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DOVER PLAINS — Equipped with signs and banners declaring their resistance in brightly colored letters, an estimated 70 area protesters rallied together at 2241 Route 22 across the street from the construction site of the Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVEC) to speak out against the power plant’s development last Saturday, July 13. In addition to the familiar faces that have been protesting CVEC since the beginning, were Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir from the New York City based Earth-defending performance community Earthalujah! as well as folksinger Pat LaManna, the...

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Angel Food closes

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

Angel Food Ministries — an organization that provides low-cost food to people in need — has folded, due to its own economic woes.
The Georgia-based cooperative had, in 16 years, spread rapidly across 43 states. Churches rallied teams of volunteers to coordinate monthly distribution of fresh produce, frozen meat and nonperishable foods. Food purchased by the truckload ensured bargain prices. Customers pre-ordered from a choice of boxes with several combinations of food choices.
The August delivery was the last.

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Rising costs, waning interest bring down Angel Food effort

Angel Food Ministries — an organization that provides low-cost food to people in need — has folded, due to its own economic woes.
The Georgia-based cooperative had, in 16 years, spread rapidly across 43 states. Churches rallied teams of volunteers to coordinate monthly distribution of fresh produce, frozen meat and nonperishable foods. Food purchased by the truckload ensured bargain prices. Customers pre-ordered from a choice of boxes with several combinations of food choices.
The August delivery was the last.

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Fair celebrates time-honored traditions

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RIVERTON — Spectacular fall weather coaxed residents to the Riverton Fair Friday, Oct. 7, to Sunday, Oct. 9.
The fair included lumberjack contests, fair rides and traditional agricultural showings.
Fair President Al Jones said that attendance was up this year with approximately 15,000 people attending during the three-day event.

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Auditions announced for ‘A Christmas Carol’

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RIVERTON — A Christmas tradition in Barkhamsted’s village community of Riverton returns this December with the Riverton Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol,” Dec. 2, 3 and 4 at Riverton Congregational Church. Auditions for the production are under way for all roles, along with crew members and stage management positions.
Producer John Morici said this week that rehearsals for the production will begin around Oct. 21 and that roles are immediately available for this musical production, which has been running for more than two decades in Riverton.

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Making green energy affordable

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There are only a couple of weeks left for residents to apply for solar-electric installations through DCS Energy. This is the same program through which many area towns and nonprofits are getting free installations.
Schools, libraries, churches, transfer stations and the like will be able to produce some or all of their electrical needs for free, thanks to one portion of the program that is, however, no longer being offered. It was underwritten in part by federal stimulus funds, which are gone, explained DCS’s Bob Oberle.

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Riverton Fair back for 102nd year

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RIVERTON — The 102nd annual Riverton Fair will be held this weekend — on Friday, Oct. 7, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 9, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The fair will include a large variety of rides, agricultural exhibits, band performances, contests, livestock contests and plenty of amusements and family fun for everyone.
Contests include wood chopping, sawing, ax throwing, oxen pulling, baking and pie eating.
Al Jones is a fair organizer and said he has attended it since he was a baby.

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Cold weather season is here and so is potential for a chimney fire

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

With temperatures dropping and autumn officially here, many area residents are using their fireplaces and wood stoves to add some heat to their homes.
As a result, local fire companies have had to put out several chimney fires in the past few days.
Most if not all chimney fires are caused by a buildup of creosote on the chimney lining, according to local fire officials —who note that often it falls to the volunteer firefighters to scrape off the sticky substance, a job that is better performed by a professional chimney cleaner.

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Rigby criticizes Malloy

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HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed two controversial executive orders last week, establishing a working group to study the possibility of unionization for day care workers and personal care attendants. The move, which follows the failure of similar measures to make it to the floor of the state Senate, drew immediate criticism from political opponents, who said the governor is showing favoritism to unions.

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Ahead of 2012:

Growing field of Senate candidates
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Two years after the election of Connecticut’s first new senator in more than two decades, the field of candidates is growing in the battle for outgoing Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s seat.

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Candidates selected at primaries and caucuses

The results are in:
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HARLEM VALLEY — Primary and caucus results have been tallied for North East, Amenia, Pine Plains, Washington and Millbrook, as follows:
North East
The Democratic Caucus held on Saturday, Aug. 27 determined which candidates would be backed by the party for the open supervisor and town council positions.
Incumbent Dave Sherman won the Democratic nomination for the town supervisor race, beating John Merwin. Sherman is also endorsed by the Republicans.

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