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Classrooms will see 16 new teachers when classes begin Aug. 26 in the Region One School District, which includes the elementary schools in Canaan/Falls Village, Cornwall, Kent, Sharon, Salisbury and North Canaan, as well as Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS). Not pictured are Audra Leach, Danielle Melino, Elizabeth Frost and Kiera Bisenius.

 

Maddie Cutler is the new fourth grade teacher at North Canaan Elementary...

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Charges in fatality following June crash

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

GOSHEN — A Goshen man has been charged after an investigation into a fatal accident last June 3.
Stephen Houk, 28, of 556 Sharon Turnpike (Route 4) was backing a pickup truck and trailer out of his driveway at about 6:42 a.m. when the Ford F250 was struck by a motorcycle operated by Timothy Hall, 29, of Winsted. Hall died of injuries he sustained after landing in the bed of the truck.

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They’re just the best cookies...

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

It’s Girl Scout cookie time. And as much as we all like to complain about the narrow window of opportunity, we know that’s one of the reasons we love them so.
Still, there are those Thin Mints (an extra box must be bought and stashed in the freezer) and Tagalongs and Do-Si-Does and, well, there’s not one in the eight varieties sold here that doesn’t have its fans.
Speaking of which, the mix of chocolate, caramel and coconut that is Samoas has more than a half-million fans on its own Facebook page.

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Calhoun teams up with cancer society

ROCKY HILL — University of Connecticut Hall of Fame Head Coach Jim Calhoun is the honorary chair of the New England Chapter of CEOs Against Cancer, the American Cancer Society announced this week.
This American Cancer Society volunteer forum of CEOs represents New England-headquartered Fortune 1,000 companies and organizations with 1,000 or more employees. It works to improve the health of employees, organizations and surrounding communities by raising their awareness about how to stay well, get well and fight back against cancer.

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Winsted native participates in People Helping People Club

WILLIMANTIC — Eastern Connecticut State University student and Winsted resident Margaret Gainer, a member of the class of 2015, has joined the People Helping People (PHP) organization at the university.
PHP involves students in social issues which affect the local and global community while providing the opportunity to develop leadership and interpersonal skills. The organization regularly organizes volunteer opportunities on campus and informs students on important social issues such as poverty, hunger and education.

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Rail Trail extension moves forward

COPAKE — The Copake Hills­dale Rail Trail Alliance has announced it has raised the matching funds required by a $121,965 New York state grant, putting the proposed extension of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail a big step closer to reality.

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The ABC’s of local government

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NEW YORK STATE — There is no better time to start attending local government meetings than at the beginning of the year when new people are joining the board.
As the newly elected officials settle into their roles, they are sure to ask extra questions that will benefit the people who chose to watch or attend the government meetings. Those questions will often garner information about the history of current issues, the proper protocol and the definition of commonly used jargon, acronyms, abbreviations, terms and phrases.

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Staying warm and safe, with wood stoves

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HARLEM VALLEY — It’s getting cold out there, colder every day, in fact. Along with winter and below- freezing temperatures, residents throughout the Harlem Valley are doing what they can to stay warm, without spending a bundle. One option many homeowners are exploring is installing a wood stove — an economic solution to Mother Nature’s most wicked wintery weather.

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Gilbert choir serenades Town Hall employees

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Lions donate to Diabetes Center

TORRINGTON — The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Diabetes Center has received a $500 donation from The Harwinton Lions Club to assist in funding for continuous glucose monitors and diabetes-related materials for patients.
“We are extremely grateful to the Harwinton Lion’s Club for assisting us in making this innovative new program available to diabetes patients in our community. Our program allows us to help patients and their families better manage diabetes and make healthy lifestyle choices,” said Lois Pelletier, program coordinator of the Diabetes Center.

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Supreme court appoints a special master to oversee redistricting

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Having met a 2011 deadline for the redrawing of state House and Senate legislative maps for the Connecticut General Assembly, the legislature’s Reapportionment Committee remained mired in disagreement over U.S. Congressional redistricting at the end of the year, requiring intervention from the state Supreme Court and the hiring of a special master to oversee the process.

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