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State Representative-elect Maria Horn (D-64) and a contingent of Northwest Corner residents went to Danbury Tuesday, Dec. 4, to weigh in on the proposed merger of two health care providers at a public hearing of the state Office of Health Strategy.

In a phone interview Friday, Dec. 7, Horn said that while she has not formed an opinion on the merger — between Health Quest (which owns Sharon Hospital) and Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) — the concerns of the Northwest Corner were heard, loud and clear.

The Northwest Corner people who attended the hearing...

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Governor promises help for Corner — and tough choices

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TORRINGTON — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was at the Northwest Chamber of Commerce in Torrington Tuesday morning, July 19, to discuss business-related issues in the latest stop on his jobs tour. He introduced business owners to Catherine Smith, the new director of the Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD).

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Wine, not whine, in Goshen

GOSHEN — The third annual Connecticut Vineyard and Winery Association (CVWA) Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31, at the Goshen Fairgrounds.
A wide range of wines, specialty foods and live music will be featured at this year’s festival, which runs from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Daily admission is $20 in advance, available at any participating CVWA winery, online or by phone, or $25 at the door. Guests under 21 and designated drivers can attend for a reduced admission price of $10. 

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Cruising in Torrington

It was car heaven at McDonald’s in Torrington on Friday, July 15, with a 10th anniversary cruise night. Car owners brought their classic automobiles, including vintage Chevrolets, Trans-Ams and Cadillacs, to the restaurant’s parking lot as music from the 1950s and ’60s was played. The event celebrated the 10th year the Torrington McDonald’s has held cruise nights during the summer.

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Body discovered in parked car

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BOSTON CORNER — A body was discovered in a parked vehicle alongside Boston Corners Road sometime on Sunday, July 16, by the New York State Parks Police.
An area resident described the vehicle as an older, blue minivan with Connecticut plates, and said it was parked there late last week and through the weekend.
Another area resident provided similar information as the van was being searched by police after the discovery was made.

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Spellbound Potter fans swarm theaters

Harry Potter fans everywhere got out their capes, wands and spellbooks for the midnight premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” the final movie in the series, which opened in local cinemas at 12:05 a.m. on Friday, July 15.
“It was an epic moment in the history of cinema,” said Carol Sadlon, owner of the Torrington Cinerom and the Millerton Moviehouse.
The tickets for The Moviehouse showing were sold out days in advance. Although the movie played in only one theater, crowds of people were lined up outside the doors.

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If you say it’s a recreational fire, you’d better be roasting marshmallows ...

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The call that came in to 911 on a Friday evening was logged as a brush fire. But police and firefighters arrived to find a backyard gathering and a disgruntled neighbor.
The fire was deemed recreational, not out-of-control and not illegal.
The neighbor, one of many close by in the relatively dense neighborhood, said the frequent backyard fires fill his home with smoke odors. He fears the fires are large enough to ignite the tree canopy.

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Area cyclists offer theories on spills in Tour de France

asherp@lakevillejournal.com

The 98th running of the Tour de France bicycle race, which began on July 2 and ends on July 24, has had more than its fair share of accidents. All prior years of this worldwide classic had racer accidents, but the 2011 edition seems plagued by many more. The Tour covers 3,430.5 kilometers (2,131.6 miles) throughout much of France. Each leg of the race is called a “stage.”

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State employee layoffs cut into union budgets

HARTFORD — The 6,500 layoffs proposed by Gov. Dannel Malloy to balance the state budget — in addition to their impact on state government — will cut into the budgets of the unions that represent state employees.
The State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition and its member unions recently failed to pass a tentative agreement with Malloy, which led him to propose the layoffs.
Under the tentative agreement, state employees would have faced a wage freeze, which for some unions would have slowed the growth of their income.

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Shhh. Who said this money is to protect bog turtles?

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

A $25,000 grant from General Electric to the Nature Conservancy will help protect some of the Tri-state region’s wetlands and fens, which are home to a host of rare plants and animals.
The grant was awarded June 8 and comes from the General Electric Foundation.

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