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STANFORDVILLE — Stanford Community Day will again provide an opportunity for revelers to pick a favorite pair and cheer them to victory in what has become the traditional Push Cart Derby, organized by Helen Hamada and her husband, Kardsh Onnig of the Barraka Center for 3D Experimentation.

They began the event three years ago because, according to Hamada, “post election there was such a divide in this country that we thought, ‘Why don’t we try to do something in the community?’ Something that will be fun and bring everyone together — and it doesn...

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Small towns increasingly share equipment, services

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For many small town leaders and volunteers, it’s beginning to look like regionalization is the future. No matter how good, or bad, their financial position, or how up-to-date their services are or aren’t, there are still many ways for towns to benefit from shared resources.
Sharing a regional high school, as Region One has done for the last 72 years, is a prime example. The six towns in the region share one superintendent, one high school and special education services for the elementary schools, among other things.

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DEEP mulls bear hunting season

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Reports of a growing black bear population and sharp rise in complaints about “nuisance” bears has prompted the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to put a plan in place for a limited bear hunting season.

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Bernier feels ‘fight is now’ in U.S. Congress

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Justin Bernier, running for the Republican nomination for Congress from the 5th District, is talking about growth as the way out of the economic doldrums.
In a phone interview with The Lakeville Journal on Friday, Jan. 20, he spoke about the economy, taxes, energy, foreign policy, the size of the federal government — and the joys of travel.
On taxes: He’s not in favor of tax increases per se. “We need more taxpayers working and paying taxes.”
On a flat tax: Bernier would prefer a flatter rate, “but obviously the rich would pay at a higher rate.”

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Malloy: revenues are down

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HARTFORD — The state Office of Policy and Management (OPM) and the Office of Fiscal Analysis (OFA) say the state has lost revenues since implementing its 2011-13 budget, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has vowed to finish the current fiscal year “in the black.”
Malloy has directed OPM Secretary Ben Barnes to develop a budget management plan that will limit spending to available resources in fiscal year 12.

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Icy waters

Although the Tenmile River in Wassaic was forming ice on Saturday, Jan. 15, that didn’t stop these Canada geese from braving the frigid water. The ambient temperature dipped into the low 20s on Saturday.

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DOT winter driving tips

HARLEM VALLEY — New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has provided the following tips for driving safely during winter weather. Motorists are also instructed to call 511 or visit www.511ny.org for the latest driving conditions.
Some of the most important tips for safe winter driving include:
•Never follow a snowplow too closely or attempt to pass one. Remember that the highway ahead of the plow is usually snow-covered.
•Adjust speed for road conditions and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.

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Charges in fatality following June crash

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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...

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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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