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LITCHFIELD — Michael Criss, first selectman of Harwinton and chairman of the Northwest Hills Council of Governments’ (NHCOG) legislative committee, told a group of state legislators that the 21 municipalities “are not asking for any more money.”

Criss was speaking at the legislative breakfast, sponsored by NHCOG and the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, at EdAdvance in Litchfield on Thursday morning, Feb. 1.

The NHCOG is an organization made up of the first selectmen from 21 area towns.

Criss asked the legislators to avoid shifting...

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Don’t wait, cut your ash trees now

The newest insect scourge threatening New England trees has recently appeared in the Tri-state region. The emerald ash borer, as its name implies, devastates ash trees, which make up about 5 percent of the state’s forests (and possibly more in the Northwest Corner).

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Adding old-fashioned fun to the holidays with new games

If you’re looking for the perfect gift that can bring families and friends together, consider picking up a board game or tabletop role-playing game this holiday season.
My friends and I host regular game nights where we will play a rotating lineup of titles. My current favorite is Dixit, which requires players to tell stories using beautifully illustrated cards. 

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Parade of lights brings the holiday spirit to Wassaic

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WASSAIC— With Christmas just around the corner, the hamlet of Wassaic rang in the holiday spirit by hosting its annual Parade of Lights and tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 10.
From 2 to 4 p.m., children were invited to visit with Santa at the Wassaic Firehouse while attending adults participated in the free raffle. After all vehicles had been accounted, a long line of brightly decorated fire trucks and floats made its way up the hill to get ready for the festivities ahead.

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A custom wheelchair for a wounded veteran

LIME ROCK — Army Staff Sgt. Stephen Valyou was presented with a customized, all-terrain wheelchair on Friday, Nov. 17, at Lime Rock Park. The presentation was by Freedom Alliance.
Valyou was paralyzed after he was shot in Iraq while conducting operations on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). He was medically retired in late 2007.

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Wassaic’s citizen of the year

From left, Councilwoman Vicki Doyle and Amenia town Supervisor Victoria Perotti presented the Citizen of the Year award to Peggy Ackerman, who accepted on behalf of the award’s recipient Tom Ackerman, and congratulated Santa and Ms. Claus on a job well done.  For full story and another photo, see Parade of lights brings the holiday spirit to Wassaic.

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Mambrino joins bank board

TORRINGTON — Torrington Savings Bank has announced the appointment of Aaron Mambrino to its Board of Trustees. 
Ms. Mambrino is the Global Chief Financial Officer of Dymax Corporation, headquartered in Torrington with additional facilities in Ireland, Germany, China, Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore.  She is also the treasurer for the Board of Directors at the Susan B. Anthony Project in Torrington. 
She is a Torrington native and a lifelong resident of Connecticut. She currently resides in New Hartford. 

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Elizabeth Hilpman joins board of BTCF

SHEFFIELD — Elizabeth Hilpman of Norfolk has joined the Board of Directors of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.
Hilpman is chief investment officer and a partner at Barlow Partners. She has more than 30 years of investment management experience, including at Commonfund, Dartmouth College and Global Asset Management. 

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The gift of tennis is a gift of love (literally)

TORRINGTON — The benefits of membership to a sports club are numerous. That’s why buying a loved one or friend a full or trial membership to a club is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give this holiday season.
There are a number of general fitness clubs that offer memberships, with services for all types of athletes. In the Tri-state region, clubs tend to be diminutive, or “boutique,” and to specialize in, for example, yoga or pilates or free weights.

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A gingerbread house secret

LAKEVILLE — Nine students from The Hotchkiss School came to Salisbury Central School on Wednesday, Dec. 6, to build gingerbread houses with youngsters in the after-school Extras program.
The Hotchkiss students fanned out among the students in three rooms. The gingerbread houses were built from kits; showing considerable common sense, the high school students referred to the directions and pictures on the box.
The sticking point was the frosting, which was also the adhesive. It had to be warmed up a bit to be usable.

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Police faced a deadlier drug crisis in 2017

WINCHESTER — Winchester Police Chief William Fitzgerald spoke to the Board of Selectmen about his department’s successes and challenges at the board’s meeting on Monday, Dec. 4.
Fitzgerald, who was at the meeting at the invitation of the board, cited the drug crisis in Winsted as one of the department’s biggest challenges.

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