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State Representative-elect Maria Horn (D-64) and a contingent of Northwest Corner residents went to Danbury Tuesday, Dec. 4, to weigh in on the proposed merger of two health care providers at a public hearing of the state Office of Health Strategy.

In a phone interview Friday, Dec. 7, Horn said that while she has not formed an opinion on the merger — between Health Quest (which owns Sharon Hospital) and Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) — the concerns of the Northwest Corner were heard, loud and clear.

The Northwest Corner people who attended the hearing...

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Town by Town Veterans Day tributes

Veterans Day on Sunday, Nov. 11, will be observed at many area towns and at some area schools. Following is a list of information from some area towns.
Cornwall
Nov. 11, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. To help recognize this significant anniversary, the Cornwall Historical Society will host a Community Conversation on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. with Richard Schlesinger at Town Hall. Light refreshments will be served.

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De Rham new arts council director

TORRINGTON — Rufus de Rham of Kent will be the new executive director for the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council. His first day on the job is Nov. 12. 
The council has its office in Torrington but it offers support to artists in communities throughout Litchfield County.
Prior to accepting the full-time position, de Rham was the programming operations manager at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, where he managed the print traffic and technical projection operations at one of the largest nonprofit film organizations in the country.

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A home of one’s own with Habitat

One of the constant topics of conversation in the Northwest Corner is the need for affordable housing. And yet often when affordable homes become available through one of the local housing trusts or through Habitat for Humanity, there are very few applications for ownership. 

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Jewish community reacts to Pittsburgh shootings

On Oct. 27, 11 people were killed and six were injured at a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa.
According to published reports, suspect Robert Bowers entered the synagogue while both Shabbat morning services and a bris were being held.
Law enforcement officials said that Bowers shouted about his desire to “kill Jewish people” as he started gunning down synagogue members with a semi-automatic assault rifle and three semi-automatic pistols.

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A homestead Halloween

WINGDALE — Harlem Valley Homestead found a way to help the community facilitate a deeper connection to the land by organizing its first Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 20. Located on Old Forge Road in Wingdale, the festival ran from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., welcoming more than 70 guests throughout the day. 
Guests sampled tastes of the harvest season with the festival’s variety of farm-fresh foods: freshly made squash donuts, hand-pressed apple cider, homemade pumpkin pie and coal-roasted vegetables. 

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Haunted Mill spooks and scares

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WASSAIC — In celebration of Halloween, The Wassaic Project presented its Haunted Mill on Saturday, Oct. 27. Halls at Maxon Mills were decorated to spook the little ones, and entertain all who entered. 
The effort impressed those who attended, even if it wasn’t super scary.
“It was less scary then usual,” said 11-year-old Monica Dilley.
Parents said they were glad to be able to bring their little ones somewhere fun — and creative.

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2018 Elections: Meet the candidates for state office

63rd District House of Representatives

 

 Jay M. Case (R)

If incumbent, how many years in office? 

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Every one bit the dust

Disturbing news, for a baby boomer anyway, comes from my recent reading of Steve Knopper’s article “The End of Owning Music,” Rolling Stone, June 14 issue, and  Renée Graham’s “In the YouTube Era, Can We Still Savor Music?” Boston Globe, June 17. They shook my whole personal music foundation. 
I grew up in a rural area listening to top-40 radio and purchasing 45 singles and occasionally 33 rpm LPs. The first LP I owned was Johnny Cash, “Hey Porter/CryCryCry,” on Sun Records. (Wish I still had it.)

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Trail tales on the AT

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Millerhurst Farm tries to pick up the pieces following devastating barn fire

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ANCRAMDALE— For 248 years, Millerhurst Farm has worked a successful dairy operation in the town of Ancram. On Sunday, Oct. 14, an electrical fire tore through the farm’s two dairy barns, killing 46 of 47 cows. The lone surviving cow from the barns, named Glow, escaped and is now being housed at Ronnybrook Farm in Pine Plains.
That’s just one example of the outpouring of community support that the Mike and Emily Miller have encountered since they lost their barns.

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