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COPAKE — Taking the next step in their fight against GRJH’s proposed gas station in Craryville, members of the community coalition Save Craryville attended the Copake Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) meeting on Thursday, Oct. 24, to discuss the appeal the coalition filed to GRJH’s special use permit.

Over the last couple of months, Save Craryville has been vocal in its opposition against the development of a vacant lot, located at the northwest corner of State Route 23 and County Route 7, into a large gas station. After attending numerous Copake Planning Board...

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‘Crazy’ new novel by local author Judy Marshall

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DOVER — Judy Marshall is finding success with her first novel, “Crazy: A True Love Story.” Marshall is a Dover resident; she’s the owner of the former Judy’s Flowers in Wassaic, which has evolved into the eclectic Hamlet Country Store, on Route 22.
“It’s heartwarming and heartbreaking,” she said.
The novel takes place throughout Dutchess County and follows the lives of a married couple, Julie and Dan. It’s a story of love, infidelity and how Julie overcomes Dan’s indiscretions to forge ahead in their relationship.

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Library Gala 2012

COPAKE — The weather outside may — or may not — be frightful, but a committee of volunteers is already thinking spring and making plans for Gala 2012, the popular annual fundraiser for the Roeliff Jansen Community Library.
Gala Committee Co-chairs Cathy Oates, Pat Pollok and Laurie Shnayerson announced that Saturday, June 2, will be the date of the Gala, and that it will take place, as it did last year, at Camp Pontiac in West Copake.

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Salisbury selectmen most highly paid in the region

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The Northwestern Connecticut Council of Governments (COG) has just released its annual listing of salaries paid to town employees in the region. Towns in the Northwest Corner often refer to the list as they enter into the annual budget planning season. Charts showing all the information can be found at The Lakeville Journal’s website at www.tricornernews.com.
The COG is an organization based in Warren, Conn., made up of the first selectmen from nine Litchfield County towns, including all six towns in the Region One school district.

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Driver pleads not guilty in Sheffield crash that killed Hotchkiss graduate

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SHEFFIELD — A Connecticut man charged in a fatal drunk driving accident in Sheffield on Feb. 28 has pled not guilty in a court arraignment.
Federick Weller, 35, of Sandy Hook, a section of Newtown, Conn., is facing his fifth drunk driving arrest. His license was suspended at the time of the accident, in which he drove his pickup truck into the southbound lane of Route 7 and hit four cars.

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Darrell Scott performs at Beekley Library

NEW HARTFORD — Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Darrell Scott, a recent member of Robert Plant’s Band of Joy, will perform Saturday, March 17, 7:30 p.m., at the Beekley Library.
Scott has received critical acclaim for his music and songwriting. His 2003 album, “Theatre of the Unheard,” was one of Rolling Stone magazine’s top critics’ albums, while his latest album, “Long Ride Home,” has neared the top of the Americana charts and was the highest-debuting album on the Country charts.
Finger food and wine will be served during the performer’s program.

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Store owners fight liquor law changes

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GOSHEN — More than a dozen owners of independent Northwest Corner liquor stores gathered at Goshen Wine & Spirits on Friday, Feb. 24, for a rally, hosted by state Sen. Andrew Roraback (R-30) against Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed changes to state liquor laws.
In his opening remarks, Roraback said, “If you like what Home Depot has done for our local hardware stores, if you like what CVS has done for our community drug stores, you are going to love what the governor’s proposal does for our neighborhood package stores.”

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Celebrating National FFA Week

Housatonic Valley FFA
A Year in Review

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Paintings by Banjie Getsinger Nicholas at UConn-Torrington

TORRINGTON — Award-winning painter Banjie Getsinger Nicholas will be featured at the University of Connecticut’s Torrington campus this spring in “Silver Linings: Literal/Metaphorical” at the Brick Wall Space Gallery. The exhibition runs from Monday, Feb. 27, to May 11.

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Hurley named executive chef at Forman School

LITCHFIELD — Winchester resident Christopher Hurley has been named executive chef at The Forman School.
A graduate of the Connecticut Culinary Institute, Hurly has more than 20 years of experience in the food industry. His focus will be on local and fresh.
“Everything from soups to entrees will be from scratch, using seasonal, local produce,” Hurley said.
Most recently, Hurly worked as the executive chef for the Hilton in Salt Lake City, Utah. Before that, he served as the executive chef for the Marriott, also in Salt Lake City.

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Crash kills Torrington man, leaves Winsted man hospitalized

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TORRINGTON — A head-on crash left a Torrington man dead and a Winsted man in critical condition Monday night, Jan. 13, on Torrington-Winsted Road.
Shortly after 9 p.m., police were called to the area in front of Southworth’s Wayside Furniture, at 3261 Winsted Road, Torrington, where a 911 caller had reported a two-car, head-on collision between a Saturn station wagon and a Ford Ranger pickup truck.

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