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MERIDEN — Four K-9 Teams specially trained to detect the presence of firearms graduated on Friday, Oct. 25, at the Connecticut State Police K-9 Training Unit as part of the very first Firearm Detection K-9 Training Class.  

The four graduating K-9s have been specially trained to detect and alert their handlers to the presence of firearms and spent ammunition shell casings. These K-9 teams will assist police in combating gun violence.

Graduating K9 Teams are as follows: Connecticut State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations-Organized Crime Task Force Detective...

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Time for ‘bear crossing’ signs?

I was driving home a few days ago when an adult black bear dashed across the road. It passed in front of a car just ahead of mine. Instead of vaulting over the guardrail when it reached the other side, the bear squeezed under it. I was impressed. 
There is not much space between the uprights of that barrier. My wife has seen a bear hopscotch over a guardrail. It made me think about how these large mammals navigate this landscape, and what they consider when they are forced to break cover and cross the road.

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Food and Fun at Stanfordville Community Day

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STANDFORDVILLE — An early rain didn’t keep the community of Stanford from having a great Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Stanford Grange. With music, food and kiosks offering all sorts of interesting items, the day also featured a Push Cart Derby with locally made carts and drivers. There were two stately white horses pulling a cart driven by local resident Duffy Layton to help get the more adventurous around.

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Community embraces new Stanford Free Library at grand opening

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STANFORDVILLE — More than a decade since its conception was first announced, the new Stanford Free Library building was unveiled on Sunday, Sept. 8.
By the time the clock struck noon, the parking lot was packed, with the doors opening to library patrons of all ages. Guests were free to mingle and to explore the library and its enviable collection of books and other resources.

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Voter registration day celebrates democracy

HARLEM VALLEY — Local libraries will be joining efforts from all over the country as potential voters are encouraged to sign up during the Tuesday, Sept. 24, National Voter Registration Day, an event touted as a holiday celebrating the democratic process. 
Noting how important voting is, Millerton Mayor Debbie Middlebrook said, “It’s a responsibility and a privilege. It is really your voice when you vote. It’s your one time that you get to voice your opinion on how you want things handled in the government.”

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A doctor’s prescription: Prepare for flu season now

HARLEM VALLEY — Mother Nature is just beginning to gift the landscape with her spectacular colors, but there’s no question that behind the transformation will come winter and its potential for the annual influenza onslaught.
With that in mind, Mark Marshall, M.D., section chief of hospital medicine and vice president of medical affairs at the Sharon Hospital said, “It’s never too early to talk about vaccinations” which he labels, “the best way to prevent flu and its potentially serious complications.” 

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A wet walk through history: ‘Are we there yet?’

If you ask me, exploring a country at eye level is worth it, even if the price is a few blisters. In August, my father and I began a six-day trek across northern England. These two Connecticut Yankees were there to hike, from the Irish Sea in the west to the North Sea in the east, along an old Roman wall that meanders 84 miles through hilly countryside. 

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Community Foundation congratulates 2019 LEAP graduates

The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation and Danosky & Associates, LLC congratulates 10 new graduates of the Leadership Enrichment for Advancing Professionals (LEAP) program. The graduates completed the intensive seven-week program designed toward building skills in all areas of nonprofit leadership. Since 2014, The LEAP program has educated nearly 50 nonprofit employees from 40 different nonprofits in the Northwest Corner.

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Push Cart Derby races toward 2052

STANFORDVILLE — Stanford Community Day will again provide an opportunity for revelers to pick a favorite pair and cheer them to victory in what has become the traditional Push Cart Derby, organized by Helen Hamada and her husband, Kardsh Onnig of the Barraka Center for 3D Experimentation.

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Jitters aside, students begin the 2019-20 school year

Gathering their backpacks and belongings together, students from the North East (Webutuck), Pine Plains and Millbrook Central School Districts disembarked from school buses and their family cars and headed to class, ready to make the most of the school year on Wednesday morning, Sept. 4. Students arrived at Pine Plains Central School District for the first day of school. For another photo, see School rules!.

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Taconic DDSO arson suspect has his case dismissed

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WASSAIC — The dismissal of a 2019 arson indictment against Vincent Carozza, a then-resident at the Taconic Developmental Disabilities Services Office (DDSO), has made news locally and even down in New York City. The story was reported on by city news stations on Thursday, Sept. 5 — the day it was made known by Dutchess County District Attorney (DA) William Grady.
The case that Grady addressed on Sept. 5 was dismissed in the “interest of justice,” according to the DA’s office.

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