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NEW HARTFORD — On Saturday, Aug. 19, members of the New Hartford Land Trust gathered to learn how to press and preserve flowers. The talk was led by board members Eloise Farmer and Karen Meares and took place at the home of a Land Trust member. 

Attendees were invited to bring their own flowers to press or use some that were provided by the instructors. Farmer, who once taught high school biology and did her thesis on the plants in Barkhamsted, has been pressing flowers for years both for personal and learning purposes. 

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Selectmen discuss updating conservation plan

NEW HARTFORD — Civil Engineer Phil Doyle presented a slide show documenting possible updates to the 1994 Plan of Conservation Development for New Hartford during a selectmen’s meeting on Thursday, Jan. 29.
First Selectman Dan Jerram said Doyle has been using his experience to come up with recommendations to maintain a sustainable village center for the town.

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Writers receive feedback at Passiflora

NEW HARTFORD — The Passiflora Writer’s Club meets at the restaurant, located at 526 Main St., every third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.

According to group member Josh Brunetti, the group was started by Isabel Carrington.

Carrington attended a writer’s group at The Pantry in Washington Depot and wanted to start something similar closer to where she lived.

Brunetti said restaurant owner Karen Tyson gave Carrington permission to start the group.

He said that he has led the group after Carrington stepped down due to her schedule.

Women’s Club plans for the future

NEW HARTFORD — On Thursday, Jan. 8, The Women’s Club of New Hartford, founded in 1966, met for its monthly meeting at the South End Firehouse.
The meeting included planning for fundraisers for the club’s scholarship program, a babysitting course class and other plans, all of which were followed by a bunco game.

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Search continues for missing kayaker

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By SHAW ISRAEL IZIKSON
Editor
NEW HARTFORD — As of press time, a kayaker is still missing at West Hill Pond after searches by the state Environmental Conservation Police and State Police.
According to Department of Energy and Environmental Protection spokeswoman Cyndy Chanaca, New Hartford resident Patricia Cole, 53, was reported missing at the pond during the night of Friday, Jan 2.
State police responded to the report with search and rescue teams.
On Sunday, Jan. 5, the search was suspended due to ice conditions.

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End of the year open mic at Passiflora

NEW HARTFORD — A special open mic night was held at Passiflora restaurant on Friday, Dec. 19, organized by Mike Companik and Dianne Davis. The event featured Davis, Danielle Emberley, Gary Melnysyn and Mike Lovallo. 
The restaurant hosts an open mic each Friday, but on Dec. 19 recordings were made for the singers who were eager to play their music for the Passiflora regulars.

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Making menorahs at Home Depot

NEW HARTFORD — Home Depot, in conjunction with Chabad Lubavitch of Northwest Connecticut, held a Hanukkah craft-making workshop on Sunday, Dec. 14.
The fair was led by Rabbi Joseph Eisenbach, who helped participants make wooden menorahs.

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Sweet singing at Beekley Library

NEW HARTFORD — More than 100 residents attended a Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular concert on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Beekley Library.
The concert was part of a music series that has been held annually for eight years at the library.
Many local businesses sponsored the event, including Northwest Community Bank, Peter Bakker Insurance and Paul Cryan Photography.

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New Hartford accident claims life

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NEW HARTFORD —  A one-car accident in the early morning hours of Thursday, Dec. 4, claimed the life of an Avon resident and caused injuries to a Winsted resident and two New Hartford residents.
According to a press release issued by Sgt. Robert Janco of State Police Troop B, at 2 a.m., a 2000 Toyota Camry driven by Winsted resident James Laboy, 28, was heading south on Town Hill Road/Route 219 when it went over the center line and across into the northbound lane.

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Grange hosts early Thanksgiving

RIVERTON — A Thanksgiving dinner sponsored by the Riverton Grange was held at the grange hall on Friday, Nov. 21.
Grange member Tilie Jackson volunteered to prepare the turkey.

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Trinita holds first craft fair to fund mission

NEW HARTFORD — A two-day Christmas Craft Fair was held at Trinita Lodge on Friday, Nov. 14, and Saturday, Nov. 15. 
Located at 595 Town Hill Road, Trinita is a Catholic mission and retreat center founded by the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity. Trinita is made up of a main farmhouse, a lodge, four rustic cabins and expansive grounds, which include a pavilion and an outdoor Stations of the Cross.

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