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HARLEM VALLEY — Budget season is over with, and salaries for town leadership have been set. So just how much do some local elected and appointed officials make? The Millerton News compiles a yearly list of who makes what where. It follows below.

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Fee increases at DMV will help budget

Along with a host of new taxes and other laws, changes at the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) went into effect Friday, July 1. Many fees were increased, and the Legislature passed several new laws aimed at streamlining services and making the DMV more efficient.
Most of the fees are going up only a few dollars. The fee to obtain a six-year drivers’ license was raised from $66 to $72 and a new penalty fee of $25 was added for failing to renew a drivers’ license or a commercial drivers’ license. The fee for a two-year registration of a passenger vehicle rose from $75 to $80.

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Good tunes and times in Riverton

shawi@winstedjournal.com

RIVERTON — Music was in the air during the first Riverton Music Festival, held on Saturday, July 2.
The outdoor music festival last from late morning all the way into the night on the town Green. More than 100 people gathered to enjoy folk, rock and big band swing.
Performers included Valley Swing Shift, The Girls of Mad River Crossing, The Al Fenton Big Band, The Rivertones and Vinyl Vortex.
Carl Gallmeyer, organizer of the festival, said a lot of people and businesses were involved in the organization of the event.

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Natural gas: boom, disaster or both?

Part one: A super field unfolds

NEW YORK STATE — Across the Hudson River, a 21st-century gold rush is on.
The mineral this time is natural gas and the players are some of the biggest names in the oil-and-gas industry, Exxon/Mobile and Chesapeake Energy among them. It’s locked a mile down in Devonian Shale, deposited 400 millions years ago as mud and plankton when the Appalachian basin was a sea and aged since to high-Btu-content fuel.

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Important though obscure

10 Mill Law limits forest land taxes
karenb@lakevillejournal.com

It’s a state law that probably affects fewer people here than any other legislation. But it has the potential to impact millions of dollars in tax penalties.

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Firework safety for pets

HYDE PARK — With the start of the summer season, the Dutchess County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) offers tips for pet owners concerned about their pets reactions to loud noises. This time of year, noises from fireworks and thunderstorms can upset pets and can even cause damage to their hearing. Pets can become terrified of loud noises. They cannot control their reactions. Pets may try to run away or otherwise escape the noise. They may injure themselves in the attempt to get away.

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State Trust needs photos, data on area’s old barns

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

Old barns are as much a part of the Litchfield County landscape as trees, deer and undulating expanses of infinitely beautiful farmfields. But according to the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, barns are “becoming an extinct building type” in this state.
The reason why should be obvious. In recent years there has been much talk about the slow death of farming and agriculture in this part of the world. Conversations on that topic tend to focus on the human and economic angles.

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Graduation 2011

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Same-sex marriage legalized in New York

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NEW YORK — On Friday, June 24, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law historic legislation, making New York the sixth state to sanction marriage between same-sex couples. He did so after the Senate voted 33 to 29 in favor of the Marriage Equity Act.

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Berry, berry nice!

shawi@winstedjournal.com

WINCHESTER CENTER — A berry, good time was had by all on Sunday, June 19 at the Winchester Grange during the annual Strawberry Festival. According to grange member Sue Addison, the festival was started in 1950 by the Winchester Fire Department.
The Grange took over organizing the festival years later. At the festival, people were served strawberry shortcakes with homemade biscuits, whipped cream and loads of strawberries.

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Schibi, Gessay engaged

FEEDING HILLS, Mass. — Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gessay of Feeding Hills have announced the engagement of their daughter, Nicki Gessay, to Devin Schibi. He is the son of Sandi Young of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Jim Schibi of Winsted. The groom-to-be is employed with Smith & Wesson of Springfield, Mass., and the prospective bride is employed with Valley Opportunity Council of Chicopee, Mass. They both reside in Westfield, Mass.
An October 2012 wedding is planned.

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