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Lives lost in 2001 and in the ensuing years-long war on terror were honored during a 24-hour long Patriot Day ceremony held at St. Martin of Tours in North Canaan. 

The event was once again organized by the Knights of Columbus and member Nick DeAngelis, as has been the case since the first ceremony at the Route 7 site in 2008.

“This is the 10th time the service has been 24 hours long,” DeAngelis said on Wednesday morning, Sept. 11, standing outside the tent erected each year on the lawn in front of the church. He said as far as he knows this is the only...

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Redistricting process aims to keep communities together

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NORTHWEST CORNER — With testimony recently completed in Hartford for the 2011 redistricting process in Connecticut, residents of Litchfield County are hoping to see minimal upheaval as legislative members of the state Reapportionment Committee review population figures that have remained largely unchanged.
The Reapportionment Committee redraws district boundaries every 10 years. Federal law requires districts to have nearly equal populations, using data from the 2010 Census, so that everyone’s vote has equal importance, e.g., “One person, one vote.”

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Arrest in Dover Plains stabbing

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DOVER PLAINS — A Dover man is in custody after he was arrested and charged with stabbing a fellow Dover Plains resident 10 times last week in the Four Brothers Restaurant parking lot. The assault occurred at approximately 11 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20; at this time just one of the two assailants is behind bars.

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Statewide redistricting: Kent wants to join 64th

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By Michael Marciano
With testimony recently completed in Hartford for the 2011 redistricting process in Connecticut, residents of Litchfield County are hoping to see a minimum of upheaval as legislative members of the state Reapportionment Committee review population figures that have remained largely unchanged.
The Reapportionment Committee redraws district boundaries every 10 years. Federal law requires districts to have nearly equal populations, using data from the 2010 Census, so that everyone’s vote has equal importance: One person, one vote.

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Governor promises help for Corner — and tough choices

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TORRINGTON — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was at the Northwest Chamber of Commerce in Torrington Tuesday morning, July 19, to discuss business-related issues in the latest stop on his jobs tour. He introduced business owners to Catherine Smith, the new director of the Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD).

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Wine, not whine, in Goshen

GOSHEN — The third annual Connecticut Vineyard and Winery Association (CVWA) Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31, at the Goshen Fairgrounds.
A wide range of wines, specialty foods and live music will be featured at this year’s festival, which runs from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Daily admission is $20 in advance, available at any participating CVWA winery, online or by phone, or $25 at the door. Guests under 21 and designated drivers can attend for a reduced admission price of $10. 

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Cruising in Torrington

It was car heaven at McDonald’s in Torrington on Friday, July 15, with a 10th anniversary cruise night. Car owners brought their classic automobiles, including vintage Chevrolets, Trans-Ams and Cadillacs, to the restaurant’s parking lot as music from the 1950s and ’60s was played. The event celebrated the 10th year the Torrington McDonald’s has held cruise nights during the summer.

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Body discovered in parked car

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BOSTON CORNER — A body was discovered in a parked vehicle alongside Boston Corners Road sometime on Sunday, July 16, by the New York State Parks Police.
An area resident described the vehicle as an older, blue minivan with Connecticut plates, and said it was parked there late last week and through the weekend.
Another area resident provided similar information as the van was being searched by police after the discovery was made.

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Spellbound Potter fans swarm theaters

Harry Potter fans everywhere got out their capes, wands and spellbooks for the midnight premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” the final movie in the series, which opened in local cinemas at 12:05 a.m. on Friday, July 15.
“It was an epic moment in the history of cinema,” said Carol Sadlon, owner of the Torrington Cinerom and the Millerton Moviehouse.
The tickets for The Moviehouse showing were sold out days in advance. Although the movie played in only one theater, crowds of people were lined up outside the doors.

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If you say it’s a recreational fire, you’d better be roasting marshmallows ...

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The call that came in to 911 on a Friday evening was logged as a brush fire. But police and firefighters arrived to find a backyard gathering and a disgruntled neighbor.
The fire was deemed recreational, not out-of-control and not illegal.
The neighbor, one of many close by in the relatively dense neighborhood, said the frequent backyard fires fill his home with smoke odors. He fears the fires are large enough to ignite the tree canopy.

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Area cyclists offer theories on spills in Tour de France

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The 98th running of the Tour de France bicycle race, which began on July 2 and ends on July 24, has had more than its fair share of accidents. All prior years of this worldwide classic had racer accidents, but the 2011 edition seems plagued by many more. The Tour covers 3,430.5 kilometers (2,131.6 miles) throughout much of France. Each leg of the race is called a “stage.”

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