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The weather was gray and gloomy on Saturday, April 13, when several towns hosted their annual Easter egg hunts. None of the children seemed to care. They weren’t looking up at the sky, their eyes were locked on the ground and the colorful plastic eggs scattered across the lawns of the Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury, Lawrence Field in North Canaan and the lawns in front of and behind Town Hall in Kent (children under 5 were in front of the municipal building, children 6 and older were in back).

There were tall, furry white rabbits at North Canaan and Kent, available...

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Works for me

It’s surprising we’re not a healthier nation. Historically, we cured most common afflictions decades ago. In the 19th century, as now, we put stock in the experiences and recommendations of others — not necessarily physicians.
Samuel H. Jones of Salisbury gave testimony — I found it in the Dec. 11, 1821, issue of Vermont Watchman & State Journal — to the curative value of Anderson’s Cough Drops.

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Looking back on 2018: The Year in Review

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Part I
harlem valley — With the start of a new year comes the promise of better things ahead. Also comes a time for reflection — and a chance to look back on the events and activities residents of the Harlem Valley thought important. Throughout 2018, The Millerton News was there to cover the latest community news, and now looks back at what stories readers connected with over the last year.
January

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Moo-ve over Elsie, Delilah has arrived

MADISON, Wisc. — A real sweetheart of a cow, a Brown Swiss named Cutting Edge T Delilah, had plenty to celebrate when she turned 6 on Dec. 2. The beauty brought glory to Copake when she became the queen of all cows when she was named Supreme Champion of both the country and the entire world.

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2018: The Greatest Generation remains

There are still members of the Greatest Generation active in the Northwest Corner, who are able to participate in Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies in their towns.
For many years there has also been a ceremony at the Dough Boy statue on Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7, for North Canaan resident and Pearl Harbor survivor Isadore “Izzy” Tadiello (one of the last remaining survivors of the attack living in Connecticut). 

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2018: More beer? We’ll drink to that!

Craft beer breweries have now opened all across the Tri-state region. The original in the area was Big Elm in Sheffield. It was joined in 2015 by Kent Falls Brewing, which is on a farm in Kent where the brewers grow some of their own hops (as well as apples destined to become hard cider). 

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2018: Epic ice jams on the Housatonic River

It wasn’t even as rainy and wet in 2017 as it had been in 2018; nonetheless, the Housatonic River not only overflowed but also had epic ice jams at the beginning of the year. 
The river froze deeply in January and when the ice began to break up it did so with massive blocks of multi-layered ice. 

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2018: Fatal car crashes a recurring tragedy

Last year saw what would seem an unusually high number of fatal motor vehicle accidents in the area. Eleven people, both drivers and passengers, lost their lives due to motor vehicle crashes in Northwest Corner towns, beginning in May and continuing into December. 

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2018: Sex abuse accusations continue

It had seemed as though the reason why there were so many sex abuse cases reported in the Northwest Corner was that there are so many private boarding schools here. 
In 2018, however, a new incident was brought to light by a man who moved to Salisbury at a young age and had been put by his mother in the care of the town’s recreation director, Art Wilkinson. Robert Wallingford announced in August that, in the 1960s when he was about 12 years old, Wilkinson had sexually abused him. 

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2018: A year for speaking truth to power

Northwest Corner residents are rarely shy about expressing their concerns and confronting the Powers That Be.
It was a particularly active year for activism, even by Litchfield County standards. There were marches and protests large and small in nearly every town in the region last year, with much of the focus on actions taken by President Donald Trump. 

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2018: Creating a sense of safety for the Jewish community

The shooting and mass killing at a synagogue in Pittsburgh in November was as disturbing to members of the Tri-state Jewish community as it was to Jewish residents of larger cities. 
Anti-semitism didn’t seem to be an issue in northwest Connecticut in the second half of the 20th century. But in 2017 there were several threatening incidents here and in nearby New York state, disturbing the general sense of peace, safety and community that usually pervades this part of the world.

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