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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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State vote could knock wind out of turbines

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

Proposed legislation that would change the way wind turbines are regulated as been sent to the state House of Representatives for a vote.
If approved, House Bill 6249 would put a moratorium on wind turbine projects until the Connecticut Siting Council can adopt regulations for such projects.
The joint Committee on Appropriations voted 40 to 10 in favor last week, making it the third committee to endorse the proposed bill. Endorsements also came from the Committee on Energy and Technology and the Committee on Planning and Development.

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Aquarion releases 2010 water reports

jenniferk@lakevillejournal.com

Aquarion Water Company last month mailed each of its customers the 2010 edition of its annual water quality report.
Aquarion provides water to residences and businesses in the Northwest Corner towns of Cornwall, Salisbury, Kent and North Canaan.
The water in each of these towns (and all others in the state served by Aquarion) was tested for more than 100 compounds that could be harmful to human health.
Fewer than 20 were found in the water in the Northwest Corner towns and those that were present were within acceptable limits.

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Little information on post office break-ins

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

Three post offices in two towns were broken into on the night of Tuesday, April 26. The Connecticut State Police Western District Crime Squad and U.S. Postal Service inspectors are in charge of the investigation. They have declined to release details.
Maureen Marion, communications programs specialist with the Postal Service, told The Lakeville Journal that neither investigating team was offering any information.

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Legislators take steps toward making it safer to hike and bike

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HARTFORD — The Connecticut General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Judiciary unanimously approved a compromise bill last week that would grant towns and special districts immunity from certain types of lawsuits resulting from injuries at recreation areas.

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Dipping eggs as Easter art

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LIME ROCK — The girls experimented with color and composition while the boys tried to dye as many as possible. The babies were mostly interested in seeing what color they could turn their fingers and how hard they could bang the eggs.
An egg dyeing party at Trinity Lime Rock Church on Saturday, April 23, drew a small but dedicated crowd. Though there were only seven children, they made short work of the seven dozen eggs Alexis Dorf, the church’s senior warden, had boiled for the event.

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Referendum vote is May 3 on Region One budget for 2011-12 fiscal year

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The proposed 2011-12 budget for the Region One school district is the subject of a referendum vote Tuesday, May 3, noon to 8 p.m. at the town halls in Cornwall, Falls Village (town of Canaan), Kent, North Canaan, Salisbury and Sharon.
The budget proposal is for a total of $14,679,097, and represents an increase of 1.96 percent ($282,793) from the 2010-11 budget. The proposal was presented at a public hearing April 6.

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LEEF awards underwrite purchase of new equipment in three towns

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The Northwest Corner towns of Falls Village, Kent and Sharon were awarded Lawn Equipment Exchange Fund (LEEF) Awards by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
LEEF Awards are grants given to towns to help pay for the cost of purchasing new equipment that is environmentally friendly.
The program was announced last fall. Interested towns were asked to submit applications and equipment inventories by December 2010.

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Habitat celebrates 20 years in the Northwest Corner

jenniferk@lakevillejournal.com

After eight homes and 20 years, Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut is going strong.
Habitat came to the Northwest Corner in the 1990s, shepherded by two local clergy leaders, the Rev. Dick Taber of Salisbury Congregational Church and the Rev. Chuck Bevan of St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Several meetings were held with representatives from Habitat and a steering committee was formed. The committee initially focused on the Region One towns — North Canaan, Falls Village, Cornwall, Salisbury/Lakeville, Sharon, Kent — but eventually substituted Norfolk for Kent.

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Legislator Kelsey works to give Dutchess County its due

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HARLEM VALLEY — The history of Dutchess County will soon be formally reorganized by the county Legislature.
Michael Kelsey is the county legislator for District 25, which includes the towns of Amenia, Washington, Stanford and Pleasant Valley, as well as the village of Millbrook. He recently introduced a resolution passed by the Legislature declaring the 10 days between Oct. 23 and Nov. 1 as Dutchess County Heritage Days and announcing the county’s intention to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Oct. 23, 1713, decision to elect the county’s first officers.

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Devil’s Acres

COPAKE — A professional boxing match that lasted for 37 rounds? It’s an awe-inspiring tale in many ways — especially since it was not a modern-day match, with boxing gloves in a well-lit arena, but a bare-knuckle brawl on a farm in Boston Corners almost 150 years ago.

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