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LITCHFIELD — Michael Criss, first selectman of Harwinton and chairman of the Northwest Hills Council of Governments’ (NHCOG) legislative committee, told a group of state legislators that the 21 municipalities “are not asking for any more money.”

Criss was speaking at the legislative breakfast, sponsored by NHCOG and the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, at EdAdvance in Litchfield on Thursday morning, Feb. 1.

The NHCOG is an organization made up of the first selectmen from 21 area towns.

Criss asked the legislators to avoid shifting...

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They will return

The Patco filling station and convenience store in Lakeville will close for major renovations this Friday, April 6. The work could take anywhere from one to three months.

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Wassaic celebrates Easter with egg hunt

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WASSAIC — The Wassaic Fire Company Auxiliary couldn’t have asked for a brighter or better day to host the annual Easter egg hunt for the local community on Saturday, March 24.
Minutes before the hunt was set to take place, families were seen walking along hamlet sidewalks in the direction of the Wassaic firehouse. 
In spite of the bright blue skies and afternoon sunshine, everyone was bundled up against the cold. 

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Camera purchase for town meetings comes into focus

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NORTH EAST — After some back and forth and much research, town Councilman John Midwood announced at the March Town Board meeting that he has finally found affordable video recording equipment to help tape and broadcast meetings each month.
With a $2,600 budget, Midwood said his previous request for an additional $2,400 was unnecessary. 

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Fatal automobile crash on Route 7 in Cornwall

A fatal crash occurred on the Kent Road in Cornwall on Sunday, March 18, at about 6:30 a.m.
Christopher Meach, 66, of Falls Village was traveling north on Route 7 north of Hickory Lane in Cornwall in a 2012 Suzuki four-wheel drive vehicle.
Traveling south at the same time on Route 7 was a 2011 Mazda 3S driven by Meghan Butler, 27, of Stamford, Conn. The two cars collided head on. Butler was pronounced dead at the scene. 
Meach sustained serious injuries and was transported to Hartford Hospital by LifeStar helicopter. 

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Taking a hard look at school safety

State Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) is part of a group of state legislators looking at school safety.
The formation of the School Security and Safety Task Force was announced last week.
The other initial members are Rep. Carol Hall (R-59), Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) and Rep. J.P. Sredzinski (R-112). Lavielle and Sredzinski are the ranking members on the Education and Public Safety and Security committees, respectively.

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A no-snow day lets art flourish

LAKEVILLE — The annual Arts Day for Region One fourth–grade students — held at The Hotchkiss School on Wednesday, March 14 — went forward despite Mother Nature’s best efforts to force a snow cancellation.
A percussion group, Ginga Brasileira, opened the event with a dynamic performance.
And then it was off to the workshops.
Amber Cameron worked with young dancers in the faculty lounge, on an excerpt from “Cats.”

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Town Board meets: Storm aftermath and solar talks

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WASHINGTON— The  Town Board met on Thursday, March 8. Town Supervisor Gary Ciferri presided. 
Highway Superintendent Joseph Spagnola gave a monthly report on the first storm in March, which included the fact that four trees were downed, There were 12 incidents of downed wires, eight major drifts and one accident, on Hoxie Road. Crews managed to clear the roads.
Town Bookkeeper Dana Sukow reported that court books are complete, for both judges, going back two years. 

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The ice is ‘out,’ but beware

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Faso offers mobile office hours

DUTCHESS COUNTY— In order to better serve the residents of Dutchess County, Congressman John Faso (R-19) is holding a slate of mobile office hours throughout the month of March.
Faso already has three permanent district office locations in Kingston, Kinderhook and Delhi. As the congressman no longer has an office in Dutchess County, Constituent Services Representative Lorrie Morse will be traveling to different towns throughout the county to assist with any issues related to Social Security, veterans’ benefit claims, immigration and more.

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Lakeville’s Gomez achieving on and off court

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