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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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Reapportionment Committee misses Sept. 15 deadline

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HARTFORD — Taking advantage of an available option that was expected to be used this year, the state Reapportionment Committee formally decided Tuesday to extend the decennial redistricting process and form a new committee to complete the task of redrawing state and national legislative districts.

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Napolitano: ‘We are not leaving’

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CONNECTICUT — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano assured Connecticut residents last week that FEMA is here for the long haul, after touring the state with Gov. Dannel Malloy to survey damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene last month.

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Harlem Valley schools look forward to year

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HARLEM VALLEY — Even though this school year represents the launch of the new core curriculum, which is bringing drastic changes to teaching standards in New York schools, the Millbrook Central School District, the Pine Plains Central School District and the North East (Webutuck) Central School District all reported very smooth starts to the 2011-12 school year.

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FEMA opens disaster centers

The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have opened nine Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) to assist individuals, households and businesses that suffered damage from Tropical Storm Irene and the subsequent flooding.
Residents are strongly encouraged to register first with FEMA and then come into the DRCs with follow-up questions or concerns. Register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) (TTY 800-462-7585).

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Police report two traffic fatalities Labor Day weekend

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MIDDLETOWN — The Connecticut State Police reported at least 300 accidents took place over the course of the Labor Day holiday weekend, Sept. 2 to 5, including 14 with injuries and one fatal accident on the Merritt Parkway in Norwalk, in which two men were killed.
Jeffrey Hinton, 22, of Stamford and Jason McKinney, 26, of Norwalk were the victims of the one-car accident, reported by State Police Troop G, in which the vehicle, driven by Hinton, struck a guardrail and went airborne before striking a tree. Hinton and McKinney were pronounced dead at the scene.

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Scar is healing at World Trade Center

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One of the most controversial and emotional construction projects in New York City history is quickly reaching important milestones on the way to completion, 10 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The latest photographs and renderings of the in-progress World Trade Center (WTC) complex were released last week, ahead of the public opening of two giant square reflecting pools, surrounded by man-made waterfalls in the footprints of the destroyed Twin Towers. The dedication is set for next Monday, Sept. 12.

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Everyone turns out for the Goshen Fair

A family tradition
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GOSHEN — For many of the young people showing cows and other livestock at the Goshen Fair, the most exciting part is sleeping in the barn. Around 175 cows and 60 exhibitors from Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts entered the dairy cow contest this year, and 40 to 50 of them planned to spend the three nights of the fair in the barn.

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Why were papers delayed?

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Many readers have asked why The Lakeville Journal Co. newspapers were late in printing last week, for the issue of Sept. 1.
While Northwest Corner residents were very aware of Hurricane (then Tropical Storm) Irene and its effects on surrounding towns, they may not have been as aware of the devastation in other parts of Connecticut.
The Lakeville Journal building in Lakeville did not lose power at all, which helped our staff finish writing, editing and composing the newspapers in time for the usual deadline.

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Giving voice to TwitterKids of Tanzania

Reporter’s Journal
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When did I fall in love with Africa? Maybe it was when I was in first grade, and became so obsessed with the ancient pharaohs that I told everyone I was going to become an archaeologist and Egyptologist when I grew up.
Maybe it was when I studied the continent in college, in my Academic Travel class.
Or maybe it was I finally set foot on African soil, in October 2006. I went to Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, on a program sponsored by the university in Switzerland that I attended.

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Preparing for November’s Election

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HARLEM VALLEY — Summer is nearing an end and November will be here sooner than some might imagine. With fall comes election season and all of the preparations political hopefuls must make to get onto the ballot and into office.

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