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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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Church dishes out free meal

NEW HARTFORD — A free community meal was offered at the North Congregational Church on Friday, July 25.
The event is held four times a year and is sponsored by the church.
More than 40 residents attended the event with the menu including pulled pork and pulled chicken sandwiches, a vegetarian option of black beans and corn with barbecue sauce, organic lettuce and cucumber salad from the church garden, with watermelon and cake served as dessert.
Church member Steve Hebertson served the salad and said he loves the dinners because he enjoys helping others.

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Land Trust offers walk on mushroom trail

NEW HARTFORD — More than a dozen people took part in a hike of a mushroom trail on Jones Mountain on Saturday, July 26.
The walk was led by Marlene Snecinski, a member of the Connecticut Valley Mycological Society (CVMS) along with Karen Meares, a member of the the land trust.
Meares said Jones Mountain was chosen for the hike due to the accessibility of the trails for large groups and the variety of mushrooms from the streams and wet lands in the mountain.

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Eureka Grange holds benefit tag sale

NEW HARTFORD — A community tag sale was held at the New Hartford Eureka Grange on Saturday, June 28.
Seven vendors sold a variety of toys and other items with all proceeds from vendor fees going toward maintaining the Grange Hall, which is located at 777 Litchfield Turnpike on Route 202.
According to the organization’s website at www.ctstategrange.org, the Eureka Grange’s mission is to serve as the unifying and supportive organization of community and district Granges in programs of community service, family activities, legislation, and other activities relevant to local communities.

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Family Fair aids Fire Department

NEW HARTFORD — The Pine Meadow Fire Department held its first Family Fair from Friday, June 20, to Sunday, June 22.
The fair took place in the parking lot of Collinsville Antiques on Route 44.
“Our goal is to make this into a big community event,” assistant fire chief Greg Deluzio said about the fair.
Families from neighboring towns, including some from as far as East Longmeadow, Mass., filed in to enjoy the carnival rides, food, and games.

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Student art show at community library

NEW HARTFORD — Art instructor Ann Raymond organized a student art exhibit on Friday, June 20, at the Licia and Mason Beekley Community Library.
The theme for the exhibit was summer, and brightly colored pictures of summertime activities were displayed on shelves while flower sculptures lined tables in the library.
All of the art was created by students of Ann Raymond, who provides weekly after-school classes.
Raymond said that 15 students ranging from ages 5 to 13 participated in the project.

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P&Z votes to industrialize

NEW HARTFORD — During its meeting on Wednesday, June 11, the Planning and Zoning Commission voted 4-1 to approve an application by Allan Borghesi, owner of Borghesi Building and Engineering, along with Richard Sundgren Jr., to change 18.47 acres of land near Satan’s Kingdom into an industrial park.
The property that is now zoned industrial park is located on the south side of Route 44, abutting the town line with Canton.

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Land Trust cleans up

NEW HARTFORD — The New Hartford Land Trust (NHLT) participated in the state’s Trails Day Weekend with a cleanup event on Saturday, June 7, at the Alfred Sabolcik property. The 90-acre property, located off of Sabolcik Road, was willed to the NHLT by Alfred Sabolcik after he died in 2009.
“We were thrilled when we found out about the property because we never knew he was planning on giving it to the land trust,” land trust member Karen Meares said. “I knew him very well and he never said a word about it.”

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Lions Flea Market is an annual hit

NEW HARTFORD — Skies were clear blue for the New Hartford Lions Club’s annual benefit flea market on Saturday, June 7, at Brodie Park.
“We had an excellent turnout today, and I think part of it is the weather,” club president Donna MacDonald said. “The better the weather the better the turnout is and this is definitely one of the Top 10 weather days we’ve had for the flea market.”
“We usually get 90 to 100 vendors, and we have several who have been coming over and over through the years,” club treasurer Sandy Morgan said. “They’re very faithful to us.”

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Dragonfly Healing Arts Studio

Merchant’s Corner

NEW HARTFORD — Sharon Farber is the owner and operator of Dragonfly Healing Arts Studio at 8 Wickett St.
Farber graduated from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in April 1989, having studied Swedish massage, sports massage, Trigger Point therapy, Shiatsu and Jin Shin Do.
She has taken additional classes including polarity, cranial sacral, pregnancy massage, reflexology, Myofascial Release, and Donna Eden energy medicine.

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Selectmen schedule special meeting

NEW HARTFORD — The Board of Selectmen held a special meeting on Thursday, May 15, to update town officials on town operations and to schedule a special town meeting.
At the meeting, the selectmen set a special town meeting for Thursday, May 29, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall for residents to discuss and vote on two possible appropriations.
The first potential appropriation is $90,000 to be used for special education costs that would come out of New Hartford’s undesignated and unrestricted fund.

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