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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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Fate of FOI commission still uncertain

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The passage and signing of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s 2011-13 biennial budget last week did not ease uncertainty for many state employees and entire commissions, which stand to be reduced and/or eliminated when lawmakers begin figuring out how to distribute the money — and supporters of at least one commission are hoping to survive the shuffle.

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No closure yet on new state budget

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First layoff notices go out to state employees
HARTFORD — Marathon sessions last week in the state Senate and House of Representatives resulted in the swift passage of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed two-year 2011-13 budget, but details regarding specific spending cuts remained unclear this week as the governor negotiated givebacks from state employees.
As expected, Malloy began issuing layoff notices to state employees Tuesday morning, in preparation for the possibility of a stalemate.

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Artists mingle at clay exhibit

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LAKEVILLE — Local artists and those connected to the arts gathered to mix and mingle at the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council’s mixer on Wednesday, May 4.
The mixer was held at The Hotchkiss School’s Tremaine Gallery, where a new exhibit of South African pottery, entitled “Clay — The Art of Earth and Fire,” has recently opened.

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Stamping out hunger, one package at a time

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HARLEM VALLEY — Rural post offices throughout the region are determined to help the hungry. On Saturday, May 14, mail carriers will collect nonperishable food left beside mailboxes, which they will then deliver to area food banks, all as part of the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
“Even if people only leave out one or two items, it’s helping out in a big way,” said Wassaic postal clerk Karen Ricapito. “You wouldn’t believe the amount of stuff that comes in when people do that — it really does add up and it’s for those who really need it.”

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BOE budget and school board vote May 17

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HARLEM VALLEY — Residents throughout the region will soon have the opportunity to vote for or against their schools’ proposed budgets for the 2011-12 academic year. Tuesday, May 17, is the date for the annual school district election and vote, when in addition to the budget voters get to cast their ballots in favor of candidates running for their district’s Board of Education.
Polling places are open from noon until 9 p.m. in the Webutuck and Millbrook districts, and from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. in the Pine Plains district. Polling locations are as follows:

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State budget passes swiftly

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HARTFORD — The Connecticut General Assembly quickly passed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget this week, with the Senate voting 19-17 early Tuesday morning and the House quickly following with an 83-67 vote to approve the $40.1 billion package.
Critics noted that the budget raises $2.6 billion in taxes for the next two years and may make it more difficult for Connecticut businesses to thrive, but swift passage came as a political victory for the new governor, who had asked the Legislature for a speedy vote.

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Bicycling event begins May 28

NEW HAVEN — There’s still time for cyclists to register for AngelRide powered by Team Hole in the Wall, the cross-Connecticut cycling event that supports seriously ill hospitalized children.
More than 250 cyclists will participate in AngelRide this Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29. All proceeds benefit The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Hospital Outreach Program that brings hope and healing to children with serious illnesses in Connecticut hospitals and other hospitals across the northeast.

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A taste of classical music

Students in the Yale University music program performed for third-graders from the Region One School District at Music Mountain on Thursday, April 28. The annual concert is presented by Music Mountain and the Arts Fund for Region One. The quartet was made up of, from left, Igor Pikayzen, violin; Edward Tan, violin; Philo Lee, viola; and Eve Tang, cello. During a question-and-answer session, one third-grader asked the musicians how much they practice. “Not as much as I should, probably,” replied Tan.

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State vote could knock wind out of turbines

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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

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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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