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The Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service (SVAS) has started a “Campaign for a New Ambulance.”

The SVAS volunteers want to buy a new ambulance on a Ford F-450 chassis. The price is steep: $250,000.

The ambulance that SVAS wishes to replace is 20 years old, does not meet new state standards, and lacks updated technology.

And, according to Pat Barton, the SVAS chief of service, the undercarriage is rusty.

“Nobody wants to be Fred Flintstone,” she said in an interview on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Upgrading the current...

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KidsPlay’s third annual Family Fun Fair

TORRINGTON — The Kids-Play Children’s Museum hosted its third annual Family Fun Fair at the Warner Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 19.
For $15 admission a family of up to six people could enjoy all the activities at the fair as well as admission to the museum, which is located across the street at 61 Main St.

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Brrrrds

A red-bellied woodpecker filled up on suet at photographer Tom Brown’s feeder in Cornwall on Friday, Feb. 10. The big Feb. 9 snowstorm had passed; did this brightly plumed bird know what weather was still to come?
By the weekend, birds had begun to puff up in response to the cold and were looking grim, but beautiful. Photographer Alexander Kearney captured images of a vesper sparrow in Kent and a red-shouldered hawk in Sharon on Sunday, and a pair of white-crowned sparrows at the Sharon/Millerton border on Saturday.
— Cynthia Hochswender

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State police crack down on tow service

Following numerous complaints, the state police and the state Department of Motor Vehicles began an investigation of Jonathan Vakassian, 46 of West Cornwall, who is the managing member of Lime Rock Auto.
The garage had been on the state police list of companies authorized to tow vehicles following motor vehicle accidents where there was disabling damage or situations where a driver could not continue driving after a police stop.

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Good news, at last (perhaps)

There seems to have been some dispute over the groundhog’s day predictions made along the East Coast on Feb. 2. 
Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylania did see his own shadow, indicating that there will still be six hard weeks of winter left this year.
But groundhogs in Staten Island, N.Y., and Nova Scotia, Canada, did not see their shadows, meaning that this so-far relatively mild winter will end before too much more time has passed.

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Some love the cold, some not so much

Connecticut’s own state groundhog announced on Feb. 2 that winter won’t linger for much longer this year (see story this page). Certainly many two-legged creatures received the news with joy (fleece pullovers, winter boots and mittens get dull pretty fast). It’s hard to know how the four-legged creatures in the area feel about the promised early end of cold weather and snow; we can only guess from their body language and the expressions on their faces. 

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Riverton Grange celebrates anniversary

editor@winstedjournal.com

RIVERTON —  The Riverton Grange held a celebration of its 109th anniversary on Friday, Jan. 20, at the organization’s hall.

According to a history of the grange provided by Grange Master Susan Belle-Isle, this grange was founded on Jan. 3, 1908, with 36 charter members.

Members first met at Rowley Hall, which is now the Riverton General Store.

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Protests against Trump’s inauguration

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NORTHWEST CORNER and WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Residents throughout the area held protests against the presidential inauguration of Donald J. Trump on Friday, Jan. 20.
That morning, 30 people gathered for a protest in front of New Hartford Town Hall.
The protesters held signs up that read “Thank you President Obama” and various signs protesting Trump.

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Officials announce milestone for popular Great Thicket National Park Wildlife Refuge

kaitlinl@millertonnews.com

DOVER  —  Federal, state and local officials united with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy at Dover Town Hall to celebrate the establishment of the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge through the acquisition of the 144-acre Nellie Hill Preserve.

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Continuing the fight, in NYC

NEW YORK CITY — We had a wonderful day in New York. The crowd was enthusiastic and friendly. I was pleased to see people of all races and ages, including many men and young children. 
Our car on the train was filled with women going to the march, which created a nice opportunity to chat with friends and meet new people. 
If everyone stays engaged, it makes me feel optimistic about getting through the next four years.

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Holst-Grubbe is in hands of Connecticut State Police

cythiah@lakevillejournal.com

MILLERTON — A  young Millerton resident accused of multiple crimes was transferred from Orange County Jail in Goshen,N.Y., to Connecticut’s state police barracks in Litchfield, Troop L, on Jan. 13. 

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