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Grand Lists in for Northwest Corner towns

Budget season is peaking in Northwest Corner towns, as boards of education present the education spending plans for the elementary schools in individual towns and for regional school spending; and as boards of selectmen present their plans for municipal spending, which covers everything from plowing snow and mowing grass to keeping the lights on at town halls to paying salaries for town officials and the road crews.

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Bears, taxes and tension at Connecticut Legislature

Property tax reform, legal marijuana, tolls, bears and a proposal to allow school boards to establish themselves as independent taxing authorities. These are just some of the issues making their way through the Connecticut General Assembly. The Lakeville Journal spoke with state Sen. Craig Miner (R-30) and state Rep. Maria Horn (D-64) about the state of play in the Legislature.
Changes to property taxes

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Peepers and early plants say spring is here

In another week, if we have a night with warm rain by then, I’ll be out on a country road helping salamanders and frogs get safely across to their breeding pools.  
There are certain stretches where they concentrate in large numbers, and on the busiest roadways the carnage is really awful. I don’t go to those sites, but I do stake out stretches of road with light traffic where I can do more good and am at less risk of accident myself.  

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Medicare/Medicaid crossover payments: State presents one more hurdle for EMS providers

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Medicare/Medicaid crossover payments: State presents one more hurdle for EMS providers

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Local couple hopes to fund bicycles in Kenya

ANCRAMDALE — Sometimes rising as early as 4 a.m. in the morning in order to arrive on time, students in the Kenya school that John and Jean Roccanova are working to support will get much-needed assistance if their current fundraiser is successful. 

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Straight from the Street: Looking forward to springing into 2019

HARLEM VALLEY — Now that spring is here — officially beginning on Wednesday, March 20 — residents across the Harlem Valley have emerged from their cozy homes to make the most of the longer days ahead of them. For some residents, the return of spring means it’s time to get reacquainted with familiar routines while for others, it’s a time to remember the simple joys of life.

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The 200th graduation of Connecticut K9 training troop

MERIDEN, CONN. — The Connecticut State Police K9 Unit announced the graduation of its 200th K9 Training Troop. 
The Troop consisted of seven K9 Teams from throughout the United States and specialized in Electronic Storage Device Detection. The graduation was held on Friday, March 15, at the State Police Academy in Meriden, Conn.
The Connecticut State Police K9 Unit trained the world’s first electronic storage device detection K9 in 2012 utilizing a proprietary training methodology and curriculum. 

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Racoon Watch

See that furry head and black snout poking out? Eagle-eyed Lake-ville Journal photographer Lans Christensen spotted this raccoon on Cobble Road in Kent on Wednesday morning, March 13. “This little guy was looking for a place to bed down and finally found a cozy spot under some tall grass cuttings,”  Christensen said. “He later scampered off in search of something more secure.”
— Alexander Wilburn

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Bear Watch

It might not feel like spring to those of us who don’t hibernate and weren’t born with fur coats. But the Northwest Corner bear population seems to know that winter is over and the ursines have begun to emerge from their cold-weather naps. Look for one at a birdfeeder near you. Photographer Lazlo Gyorsok snapped these photos of a bear at his feeder in Cornwall last week. 
— Cynthia Hochswender

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