83-67 vote to approve the $40.1 billion package.
Critics noted that the budget raises $2.6 billion in taxes for the next two years and may make it more difficult for Connecticut businesses to thrive, but swift passage came as a political victory for the new governor, who had asked the Legislature for a speedy vote.

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Bicycling event begins May 28

NEW HAVEN — There’s still time for cyclists to register for AngelRide powered by Team Hole in the Wall, the cross-Connecticut cycling event that supports seriously ill hospitalized children.
More than 250 cyclists will participate in AngelRide this Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29. All proceeds benefit The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Hospital Outreach Program that brings hope and healing to children with serious illnesses in Connecticut hospitals and other hospitals across the northeast.

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A taste of classical music

Students in the Yale University music program performed for third-graders from the Region One School District at Music Mountain on Thursday, April 28. The annual concert is presented by Music Mountain and the Arts Fund for Region One. The quartet was made up of, from left, Igor Pikayzen, violin; Edward Tan, violin; Philo Lee, viola; and Eve Tang, cello. During a question-and-answer session, one third-grader asked the musicians how much they practice. “Not as much as I should, probably,” replied Tan.

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