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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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Capitol Report

Sweeping changes passed
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HARTFORD — Several pieces of landmark legislation have been passed in the Connecticut General Assembly this month, underscoring the common ground being enjoyed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Democrat-controlled Legislature, allowing for swift changes.

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Memorial Day in Wingdale

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Cautious optimism as real estate market begins to move

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It feels like there’s some new juice flowing through the real estate market. Last month, Stony Batter Farm in Cornwall was sold after about five years on the market (listed first with Klemm Real Estate and then with Litchfield Hills Sotheby’s International Realty).
Described as a “gentleman’s farm,” Stony Batter has a large main house, a guest cottage built as a tenant farmer’s home, more than 100 acres with ponds and a remote setting. It sold for $2.325 million — not quite the asking price of $2.995 million, but still a notable sale.

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B.O.M.B. goes off in Hartford

HARTFORD — Connecticut’s summer music season started this year with a bang. The B.O.M.B Fest (Bring Back Our Music) was held Memorial Day weekend at the Comcast Theater in Hartford, featuring dozens of bands from the Constitution state, along with regional acts and top-billed acts Weezer and Snoop Dogg.

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Caught in the act

Ripping it up

Blues legend Buddy Guy mixed sweet singing with blistering guitar licks May 20 at the Warner Theatre in Torrington. An enthusiastic crowd was entertained both by the 74-year-old’s musicianship and his quick wit, which he displayed in banter between songs. Guy remains one of the most recognized blues men in the world, with multiple Grammy awards under his hat. He’ll be performing at music festivals across the United States this summer.

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Bears sightings increase

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While news of a black bear killing pigs at a Winchester farm made statewide headlines this week, other sightings have been less violent. Kim Marchand recently spotted this mama bear and baby cubs in the front yard of her home on Glendale Avenue. Police were called to the scene, but since they were dealing with a mother and her babies, they did not approach the bears. Instead, an officer flashed his lights and used his cruiser’s siren to encourage the family to scamper away.

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Youthful artists earn awards

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PINE MEADOW — Students at the Ann Raymond Center for the Arts recently won awards in the Paul G. Keough Earth Arts Program.
According to Raymond, 13 of her students, who are from Winsted, Colebrook, Barkhamsted, New Hartford and Canton, submitted conservation-themed artwork to the program. The program, which takes artwork from students from kindergarten through sixth grade, is sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“Children are more into recycling, saving energy and water much more than adults are,” Raymond said.

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State House approves wind regulations bill

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HARTFORD — The state House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Tuesday, May 24, to require regulations for wind-turbine projects in Connecticut.
HB 6249, An Act Requiring a Moratorium on the Siting of Wind Projects Until the Adoption of Regulations, passed by a vote of 132-6, suggesting state representatives are as concerned as residents about possible environmental hazards and the impact on natural resources and quality of life that the turbines might pose.

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National Trails Day June 4 opportunity to get into woods to help

Lace up your hiking boots and grab bug spray, suntan lotion, camera and a bottle of water. Saturday, June 4, is National Trails Day.
With 190 activities going on throughout the state and 139 state parks and forests to visit, there is something for virtually every outdoor enthusiast. Activities extend into Sunday, June 5, as well.
National Trails Day was inspired by former President Ronald Reagan’s 1987 President’s Commission on the American Outdoors. The charge of the commission was to evaluate existing outdoor recreation in the United States and then make suggestions to enhance it.

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Computer systems improve for area libraries

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Libraries in the Northwest Corner towns of Cornwall, Kent, Norfolk, Salisbury and Sharon were closed May 29 and 30 for migration to a new circulation, catalog and checkout computer operating system. The new program was installed on existing computers.
The Douglas Library in North Canaan and the Hunt Memorial Library in Falls Village began beta testing the new software in February 2011. Erica Joncyk, director of the Hunt Library, reported the new system is a big improvement and works well.

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