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HARLEM VALLEY — One week after the birth of her second daughter, Hillsdale’s Jennifer Wakamatsu was happily at home with her family. She had been to the doctor that very day and all was well. Then, all of a sudden, it wasn’t. With no warning at all, Wakamatsu started to hemorrhage and was rushed to the hospital.

By the time she was able to return home three days later, she had lost 50% of the blood in her body. Only the transfusion of seven pints of blood saved her life.

“If it hadn’t been for the blood,”  Wakamatsu reported, “...

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Gov. Lamont vows to start turning Connecticut around

TORRINGTON —  Gov. Ned Lamont told the members of the Northwest Hills Council of Governments (NHCOG) that the state’s financial woes will not be corrected immediately — but they will be corrected. 
Lamont came to a special NHCOG meeting at the University of Connecticut’s Torrington campus on Friday, April 12. The organization is made up of the first selectmen from 21 Northwest Corner towns.
Lamont began by saying he’d only been in office for 90 days. “You can’t blame me for everything yet.”

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Jesus wept: eyewitnesses to devastation of Notre Dame

Two Northwest Corner residents were in Paris on Monday, April 15, as flames destroyed the roof and spire of Notre Dame Cathedral. 
Michelle Alfandari of Sharon was taking her 7-year-old great-nephew, Hudson Albanese, and his mother, Paula, on the young man’s first visit to Paris. 
On Monday morning they had stopped by the plaza outside the cathedral and snapped happy photos on a sunny day. 
And then they decided not to go inside just yet. They would wait until another day, later in the trip. 

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Plastics for thought

We visited the Massachusetts town of Northampton one recent spring Saturday, lunched at an Irish pub, shopped at a used CD shop and emporiums of unnecessary but interesting goods and took in the “Plastic Entanglements” exhibit at the Smith College Museum of Art.
I had low expectations of the art show, given its name, but was pleasantly surprised. 
An international array of artists transformed found plastic objects into fascinating sculptures and “paintings.” 

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Spring is the time to find a local CSA

This is part one in a series of articles on Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) in the Tri-state region. 
 
When I first started working on CSA farms 14 years ago, no one that I knew had ever heard of the concept. 
Increasingly, the term CSA has become more familiar.
In her book “Sharing the Harvest” CSA farmer Elizabeth Henderson explains, “The premise is simple: create a partnership between local farmers and nearby consumers, who become members or subscribers. 

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Trees for Tribs grant to restore stream-side buffers

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WASSAIC — Thanks to significant funding from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) will now be able to plant more than 3,000 native trees, plants and shrubs in support of the NYSDEC’s Trees for Tribs program.

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Sappy eggs

We visited a maple sugarhouse. The sweet miasma penetrated our winter jackets and we inhaled it for several days. 
It was the first time I’d seen a reverse osmosis machine in use — it removes a percentage of the water before the sap is sent to the wood-fired evaporator to be reduced further into syrup.

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A bold rescue

DOVER PLAINS — On Saturday, March 16, Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) Zach Crain from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) responded to a report of an injured bald eagle at Brookby Farm in Dover Plains. 

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Grand Lists in for Northwest Corner towns

Budget season is peaking in Northwest Corner towns, as boards of education present the education spending plans for the elementary schools in individual towns and for regional school spending; and as boards of selectmen present their plans for municipal spending, which covers everything from plowing snow and mowing grass to keeping the lights on at town halls to paying salaries for town officials and the road crews.

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Bears, taxes and tension at Connecticut Legislature

Property tax reform, legal marijuana, tolls, bears and a proposal to allow school boards to establish themselves as independent taxing authorities. These are just some of the issues making their way through the Connecticut General Assembly. The Lakeville Journal spoke with state Sen. Craig Miner (R-30) and state Rep. Maria Horn (D-64) about the state of play in the Legislature.
Changes to property taxes

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Peepers and early plants say spring is here

In another week, if we have a night with warm rain by then, I’ll be out on a country road helping salamanders and frogs get safely across to their breeding pools.  
There are certain stretches where they concentrate in large numbers, and on the busiest roadways the carnage is really awful. I don’t go to those sites, but I do stake out stretches of road with light traffic where I can do more good and am at less risk of accident myself.  

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