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NEW HARTFORD —  State Police arrested two Torrington residents in a suspected burglary on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

According to a report issued by State Police Sgt. Thomas Burke, the burglary took place at a residence on Torringford East Street at 3 p.m. on Feb. 7.

The homeowner, who was not identified in the report, arrived to the residence while the suspects were attempting to leave in a vehicle.

Burke wrote that the homeowner followed the vehicle while contacting 911.

The suspects’ vehicle crashed while traveling through Harwinton.

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Holiday marketplace and auction at library

NEW HARTFORD — The New Hartford Business Council and the Licia and Mason Beekley Community Library hosted a holiday marketplace at the library on Saturday, Nov. 19.
A large number of residents attended the event, which featured 12 local vendors.
The marketplace, which inclued a silent auction, was a benefit for the library.
“We wanted a family kind of event, because families use the library, not just adults,” said library volunteer Ginny Worrest. 

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Benefit raises $450 for Standing Rock protesters

NEW HARTFORD —  A benefit for protesters at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota and South Dakota was held on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Hurley Business Park. 
The benefit included an auction of artwork by artists who have studios in the building, along with music.
The protests at the reservation began in April in response to the proposed construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline by Energy Transfer Partners of Dallas, Texas. 

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Ski Sundown staff ready, willing and waiting to open

NEW HARTFORD —  Many people probably remember last winter fondly. Balmy temperatures and negligible snowfall through December meant less-stressful commutes, lower heating bills and no shoveling of sidewalks.
For others, however, those things are all worth it for a chance to hit the powder.

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Trinita Retreat Center hosts variety of vendors

NEW HARTFORD —  The Trinita Retreat Center hosted its third annual Christmas Fair on Friday, Nov. 12, and Saturday, Nov. 13. 
Vendors at the fair sold all sorts of wares, from pies to  jewelry to Christmas decorations. 
All the proceeds went to supporting the center and the sisters of the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity. 

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FEMA grant helps WCFD

WINCHESTER CENTER —  On Monday, Nov. 14, members of the Winchester Center Fire Department hosted a class where members learned how to use new self-contained breathing equipment.
Earlier this year, the department received $80,000 under a recent FEMA grant in order to obtain the equipment. 

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Ribbon cut for Brewery Legitimus

NEW HARTFORD —  In September, Brewery Legitimus opened at 238 Main St.  in a factory building previously vacant for many years. 
A ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony for the brewery was held on Friday, Nov. 4.
The event included free beer samples and for many, a first look at an unusual new business for New Hartford.
“We’ve been getting everything ready, training up our employees and making sure we have plenty of beer,” said owner Chris Sayer. “

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Church serves up community meal

NEW HARTFORD —  The North Congregational Church hosted its fifth community meal of the year on Friday, Oct. 28. 
“It’s a nice opportunity for anyone in the community to enjoy a meal, but it also is a social event,” the Rev. Margret Hofmeister said. “We have some families and seniors. It’s always a good mix. Each meal draws around 50 diners.”

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Sculpture dedicated in memory of Keener

NEW HARTFORD —  A dedication ceremony for an outdoor sculpture created in the memory of resident Pat Keener was held on Saturday, Oct. 22.
The metal sculpture was constructed near the Farmington River, behind the parking lot of Town Hall.
Barkhamsted artist John Noelke created the sculpture, which is an empty portrait frame that “frames” the scenery of the Farmington River.

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Business event features local Realtor

NEW HARTFORD —  On Thursday, Oct. 13, The New Hartford Business Council hosted a “Business After Hours” event to spotlight Turning Point Realty at 536 Main St. 
Business owners and community members attended the event to learn about Turning Point, and upcoming community events, over hors d’oeuvres and drinks.
Turning Point owner Suzie Larson said she has been involved in real estate since 2009 and opened the business in 2015.

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Fashion show benefit

NEW HARTFORD and WINSTED —  St. John’s Episcopal Church, in conjunction with the Valley Thrift Shop, held a silent auction and boutique event on the third floor of the New Hartford Town Hall on Saturday, Oct. 1.
The event was held to raise money for the Valley Thrift Shop located at 714 Main St. in Winsted, and the church, which is at 42 Church St. in New Hartford.
Since its founding 43 years ago, the Valley Thrift Shop has donated over $700,000 to charity.

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