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NEW HARTFORD —  The 36th annual Bunny Day took place at the New Hartford Elementary school on Saturday, April 8.

Children and families came out to meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy balloons, games, egg hunts and redeeming prizes for special chocolate eggs.

Photographer Paul Cryan said he has been organizing and running the annual event since his son, now 37, was one year old. Megaphone in hand, Cryan urged children to line up in time for each of five egg hunts where they could find “special eggs” to exchange for a variety of prizes, all provided by the...

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Library hosts poetry festival

NEW HARTFORD — The Licia and Mason Beekley Library held the National Beat Poetry Festival on Saturday, Feb. 4.
According to organizers, the festival — which has traveled monthly to towns around the state, including Hartford, Bristol and Torrington — celebrates the legacy of Beat poets like Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. 
“When it first came out, we were reading their works,” said event organizer Colin Haskins. “But now the events mostly give local writers a venue to express themselves.”

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Fundraiser at Brewery Legitimus

NEW HARTFORD —  New Hartford’s Brewery Legitimus was at full capacity on Thursday, Feb. 2, for the first beer and wine tasting benefit for the nonprofit foundation Norcom Cares.
According to the foundation’s website at www.norcomcares.org, the foundation is operated by the Avon based mortgage company and has supported various charities including Habitat for Humanity, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Relay for Life and Gifts of Love.

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Ribbon cutting for All-Star Storage

NEW HARTFORD — The New Hartford Business Council held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the family owned and operated All-Star Storage on Thursday, Jan. 26.
The storage facility is located at 195B Main St.

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Representatives of local businesses meet and mingle

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NEW HARTFORD —  The New Hartford Business Council held its Morning Mingler event at the Chapin Park Bed and Breakfast on Thursday, Jan. 12.
Representatives from area businesses attended the event, including Patrick MacDonald from MacDonald Building and Remodeling, Casey Cahill from Norcom Mortgage and Insurance and Peter Bakker from Peter M. Bakker Insurance Agency,

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Art and workshops build community connections

NEW HARTFORD —  The Hive at Hurley Business Park held its first Peace Out Community Day on Monday, Jan. 16.
The free event was filled with creative and self-healing workshops which centered on strength in community connections.
Residents of all ages came out to enjoy graffiti art, mandala, storytelling, meditative coloring and yoga workshops.

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Birth Notice

Ryley James Stein
NEW HARTFORD — A son, Ryley James Stein, was born Dec. 25, 2016, at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to Ashley Gilbar and Ryan Stein of New Hartford.
Grandparents are Amy Lynch of New Hartford, Carrie Stein of Winsted and Rob Stein of Bristol.
Great-grandparents are Regina and Kevin Lynch of Winsted and Dorris and Lennard Watrous of Vernon. 
Great-great-grandmother is Rena Young of Winsted.

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Bloody battles recounted at library

NEW HARTFORD —  On Saturday, Jan. 14, the Licia and Mason Beekley Library presented a program featuring professor Hamish Lutris of Housatonic Community College entitled “Indian Wars.” 
The discussion covered some of the bloodiest battles ever seen in Connecticut, including some involving opposing Native American tribes, along with other historical battles involving natives and colonists. Lutris’ discussion focused on the people and events surrounding the Pequot-Mohegan War and King Philip’s War.

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Holiday marketplace and auction at library

NEW HARTFORD — The New Hartford Business Council and the Licia and Mason Beekley Community Library hosted a holiday marketplace at the library on Saturday, Nov. 19.
A large number of residents attended the event, which featured 12 local vendors.
The marketplace, which inclued a silent auction, was a benefit for the library.
“We wanted a family kind of event, because families use the library, not just adults,” said library volunteer Ginny Worrest. 

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Benefit raises $450 for Standing Rock protesters

NEW HARTFORD —  A benefit for protesters at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota and South Dakota was held on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Hurley Business Park. 
The benefit included an auction of artwork by artists who have studios in the building, along with music.
The protests at the reservation began in April in response to the proposed construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline by Energy Transfer Partners of Dallas, Texas. 

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Ski Sundown staff ready, willing and waiting to open

NEW HARTFORD —  Many people probably remember last winter fondly. Balmy temperatures and negligible snowfall through December meant less-stressful commutes, lower heating bills and no shoveling of sidewalks.
For others, however, those things are all worth it for a chance to hit the powder.

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