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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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For yourself or your loved ones: the best books

There are two kinds of people in the world: book people and non-book people. You can tell you’re in the home of a non-book person when you don’t see any books or even bookshelves. Book people, on the other hand, tend to own more books than one person could possibly read in a single lifetime — which makes them very easy to buy gifts for.

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Bridge work complete on Academy Hill Road

MILAN — The Dutchess County Department of Public Works (DPW) has announced work on Bridge M-7 on Academy Hill Road (CR 51) over the Roeliff Jansen Kill in the town of Milan is complete and the road has reopened to traffic, on schedule and within budget. 
The Academy Hill Road bridge replacement project is one of several county road and bridge projects completed or underway this season. 

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Wassaic Project talks education

WASSAIC — In addition to uncovering the region’s hidden talent and connecting the community through the arts, The Wassaic Project recently invited community members to take part in a lively conversation regarding art, rural education and economic growth.
Running from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, The Wassaic Project welcomed those determined to help develop local educational opportunities.

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Tea, holiday sale to benefit Becky Knapp and family

WASSAIC — For nearly 100 years, the women of the South Amenia Presbyterian Church have held an annual Christmas sale.  Proceeds have always been used to support the mission of the church — feeding the hungry, helping the homeless and  ministering to the community. 

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Olivia LaFontan and Patrick Purdy announce their engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Vincent LaFontan of Kent announce the engagement of their daughter, Olivia LaFontan, to Patrick Purdy, son of Russell and Michelle Purdy of Sharon.
Ms. LaFontan will be graduating from the University of Connecticut’s School of Nursing and Mr. Purdy will be graduating from the University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering in May of 2018.  The Wedding is planned for September 15, 2018.

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The Young Person’s Guide to Orchestrating Gifts, Part 2: The 20-something boy making a home

I know. You spent his childhood cleaning up the ice cream he spilled on your couch, the crayon pictures he drew on the wall. His teen years were worse: dirty school clothes left on the floor and hockey bags that smelled like death. 
You love him, but your son is disgusting. 

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Town Board discusses local business: History buffs wanted, fueling agreement OK’d

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NORTH EAST— The Town Board discussed a variety of topics at its November meeting, held earlier in the month. 
Among them was the subject of the North East Historical Society and its ties to the county group. Town Clerk Lisa Cope was granted permission to contact Bill Jeffway of the Dutchess County Historical Society to appoint two local residents to its organization.

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Not your typical sleigh or Santa

Driver David Moulthrop of Great Barrington, Mass., decorated his 1951 Ford F1 Atlantic Gas Station “rat rod” for the Canaan Holiday Parade held Sunday, Nov. 26. The unusual vehicle was designed and built by John Paruta (North Canaan), Dave Wright and Gregg Massini (Sheffield) and Moulthrop. The old pickup was originally a service vehicle for the former Atlantic station in North Canaan that is now the Xtra Mart convenience store at the corner of Route 44 and North Elm Street.

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The Young Person’s Guide to Orchestrating Gifts, Part 1:

Taking a cue from English composer Benjamin Britten’s 1945 educational composition, “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra,” this is “The Young Person’s Guide to Orchestrating Gifts.” 
Instead of teaching the young however, I, a young person, will be teaching you how to be a seasonal shopping savant by exploring not the wants, but the emotional needs of a specific demographic. Let’s begin with your out-of-college daughter. Cue the woodwinds. 

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