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Mount Washington, Mass. — The body of a 21-year-old man from Ghent, N.Y., was located, but not removed, from a treacherous spot inside the Bash Bish Falls State Park on Sunday, July 30, on the Massachusetts side of the park.

Just after noon on Sunday, an underwater camera operated by emergency personnel located the body of Aiden Campion-Pratt. The location was deemed to be too dangerous to allow for the Columbia County man’s body to be brought to the surface, according to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office.

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Two new Four Brothers inns to open soon

Harlem Valley — The former Simmons Way Village Inn on Main Street in Millerton is being transformed by its new owner, Peter Stefanopoulos, to the Four Brothers Inn.

Stefanopoulos, who owns the Four Brothers restaurant chain, bought the building about two years ago and has been renovating it for the past seven months. 

The new inn will have 11 rooms and a Mediterranean-themed restaurant.

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Pastor holds postelection ‘Unity Rally’

TORRINGTON —  On Saturday, Nov. 26, residents gathered in Coe Park for a postelection “Unity Rally” which was organized by Pastor Peter Aduba of St. Joseph’s Old Catholic Church.
At the rally, participants marched through the park with signs promoting various social issues, spoke their mind to other participants and all prayed together.
Aduba said that the event was an effort to promote peace and equality in a postelection world, where many are frightened their community may fall victim to violence and racism.

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NW Corner residents take part in protest

TORRINGTON —  On Friday, Nov. 25, more than 100 residents from the Northwest Corner took part in a protest at Coe Park against the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.
The pipeline, if built, will be 1,172 miles long and run through western North Dakota to southern Illinois and cross beneath the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, along with Lake Oahe, which is located near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. 

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Good Company coffee shop serving it up

TORRINGTON —  The  Good Company Coffee House opened for business in early November at 33 Franklin Street. 
At the coffee house, owners Michelle Wall and Sarah Kennedy-Berge offer a wide variety of bakery items and coffee blends.
Good Company boasts a comfortable, roomy seating area with a good view of downtown Torrington.

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Health and Wellness Center gives thanks

TORRINGTON —  Community Health and Wellness Center served its first Thanksgiving meal on Friday, Nov. 18.
The breakfast was open and free to the community and was held at its Torrington location at 469 Migeon Ave.
Since 2011, the center has operated a Winsted branch located in the Winsted Health Center at 115 Spencer Street. 
The organization gives low-income residents access to health services. Patients pay on a sliding scale based on federal income guidelines.

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Candidates for state and federal offices

All six candidates for the Connecticut General Assembly and for Congress were interviewed by The Lakeville Journal in early October.

Five of the six candidates came in person on Oct. 6 and Oct. 7: David Lawson, a Democrat, and state Rep. Craig Miner (R-66), running for the 30th District seat in the state Senate; Bill Riiska (D) and Brian Ohler (R), contending for the 64th District seat in the state House; and Clay Cope (R), running for Congress in the 5th District.

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Lobsters and support for Ben Lancto

LAKEVILLE — It was just another mid-summer’s day on the job for Ben Lancto. As a construction worker, the Salisbury native was standing on scaffolding about 20 feet from the ground.
And then Lancto fell. When he hit the ground, he landed on his back and right arm. His first words were, “I broke my back,” reported Caroline Kosciusko of Cornwall, Lancto’s cousin.

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Pulver honors county commissioner

Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Dale L. Borchert (R-3), left, and Legislator Gregg Pulver (R-19), right, honored outgoing Dutchess County Commissioner of Public Works Noel Knille on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Knille served as commissioner for three years and will soon be leaving Dutchess County for another professional opportunity. Legislative District 19 includes the towns of North East, Stanford, Pine Plains and Milan.

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The Riverton Fair: a New England tradition

Jacob Keesler, 2, and Christopher Carlo, 3, danced a hoe down at The Riverton Fair on Saturday, Oct. 8.

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‘Ghost Hunter’ gives show at library

TORRINGTON —  The Torrington Library welcomed self-proclaimed “paranormal rockstar” Dustin Pari for a free program on Friday Sept. 30, “Documenting the Dead,” at the Coe Park Pavilion. 
Pari is best known for his work on television shows “Ghost Hunters International” and “Destination Truth.” 

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