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BARKHAMSTED/WEST HARTLAND —  Thomas McGee, 49, a West Hartland resident, was arrested on Tuesday, June 13, in connection with a hit-and-run accident that took place last year.

According to a press release issued by State Police Sgt.Thomas Burke, McGee turned himself in on an arrest warrant for the charge of evading responsibility.

McGee was released after he was booked on a $2,500 surety bond and is scheduled to answer the charge at Bantam Superior Court on Tuesday, June 27, at 10 a.m.

The charge stems from the hit-and-run motor vehicle accident that took...

Barkhamsted

O’Reilly to open soon

BARKHAMSTED — An O’Reilly Auto Parts store is scheduled to open by February, according to company spokesman Mark Merz.
The store is located on Route 44 near Mallory Brook Plaza.
According to the store’s website at www.oreillyauto.com, the national store chain was founded in 1957. It consists of 4,712 stores in 45 states and employees 74,000 people.
The nearest O’Reilly stores to the Northwest Corner are 20 miles away in Southington and East Hartford.

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FALPS starts year off on the right foot with hike

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BARKHAMSTED — The Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forest (FALPS) group held a two-mile hike at Peoples State Forest on Sunday, Jan. 1.
Eleven hikers started their journey at Greenwoods Road and hiked two and a half miles in the forest, despite the 30-degree temperatures.
The hike was led by FALPS board member Janet Bumstead.

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Ice skating rink opens

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BARKHAMSTED — Residents, including members of the Barkhamsted Lions Club, volunteered to put together the town’s ice skating rink on Saturday, Jan. 7.
The rink is located behind the Barkhamsted School at 65 Ripley Hill Road.
According to Club President Rejean Labrie, the town has constructed an ice rink there in five of the past six years.

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Feder has book signing at Squire’s Tavern

BARKHAMSTED — The Barkhamsted Historical Society held a book signing with author Kenneth Feder at Squire’s Tavern on Saturday, Nov. 19.
Feder’s latest book is “Walter Landgraf Soapstone Quarry,” about the newly designated state archaeological preserve located in People’s State Forest.
Soapstone is a type of metamorphic rock that is easily manipulated because it is comparatively soft. 

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Christmas Fairs kick off holiday season

Event raises funds for Pleasant Valley church
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BARKHAMSTED — Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church held its Christmas Fair on Saturday, Nov. 12.
The annual event is a benefit for the church and its mission.
Merchandise included various holiday items and flea market finds, including hand knitted hats, scarves, used electronics and collectibles.
The event also included a bake sale and a lunch cooked up by church members.

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Haunted House brings delight with frights

RIVERTON — The Barkhamsted Lions Club held its annual Haunted House at Riverton Self Storage on Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30.
A new layout featuring over 20 monsters brought crowds of return visitors to see what scares were in store for this year. 
Upon entering, guests stood beside the coffin the of “Headless Fisherman” as they learned his story. The “Headless Fisherman,” who was brought to “life” by one of the actors, was this year’s theme.

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A tavern party for the ages

BARKHAMSTED —  On Saturday, Oct. 22, the Barkhamsted Historical Society hosted its fourth annual Tavern Night fundraiser at the Squire’s Tavern. 
Squire’s Tavern was built circa 1795 and was owned by local farmer Bela Squire and his family.
It is located at 100 East River Road, which is right at the edge of People’s State Forest.
The land and building were purchased in 1884 by the Ullmann family, which owned it until the 1920s, after which it became part of People’s State Forest.

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Benefit sale for NWR7 booster club

BARKHAMSTED —  The Northwestern Regional High School Booster Club held a benefit mums and plant sale on Saturday, Sept. 24.
The sale was held outside the Barkhamsted Town Garage.

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Military awards $7.4 million contract

BARKHAMSTED —  On Monday, Sept. 26, U.S. Rep. John Larson (D-1), along with United States Senators Chris Murphy (D) and Richard Blumenthal (D) announced that the United States Army has awarded Tru-Hitch, Inc. a $7.4 million contract.

The announcement came in the form of a press release issued by Larson, Murphy and Blumenthal.

Tru-Hitch is located at 16 W West Hill Road.

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DEEP biologist talks about the ‘bear’ facts

BARKHAMSTED — On Friday, Sept. 17, state Department of Energy and Environment (DEEP) biologist, Jason Hawley hosted a discussion on the history of black bears in Connecticut and how to live bear smart at the pavilion in People’s State Forest. 

Hawley, a native of Hartland, previously studied wolves and has been studying bears for 12 years. After living in Massachusetts and out west, he returned to Connecticut to accept his current position.

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