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LITCHFIELD — Michael Criss, first selectman of Harwinton and chairman of the Northwest Hills Council of Governments’ (NHCOG) legislative committee, told a group of state legislators that the 21 municipalities “are not asking for any more money.”

Criss was speaking at the legislative breakfast, sponsored by NHCOG and the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, at EdAdvance in Litchfield on Thursday morning, Feb. 1.

The NHCOG is an organization made up of the first selectmen from 21 area towns.

Criss asked the legislators to avoid shifting...

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How to create an accessory apartment

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

There is a regional push going on at the moment to increase development of accessory units. The Northwestern Connecticut Regional Planning Collaborative and its HousingUs program have made available fact sheets for residents of area towns explaining the zoning regulations that govern the apartments. It takes homeowners through the steps of planning, building and renting out the apartment. Support is also available for first-time landlords, according to the Planning Collaborative’s Jocelyn Ayer.

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Everything you wanted to know about budgets but shouldn’t wait for town meeting to ask

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

A town budget encompasses every aspect of community life, from teaching children to read to getting rid of snow and trash. Most of the people who write the budget are elected volunteers, the friends, family and neighbors of the people who will be taxed under the new budget.
Everyone should get involved with how their tax dollars are spent, and the time to do so is now, as volunteers on town boards and commissions begin planning for the new fiscal year, which begins July 1.

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The Wedding Day, When ‘I do’ becomes ‘We do’

The perfect wedding: Not a bride’s dream but a couple’s shared vision
jenniferk@lakevillejournal.com

I was not a little girl who dreamed of her wedding day. I didn’t play bride; I didn’t make a veil out of my mother’s slip; I didn’t force my brother to stand in as groom.
The first time I was exposed to wedding mania I was 15, spending the summer working at camp. My boss, who was 19, brought stacks of wedding magazines with her. She taught me to rip out the pages and save them in a notebook so that when it came time to plan my wedding, I’d be ready.

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How to handle snow-laden roofs, ice-jammed gutters

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

The heavy snow and ice on roofs around the region have already begun to take their toll, especially on older buildings such as barns (see related story, below).
Building Inspector and Fire Marshal Stanley MacMillan of Sharon shared some tips and precautions for caring for homes and structures in this extraordinary winter.

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How to avoid same problems next year

The winter of 2011 has provided the Northwest Corner with some truly stunning displays of icicles. Drive (or take a slippery walk) down any local street, and you will be struck by the prevalence of huge icicles and ice dams on the eaves of many homes, both old and new.
Beautiful as they may be, these ice formations are the symptoms of some serious outflows of energy from within the structures they adorn.
The ice buildup, commonly referred to as an “ice dam,” is typically created when heat leaks through a snow-covered roof.

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Barn collapse kills 15 cattle

christineb@millertonnews.com

AMENIA — Fifteen black Angus cattle at Bel Aire Farm on Bangall Amenia Road near Millbrook were killed early Sunday morning, Feb. 6, when the snow-covered roof of the barn they were in collapsed, taking the entire building down with it.
About six of the animals, including two heifers, were saved from the building. The other 15 animals were either crushed or had to be euthanized.

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Press association recognizes Journal

The annual convention of the New England Newspaper and Press Association was held from Feb. 11 to 13 in Boston, Mass.
The Lakeville Journal Co. received several awards for stories and special sections published in 2010. This year there were about 3,000 entries from daily, weekly, bi-weekly and monthly publications in the six-state region encompassed by the association.

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The annual convention of the New England Newspaper and Press Association was held from Feb. 11 to 13 in Boston, Mass.
The Lakeville Journal Co. received several awards for stories and special sections published in 2010. This year there were about 3,000 entries from daily, weekly, bi-weekly and monthly publications in the six-state region encompassed by the association.

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art students take home awards

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Students of Winchester artist Florin Firimita were among this year’s award winners in the annual Alliance for Young Artists & Writers Scholastics Awards.
Firimita, a teacher at Southbury’s Pomperaug Regional High School, saw students Nathan Zabarsky, Sarah Sahran, Jessica Bonaventure and Elizabeth Miserendino take home awards for drawing, mixed media and painting. A total of nine students from Pomperaug won 11 awards.

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Schools react to Cuomo’s budget

corya@millertonnews.com christineb@millertonnews.com

HARLEM VALLEY — At the beginning of the month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented his budget proposal for the state of New York, which would cut aid to school districts statewide by 7.3 percent, part of a $1.5 billion reduction in overall cuts to education.
The proposal would affect every school district in the area, but as talks with district superintendents revealed, each district is approaching this year’s budget process in slightly different ways.

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