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Lives lost in 2001 and in the ensuing years-long war on terror were honored during a 24-hour long Patriot Day ceremony held at St. Martin of Tours in North Canaan. 

The event was once again organized by the Knights of Columbus and member Nick DeAngelis, as has been the case since the first ceremony at the Route 7 site in 2008.

“This is the 10th time the service has been 24 hours long,” DeAngelis said on Wednesday morning, Sept. 11, standing outside the tent erected each year on the lawn in front of the church. He said as far as he knows this is the only...

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Out for bear? Not this year

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

No bear hunting — at least not this year. A proposal by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) did not make it to the Legislature for consideration.
The draft bill would have created a lottery for a specific number of hunting licenses. The DEEP stated a need to thin the growing bear population in Connecticut, particularly in the Northwest and Northeast Corners.
It opened a debate over the actual need and benefits.

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Multiple fires ignite region

arvolynh@millertonnews.com

HARLEM VALLEY — There have been multiple fires across the county this week, with at least nine fires reported on Monday, March 26. They stretched from Wassasic to Pawling, Poughkeepsie to Freedom Plains. The previous week there was a large fire on Indian Mountain Road in Lakeville, Conn. The fires ranged from brush fires to electrical fires to a fire that began on board a school bus, behind Arlington High School.
The reason for all of the fires, according to local firefighters, was primarily the dry, windy conditions.

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Sherman elected legislator

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DUTCHESS COUNTY — In what turned out to be an exciting exercise of the democratic process, a new legislator was elected on Wednesday, March 21, to replace Republican Gary Cooper. The 52-year-old Cooper resigned on March 9 after 12 years as a county legislator, to take a high-level position in the Dutchess County Highway Department.
His replacement is Dave Sherman, the former supervisor of the town of North East.

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Wind, dry air, lack of rain cause fires to spread quickly

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

Numerous fires have been reported in the Tri-state region in the past week, including a brush fire in Lakeville that spread over an estimated 35 to 50 acres.
Firefighters in Dutchess County were particularly busy this weekend and on Monday. Ten fires were reported that day as high winds and dry conditions combined to create a perfect storm of dangerous conditions.
A fire in Amenia on Saturday evening burned the private family chapel on the property of the Stefanopoulos family.

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Hospital layoffs blamed on state tax, fluctuating patient levels

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — “Fluctuating volumes” of emergency room patients and hospital inpatients were given as a major reason for a significant reduction in staff at Sharon Hospital.
The hospital’s president and CEO, Kimberly Lumia, also cited a substantial new tax levied on the hospital by the state as another reason for the layoff of 26 employees on Wednesday, March 21.
“Our goal is to have a right-sized organization for the volume of patients, so we’re back to our 2010 levels of staffing,” Lumia said.

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Weantinoge Trust adds 300 acres to NW Corner’s protected lands

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The Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust has announced the permanent preservation of more than 300 acres of significant land in the Northwest Corner. Arrangements were completed in 2011.
“We are thrilled with the foresight of these land owners for realizing the importance of protecting open space and wildlife habitat in northwest Connecticut and commend Weantinoge Heritage for facilitating the process,” said Scott Heth, director of the Sharon Audubon Center and a Lakeville Journal columnist.

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Commission wants to protect Housatonic River

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

They have the potential to be a real force in maintaining the well-being of the Housatonic River, but their profile is as low as, well, as low as the river in an August drought.
The Housatonic River Commission (HRC) is an assemblage of representatives, two from each of seven towns along the river, from North Canaan to New Milford.
They are now taking steps to have a more visible presence among the many town and regional agencies that weigh in on projects that impact the river and its shoreline.

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Drought, winds mean early start to brush fires

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

The warm weather is encouraging residents to get a jump on spring yard cleanup. For many, the big chore this year is clearing away tree limbs — not only the typical winter debris, but leftovers from the late-October nor’easter.
But those planning to burn wood and brush outdoors are going to have to wait.

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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

cynthiah@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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