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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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State police crack down on tow service

Following numerous complaints, the state police and the state Department of Motor Vehicles began an investigation of Jonathan Vakassian, 46 of West Cornwall, who is the managing member of Lime Rock Auto.
The garage had been on the state police list of companies authorized to tow vehicles following motor vehicle accidents where there was disabling damage or situations where a driver could not continue driving after a police stop.

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Good news, at last (perhaps)

There seems to have been some dispute over the groundhog’s day predictions made along the East Coast on Feb. 2. 
Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylania did see his own shadow, indicating that there will still be six hard weeks of winter left this year.
But groundhogs in Staten Island, N.Y., and Nova Scotia, Canada, did not see their shadows, meaning that this so-far relatively mild winter will end before too much more time has passed.

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Some love the cold, some not so much

Connecticut’s own state groundhog announced on Feb. 2 that winter won’t linger for much longer this year (see story this page). Certainly many two-legged creatures received the news with joy (fleece pullovers, winter boots and mittens get dull pretty fast). It’s hard to know how the four-legged creatures in the area feel about the promised early end of cold weather and snow; we can only guess from their body language and the expressions on their faces. 

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Riverton Grange celebrates anniversary

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RIVERTON —  The Riverton Grange held a celebration of its 109th anniversary on Friday, Jan. 20, at the organization’s hall.

According to a history of the grange provided by Grange Master Susan Belle-Isle, this grange was founded on Jan. 3, 1908, with 36 charter members.

Members first met at Rowley Hall, which is now the Riverton General Store.

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Protests against Trump’s inauguration

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NORTHWEST CORNER and WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Residents throughout the area held protests against the presidential inauguration of Donald J. Trump on Friday, Jan. 20.
That morning, 30 people gathered for a protest in front of New Hartford Town Hall.
The protesters held signs up that read “Thank you President Obama” and various signs protesting Trump.

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Officials announce milestone for popular Great Thicket National Park Wildlife Refuge

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DOVER  —  Federal, state and local officials united with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy at Dover Town Hall to celebrate the establishment of the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge through the acquisition of the 144-acre Nellie Hill Preserve.

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Continuing the fight, in NYC

NEW YORK CITY — We had a wonderful day in New York. The crowd was enthusiastic and friendly. I was pleased to see people of all races and ages, including many men and young children. 
Our car on the train was filled with women going to the march, which created a nice opportunity to chat with friends and meet new people. 
If everyone stays engaged, it makes me feel optimistic about getting through the next four years.

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Holst-Grubbe is in hands of Connecticut State Police

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MILLERTON — A  young Millerton resident accused of multiple crimes was transferred from Orange County Jail in Goshen,N.Y., to Connecticut’s state police barracks in Litchfield, Troop L, on Jan. 13. 

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Acoustic concert series is underway

TORRINGTON —  Despite chilly, winter weather on the evening of Friday, Jan. 13, around 50 people came out to Coe Park Auditorium to enjoy the first installment of the Winter Showcase Acoustic Concert Series, sponsored by Torrington Parks and Recreation and On Deck Sound Studio. 
The free event featured the music of folk musician Brian Dolzani of Fairfield and Torrington’s Jay Roberts. 
Roberts has been playing guitar for more than 20 years and stays active in the local scene.

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Climate change vigils

Tri-state region — The faith communities of the Tri-state region will hold two interfaith prayer vigils to bring attention to the climate crisis.
The first vigil will be Friday, Jan. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the corner of Routes 22 and 44 in Amenia.
The second vigil will be Sunday, Jan. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the lawn of The White Hart inn in Salisbury, Conn.
These events are free and open to the public.

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