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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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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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Finding insights into humanity through nature

 
MILLBROOK — Naturalist and herpetologist Harry Greene presented a program at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies on Friday, Sept. 30. He discussed his book, “Tracks and Shadows: Field Biology as Art.”
He opened his presentation with one of his a favorite quotes, from the novel “Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurtry: “The earth is mostly just a boneyard, but pretty in sunlight.” 

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Libraries work hard to attract patrons year round

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HARLEM VALLEY — If anyone living in the Harlem Valley ever gets bored, it’s not likely due to a lack of activities offered by community organizations. Local libraries, for one, offer a long list of things to do for both children and adults. Between the special summertime events and yearlong activities, there’s practically something for everyone — residents just have to make a point of taking advantage of the programs. 

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Mayor throws polka party at Coe Park

TORRINGTON — Mayor Elinor Carbone held her annual polka party at Coe Park on Friday, Aug. 26.
The event featured a live performance by the Eddie Forman Orchestra from western Massachusetts. The park was packed for an end-of-summer evening where residents of all ages danced.
Torrington resident Mia Barbieri, 19, said she was happy to be out with her grandfather, Jozef Stary, 88, of Torrington.

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Smoothie and coffee bar opens

TORRINGTON — Gravity Smoothie Bar opened its doors on 17 Water St. at the beginning of August. 
The smoothie and coffee bar is an up-and-coming art venue where one can sit down for a freshly crafted smoothie, or iced chai latte complete with coffee ice cubes. The group art show, “Local Flavor,” opened on Friday, Aug. 19, with a reception featuring eight local artists.

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Drive-in to host film festival Sept. 3

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AMENIA — The Brooklyn not-for-profit group DRIVE-IN Film Festival (DIFF) is bringing its ninth annual Film Festival to the Four Brothers Drive In Theatre in Amenia on Saturday, Sept. 3.
C.C. Webster, founder and director of DIFF, said the mission of the festival is to raise awareness about “the great American tradition” of drive-in entertainment while supporting the business of family-owned drive-ins.

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Riley’s Furniture helps refugee family

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MILLERTON — Tom Riley likes to get involved in more than just selling furniture. For a long time now, the owner of Riley’s Furniture and Flooring has held the belief that if one has the ability to help another in need, he or she should. 
That’s why Tom, and his wife, Louise, recently made a donation of a full-size bed and twin-bed bed frames to a Syrian refugee family new to the area.

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‘Who doesn’t want to do sword fighting?’

Summer Fencing Camp

By Cynthia Hochswender
 
SALISBURY — As soon as the fencing events ended at the Rio Olympics, coaches Simon and Irene Gershon hopped on an airplane, returned to the United States — and headed straight for the Salisbury School, where they worked with more than a hundred young fencers, who were there for the summer program of New York City’s Fencers Club. 

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In Sharon, growing food the way nature intended

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