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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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Roeliff Jan Library’s Community Dine Out: Buy a dinner, help the library

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COPAKE— With the winter months encouraging residents to stay indoors, the Roeliff Jansen Community Library (RJCL) has decided to partner up with select area restaurants to bring its Community Dine Out program back for a fifth year.
Aimed at promoting local dining, the Community Dine Out has been a popular winter tradition for area restaurants and library patrons during the last five years. From diners to upscale venues, patrons can get a taste of local fare while supporting library programming for children and teens.

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Saliter, Wilbur elected to lead Tri-State Chamber of Commerce

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TRI-STATE REGION — The Tri-State Chamber of Commerce (TSC) recently elected members Jean Saliter and Mary Wilbur, respectively, as president and vice president. They were sworn in on Thursday, Jan. 18. 

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Millerton Pedestrian Plan complete: North East board discusses process and implementation

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NORTH EAST — After roughly a year of work, with  town of North East and the village of Millerton representatives meeting once or twice a month, the Millerton Pedestrian Plan is complete. 

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Salisbury’s Rev. Carter joins Esty in Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) welcomed the Rev. John Carter, former Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury to the 66th Annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. 

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Recording meetings: Important, but how to do it best

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North East — One month after his role in securing equipment and funding to video record Town Board meetings was discussed at a Town Board meeting, Councilman John Midwood once again addressed the issue. 
Previously, a letter to the editor in this newspaper by North East resident Dean Nicyper, which ran on Jan. 11, praised Midwood for securing a grant to buy the necessary equipment. It was announced at the January board meeting that Midwood did not secure the funding, as he wasn’t on the board at the time. Rather, the board had secured the funding.

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I can. We will.: National FFA Week

This FFA Week embraces more than 90 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization’s future. More than 653,000 members will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels. These members have a passion for agriculture.

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For the love of reading, a Valentine’s Day Read Aloud

Five of the six towns in the Region One School District took part in Read Aloud Day on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Kent Center School did not participate but will hold its own community reading event in March.
Books this year were donated by The Draper Fund of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. Adults from the community come in and read the selected books to the children in their classrooms; the books are then donated to the schools’ libraries. 

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Taxes, zoning reviewed by town

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WASHINGTON — The Washington Town Board at its meeting on Thursday, Feb. 8, at Town Hall appointed Tara Kelly to the Planning Board to fill an unexpired position. Town Attorney Jeff Battistoni administered the oath of office to Kelly.
Kelly works for the Dutchess Land Conservancy and said she feels honored to have been asked, and looks forward to serving on the board.

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Goat Watch

Nigerian Dwarf Goats at South Kent School Center for Innovation on the snow day, Wednesday, Feb. 7.

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Lime Rock Park one step closer to Sunday racing

LIME ROCK, Conn. — Lime Rock Park (LRP) cleared one hurdle toward Sunday racing when Judge John D. Moore ruled last week that state law prevents the Salisbury Planning and Zoning Commission from regulating or limiting racing on Saturdays and Sundays.
Moore also ruled that LRP does not have to apply for a special permit to seek a change in or appeal the zoning regulations, under most circumstances.

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