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COLEBROOK — Colebrook Congregational Church’s community food pantry is looking for donations in order to help serve those in need in the community.

The food pantry has been supplying families in need with fresh and nonperishable food since 2015. 

The church has recently received a grant for renovations from the Colebrook Associates to create a more efficient storage space for the pantry. 

Pastor Jeffrey Smith said the pantry can always use donations.

“We can always use spaghetti, sauce, apple sauce, canned fish, meat, tuna, ham,...

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Organization profile: Nature’s Classroom

COLEBROOK —  Tucked away on 540 sprawling acres on 6 Prock Hill Road, Camp Jewell has been a favorite destination for students and families since 1901. 
In 1986, Camp Jewell partnered with New England nonprofit environmental education program, Nature’s Classroom, to provide students with a hands-on outdoor experience.
Program Coordinator Ben Spencer works to connect school groups with Camp Jewell, receiving students from all over New England. 

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Colebrook Land Conservancy holds annual meeting

COLEBROOK —  The Colebrook Land Conservancy held its potluck dinner at the Colebrook Senior and Community Center on Friday, April 21.
The dinner included a lecture by author John Himmelman, co-founder of the Connecticut Butterfly Association.
Himmelman spoke about creating butterfly habitats and  about butterfly families and life cycles.
Linda Raciborski, president of the conservancy, said the organization was founded 31 years ago.
Raciborski said the conservancy currently has 250 members.

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Foundation grants Colebrook child’s wish

COLEBROOK —  The state branch of the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted 10-year-old Ayla Fritz’s wish on Thursday, March 30, by unveiling a treehouse at her family’s home.
Launched in 1986, the foundation’s goal is to fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
According to a press release, the Connecticut chapter has fulfilled more than 2,700 wishes since its inception.

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Center hosts annual Irish dinner

COLEBROOK —  The Colebrook Senior and Community Center, located inside Town Hall, held its annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner on Friday, March 10. Volunteers served traditional Irish corned beef dinners along with potatoes, vegetables, Irish soda bread and a selection of homemade Irish-themed desserts to hundreds of residents. 

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Community snow tubing day at Camp Jewell

COLEBROOK — The sun beat down at the top of the snow-tubing hill at Camp Jewell on Sunday, Feb. 19, and temperatures pushed 60 degrees.
Yet, there were plenty of residents snow tubing at the camp for its community tubing day.
Community tubing takes place every Sunday during the winter at Camp Jewell, from 2 to 4 p.m.
The day is free and open to the public. “There aren’t any long wait lines for tubing like you might have at some other places,” said camp staff member Levi Miller.

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Scouts hold celebration

COLEBROOK —  Boy Scout Troop 1027 and Cub Scout Pack 1027 from Winsted held their Blue and Gold Celebration at Colebrook Consolidated School on Sunday, Feb. 20.
The event celebrated the 107th anniversary of the founding of The Boy Scouts of America, which was incorporated on Feb. 8, 1910.
Scouts were treated to a history lesson in scouting, discussions with Eagle Scouts and a visit from performer “Trevor the Entertainer.”

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Church group sends valentines to veterans

COLEBROOK —  A heart- shaped sign on the door that said “We love our vets” greeted attendees to the Valentines for Vets program at the Colebrook Congregational Church on Saturday, Feb. 11.
At the event, families got together to create handmade valentines to be brought to the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Newington.
This year, 57 elaborate Valentine gift bags were constructed for veterans at the facility.

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Valentines for veterans

Eve Engleman and Maize Smith, 9, helped create valentines for veterans at the Colebrook Congregational Church on Saturday, Feb. 11. For full story, visit Church group sends valentines to veterans.

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Final Italian Night at Senior Center

COLEBROOK — Due to a trend of low attendance, organizers said that the sixth annual Italian Night on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Colebrook Senior Center was the last one.
However, organizers said that other community meals are planned for the near future.
Over 70 people came out for homemade chicken parmesan, spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and cannolis made from scratch. 

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Family fun at ice skating rink

COLEBROOK —  The Colebrook Fire Department held its annual skating party on Saturday, Jan. 29.
More than 30 residents, both young and old, took to a makeshift ice rink located at the Colebrook Recreation Area’s basketball court behind Town Hall.
Both parents and grandparents skated with youngsters while teenagers enjoyed hanging out with their friends and skating on the ice.
According to Fire Department Chief Craig Carfiro, the event is a town tradition that goes back many years.

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