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DUTCHESS COUNTY — All too often, the men and women who have given themselves to service of the country face a number of obstacles as they work to reintegrate with the society they left behind when they joined the military. Difficulties may be physical, mental or financial. Some may entail homelessness, isolation, separation from family or lack of employment.

Whatever the challenges, however, help is available from any number of sources.

Millbrook’s Alec Pandaleon, a small business owner and the 2010 Dutchess County American Legion county commander, suggests that...

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Murphy, McMahon, Roraback, Esty win primary

State Sen. Andrew Roraback (R-30) will face Democrat Elizabeth Esty in the race for Connecticut’s 5th U.S. Congressional District seat this fall. Roraback and Esty won their respective primaries Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Esty, a former state representative from Cheshire, upset state House Speaker Chris Donovan with 10,689 votes to Donovan’s 7,813. Dan Roberti of Kent ran third with 5,012 votes. (Vote totals are as of 1 p.m. Aug. 15 from the secretary of the state and are incomplete; updates will be posted as they become available).

Classic car owners rev up nostalgia at cruise nights

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TORRINGTON — The spirit of automotive yesteryears is felt on Friday nights at the Torrington McDonald’s with Cruise Nights, organized by The Original TwiLite Cruisers classic car club.
According to event co-organizer Cass Torizzo of Torrington, more than 80 classic cars are on display in the parking lot each Friday night.
On Friday, July 27, classic cars, including a 1935 Pontiac Sedan, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, 1965 Falcon Spirit and a 1965 Dodge Coronet 500 were all seen at the restaurant.

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Rains save crops in Northwest CT

But the drought in the Midwest will raise food prices here

Start saving up your pennies now because food prices in the next year are expected to rise.
In one of the worst droughts the United States has seen in the past hundred years, two-thirds of the country is now severely affected by the unprecedented heat.
Tom Vilsack, secretary of the the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), announced last Wednesday, July 25, that 1,369 counties in 31 states are now considered drought disaster areas.
Particularly hard hit are growers of corn in the Midwest.

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Wassaic Project’s Summer Festival kicks in

Looking for a fun, educational and cultural attraction to highlight your summer? Look no further than this weekend—as the Wassaic Project, the Re Institute in Millerton, and hundreds of independent artists, who soon will descend on the Tri-state area, redefine the meaning of an art exhibition.

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Primary will narrow field of Senate, House candidates

Vote is Aug. 14

Republican and Democratic primaries for Senatorial and Congressional candidates will be held on Aug. 14 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Republican candidates for U.S. Senator are Linda E. McMahon and Christopher Shays. Republican Representative 5th District nominees are Andrew Roraback, Justin Bernier, Lisa Wilson Foley and Mark Greenberg.
Democatic candidates for U.S. Senator are Christopher S. Murphy and Susan Bysiewicz. Democratic Representative 5th District nominees are Chris Donovan, Elizabeth Esty and Dan Roberti.

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Malloy: response to 2011 storms was ‘unacceptable’

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy released a stern statement Tuesday criticizing Northeast Utilities in response to a report that Connecticut Light and Power’s (CL&P) responses to last year’s two historic storms — Tropical Storm Irene in August and the Oct. 28 nor’easter — were “deficient and inadequate.”
“Last year’s storms were a nightmare for Connecticut residents, and the response from Northeast Utilities was unacceptable,” Malloy said. “It is clear that Northeast Utilities did not prepare for outages of this magnitude and did not build adequate capacity to respond.”

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Troop B commander involved in shooting on Route 8 last week

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TORRINGTON — An elderly man was shot on Route 8 after he attacked a Connecticut State Trooper on July 12. The man died a short time later at the hospital — and it was announced the trooper was the commander of Troop B, Lt. Clayton Brown.
According to a press release issued by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Brown was driving north on Route 8 just after 9 a.m. when he heard a dispatch call for a male armed with a knife walking near traffic on Route 8 in that area.

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Still-controversial river cleanup plan inches forward

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A decision by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) looms regarding General Electric’s (GE) responsibility toward addressing PCBs in the Housatonic River.
The Rest of River Plan is part of the federally orchestrated cleanup fund for the PCBs dumped in the river in Pittsfield, Mass., by GE just below the headwaters of the river. It is now a Superfund cleanup site. For decades, the plant dumped used oil laced with the chemicals, which are now known to be carcinogens.

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Register now to vote in Aug. 14 primaries

Republican and Democratic primaries for Senatorial and Congressional candidates will be held on Aug. 14 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Voters currently registered in either the Republican or Democratic Party may vote in the primary. Voters currently registered as unafilliated can register in either party up to and including Aug. 13.
Absentee ballots will be available from town clerks on July 24 and can be applied for ahead of time (applications can also be downloaded from the Internet; go to www.ct.gov and search for “absentee ballot application”).

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State Police Union: It’s not working

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Members of the Connecticut State Police Union continue to actively oppose the leadership of the state police and the recent consolidation of dispatch services for State Police Troops A, B and L.

In a vote taken by union members on June 18, 752 voted “no confidence” in Department of Public Safety Commissioner Reuben Bradford and 42 voted “confidence.” State Police Commander Col. Danny Stebbins received 760 “no confidence” votes and 34 votes of confidence.

The union reported that 79 percent of its 1,106 members voted.

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